Sometimes it sucks being a blogger – this is not one of those times…
To be honest, we visit these wonderful properties up and down the country anyway. We have been members since we first married ten years ago. Reviewing another one of their location wasn’t too much trouble at all, we probably would have been there anyway.
My little girl was celebrating her eighth birthday and what better way of marking the change from this…
…than with a trip on a lovely autumnal day for a spot of lunch, and a lot of fun in the grounds of a gracious pile, and a run about the grounds at Wrest Park.
Set in a small village in Bedfordshire, Wrest Park is, quite simply, a stunning piece of British architecture and landscaping, but in all honesty, all the kids are looking for is a place to run around, jump about, explore, hide, build, admire, roll, scoot, and even climb. Thankfully, Wrest Park has all of those things in spades. There was even a bit of room for silliness too :-D
Upon arriving, its a bit difficult to drag the kids away from the playground that greats you opposite the visitor centre, but don’t hang about, there is far too much to see to spend too much time here. We managed 20 minutes at the end, and we didn’t even go in the house. The extensive grounds include lawns, a pavilion, a long lake, a cave, an Orangery, a bowling green house and that playground.
The only disappointment in the day was the choice of hot food in the cafe; but we went out to eat and found The Raven at Hexton, just up the road was rather good, so we weren’t wholly totally upset….look at my dessert – well worth the trip out!
There was so much to see and do in Wrest Park, we didn’t manage everything in the time we were there….
Hide (well pop out)
The buildings themselves in Wrest Park are beautiful – made even more compelling by the beautiful weather….
The sunshine also meant that the gardens, which are being restored in a 20 year program, looked wonderful too….
Finally, there was a bit of time for silliness in the sunshine….
I was paid to write this review by Netmums as part of their campaign for English Heritage. However, all opinions within this post are my own. We really did do all these things, and the kids do want to go back, dressed as pumpkids, annoyingly… ;-)
For more information on joining English Heritage visit www.english-heritage.org.uk.