We decided to join the National Trust this year for the first time as an incentive to get us out and about. We have already researched all the places we can visit nearby and plan to visit as many as possible as well as venturing further afield during the school holidays.
We always have the problem of not knowing where to go or not having enough money. We love visiting places of history and information so the National Trust properties should be great for us. Then you have the wide open spaces and gardens which will be great for the kids to run around and explore.
We ventured out on our first journey last week to a fairly local place, Packwood House. We pre-booked as it’s busy at Easter Time and the kids were excited to do the Cadbury Egg Hunt.
Packwood House is a Tudor House originally built in the 16th Century but much restored. It is in Lapworth, Warwickshire. There are other National Trust properties to visit nearby if you are travelling far.
Before we looked around the house the kids embarked on their Easter Egg Hunt in the welly walk.
I had arrived in my wheelchair, but on entering I was asked if I would like to use the ‘Stomper’ which was a four wheeled mobility scooter! Hubby Graham said yes straight away, it’s hard work for him pushing me around. It’s good when I can get around by myself because it leaves Graham free to run around with the kids, and keep a closer eye on them. As it happens, it worked out even better for us because I couldn’t get through into the welly walk Egg Hunt as the entrance was a ‘kissing gate.’ It wasn’t just the scooter, I wouldn’t have got through in my wheelchair either and we probably would have had to abandon the hunt altogether. So, Graham was able to go on ahead with the kids while I went back to the other buildings with Star who wasn’t feeling very well. We rested and waited for the others to catch us up.
Then we had a picnic before continuing on to explore the house and it’s gardens.
I think the house is best described by the photos I took, so here are some collages.
The kids enjoyed looking around the house and were excited at finding the carrots which earned them a special sticker before they left.
I didn’t mange to get upstairs, so I’m afraid I’ve no photos of the bedrooms myself, but here is a college of the ones my hubby took.
The kids were mostly in there element while out in the gardens of Packwood House though. They loved running through the giant Yew Trees which were really impressive and I was so jealous that I couldn’t get up the steps to them.
They also enjoyed walking around the lake and viewing the gorgeous bluebells which where everywhere. Really exciting was the Inside Out House, which was built from bits of furniture from inside the house.
|Hubby was rather proud of this photo as he was trying to recreate an album cover from one of his favourite bands, Ocean Colour Scene.|
What a great idea, building a house from old furniture, I wish I could do something like this!
We had a lovely day out and will definitely visit again, maybe for a picnic in the summer, and hopefully Star will be feeling better too.