Monday, 2 May 2016

Grand Victorian Travelling Show

Today we went to the Grand Victorian Travelling Show at Audley End. Again they had various entertainers - although not as many as last year!  We enjoyed learning about the differences between Western riding, side-saddle and English riding, watching the wild west horse display (although not quite as impressive as last year!), listening to some traditional folk music and enjoying Victorian garden games and a swing boat!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Hatfield Forest

On a sunny May day we went for a walk to Hatfield Forest which is very close to Stansted and the M11. It really is beautiful and away from the carpark and cafe you can find areas where there is no body else! I loved seeing deer and the girls loved tree climbing. It is a very old woodland - William I had an interest in the forest and that the King Henry 1st used it for hunting, but it's likely that the forest had been in existence for much longer than that. It contains all elements of the old hunting forests namely - deer, cattle, pollards, coppiced woodland, scrubland, mature timber trees, grazing land and wetland.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

St George's Festival

Today we went to Wrest Park for the afternoon to their St. George's Day Festival. It was fab day and to be honest we didn't have enough time to do and see everything!  They had a number of stages with a variety of re-enactment groups - we really enjoyed the fab fire breathing from 2 amazingly funny guys and of course the highlight of the day the battle between George and the Dragon! 

Wrest park itself is a huge expansive of parkland and I am definitely looking forward to going back and exploring it!  The only criticism of the day was the food queues which were huge! 

Monday, 11 April 2016

Laming at Wimpole 2016

Today we went to see the new born lambs at Wimpole. This year the farm no longer charges extra for National Trust members to visit which is great. We didn't see any lambs being born (apparently most happen at night) but we did enjoy seeing some tiny ones. The lambing tent is is a new place this year - not sure why, but it does feel smaller. The girls also enjoyed seeing the piglets, Shetland ponies, the goats and some chicks. Lambing runs until the 24th of April. We then also went for walk around the estate in the April showers!

Friday, 8 April 2016

Cambridge Botanic Garden Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt

This morning, the girls and I headed over to the Botanical Gardens to enjoy their Easter Egg hunt whilst G was at a trampolining course.  We enjoyed walking round the garden hunting for bunnies to provide answers to questions as well as enjoying the spring flowers and blossom! The girls won a small lindt bunny (which starved off the hunger pains till lunch!)

Then we went into Town to enjoy the Horrible Science talk at the Cambrige Literary Festival.

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Pond Dipping at Wicken Fen

Today the girls and I went for walk around Wicken Fen where we saw deer and a kingfisher! And then the girls went pond dipping and bug hunting (pre-bookable) for an hour. It was fun - they caught all sorts of small pond life including a rare great-crested newt, a diving beetle, various larva and nymph.

Monday, 4 April 2016

Ickworth Easter Trail

Today we went to Ickworth (NT) to meet up a friend and carry out their Easter Egg Trail. There were 2 trails you could do - we opted for the longer (mile and half one) - it was muddy!  The girls had to read information about the house and answer a question based on what they had read. We also enjoyed tree climbing, den building, the playground and Easter crafts!  It was a fab day out!