High as a kite at Belton House
We’ve been quite liking our visits to National Trust sites just recently, so decided to set foot a little further afield to use our final free pass from NPower. On Saturday we headed to National Trust Belton House near Grantham. It took over an hour to get there, boys were just about at their limits of sitting still. The Farmer seems to be going through a phase just recently where he starts to get upset and says he wants to go home, sometimes this happens before we’ve even left the house, how does that work? Saturday was one of those moments, on and off most of the way he wanted to go home. Almost immediately on arrival we dished out snacks and guess what he didn’t ask to go home again! So maybe it is linked to being hungry? The Farmer does like his food, especially snacks! Belton House is a beautiful place and to top it off, it has the biggest outdoor adventure playground in Lincolnshire, I am not familiar with Lincolnshire so I’ll take their word for it. It really is a great playground, huge slides, tree houses, zip line and a miniature trainline (extra cost and we didn’t get chance to go on it, but looked good) all of this in a woodland. Now this is my sort of place, turn out it’s The Cyclist’s sort of place too.
You should have heard the kids shouting in awe ‘He came down the slide…headfirst!!!!’ and off they ran to try it out. After the excitement of the playground we headed to the big grassy area in front of the house, near the car park. There was a kite flying demonstration and stall. It was great that you could try the kites out before you bought them. We treated the boys to a kite each, to be honest it was a little frustrating trying to show them how to do it, trying to get the line to tighten and they run towards it, or they’d just drift into a daze, or just let go, commence The Cyclist sprinting after them before he reached the electric fence. Anyway, it was fun and then we ate lunch. You may be aware of the National Trust’s 50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 3/4. Kite flying is one of them, so we ticked that off the list. I recommend signing up to this if you have children of this age or younger. There are some obvious things, which you may already do, but it also gives you tips and good ideas of places to do them. We wondered around the formal gardens, raced around the maze unable to see the boys, but I was happy in the fact I could hear their wild cackling laughter. The boys collected sticks, lots of sticks…..Found the essential choo choo train branches. We thought we’d finish the day with ice creams, but then decided we needed another go on the adventure playground. We were all pretty tired by then, so time to head home. The boys did some quality snoozing in the back and we didn’t have to listen to The Wheels on the Bus, again. Thanks again to NPower for the free passes and you and the National Trust will be happy to know that you’ve got us hooked and we’ll be signing up for our membership soon!
You’ll also find info and be able to share you experiences of Belton House on The Woodland Trust’s VisitWoods website.