It has to be over 25 years since I last visited Avebury in Wiltshire. Monkey’s godmum lives not too far away, and when we’d meet up earlier in the year, she’d suggested it as a meet up venue for us and the kids. A date was set in the diary and we headed down fin the glorious sunshine on Wednesday. It wasn’t long before we were having fun at Avebury, and not just with running between the various stones that form the large stone circle!
We walked up to the Old Farmyard from the car park (free parking for NT and EH members) grabbed a drink an waited in the sunshine for Godmum V and Miss M to arrive.
First up on the agenda was some Wild Wednesday fun – planting seeds in pots to collect later in the day, sitting on a tractor (which Monkey decided to do later in the day at the exact moment his mother nipped to the ladies – sighs!) and looking at the sheep in the adjoining fields.
The stone circle covers four fields in Avebury and all are easily accessible.
You can get right up close to the stones which is great for inspiring kids imaginations. We spent time spotting faces on the stones and Godmum V pointed out this hare – can you see it?
There was time for Miss M to do some rolling down a hill. Monkey wasn’t quite so brave.
Monkey and Miss M are working through their ’50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ books and making a Grass Trumpet is something we haven’t done. Godmum V gave Monkey some lessons but it’s work in progress.
We couldn’t have picked a better day, having fun at Avebury, in the sunshine. Enjoying the countryside, being outdoors.
We bumped into Iona and family, who had also decided to visit. After lunch back at the Farmyard we decided to head into Avebury Manor – we would be having fun at Avebury, both inside and out.
Avebury Manor is no ordinary old house, in this property children can touch pretty much anything, can explore, dress up and even jump on the beds!! I kid you not.
Monkey and Miss M had a wonderful time. We already love the various trials that run through most National Trust properties. At Avebury Manor we were looking for ladybirds, the two detectives found them all. Each room is set in a different time period and as well as spotting ladybirds, there were lots of things for the kids to try out, hands on learning at its best.
There’s someone on the phone Mummy?
Who’s washing the dishes?
Shall I grind some coffee beans for your coffee Mummy?
Come hither wench and serve me my dinner!
Can we really got on the beds Mummy? Yes, you can, you can even get in them!
It was so refreshing for Monkey to be able to wander around the various rooms and not worry about him touching precious objects. He relished the experience, and we spent much longer enjoying each room than we would on a normal visit. Can thoroughly recommend.
We were having fun at Avebury, and it was time to get back outdoors and enjoy the weather.
We had planned to walk to Windmill Hill, but the kids were in charge when we came to a fork in the footpath – they much have smelt a playground!
We had a wonderful day, having fun at Avebury and I’m sure we’ll be back again over the summer for some more of Monkey jumping on the beds!