There was a teacher training day today, so the kids were off pre-school and we decided to make the most of it by heading over to Speke Hall with our next door neighbours. They are National Trust members so it was a ‘free’ day out for them, and we have been thinking about re-joining for a while. Even if I hadn’t decided to, it would have only been £10 for me to do the house and the gardens and free for all the Under 5’s.
I had been to Speke Hall once before, and had spent a long time in the house on the guided tour. It’s really good and I had really enjoyed it so I was a bit worried about going and not being able to visit the house and listen to the tour (that sort of thing not being great with 5 mini travellers in toe). I needn’t have worried, there was absolutely loads for the kids to do and we had a really lovely day.
We arrived and the ladies on reception were lovely to the kids, they gave them a set of binoculars each and encouraged them when they asked them if they could see the Prince and Princesses bedrooms. We persuaded the mini travellers to go for a walk first and we set off on the Autumn Colours Walk. We chose it as it was only 40 minutes, and the birthday boy in our party wanted to try that one. Is there a better reason! The map and directions weren’t great but we did end up having a really lovely walk so it didn’t matter at all.
The walk led us through the formal gardens and into the woods behind the hall. There were so many Autumn leaves and we spent ages jumping around in them and kicking them about. We tried to see who could find the best golden leaf, but that all went by the way side when we found the little houses dens and zip wire (hidden*) in the woods.
We had been at Speke Hall an hour and a half already by that point, and as it doesn’t open until 11 we were glad we had taken a picnic for the kids as they ate it as we were wandering around. We did however notice that the cafe did a kids lunch for £3.55 which seemed like quite a good price.
After the walk in the woods we followed the walk back past the house, through the sandstone tunnel to the playground.
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