Thanks to Sian for this great post from her blog at http://littlestarandme.com
We were glad to hear that Sian and her 2 daughters (Seren & Imogen) enjoyed themselves
Then friends stayed over, so we had 4 little girls here for a sleepover. When you are nearly 3 years old and just starting to have sleepovers they are one of the BEST THINGS EVER. Our little nearly 3 year old did not get much sleep at all. So we had a lazy morning at home before heading to Knebworth House for the afternoon.
Knebworth House is a gothic stately home up the A1 near Stevenage. As well as the usual house tour and gardens it has an Adventure Playground and a Dinosaur Trail! I’ve wanted to go twice before but it hasn’t been open – it opens on weekends from the end of March to the end of September and only on weekdays during school holidays. It does open up on certain dates for special events such as at Halloween. We got tickets to the outdoor areas only, stately homes are wasted on toddlers, for £9 each adult. Under 4s go free so that does keep the price down for families with littlies. Rain threatened so we needed to prioritise! First up was food. We sat outside the cafe to breastfeed and eat – mediocre and expensive – sandwiches. Next time I would be more organised and take a pack-up. Seren did not eat a thing and was a bit out-of-sorts for the afternoon. I put it down to post-sleepover tiredness but it turns out she had a bit of a tummy bug but we wouldn’t find that out until the evening! Ooops.
Anyway, after our lunch we headed to the gardens and wandered round the sculpture exhibition.
Then we found our way to the dinosaurs! Knebworth’s Dinosaur Trail has 72 life-sized dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures nestling in the shrubbery.
After completing a lap of the park, we wandered back to the house to find the car and drive over to the Adventure Park. Seren was flagging by this point and I wished I’d bought the double buggy. She did perk up when she spotted auntie Leanne at the top of a hill, and followed her up there, determined not to be the dirty rascal.
I went up to there too to take photos and spotted a film crew, filming the “sponsored by” bits that wraparound Downton Abbey apparently.
Then found the enclosed Fort Knebworth, a wooden play structure with a super exciting cluster of slides behind it. Seren and auntie Leanne had several goes on one of the slides, I don’t know who was most excited!
After a quick play in the fort, Seren just wanted lots of cuddles (so did Imogen as usual), it was time to bundle them in to the car and head home.