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Speke Hall L24

April 16, 2015

So today was unlike any Thursday that’s gone before.  Today was a massive day for us; National offers day, End of an era day and my baby just got big day.

Yes it was that Thursday that parents all over the country had been waiting for since before Christmas.   It seems like an eternity since we filled in the forms with the three choices of schools.  It’s that day that paves the start of the new journey ahead, luckily for us our daughter was offered a place in the school we had put as our first choice, the excitement in the house this morning when we told her as she wished, her uniform would indeed be purple, was palpable!

We celebrated with a lovely lunch and a fantastic trip to Speke Hall.  I feel a bit of a fraud putting this in because I have to confess that despite living in Liverpool this is the first time we have ever visited the hall.  It won’t however be the last.  What a lovely, lovely place.

Despite it being the school holidays and despite it being busy the expanse of grounds around the hall meant you could wander round and enjoy the delights without feeling like you were part of a crowd.

We decided we’d just explore the gardens and not the house, this would definitely be something for the future though.  Straight ahead as you come through the reception is a fantastic children’s adventure play area, the floor completely covered in soft bark/wood chippings to soften any a fall.  We stayed here for a while and could have stayed for longer but decided to explore further.  We joined the woodland trail in front of the impressive hall which after a while took us to another play area.  This was more rustic, less planned and still a whole lot of fun.  It took me back to the days of guide camps were you were free to explore, free to discover and where you forgot to notice the hours ticking by.IMG_3262

We came full circle and back to the green in front of the hall.  Perfect for picnics and whiling away summer days.  There are other fantastic  trails too that stretch those legs a little bit further but we decided to play it safe today.  I must mention that despite following the woodland trail we did have a buggy which was fine, we navigated through the trees no problem.

Ready carved chairs for the woodland fairies.....

Ready carved chairs for the woodland fairies…..

Next visit we may follow the coastal walk or the estate walk to discover more hidden delights, either way we will definitely arrive picnic in hand.  That is if the lure of freshly made scouse from the restaurant doesn’t tempt the hubby first!  The food looked great and the children’s menu was a pick and mix pack lunch that even came with a free packet of seeds to plant.

If you want a lovely day out that lacks commercialism, is filled with laughter, smiling faces and tradition then Speke Hall is the place.  Please, just watch out for low flying aircraft!!!

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