Chatsworth House Farmyard and Play Area
We're lucky enough that when we visit my parents we have loads of amazing adventures on the doorstep. They live on the edge of the Peak District in Derbyshire, where I grew up. Apart from the hills and walks and the cycle trails, another of our best outside places to visit is the farmyard and play area at Chatsworth House.
I have fond memories of visiting myself as a child and with improvements to the play area in recent years it has the most fantastic facilities to keep my little trekkers entertained for hours. A cold wintry day, autumn is definitely here, we togged up in warm clothes and waterproofs and wellies, and head off. We were meeting my friend Claire (who I went to school with) and her daughter Holly (who's almost 2) for a catch up and a play. Even the walk up to the farmyard entrance gates was fun with the abundance of leaves to kick and throw into the air, and quickly through the pay till thanks to the pre-booking system on their website (which if booked 24 hours in advance gave us 10% off too).
Immediately through the gates the children spotted some goats in a pen, then an old tractor which you can sit on, and through to the pigs, loads of piglets, sheep, cows, more goats, chickens and lots more. Although Ollie was interested in the animals, the thought of the park and play area was far more of a draw and he swiftly hurried through and headed to the play area. It's no disappointment, loads of sand, small fixed child sized manual stainless steel diggers, to move the sand and create big holes and channels in the sand, and two stainless steel Archimedes screws which children (and adults) can turn to get water into the top of the water system, with the series of locks, waterwheels and collection points for children to play with. There's the normal play equipment too, swings, and climbing frames (galore!).
After a couple of hours play we head back to the motorhome with some very little cold hands which had been digging in sand and playing in water, for a sit down, rest, hot drink and some lunch, and a nice cuppa for Dave, Claire and I and a chat. Once thoroughly warmed up we set back into the playground for another hour of play. Luckily since we were in the motorhome we had our trusty unbreakable bucket handy too to take into the park and a couple of small spades for more digging.
Very tired but happy children, both looking rather sleepy on the journey home. Another fab outing. We'll be back!
About the Author
About Me & Mine
I'm Emma, a part time planner and a full time mummy to two gorgeous children, Ollie who is 5 and Georgie who is 1. I'm married to Dave who's a primary teacher.
Favourite place in the world:
Is where we live, Kendal and the Lake District around us. It is just beautiful and magical and an amazing place for Little Trekkers' Adventures.
Favourite things to do outdoors:
Family bike rides, camping, cycle camping, walks, picnics (all year!), outdoor swimming, parks and playgrounds.