As children we holidayed a couple of years in north Norfolk, so I was keen to return to some of the places we’d visited back then. It was a real blast from the past although I tend to only remember names rather than details. But it was 30 years ago, so to be expected!
On our first afternoon on holiday, we’d had a bit of time after Cromer before heading back to the hotel. The weather had looked better by that stage and I decided that we should head to Felbrigg Hall. One of the things I love about our National Trust membership is that we can just pop in wherever whenever and there’s no pressure to stay for ages.
N had a moan on when he realised it was another National Trust property, but I persuaded him that we’d check out the playground afterwards. He was then happy enough to tag along.
I’d expected it to be a lot busier, but obviously it wasn’t everyone’s school holidays, so there was plenty of space in the car park and we could just wander into the house without needing timed tickets.
We were given a little booklet to guide us as we walked round, and there were children’s activities in many of the rooms which N took control of. The tour takes you around the house in the eyes of the last squire Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer, with the beautiful rooms and interesting artwork. There were also children’s activities in most of the rooms and N got stuck in without much persuasion.
One of my favourite areas to see of stately homes, is always the servants quarters. They didn’t disappoint at Felbrigg Hall with us able to take place at the table in the servant’s halls, see the butler’s room and try out setting the table correctly. N never used to like taking part in interactive children’s activities but he’s becoming more open to them now he’s more capable.
N wanted to go back to the hotel straight after seeing the house, so I wasn’t going to get to do any of the Victory V walk. We did spot the sculpture at the start of it looking spectacular (if a bit like a bonfire effigy). There are hundreds of acres of estate to walk in, so you could easily spend a whole day at Felbrigg Hall.
I managed to persuade N into the walled garden which is alongside the car park. This is where the playground is, although we did walk the long way round to it.
Some of the flowers were out, and we found the dovecote standing pretty in the sun. It’s a beautiful place to talk a walk or even sit in the sun.
The natural playground was the highlight of N’s day I think. There were another couple of families with their children all running riot around it, but they left fairly soon, leaving N to enjoy the sand pits, water but and willow teepee den to himself until 1 little girl came along.
He was in his element. For children this is the kind of playground that is perfect. They can just play in the sand, or be a gardener, play with the water, or explore around the garden and down the willow tunnels. With plenty of benches and picnic tables it would be perfect for a picnic location in the summer. N spent about 30 minutes playing there. So much for him wanting to get back!
It was a lovely end to the day and visit. If you’re in the area, I’d recommend visiting Felbrigg Hall, and taking some time to enjoy the walled garden especially if you have children.
Have you ever been to Felbrigg Hall? Have you ever come across a similar style natural playground?
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