We had a gloriously sunny day with Daddy Foote off work and so we decided to head to Wallington. We went once a few summers ago to this National Trust property, but we’d never been with children before.
Spring has sort of sprung here. The daffodils are not yet in flower but the snowdrops are on their way out. It was a very windy day to begin with, and James needed his coat. I’d lugged the change bag with me, and realised it wasn’t the cleverest idea so went back to the car while Rob and James continued to a fabulous play area.
There were lots of dens made of sticks, but the area to get to those was very muddy, and we weren’t dressed for mud!
Instead, James played for a long time on the slide before Rob spotted a castle. James was not hesitant at all in going over to the castle for a clamber around!
I’m really happy that we’ve a National Trust membership this year. Thanks to my parents, who gave it to me for my birthday, we’ve had so many lovely days out already, and it can only get better as the boys grow older. The play areas in the properties are just brilliant.
James climbed very happily, for a very long time.
There’s another rope bridge here, and the children in front of James were bouncing it while they walked. James thought that was hilarious and tried to make it bounce, too!
James needed a bribe of further fun in a different play area to leave this one and go for lunch. He would’ve played there all day if we’d let him. A lady showed him a photo of a play train to climb on further down into the grounds, and he was thrilled.
Off we went for a quick recharge, but along the way James picked up a stick. This stick was at first wings of his plane, then a steering wheel for a car, until he settled on handlebars for a motorbike.
After lunch (wow! National Trust prices are crazy!) the stick became a handle. Rob lifted James up and walked with him dangling from the stick.Every now and then James would get down and run for a while, then say “I need stick now!” and Rob obliged by holding it out so James could hang on.
We wandered down through the woods, past the boating lake to the train. This is a massive train-shaped climbing frame next to a platform. All the children were having a marvellous time climbing up to the top and sliding down the front. James enjoyed being a ticket seller at the platform.
Then it was time to go. As we left, we spotted a fairy house!