Summer 2019: Day 4 – Final morning in Hull and to Rugby via Clumber Park
This summer I’ve posted what we’ve been up to each day of the school holidays – you can see a summary of our adventures at our 2019: 42 Days of Summer page.
Boy 2 was keen to have a final explore in Hull before setting off to Rugby later in the day, so we headed to the transport museum in the museum quarter.
We had a go in an olden day car simulator (£1), a dark horse and carriage (which was surprisingly comfortable), and learned how to tie knots with the Hull Sea Cadets who were demonstrating for the day.
As we exited the Hull Land Train was outside, so we hoped on (£2 each) and I’m really pleased we did. The conductor was selling ice creams (only £1) and continually cracking jokes and interacting with people round the route.
We hopped off at Feren’s Art Gallery where the Sea of Hull” pictures are no longer on display, so I picked up a fridge magnet in the shop instead. The Sea of Hull was an interactive sea of 3,200 people stripped naked and painted blue, lying in the streets of Hull for an art project.
The boys enjoyed a dangling art display where the pink body parts moved and vibrated as you approached. They also liked the microbes exhibition with brightly coloured big puffy things across the full room. It was impressive.
Finally, we stopped at a street called “The Land of Green Ginger” to photograph England’s smallest window.
Day 4 – To Rugby Via Clumber Park
We set off to Rugby at midday, a three hour trip, and I was shocked the temperature gauge in the car got to 36 degrees. The traffic announcements said in some parts of the UK the tarmac has been melting due to the heat. I wished I’d got the air conditioning fixed, as it was torture (luckily the boys slept most of the way).
To break the route I’d planned to stop at The Workhouse, Southwell (National trust), as it looks interesting and is good to help put things in perspective. However, on the way, we drove right past the entrance to another National Trust called Clumber Park, and I’d clocked they had a park so decided to stop there instead.
The drive from the gate house to the visitor centre was the longest I’ve ever been on, and the estate is huge. There was lots to do and it felt like CentreParcs with lots of people cycling (there was a bike hire hut on site).
Being in Robin Hood country, there were lots of trees and we spent most of our time in two shaded play areas, both close to the centre. We looked round the sports field, walked through the pleasure grounds and cooled down in the chapel too.
We arrived at Rugby in time for tea, and have had a nice relaxing tablets evening – well, as relaxed as you can be in a 30 degree room with no air conditioning – wowch