On the way to our little holiday in Norfolk last week we decided to take the opportunity to stop off at a fabulous National Trust property I have wanted to visit for a while, Blickling Hall.
The Blickling Estate is huge and has so much to do see and do, with a variety of walks and cycle rides you can do. They even have holiday cottages on the estate as there is so much you can do there, much more than you could do in a day!
Because we were just stopping off for a fairly short visit, and because even with my pelvis support I can’t walk as much as I normally would at the moment, we confined our visit to the lovely gardens and grounds surrounding the house. With one of the prime reasons for the stop off being so that Monkey could run around and burn off some energy, we decided not to go into the house.
When we arrived, a lovely lady asked whether Monkey would like to do a scavenger hunt in the gardens, and of course we jumped at the chance. So he was given a lovely little basket and a list of things to find – which included some different seeds, something fuzzy, something round, etc, etc. So we set off to stretch our legs from the car journey, and see what we could find.
The grounds and gardens are so beautiful and there is so many different paths and directions you can go. Daddy loved showing Monkey the different seeds, such as sweet chustnuts and acorns, and Monkey loved collecting things like sticks and stones and popping them in his basket.
While we hunted for acorns we found a lovely fluffy looking caterpillar on the floor which Monkey was fascinated by!
When it was time for lunch we took the basket back to one of the lovely volunteers and showed her what Monkey had collected, and Monkey got a sticker! We could have get all of our, er…. souvenirs but as we were going to the holiday home we decided to leave them behind 🙂
After a lovely lunch we had a a bit more of a run around and Monkey was very brave, walking the along a huge fallen tree!
Soon enough it was time to continue our journey to the holiday cottage. As ever though we had a lovely time at the National Trust house and look forward to visitng Blickling Hall again at some point, hopefully with enough time to see inside the house and see more of the estate!
We went to Blickling when we visited Norfolk and it is just simply stunning isn’t it? We stayed in the grounds too and really enjoyed it. X
Have I subconsciously copied your entire holiday Sam? Lol well you know what they say about great minds 😉 It is a fab place and I bet it is a lovely place to stay!
It looks absolutely beautiful 🙂 I’d love to go.
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Gosh that takes me back, it’s been a good ten years at least since I went to Blickling – just H and me in those days! The scavenger hunt looks like fun – I love the ideas the National Trust come up with for the little ones!
They are so good at creating activities for kids these days, makes all the difference as keeps the kids happy while the adults are enjoying themselves too! xx
So beautiful, we really do have some incredible buildings in England and what a great activity to engage the children. I think I will be putting this on my list of places to visit.
Oh you should, it is definitely worth a visit, and you’re right there are so many lovely places to visit in this country! xx
What a gorgeous place, looks like you could spend hours there exploring! Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested
You really could, we barely touched the surface! xx
Wow it looks gorgeous there! What a lovely day you had too, perfect memories to cherish before baby arrives and you make lots more! x x x
Thanks lovely it really is a fab place and was lovely to spend some good quality time as a family of 3! xx
It looks so beautiful, the scenery is stunning x
What a beautiful place to visit #triedtested
What a wonderful place to visit….There looks so much to see and do x
It really is great and soo much to see and do, we barely touched the surface! xx
It looks like a beautiful place, what a lovely post 🙂 #TriedTested
thank you, it is gorgeous 🙂 xx
National Trust are getting really savvy with their offering for families. We recently visited Anglesey Abbey and Belton House and were really impressed.
They are good aren’t they, and it makes sense, happy kids means happy parents! xx
What an amazing looking house! I love the idea of a scavenger hunt for the little ones too 🙂
It really was nice as we got to enjoy the grounds while Monkey was occupied with his scavenger hunt! 🙂 xx
WOW…this place looks fabulous and what gorgeous photos too! I’m so pleased you all had a fab time!! Thanks for linking up with #MMWBH xx
Thanks lovely, it really is a fab place! xx
It looks absolutely beautiful, and the Scavenger hunt is a great fun idea.
What an absolutely stunning building. It great that there is plenty to keep the whole family occupied.
What a great place to visit and such a lovely idea to have a scavenger hunt to keep you busy.
It really was lovely and great to have something to occupy kids with! xx
Looks beautiful and how lovely Monkey got to do a scavenger hunt too. Lots of fun!
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids
thanks Karen, it really was a lot of fun, and a gorgeous place! xx
Hi, Thanks so much for your lovely write-up of Blickling – so pleased you had such a lovely day! Thank you for all the other lovely comments too! Come back and see us again when you’re back in Norfolk.
If anyone’s heading this way over half term we’ve got a Family Fun Day on 30 October, which proved very popular over the Summer! http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/www.nationaltrust.org.uk/things-to-see-and-do/for-families/
Absolute pleasure, it is a lovely place and we will definitely be back! xx
What an utterly beautiful setting! Love the idea of the scavenger hunt too 🙂
Thanks for linking up with #TriedTested this week x
It looks beautiful there and I love the scavenger hunt idea. We’ve not been to an NT place for a couple of months, which is a long time for us!, so I’m now keen to get to one and scavenge!
That is a long time for you! You must getting withdrawal symptoms 😉 xxx
What a fabulous day. If you’d like to send us any of your reviews (old or new) please do as we host day trip and holiday reviews. #countrykids Karen of http://www.minitravellers.co.uk
ooh interesting thank you, I shall pop over! xx
What a fun looking day. I love the way they lay on the scavenger hunt. Such a simple activity but ideal for little ones. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.
It was great and I love the kids activities they have there, so simple but great for little ones! xx
The National Trust a great aren’t they, so family friendly. Looks like you all had a great day 🙂
They really are so fab and so family friendly which is brilliant 🙂 xx
Beautiful! I think I’ve said on a few blogs this week how much I miss these types of property over here in the US, I’d love a few country houses and gardens to visit 🙂 Lovely photos, and the scavenger hunt loos fab! #CountryKids
Aww I can imagine, there just isn;t the same kind of history over there is there? It really was such a lovely place! xx
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