It’s been a quiet couple of weeks on the blog – because it’s been a busy couple of weeks in our house. J had an operation to take his tonsils out just before the Easter break so we were forced to take it easy while he recovered from the operation. Add to that the fact that he needed to stay away from other children and possible infection for two weeks and we were basically confined to the house for a while!
Luckily the operation and recovery went well and towards the end of week one of the holidays J felt well enough to get out and about.
Our first trip was to Thornhill Farm shop. A fab little shop and cafe selling local produce with a working farm attached. You can walk along the animal paddocks for free and there’s a small playground. In fact the playground had been updated since our last visit and J enjoyed playing on the tractor and digger game.
There weren’t many animals out for us to see (it was still very cold) but we did spot a few Llamas (J loved them, especially after watching the Farmer’s Llamas at Christmas) and some lovely lambs bounding about in the field. It was a great first outing, especially as he wasn’t really up to doing too much more. I also treated us to a few goodies in the farm shop, including some Field Fare frozen croissants (seriously, you’ll never buy packet croissants again) and some vegetarian treats from the Parsnip Ship.
The dragon has now moved inside so if you want a picture with it you have to pay the entry fee, although you can see the dragon from the entryway so you can still get a peek if you don’t want to pay to go in.
However I would say it is really worth the money to go inside. Entry is £6 for adults and free for children aged four and under. Being as it was the day before J’s fifth birthday, we had a real bargain!
The castle was running a treasure hunt game during the holiday which was a really fun way to get us exploring and learning more about the castle. We stayed for ages and explored every part! However I was glad I’d left baby F at home for this visit as much of the castle is inaccessible with a buggy and the spiral stone staircases would’ve been a bit tricky with a baby in a carrier.
J took this (wonky) pic of me with the dragon!
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