When the summer sun is shining there are plenty of outdoor adventures to be had. Take a step back, turn off electronic gadgets and enjoy the simple pleasure of building a den.
Under the canopy of trees in the Discovery Garden select the perfect sticks and set to work and build your own place to hide. Mud pies are on the menu for lunch, which can be served in the seclusion of the hobbit house. Our shy fairy occasionally will come out of her front door, hidden at the bottom of a tree to taste the delicious delicacies that are cooked up daily.
All around the birds sing their songs to melodies only they know. The bird hide offers the perfect quiet spot to sit and watch our feathered friends busy at work. This wonderful game of eye spy gives you the opportunity to see which seasonal beauties are greedily feeding today. There are more birds to be spotted in the meadows, Sandmartins fly wildly in groups and nest in the banks of the river, which at this time of year is flowing lazily by.
The secret steps will take you to meadows that hold the feel of traditional British summertime. Find your way to the centre of the maze and see what message is hiding in the middle. Wander to the river bank, kick off your shoes and socks, paddle in the cool water and try your hand at stone skimming.
A wander over the wooden bridge will take you to the most environmentally friendly hotel around; ‘Pestweston’ welcomes bugs of all shapes and sizes to make a safe habitat.
Roll over logs and see what is hiding beneath. Long grass and wild flowers lead the way to the barn owl house – can you spot this wonderful home high in a tree? Walk further still and enjoy a picnic at the far reaches of the meadows with nothing but the hum of the birds and bees.
Inside the house more adventures are to be had. The Revolting Remedies trail is enough to turn even the most hardened stomachs. From woodlice to spiders webs, discover what aliments these were used to cure in days gone by. If you have ever wondered what children wore before shorts and t-shirts, this is your perfect chance, open the lid of the dressing up box and wear clothing from a by gone era. Be warned… if you look the part we might set you to work cleaning out the fireplace!
There is plenty to do in every corner of the property, autumn will bring new colours and new adventures… bring those wellies.
We won't need snow this February to build an igloo but when you roll up your sleeves and join our outdoor team with willow planting this half-term you'll be helping to create something even more special.