YOUNGSTERS enjoyed a 'truly life-changing experience' when they set sail on a seafaring adventure.

A dozen year seven and eight pupils, and four staff, from Wolsingham School navigated the south coast onboard Queen Galadriel.

Setting sail at Poole, they travelled east to the town of Torquay where they explored the British Riviera.

After hoisting up the sails they sailed to Brixon where they had an impromptu encounter with Michael Burke and John Sergeant– who were on a boa of celebrities for the event– followed by a barbecue on the beach.

After exploring the harbour, they sailed to Weymouth where they visited the RNLI boat to learn its components before enjoying time on the beach.

During the expedition, everyone learned new skills including knot tying, climbing the rigging to the crow’s nest, and how to use a hand bearing compass. Students also developed key life skills such as teamwork and responsibility.

A school spokesperson said: "The magic of this experience will stay with students for the rest of their lives.

"We are looking to run a similar trip from Hartlepool aboard Faramir next summer and will be fundraising to give another group of students the opportunity for a life-changing adventure."