Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Exploring gardens, a review of Biddulph Grange Garden

                           There is nothing like exploring gardens with your child!!!
On holiday, I like to find nearby National Trust places of interest to take our daughter, or at least some lovely gardens to explore. Many places these days have the family in mind, meaning that although it may sound a bit tedious and risky taking a child around some gardens, the reality is, it is a fantastic activity to do as a family!

Biddulph  Grange gardens is a beautiful place on the outskirts of the Peak District in Staffordshire and is a beautiful Victorian garden which has many hidden gems. The most exciting for our daughter was the Woodland walk, which offered stepping stones, Willow tunnels and many things to spot! We looked for bugs and found a stick which proved to be a fantastic wand to lead Mummy and Daddy through the woods!!

We were able to explore little cottages, pyramids and weird and wonderful statues which led to some great conversations! She was in her own little world of imagination, pretending the paths were train tracks and getting us to follow her! She loved every single minute of it! It was also fun seeing how close the fish could get to you in the pond/lake! This proved to be a little more exciting for Daddy, however, but it was lovely to know you could buy food to feed them and get really close to the beautiful fish!

My favourite part of the gardens had to be the Chinese gardens, showing a Victorian idea of China! The beautiful little bridge and the running water made it so peaceful,and our daughter enjoyed dragon spotting and being lifted to ring the bells!! The hidden cave tunnels were fantastic fun to walk through and led to even more imaginative stories of Dragon houses and adventures!!

Biddulph Gardens are definitely worth a visit (under 5's go free too!!) and proved to be a wonderful day out. It is a place to take your camera and get some lovely pictures of your child enjoying the wonderful natural habitats and let imagination come alive!!

For more information : http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/biddulph-grange-garden/visitor-information/

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