We had an obligatory paddle. Well, it was in the 20s! I was very smug as had provided them with swimwear and wellies for aforementioned paddling. Massive pat on my own back as normally I have no appropriate clothes and they spend the rest of the day wet and miserable. Not today!
What’s ironic is that I didn’t get any snaps of the adventure playground, as I was too busy chasing them around like a maniac. FYI there is a huge wooden play structure, with bridges, a slide, ladders… Plus a sandpit, an area where dens have been made. You get the picture. But at the gardens there is so much to do too… There is a games area on the lawn (above)…
There’s a whole sensory area too, with stepping stones to jump to and from; sandpits to sit in; and really nice, smooth trees to climb. They’d been peeled or something… This bit would be brilliant for toddlers but mine both loved it too.
I kept interrupting play by asking them to look at me whilst I take a pic. So annoying.
Aside from the activities, it’s just so beautiful. The amazing Indian summer weather helped, of course.
I think this part was called The Italian Garden. Every turn you take there is something stunning to look at and something to keep the kids’ interest too.
The whole place is impeccably landscaped. And did you know that Lyme Park is actually Pemberley?! Well it was Pemberley in the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. You know, the one with Colin Firth as an extremely
FIT dashing Mr Darcy?
A glass house had gorgeous tropical plants and a glorious fountain inside. I do apologise but I don’t know what it was called… I just thought it was beautiful.
We did not even scratch the surface with Lyme Park house and gardens; there was the whole house to explore, let alone the tearoom which is set out on a lawn and looked stunning when I peeked through a hedge at it. We had to get back though, as we’d been out all day and the kids needed to see their Dad, even in his hungover glory. Lyme Park, we will be back again – very soon. If you want more info then visit the Lyme Park website here.