Last weekend we were at a bit of a loose end which is always good when you’ve got a full day free that’s full of sunshine. Seeing a friend on Facebook was also looking for something to do, we decided to join up and head to Compton Verney for another visit.
After only 2 visits, I’ve broken even on my annual membership – a bargain at £12, so I was happy, and we had a lazy wander. My friend has a baby of around 7 months old so it was good to see how buggy friendly it was, and N obviously just loves to run around in the open spaces.
We checked out the Ice House again,
The willow tunnel which was now green and leafy compared with last time we visited. N wasn’t too sure about it later on as there were other older children playing in it, but he still had a couple of run throughs, with a beaming smile on his face. You can’t beat a tunnel, natural or manmade for firing up a child into action.
We didn’t venture too close to the lake but it was as beautiful as ever, with the sun shining on the Rodin and Moore exhibits. There’s also a World War 1 trench warfare exhibition running over the summer, so if you’re into your art, the exhibitions seem to change fairly frequently. We didn’t check out any of the inside galleries as it’s not really that interesting for children that young when there’s sunny weather outside.
I hadn’t noticed the chapel last time we visited; it’s being restored so we had a quick look and saw some lovely stone work and stained windows.
An early lunch for which N scoffed it down. They cater well for children, but 2 fingers of sandwich isn’t really sufficient for a 3 year old, let alone a 10 year old. N was looking round for more sandwich.
As it was really warm weather, we took our time wandering back up the drive, having a sit down to look at the view and have a chat. The children quite happily sat, lay, sang and jumped around as they wanted (N obviously doing the latter!)
I’d mentioned the playground so of course N wanted to check that out. It was less muddy than last time, so there was chance to get in the dens,
and explore and watch older children trying to build their own. He had a couple of goes on the zip wire and over some of the wooden bridges where they were just about small enough for him to get on them.
When it comes to playground now, he really doesn’t have much fear, and wants to try out lots of the equipment. There’s certain things I’m happy to let him have a go at, but huge rope climbing frames that are horizontal to the ground rather than vertical…maybe not!
We had a lovely few hours spent there, and considering some schools had broken up for summer and the glorious weather, I’d have expected it to be busier. Even as we left, the car park wasn’t full. If you live near places like this with lots of outdoor space, I’d definitely advocate getting an annual pass if possible – it means you can drop in as and when you fancy an hour out here and there without having to worry about paying and spending a whole day there to get your money’s worth. With many family passes, they don’t prescribe photos/specific family members (unfortunately Blenheim Palace does which doesn’t work for us as I never know who I’d be going with) which means you could visit with anyone.
Do you have any art gallery places like this near you? Do you make the most of annual passes to places?