Lyme Park at Christmas
Last weekend we had arranged to meet up with friends at Lyme Park in Cheshire (the setting for Colin Firth’s Pride & Prejudice) on Saturday afternoon. On Saturday morning we woke up to weather warnings suggesting that if you could avoid travelling you should! I texted my friends and suggested Sunday instead! Thankfully they could do that so 2pm on Sunday it was.
I had a quick look at the National Trust website before we set off to see what Christmas things they had on. The Audience with Father Christmas was sold out (had been for months apparently) but with lots of credit to Lyme Park there were no signs up when you got there advertising it, or even mentioning it, so the kids were completely unaware that would have been an option. Full credit to the staff for that.
What there was, was a fabulous Courtyard filled with the smell of mulled wine and some brilliant carol singers who got the kids involved in their performance.
There was also a lovely reindeer trail round the garden. Access to the gardens and the trail is free to National Trust members but if you’re not you have to pay the general membership price on the day. The five girls loved the reindeer trail and the adults had fun trying to decipher the names of the reindeer (mostly because they weren’t actually spelt how we they thought they should be!)
After the reindeer trail (even though it was nearly going dark) we made our way across the park to the huge adventure playground. Whether this is a good adventure playground or not depends on your definition of what makes a good adventure playground. I think if you are a 6/7/8 year old then this is amazing for both adult and child. If you have 3/4/5 year olds like we do then it was amazing for the kids, but it did involve quite a lot of adult participation as some of the towers and rope bridges were quite adventurous and a little scary. Watching two Dads with bad backs shimmy up some towers was fairly amusing as one who stayed on the ground, but for them I’m not sure ‘quite’ so much fun.
The sun was setting as we left Lyme Park and we decided against a hot chocolate in the very good cafe, in favour of a pub tea in the local village before we returned home.
We had a lovely day and were really grateful to have been able to spend the afternoon outside after a long few days in doors. Highy recommended for a visit, particularly if you are National Trust members.