We hope you enjoy the latest in our series of Guest blogs. Many thanks to Sammy and son Atticus for sharing their day at Knebworth with us. You can read more posts at www.midlifemum.me – a travel & mummy blog all about the boys, food and fun with occasional adventures of a Mid Life Mum when she takes a rare breather alone.
Roar Perfection! Knebworth’s Dinosaur Trail and its gardens claim to fame should be that they make the perfect cross-generational day-out. Whether you are 3 or 63 you can be guaranteed that both Granny and Little One will return home blissfully happy.
The gardens that lead in and out to the dinosaur trail are stunningly beautiful, with plenty of soft lawns that lends themselves to super fast running and the odd tumble over. The gardens were first created in the 17th century and the most recent re-design was by the UK’s most influential and admired garden designer Gertrude Jekyll, whose gardens were textural, full of colour and whose own books Monet had copies of. Brilliant fun in the garden department too are the tree trunk sculptures and maze that ran Little A ragged! The Dinosaur Trail consists of 72 life-size coloured dinosaurs, teeth and eggs that gingerly peep and of course gawp when you’re a T-Rex over the top of the masses of wild flowers and ferns that make up their special part of the gardens. We visited in June when there were heaps of stunning pink and blue Alkanet. We’d visited the Natural History Museum in Tring earlier in the day where Granny had bought a present of plastic dinosaur figurines in a bucket which created all sorts of sweet and lovely criss-cross conversations as they were introduced to their larger brothers and sisters by Little A. For slightly older children there is a dinosaur quiz as well as black boards to encourage cave painting techniques and with enough information about each dinosaur, cave men and their habitats to engross any would-be palaeontologist.