2020: Activity 19 – Dunham Massey

Today Boys 2, 3 and I visited Dunham Massey, a National Trust property with an ancient deer park.

This summer I’ve shared regular updates of what we’ve been up to during the school holidays – you can see a summary at our 2020: 42 Activities of Summer page.

Here’s a Relive video from the first part of of our route through the gardens.



And some photos


Dunham Massey is my favourite of the four National Trust properties we’ve visited this week.  Although no play park, the site has over 250 deer.  We spotted our first few at the entrance, and saw several herds, some right next to us by the paths.  There were lots of squirrels and a sweet smelling rose garden.

A volunteer talked to us about the deer, and said it’s important not to feed them.  Some of the males get lazy once humans start feeding them branches and leaves.  They can then “expect” to have a share of family picnics, and he said one deer had knocked a lady into a pond whilst trying to nibble her sandwiches.  When incidents like this occur, they have to put the deer down to help keep visitors safe.

On the boundary walk we tried (a few km) we enjoyed walking through special double gates to keep the deer within deer sanctuary areas.

Today is the first day of the online Celebration of Sundance Film Festival: London and I’m about to watch the first screening Uncle Frank with Paul Bettany.  There are three screenings over the next three nights at 8pm, plus a selection of short films you can watch on demand.  Being an avid cinema goer, I’ve been looking forward to this for a while.

Have you visited Dunham Massey?  Have you tried a Sundance Film Festival or any film festival?

#Dunham Massey  #DeerPark  #NationalTrust  #RoseGarden  #CelebrationOfSundanceFilmFestival:London  #UncleFrank

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