You may remember that we visited Charlecote Park earlier in the year and Monkey met Redpeffer and her family for the first time. It seems so long ago now, and the children have since become firm friends. So I couple of weeks ago we spent a Saturday revisiting Charlecote Park with our friends. It’s a great half way point for us, and literally 5 minutes off the motorway for Monkey and I.
It was decidedly frostier when we arrived this time around! We were given a leaflet telling us about a number of Christmas themed activities that were being organised during the day. The leaflet didn’t mention timings and one improvement I would suggest would be a bit of signage around the grounds to point people in the right direction.
The leaves were just too inviting and we had to have a good kick around in our wellies and boots. Monkey was in fits of laughter, it was a good way to start the day. I tried and failed to get a photo of him catching leaves as I threw them in the air, but we had a bit of fun anyway.
We’d had a text from Iona to let us know they were heading for the Orangery for a drink. Mummy can we have a cake? Ok, why not, let’s go!
We met up with the others, had cake and a drink, a bit of a catch up and it was time to explore. The deer weren’t too close at hand so we explored some of the grounds instead.
The croquet lawn wasn’t looking quite as inviting as it did earlier in the year!
But there was certainly time for some running around in the garden.
We were all getting a little chilly so decided to head into the main house for a bit to warm up. The Christmas Tree was up and everywhere looked rather festive.
Monkey was getting hungry and I’d been totally disorganised, so we left the others and headed back to the Orangery to grab a sandwich and a hot drink. As we arrived the brass band were outside playing Christmas Carols. Although it was cold we both decided to sit outside, and eat our lunch whilst listening to the band – it was lovely. A quick text to Iona and they were quick to join us. We just needed the snow to start falling, it was just lovely.
By luck, we discovered that storytime was starting in the woodland area with free hot chocolate for the children. Monkey decided he’d rather run around than listen so off he went, having fun.
Iona’s son was getting tired so he headed back to the car with his Dad, whilst the rest of us headed to the gatehouse to make some Christmas decorations. Again, we found this by accident, so I’m sure others must have missed it completely. Monkey and Iona’s daughter coloured in some wooden decorations for the Christmas tree. I suggested that Monkey leave one for the tree at Charlecote but he was quite adamant that they both had to come home! Ok, we’ll put them up on our tree next weekend.
We’d had a lovely day, the weather was starting to turn and we were all getting tired. We said our goodbyes and headed home. Revisiting Charlecote Park in December was wonderful, I can see this being a regular meeting up point in the months to come.