We’ve made pretty good use of my National Trust membership since buying it just before the summer. Last weekend we had a free day and I’d planned to take N to Waddesdon Manor to see their decorations. Unfortunately when I went online to check, there were no weekend tickets left in December. Grr. I was not impressed. We already have plans for seeing Father Christmas, so I didn’t see the point of going there and then not being able to see some of the areas, including the lights and decorations I specifically wanted to see.
So change of plan and I decided we’d head to Canons Ashby instead. It’s much closer, and I thought we’d still see some Christmas decorations, and if we stayed for a couple of hours, we’d still be able to get back for the bloodhounds meet on the farm.
However it seemed that N had other ideas. He didn’t want to be there once we arrived.
Canons Ashby is a lovely house, but pretty small. We arrived early – the bonus for a National Trust property is that we didn’t have to walk far to reach the visitors entrance and the house. But because we were there when the gardens opened it meant there was a long wait until the house opened.
N didn’t want to have a look at the church, so we had a wander round the gardens….which didn’t take long.
He was interested in the sundial
And pointed out the various different gates he saw.
There is a paddock there for a play area, along with picnic benches, but it was a bit wet underfoot and we hadn’t spotted the wild play area.
The stables tea rooms were calling us. They’re quite small, although in the colder weather there’s an extension courtesy of a marquee, but we decided to stick with the indoors. Cake and drinks finished, I headed towards the house, but there was no way N was stepping inside there. It wasn’t quite a tantrum, but I could see he would be a pain if I did drag him in so we headed to go.
I was pleased we didn’t have to pay to get in because we had National Trust membership, And that we hadn’t travelled far. It must have been one of the shortest trips to a National Trust property at only 25 minutes.
The bonus was that we got to see a bit of it, but still got back to the farm as well in plenty of time.
Do you ever have times when your children refuse to go anywhere?