We had a fun-filled half term week filled with adventures which started on the Sunday as my son was running free at Upton House. The National Trust property sits just inside Warwickshire, but is only a 10 minute drive outside of Banbury in Oxfordshire. We were actually meant to be spending the day somewhere else entirely, but when we arrived it was all closed up and their Snowdrops event had clearly been cancelled. Some quick thinking came into play, and the joy of having our National Trust membership meant we could pop along to Upton House for a few hours without the day being wasted.
We know the property well and have visited a number of times over the years. I was on the hunt for snowdrops and my 8 year old just wanted the opportunity to spend time running free at Upton House, enjoying their grounds. You can visit the house with timed tickets, but we all just wanted to be outside enjoying the dry weather. It was cold, but we were all wrapped up and ready for some fun. At this time of year you’re never really sure how long the blue skies will stick around for so we wanted to make the most of them while we could.
It’s always lovely to spend time with my son somewhere he knows well. He takes charge, finds a stick and leads the way.
This way to the gardens and off he went, leaving me trailing behind taking photos as I went. The gardens have a number of terraces which were closed on this particular day, but there’s still lots to enjoy, snowdrops to spot and the pool to marvel at.
The Mirror Pool was drained last year for essential repairs and over our summer and autumn visits we watched the water naturally drain back into it. We can’t wait to see the dragonflies and damselflies flitting around again later in the year again. But for now we just enjoyed looking at the pool at its normal level again.
It really did look beautiful in the sunshine with the silhouettes of people walking along the edge of the main lawn at the top of the terracing.
I watched on as my son enjoyed running free at Upton House, and instructed his father in the serious art of stick swordmanship.
Of course there was only ever going to be one winner, but his father put up a valiant fight.
Once the stick sword fighting challenge was competed it was on to some serious running races, there might have been a bit of cheating going on, but my son loved being the winner.
My son was in his element, simple pleasures, just our kind of fun. But he did want to make sure I was paying full attention to the rules at all times. Charge!
Then he was stood to attention awaiting inspection before the second part of his adventure began.
He’s getting so tall these days, I swear he’s grown an inch or two since Christmas. The look is also helped by his Rockfish wellies, which he’s been living in recently. I just hope his feet don’t grow for a while so he can make really good use of them.
The Woodland Trail at Upton House has been a favourite with my son since he first discovered it a few years ago and no visit is complete without time spent there. This way!
There are pathways to explore.
Fun to be had, and tunnels to crawl through.
Stepping stone to be walked along.
Logs to be conquered.
We had so much fun running free at Upton House, letting off steam and enjoying a dry afternoon in February. i’m sure we’ll back again later in the year for more adventures.
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