How glorious was the weather last Sunday! We couldn’t have asked for a better day to meet up with Redpeffer and her family. We decided to spend the day with them, having fun at Packwood House. The house is just outside Lapworth, in Warwickshire and is run by the National Trust. It’s a regular haunt for Iona and her family, but somewhere new for us to explore. There’s a large car park and a small cafe with picnic tables too. We decided to have an early lunch in the cafe so we could make the most of the lovely weather. The sandwiches were fab!
When we visited the house and part of the grounds were open for timed, guided tours only (but from yesterday, I believe everything is fully open). The weather was shouting for us to be outside so we decided to save the house for a future visit. Fields and mud were certainly calling the kids. Monkey had his waterproof trousers and wellies on, he was on a mission!
We’d been given a map of the grounds when we arrived but left Iona in charge as she is so familiar with the various walks. Monkey and his friends were soon running off ahead, which is so lovely to see. Chatting away, having their own little adventures, getting out in the fresh air with the added draw of mud, lots of it.
We set off to explore the Chestnut Avenue and Gorse Wood before looping back along the ‘Welly Walk’. The grounds of Packwood House are great for children to run around and let off steam, whilst remaining in a safe environment. Monkey was having a wonderful time.
I spent the day with a big grin on my face, it’s so lovely to see Monkey having fun with other children and feeling secure enough to leave my side. It’s a bit of a revelation for us and I’m loving it. There are a couple of ponds along the walk, but both have pathways alongside and Monkey knows how Mummy gets when there is water around!
He was very good at waiting for us to catch up, before continuing his adventure.
A play area was spotted and exploration was definitely required! Den building, log stepping-stones, wheel quoits game …..
and even a chance to make music!
Before going for a stroll …..
Then came the sticks, AKA small logs, because a boy just has to have a stick – right?!
Then we were back into open fields again – which way next?
Having fun at Packwood House involved lots of discussions between the children. The three of them get on really well, the dynamic just works.
A new stick was found and the adventure continued.
Part of the more formal gardens were open so we decided to wander down and have a look, walking along a quiet lane which passes the main car park.
Everyone was having fun at Packwood House, the walks were great and the sun kept shining down. We walked past the house itself to explore a little of the garden.
I always like it when you visit somewhere and know you’ll have to return to see a different side of it. The house, yew garden, lake and follies will be explored another day.
The children were all fascinated with the ornamental pond which was still partially frozen over. Iona’s daughter is starting to get the photography bug, I remember being exactly the same at her age. So much nicer these days when kids can see instantly what they’ve captured; no waiting a week for a film to be developed!
The kids were starting to get tired and a little hungry, but you can never miss an opportunity for a game of hide and seek, even if they only thing to hide behind was a rather slim tree – so funny to watch, but they loved it.
The best of friends had had so much fun at Packwood House, a lovely bit of homemade cake was definitely the order of the day. I think they might have been deciding what to ask for here!
We found a table outside in the sunshine and sent the men in to get the refreshments and Monkey had a look at the map to see where he’d spent the day having fun at Packwood House. It’s been a lovely day Mummy. Yes it has Monkey, the best kind of day. I think this little chap agreed too!
We’ll be back again soon I’m sure!