We had a lovely day on Tuesday at Spencer’s Retreat in Coventry. We had booked a session which meant we had the place to ourselves for two and a half hours. We arrived on a blistering hot afternoon and headed straight for the picnic area as it was already lunch time. If the kids had been younger they would have loved this area. We chose it for the picnic bench and canopy from the sun, but it also had a big sand pit, a play house, ride on toys and a scarecrow. When fully open there is an indoor area with seating and books, snacks and drinks.
The Animals at Spencer’s Retreat
We saw pigs, who were having a good time rolling around in the mud. There were also goats who really enjoyed following us around, as did the geese. There was also a pony who was really cute and in the end pen there were some little goats who were very playful. There was animal feed available for us to give to them and the kids really enjoyed doing this.
The Big Play Area
The kids had fun on the play area with a trampoline embedded in the ground and lots of logs and tyres to climb over. There was also a see saw. The kids would have spent a lot more time clambering over this if it hadn’t been so very hot.
We had a lovely time walking around the plants. I didn’t think my kids would be so interested but it’s really made me more determined to grow some stuff for next summer. There were lots of plants to see and a nice little area to sit for a rest. But again, it was just too hot.
We ended up back in the picnic area where there was a little shelter from the blazing sun. I think the kids were a little frustrated because they wanted to do more but were completely drained by the heat. In the end they welcomed the cool air conditioning in the car on the way home.
Can You Help Spencer’s Retreat
Spencer’s retreat is part of the Langdale Trust and are looking for volunteers to work on the farm. You can find out more information on the website here.
They have also issued this request for help on their Facebook page. The work they do is amazing and it could be so much better too, so if you can help or know anyone who can then please get in touch, details in the post below.
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