Archive for May, 2013

Visiting Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

May 31, 2013 3 comments

If the sun is shining, and the children want somewhere they can run about and explore, then you can’t go wrong with Castle Howard in North Yorkshire.

With acres of grounds to run about in, it will burn off plenty of energy and keep them happy and contented.

Mine today were found doing forward rolls on the grass, hiding behind bushes to play hide and seek with each other,  and generally running around in the walled gardens.

walled garden ch

There were some beautiful flowers on display.

Not to mention the spectacular fountains….

c howard fountain

This following one was easy to run around, apparently, and had them doing races around it to see who could do it the quickest.

fountain at cas how

There’s also a lake where you can take a boat trip if you fancy, and sail out while taking in the scenery. Or just sit in the Boatside cafe, and have a cup of tea whilst watching the boats sail by….

lake cas how

As the gardens are quite extensive, it can be quite a walk from the car park to the lake, adventure playground, and the main house. Hop on the tractor ride that picks up approximately every 20 minutes and hop on wherever and whenever you choose.

If you’ve got kids that need energy burning off, it’s a brilliant place to visit.

Categories: Stately Homes/Museums

A day out at Hemsworth Water Park, West Yorkshire

May 5, 2013 1 comment

When you’re driving through a built up industrial estate on the outskirts of Pontefract and Wakefield, you don’t imagine you’re going to be sat on a sandy beach five minutes later and watching kids paddling.

Which is what we found ourselves doing today when we decided to make the most of the glorious Bank Holiday weather we’ve been blessed with this weekend.

For the bargain price of £2 a car into the Hemsworth Water Park complex, we parked up and went off to explore.

Then there were lots of other things you could do inside for a minimal extra charge.

We found a huge boating lake, where you could hire a pedal boat if you wished, or if you’re like us, just have a play on the sandy beach next to it.

They even sell buckets and spades at the little kiosk next to the play park!

The boating lake and the sandy beach

beach HWP

It was lovely just sitting on the sand and watching the boats pedal or sail by, and the quacking ducks.

ducks at W H Park

After the peaceful serenity of the beach, the small people spied an adventure playground (£2.50 per child entrance – definitely worth it though!) and we came across this MOTHER of a slide, which got expressions like this…. :-O

and on going down, was declared AWESOME!!

big slide H W Park

Tunnels to hide in…..

park at Hemsworth WP

and tyres to swing on….

tyre swing HWP

then we spotted a little train chugging and wending its way through the park. As under 8’s had to be accompanied by an adult, I went along for the ride, as the 5 year old fell into that category.

On our trip round (two laps of the park) we had fun spotting furry creatures, animals and bears hiding in the woods.

We spied…

(cuddly toy!) lions hiding in the trees

lions in the wood

a little bear resting under his parasol

bear in the woods H W Park

and some little frogs on the grass.

animals on grass HWP

If after all that you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s a lovely looking (and smelling!) riverside cafe for some sustenance, or do what a lot of people were doing and take a big picnic blanket to lie on, and a picnic basket and just enjoy your al fresco dining on the grass!

As we’d already eaten before we went, we just had a stop at one of the ice cream vans parked up for a 99 ice cream with chocolate flake and strawberry sauce.


Next time we go, I’ll be dusting off the picnic basket though…..

More about Hemsworth Water Park

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