We love a good day out, and that is one reason why we love being members of the National Trust. There are so many places to go that are great fun with kids. It is even better when you have friends who are National Trust members too as you can combine a lovely day out with having a good catch up with friends.
Last weekend was one of those days as we met up with our lovely friends Chris (who hubs has known since he was a kid) and Sarah (who blogs over at runjumpscrap) and their little Gremlin at Stowe Gardens. The weather was thankfully kind to us and we had a really great fun day.
Generally having a nice time running about and catching up.
Important things to note if you plan on visiting Stowe.
- There is quite a walk from the entrance and visitors centre to get to the actual gardens. They reckon 10mins at adults pace (if that) but with little legs this can take a lot longer so it may be worth taking a buggy, that way you can conserve their energy for when you are actually in the gardens rather than just getting there and back.
- The paths are very accessible for buggies which was brilliant.
- The cafe itself is at the visitors centre so bear that in mind if you are planning on eating lunch there and maybe think about eating at the start or end of your visit. Otherwise you will do as we did and basically get to the gardens then turn back again to get lunch then get down to the gardens again!
I think next time we will actually take a picnic (weather permitting) as there is so many lovely spots to have a picnic throughout the gardens and then we could spend more time exploring.
We really did have such a lovely time and the kids enjoyed having a good run about while we were nattering and it was nice to get out and enjoy the fresh air. It was so peaceful there too and really did me the world of good. I look forward to visiting in the summer as I imagine it will be stunning!
We loved our visit to Stowe last year. So much so, that we are going back next monbth. Our favourite bit was the secret garden with the bust statues in it! Our 10 year old loved running about and reading about all of the statues.
This was closely followed by the wall of notable Brits (not sure on its correct name)
Oh wow, you see we didn’t make it to see any of that! Will remember those areas for the next visit then! Xx
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I love the national trust. We go to a few of there sites where I live. They hold fab events. Looks like you had a great time #whatevertheweather
We’re NT members too so will have to check this out – the pictures look amazing! #bestandworst
I just read this on Sarah’s blog and it looks as if you all had a great time. I think I will have to put this on a list for days out with the little one. I hope you all didn’t get too muddy? #BestAndWorst
I just signed up for the National Trust and looking forward to visiting the sites around our area. It looks like you had a great time at Stowe Gardens and looks like a beautiful place to visit! #WhatevertheWeather
This looks lovely, some gorgeous pics. I was saying to Sarah we should all try and meet up at somepoint and in the middle of us……if you wanted to of course!! Thanks for linking up lovely #bestandworst xx
Ah yeah that would be lovely Helen, we should definitely do that! Xx
Looks like you had a great day. Stowe is really lovely. We visited for the first time last year and plan to go again this year as there’s so many parts we haven’t explored yet. #CountryKids
What lovely photos, you look like you had a great day. #whatevertheweather
What a great day out for all of you, it’s fab that you found some time to get some fresh air and catch up with friends. The kids look like they’re having a blast enjoying what Stowe Gardens has to offer in the winter, Puddle Jumping looks like it was a big hit with all the little ones that were there. I love the shot of Monkey giving Little Miss a kiss on the forehead, so sweet. Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.
I seriously love National Trust places. You always go on such fun adventures and take some lovely pictures. It looks like all the little ones had so much fun playing together. You can’t beat some seriously good puddle jumping fun! Thank you for sharing your adventure with #whatevertheweather xx
We live close to Stowe and visit all the time, we try to make that walk down to the lakes a bit of an adventure with a treasure hunt or two along the way. It’s a shame as they used to have wooden toadstools and a throne for the kids to enjoy – always good for a bit of walking bribery! #CountryKids
It looks lovely and a perfect place for a picnic on a dry day. Although they seem to be having a lot of fun puddle jumping! That’s the great thing with season passes isn’t it, you can go back several times throughout the year, see what you missed and watch how it changes throughout the year. Lovely to have friends with you too and even better that they’re also a blogger and understand why you’re taking so many photos! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x