We are so lucky to have Blenheim Palace on our doorstep. Saying that I’d only visited once before my son arrived, but have certainly made up for it since! Our NCT group made it our weekly Monday meet up, and we had a picnic there pretty much every week from March-October in 2010.
Since then, we have met there regularly and as the children have grown up, we’ve gone from Mummy picnics to family picnics, trips to the Pleasure Gardens, joined the Easter Egg hunts and visited the Jousting Tournaments.
All have been made affordable trips with the excellent deal that Blenheim Palace has – buy a Park, Palace and Gardens One Day ticket (2013 price £21.00 per adult) and exchange it for an Annual free pass! Children under 5 are free anyway, so we have certainly got a good deal.
My son and I decided to spend this morning having a short walk around part of the Queen Pool, we stopped for a snack along the way.
We had a quick drink in the Oxfordshire Pantry and then decided to visit the Pleasure Gardens – there is a great, free train ride that takes you from the front of the Palace down to these gardens, where you can find lots of exciting things for the kids to do and see – as you can see below! Today we went to the Butterfly House and the ‘Blenheim Bygones’ Exhibition before going into the Pleasure Gardens themselves. We looked at the model village and played with the giant board and maze games, and then it was time to catch the train and make our way home for lunch.
We just didn’t have time to go on the various climbing frames or try to find our way around the Marlborough Maze, let alone visit the main gardens and the various walks through the grounds and around the Main Lake. Something to look forward to on another visit 🙂