As National Trust members we try to visit the local properties each school holidays to join in with all the fantastic activities they organise for families. You can read about our visit to A La Ronde’s literary festival last summer on the blog.
This half term, A La Ronde have a couple of trails around their grounds – there is a free brass rubbing trail and a quiz trail that costs an additional £2/child but includes a prize on completion. On starting the trail the children were given a ‘suitcase’ and a map with clues and some colouring pencils to complete the quiz.
We followed the map to find each question ‘stop’ and both answered the questions and took part in the suggested activity (you have to collect some items in your ‘suitcase’).
Along the way there are additional activities – water painting (which my family LOVED), garden games and of course, the brass rubbing.
The quiz trail takes you around the grounds and is a reasonable walk with fantastic views. Dogs are allowed – with bins, bags and biscuits available. It is possible to take a pushchair as long as you’re prepared for a couple of bumpy patches.
There are areas of interest as you go around the grounds – fallen logs (great for hunting minibeasts), a wildflower meadow and small ‘secret paths’. It’s currently a beautiful place to visit as all the borders are in full bloom.
We didn’t tour the house on this occasion. You can read more about previous visit here. There’s loads for children to do indoors too, with dressing up and spotter challenges.
The property has a gorgeous lawn for children to play on, with a croquet games laid out and a giant’s chair to climb and sit in. They have picnic blankets to borrow so you can sit and eat your own food, or you can visit the cafe for a yummy cream tea!