Summer 2019: Day 8 – Homeward bound via Hardwick Hall (National Trust).
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.
It was sad saying goodbye to new friends at #Lookfest. The gang (our boys, Amelia, Maison and Jeans) had a last game of Duck Duck Goose during the farewell speech, and we registered interest for next year
We had a 4.5 hour car journey home and based on a recent thread on UK Days Out – Reviews and Recommendations (Facebook Group) decided to stop at Hardwick Hall just off the M1 between Nottingham and Sheffield.
The hall itself was closed (open Wednesdays to Sundays) but we had a look round the gardens, had a go at some activities for children in the kitchen (including napkin folding and playing drafts for the first time), had a go on the woodland trail and continued round the 3.5 mile Oak Trail walk. It was a beautiful afternoon, and stopping meant we missed most of the rush hour traffic.
The boys enjoyed an ice cream from the cafe and there were jugs of tap water you could help yourself to.
We passed another National Trust property Stainsby Mill close by, and saw signs for Bolsover Castle (English Heritage) which looks impressive – options for next time.
We stopped for tea at a Hungry Horse pub in Catterick Garrison off the A1, where I was pleased to learn children’s meals are £1 on Mondays (up to two per adult meal)
It was great to get home and hug Dad who’d been holding the fort whilst we’ve had several rooms painted. Thank you, we missed you x. I wonder how long the brilliant white will remain brilliant!