As the Easter Holidays draw to a close, mums around the country breathe a sigh of relief as that first day back at school looms ever closer. As much as I like to get back into a normal routine, part of me dreads the end of the holidays. Yes, there’s no doubt it is chaos in my house at the moment. I have hardly touched the housework in two weeks and my Green Mums work has been very neglected BUT we have had so much fun!
We haven’t been out and about every day. I’m a firm believer that children should have time to invent their own play and my daughter is definitely a child that needs time for this. She loves to draw whilst listening to audio books and to make up games with her little brother so there has been a fair bit of that during the holidays.
Here are a few of my favourite moments from Easter. I haven’t recorded any photos of me scoffing chocolate but I guess that would come into this category too!
Cotehele House in Cornwall
We have had National Trust membership since before we had children. We think it is great value for money and they put on some lovely activities for children during the holidays. Of all the properties that we have visited, all over the country, Cotehele has got to be our favourite. It has a fantastic orchard which is a great space to run around looking for wildlife. The gardens are gorgeous and very varied. With a formal terraced garden, croquet lawn and a sloping garden that meanders its way downhill there is something for everyone. You can also walk through the woods to a working mill and on certain days the children can try their hand at making bread. During the holidays they always put in a lot of effort into children’s activities. On the day that we were there they had a family workshop making miniature gardens. Both Lily and Thomas loved this and got so engrossed with creating their little patch of Eden.
We went to Dorset for a few days with our parents. What a beautiful place (not quite as beautiful as Cornwall but then I’m going to say that, being a cornish lass!). One of my favourite spots would have to be Lulworth Cove. It is such a dramatic place and yet so peaceful (despite all the crowds). It has a surreal feel about it and it’s not like anywhere else I have ever visited.
Another of our favourite spots in Dorset was Abbotsbury. This is a beautiful little village but it’s main appeal are the three tourist attractions located just on the outskirts. We visited two of these, The Subtropical Gardens and the Children’s Farm. There is also a Swannery but we didn’t get time to visit this one. The Subtropical Gardens are 20 acres of hidden paradise containing many rare and exotic plants. Just beautiful, even in spring. I would love to go back in the summer too. They had an Easter Egg Hunt on when we were there which was a great way to keep those little toddler legs moving around the garden!
The Abbotsbury Children’s Farm was a big hit with the children. It is advertised as being for under 11’s and I would say they have pitched this right. It is a small compact little farm and perfect for younger children. Lily fell in love with a baby goat and wanted to bring him home. She still talks about him a week later…. They have two lovely play areas outside and an indoor play area for those rainy days. Thomas loved driving the toy tractors and we all had a good bounce around on the space-hoppers. There were even adult sized ones, so no excuse not to join in! The cafe on site serves local produce and was very family friendly and tasty too! We would definitely go here again if we return to Dorset.
It’s not just the days out that I will remember though. I want to remember the little things like lying in our fantastic den that we made whilst reading ‘ The Folk of the Faraway Tree’ and spending time in the garden looking for tadpoles and frogs followed by a picnic lunch on the lawn. We’ve enjoyed the lazy lie-ins and not having to rush off for the school-run. We’ve had time to paint, bake and make lots of mess and I wish it didn’t have to end. Bring on the summer holidays!
What have been your favourite moments of the holidays?