At the beginning of the week, I bundled the smalls into the car and headed off for adventure…
We spent our first day away roaming free at Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire.
We first visited back in March 2016 and took full advantage of converting our entry ticket into a years pass (for free!). This week was our fourth day at Blenheim, so it’s safe to say we got our moneys worth this year!
The smalls and I attended the Food and Drink Festival last May Bank Holiday weekend, which was a great event held on the estate, near to the maze and butterfly house. It didn’t detract from the house itself at all and those not visiting for the festival need not know it were even there!
We caught up with a close friend, drank endless cups of tea, and the kids attempted to keep count of all the sheep they saw. I came away with some Romney yarn from the sheep on the Blenheim estate, sold in the site shop, and will be making something to remember our visits by. The snowdrops appearing were a delight and a reminding sign that Spring is just around the corner. The smalls enjoyed the maze and the waterfall, and we were all excited to revisit the butterfly house!
Staying in a hotel is an adventure in itself for the small people. They had a whale of a time!
We spent the day exploring the gardens, and walked most of the paths. The smalls were again thrilled to be running free with the sheep, and kept count of the swans on the lakes. We jumped in puddles, raced across bridges, and hid in the Grotto. Stowe has so much to offer, and we’ll definitely be returning when the house is open to the public.
The site boasts its own National Trust shop and cafe, and we filled up before heading for the motorway.
Where have you been this half term?