As a family we love days out and I thought that it would be nice to share with you some of the places that we love to visit. I will be doing a kind of mini series called ‘A Trip To’ and then every time we go somewhere I can share it with you.
A few months ago we became National Trust members, we’ve been to National Trust properties a few times and thought it was about time we became members and explored more of their properties. It only costs us £9 a month for the whole family.
A couple of weekends ago we decided to head to Cliveden, which is in Buckinghamshire, and have a wander around, plus we knew there was a playground for the girls too.
When you arrive as with every National Trust place I’ve been to there is plenty of space to park your car and lots of people on hand to guide you. We headed straight to the grounds and came across the maze first which Alice was really excited about. I’m a bit nervous when it comes to mazes and worry about not getting out, but Andy assured me it would be fine. He has since told me that you can get maps of it from the shop before you go, so this might have been a good idea.
Once we found the middle of the maze there was a stone table to represent the centre and the girls squealed with delight to find it. We also found our way out, eventually!
Within the grounds is this beautiful lake and there were stepping stone across to a band stand which the girls loved going across. With a fountain in the middle it was such a pretty sight.
Just passed the lake was a large green area where some people were sat on their blankets and later on a lot of people were having their picnics there too.
The other side was the children’s play area, called The Storybook Play Den and it was one of the best ones I’ve seen yet at a National Trust. It was quite a hot day and I was pleased to see that most of it was in the shade covered by some trees, making it even more ideal for children.
There was a large wooden climbing area with a slide to go down. And then dotted around was lots of different equipment for them to play with, all made from wood. We found a boat with toad and mole sat in it, there was a little wooden house. An obstacle course that Alice loved. Some toadstools to walk across and Alice’s favourite some bars to do gymnastics on.
Next to The Storybook Play Den is the Doll House Grab and Go cafe. There is no seating inside, but there are plenty of benches outside to sit on. In there you can buy an ice cream and they had a small selection of sandwiches and children’s picnic boxes. We headed back there later for an ice cream.
Normally when we go on days out we take a picnic with us, but this was a bit of a last minute trip and I wasn’t organised. Also when we joined the National Trust they had an offer on and we received a £15 gift card, so we used this to buy lunch. We headed to the Orangery Cafe for lunch, where they had a selection of hot and cold food. We sat outside and the girls enjoyed their picnic boxes, Andy had a sandwich and I went for the cream tea, which was very nice.
Once we had finished we went to look at the grounds that stood behind Cliveden House. The house itself is now a hotel and as such you can only go into visit on selected days.
The grounds were breathtakingly beautiful and we enjoyed walking around. We headed over to the chapel and the views were amazing.
The girls then wanted to head back to the play area for one last play and an ice cream before we left. We walked through the woods to get back across and it was really peaceful and made a nice adventure too.
The grounds are large at Cliveden and it’s worth noting that to get from one area to enough takes a short walk. But it was totally worth it to see it all.
We loved our visit to Cliveden and it is one that we know that we will be returning to time and time again.
What is your favourite National Trust Place, I would love to know and maybe if it’s not too far we can add it to our list to visit?
Disclosure: I was not asked to write this post, I’m sharing it because it’s always lovely to see what places are like before you visit.