Sunday, 19 June 2016

A Spring day at Temple Newsam

A couple of weeks back we decided to head over to Leeds and spend the day at Temple Newsam. I have only ever been there for picnics before amd the boys sometimes go there with their grandparents for walks but this time we decided to explore the farm and house as well as having a picnic in the grounds.

Temple Newsam is a Tudor Jacobean house set in a large estate in Leeds. As well as the house there is a workimg farm, extensive gardens, play area and facilities for various sports. It always amazes me to find such green open spaces so close to a busy city centre.
As i said above we decided to explore the farm and house as well as have a picnic in ghe grounds. It cost us less than £15 for both which I thought was great value and there was even a free craft activity on for children to enjoy in the house.
We arrived and had our picnic and then we headed to the farm. After looking at the animals we headed to the farms play area for a while to burn off some steam.

After this we made a toilet stop and headed over to the house, the man on the desk was helpful in telling us the best route around and we went to explore.
Visiting old houses with young children is definitely not always the most relaxing experience, the boys were pretty good and Seb was quite interested in some parts but of course neither of them wanted to stop and read everything whereas I could have spent much longer pottering. I loved the house and spent much of our time there cooing over the chandeliers and four poster beds. I could live in a house like that!
In one of the rooms was a seasonal craft activity for children . The boys made garden mobiles with the lovely supplies. I have to say I was really impressed with the activity as there were absolutely loads of resources to use and the results were fab.

When we left the house the sun had come out so the boys had fun rolling down the hills while we headed back towards the car enjoying get the stunning  views.

We will definitely be heading back to Temple Newsam over the summer.

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