Tuesday, 7 November 2017

Spooky Fun at Brodsworth Hall and Gardens

Earlier this week we headed to Brodsworth Hall and Gardens in Doncaster for some spooky half term fun!

Brodsworth Hall and Gardens dates from the 1860's when it was built as a home for the Thelluson family. The house ran into disrepair in later years and in 1990 it was taken on by English Heritage. English Heritage have restored the gardens and conserved the delicate interior of the house with more conservation ongoing.

This half term Brodsworth has been home to some family friendly fun with a Halloween trail in the gardens and Halloween crafts inside the hall. We were really excited to take part in the trail, the boys absolutely love anything like this! We were given an enthusiastic welcome and a map to help us find our way around. The boys received a trail sheet each with clues and we set off around the gardens to find the witch, the skeleton and more.

With bridges and tunnels, statues and a lovely wooden play area, the extensive gardens are so much fun to explore with children. They are so well cared for. As it is Autumn there are also plenty of colourful, crunchy leaves to jump (or lay down) in. Once we finished the trail we headed to the wooden play area so the boys could let off some steam.  I love play areas that have different equipment to challenge the boys and they loved the wooden boats at Brodsworth. I noticed as we walked around that there were plenty of benches dotted around so you can just sit and enjoy the gardens.

The house is beautiful and in the autumn light I think it looks pretty spooky! We headed inside for some crafting and I was charmed to see the room with crafts also sold second hand books. There is also a tearoom with both indoor and outdoor seating.

With our completed trail sheets we headed to the shop and both boys were given a certificate which is a lovely touch. I must comment on how friendly everyone is.  We had a lovely afternoon tea Brodsworth Hall and Gardens and Sebastian has asked if we can go again. I definitely want to head back for a tour inside the house and to try out the tearooms. The Enchanted Brodsworth event in December also sounds amazing.

**We received a pass to visit Brodsworth Hall, all opinions given are my own**

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