During our week in Newtown in Wales we decided to drive an hour to visit Attingham Park National Trust as it came highly recommended by other parents.
Having checked on the website and realising that there was a Spooky Trail on, I packed the bag of fancy dress I had added to the car at the last minute and thought I might ask the kids if they wanted to get dressed up when we got there – they did!
The park is well organised, with newly renovated toilets, good signs and friendly staff. I was surprised if I’m honest that the trail cost £2.50 per child, not overly expensive I know, but it adds up for 6 Kids, and having been to Powis Castle the day before and doing their trail for free, I wasn’t expecting a charge. There was however a little colouring book as a prize at the end rather than a sticker so this obviously pleased the kids!
Attingham Park was however overall a really great place for the kids we had with us ages between 3 and 7. The trail (the spooky trail for Halloween) was flat and not too much for most of the kids (albeit out 3 year old did take advantage of Dad’s shoulders). It was safe and fun with trees to hide in and climb, places to picnic and the addition of the 8 pumpkin stops to hunt out and activities to do, made the day out last (including a picnic lunch and Field of Play) around 3 hours.
The part of Attingham Park we we surprised to find, and was the cherry on top, was the Field of Play. A huge play area with swings, tunnels and lots of adventure play. For the 5,6,7 year olds the area wasn’t too big, but I know that had I tried to police my three at 3 and 4 in that area I’d have found it far too big and a little overwhelming. Not something that should put you off going, just something to be aware of in terms of adult to child ratio. You could however avoid that area completely if your kids haven’t been before as it would have been easy to walk right past unless the team on the gate had told us what and where it was.
The additional plus point for the Field of Play was the catering van with Tea and Coffee and various fried products if you wanted them. After a wander Round chivvying the kids a cup of tea was very welcome indeed.
We made this little video of the spooky trail if you fancy a look!
You can also take a look at what one of our writers Rachel thought of Attingham Park too here!
Btw we aren’t sponsored or asked by the NT to write this post. We are NT members and love spending our UK holidays visiting different properties.
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