Lyveden New Bield, Northamptonshire

A couple of weeks ago we had a visit from my lovely Aunt for the weekend. In spite of (or maybe because of) all of the illness in our house we were desperate to get out and about and have some fun in the sunshine. We decided to visit a local National Trust place that we have only visited once before, on a very bleak February day, Lyveden New Bield. It was really lovely to go back at a completely different time of year and really see it in a new light.WP_20150530_032 The building itself is ever the same, an unfinished Elizabethan ‘garden lodge’ which is bigger than 4 or 5 of our house put together!WP_20150530_021

It is hugely impressive, perched on a hilltop and as atmospheric as it was last time we went.WP_20150530_16_08_48_Pro

But the gardens are totally different at this time of year as everything is lush and green. There is a tranquil moat and hilltop mounds. A maze, an orchard, woodland and fields. It really is very, very picturesque!

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It was ‘Lyveden Alive’ weekend so there was a lovely nature trail to go on and lots of lovely activities for kids including bird watching (they have a swallow nest with babies in with a webcam set up looking at it) and pond dipping. Monkey adored wandering about with binoculars on, and the pond dipping was great fun – not something I would have thought he could do yet, but with Daddy’s help to prevent him falling in he thought it was brilliant!

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The nature trail, certainly helped keep him entertained throughout our visit, seeking out little doors to find letters to spell a word on our activity sheet. He was very, very proud of himself by the end and very happy with the choccies he got as a reward!

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All in in all it was just a lovely day, nice to get out and enjoy the sunshine and have some fun together with my Aunt :)

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15 thoughts on “Lyveden New Bield, Northamptonshire

  1. What a gorgeous place as you say so lush and green. I love the way the National Trust put on activities the children can do, it makes a visit so much more fun for them. I hope you found something on your pond dipping adventure and sets of binoculars to borrow is a great idea. Thank you for sharing a lovely day with me on Country Kids.

  2. What a stunning place!! The house is amazing!
    I can imagine how different it might look now all green than it was when you first when there. It’s incredible how the seasons of the year can change a place!

    Thank you for linking up with #MondayEscapes this week :D

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