A Family Day at Delapre Abbey, Northampton

Last weekend, with the sun shining, we decided to take a trip to Delapre Abbey in Northampton (I have no idea how to pronounce it?). Northampton is about an hour from us so not too far. I’d never even heard of Delapre Abbey until recently when I have spotted it on a couple of other lovely bloggy sites. It looked like a very pretty and picturesque place for a run around on a sunny day, and it really was.

When we got there it was Monkey’s snack time so we headed to the little tea rooms for some tea, a yummy flapjack and hubby and I shared some delish scones with clotted cream and jam! I haven’t had it in so long so it was a real treat!

With full tummies we went off for an explore. The Abbey itself seems a little worse for wear but there is some repair works being done on it by the look of it. We have borrowed a trike from my lovely neighbour (it was bought for her little boy’s first birthday by his aunty, but he’s not that fussed about it yet so my neighbour very kindly lets us use it quite a lot – which is fab and massively kind of her!) and he loves it, which is great as he is so bored of the buggy.

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We had a good old explore …


and saw some of the oddest trees I’ve ever seen!

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We climbed some trees and had some fun.



We watched some squirrels chasing each other up trees,

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explored the ornamental rock gardens,

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and stood on a big tree trunk!


Monkey played with some sticks (of course)…


…knocked on some trees (of course)…


…and we had a good old explore.


Monkey and Daddy found some acorn cups and when Daddy said they looked like hats, that was it, on Monkey’s head it went. very cute!


We then headed off towards the lake – through a lot of mud! Monkey and Daddy had great fun with the trike.


The lake was so still and peaceful, it was just beautiful.

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By now though Monkey was getting a bit hungry so we headed back towards the abbey, and saw some more of the beautiful grounds along the way.


It was a lovely little family day – and great to explore somewhere new that we haven’t been to before 🙂 I am sure we will go again many times over the years!

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      • Yes we will do! We just made an impromptu decision to head over so for a wander around and loved it. The restoration works sounds interesting, we could tell work was going on. Sounds like there are some big plans! Glad we have found it 🙂 xx

  1. Hiya, I popped across from Britmums to say hello! You’re new website looks great – and you can do this! I did it, plus we home educated and am writing about it now because it was such a terrific experience – parenthood is anyway!
    What I love to see on blogs is parents out enjoying their kids, like you – it’s an education in itself. All the best and enjoy your time at home! x

    • Hi and thank you! Wow that’s brilliant, I am enjoying it a lot more these days but it is still tricky at times! Thank you, we do love doing things with him, seeing him learn, and learning ourselves! xx

  2. Sounds like a great day out. It’s not too far from us, so may try to get there in the summer when we are always looking for new places to visit.

    • Yeah it was great so you should definitely give it a go – we like visiting new places too, lovely to have a bit of variety and see somewhere new 🙂

    • Yeah it’s a lovely place mum, can’t believe we’ve not been before, dead easy to get to as well 🙂 though could be a bit better signposted off the A45! xx

  3. Gorgeous gorgeous post! I love days like this, they’re just wonderful. Those trees are something else aren’t they. Fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory

    • Thank you! I dod too, it’s just lovely to do things as a family. They’re great aren’t they? Really unusual! Thanks and my pleasure 🙂 xx

  4. Photos look amazing. What a great adventure outdoors together as a family. Those are the best ones. The blue skies are so nice lately may it long continue. Just lovely.

    • Thank you, it was a fab day. We love to get out and have an adventure when we can! I really hope we get more blue skies so we can have ore adventures! 🙂 xx

    • thank you, we very much did 🙂 It was so nice to have a sunny day! Monkey loves all the attention from mummy and daddy, though he does get cross when mummy is spending ages with the camera! 🙂 xx

  5. Looks like a lovely day was had by all! We must get round to taking our two out to some of the National Trust properties near us – i’m always intimidated because the houses themselves don’t look like they’d lend themselves to entertaining a toddler but of course the grounds are usually pretty great for a wander! I will have to peruse the back posts of Charly from The Doves blog as I know she lives local to me and has taken her little POD to lots of places we could visit. Also, don’t forget to research Easter activities in places like this – we took my step daughter to an Easter Egg hunt at Clandon Park one year and she loved it!

    • We really did have a great time. I know what you mean about the houses, I’m a bit nervous of taking Monkey round them, but thankfully the grounds have a lot to entertain him! Ooh yes you should definitely see where they have been, I’ve seen some of her posts and they have been to some lovely places! You are so right about easter activities, I’m a bit rubbish at checking websites for things, but i really should do! xx

  6. What an interesting looking place – my “tree” side really loves all the trees, especially the one in the picture above you and Monkey sitting in the tree – it is a lovely example of a very old yew, often planted in churchyards. We have one in our local church here in France but nothing like as beautifully formed as that one.

  7. What a lovely day out. Everything is just starting to wake up. Love the shaft of light coming through the trees in one of your top photos. I’m ready for Spring! #SavouringtheSeason

  8. Thank you so much for linking up to our Let’s have an adventure link up.

    Would you believe that i live 2 mins away from Delapre Abbey and my link up post today in the woods is a woods on the outskirts of the abbey 🙂 We walk past the entrance every day as Elle’s school is right by it 🙂 most of my photographs are taken in the abbey x

    • Aww really? It’s such a gorgeous place I am not surprised that you take such beautiful photos there as it is really lovely! Must be great living so close to somewhere so beautiful and peaceful! xx

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