When we turned up to Priory Farm in Nutfield the other day I was so exited to see the field full of sunflowers. I knew I was going to have loads of great photo opurtunities, well that’s what I thought as number five was not so keen on the idea!
With the summer holidays now upon us I’m sure you will all be planning what to do to keep your little once occupied.
With the weather holding out for us at the moment I wanted to give you a few of my favourite days out in the great outdoors in Surrey.
Mayfield Lavender Fields
The Mayfield Lavender Fields are truly a sight to behold and I would question anybody that is not stunned by its beauty.
They can be found just outside Banstead, Surrey and are well worth a visit.
This year the car parking is only £1 but be warned it gets extremely busy and there is not a great deal of parking.
There is a lovely little cafe where you can stop to get refreshments while taking in the sights. And new this year they have also included a tractor ride.
Mine are more than happy running in between the flowers and searching for bugs whilst I try and capture the beauty on my camera.
For me Godstone Farm is great as it covers a variety of ages.
They have massive fields that you can walk around whilst looking at the larger animals such as cows, pigs and donkeys.
The children have a chance to get hands on with the smaller animals of the farm in the petting area. Mine all love this as they can stroke and hold the rabbits and chickens.
There are set times during the day where you can watch the animals being fed which is always great fun.
The play activities here are endless. There is a huge adventure playground at the top of the field with everything you could imagine.
There is a section with ride on toys for the younger children as well as several sandpits.
Mine all love the large soft play area that also homes a small cafe so you can relax whist the children play.
As far as eating goes there is a good cafe that serves reasonably priced hot and cold food. Or there is the option of picnicking with ample picnic areas.
This is our all time favourite park. It has everything you could expect to get from a local park and more.
They have a beautifully designed playground with the usual swings and slides with the added extras of a large sandpit and water features that are perfect for the summer.
The grounds are vast and have a wonderful fountain, surrounded by pretty gardens we often picnic by.
At the opposite end of the park there is a beautiful lake where you can feed the ducks and take a leisurely walk around.
During the holiday there are always lots free activities put on for the children, and in the past we have taken part in bug hunting, den building and a great sports activity day.
Lastly in the centre of the park is a great cafe Pistachios In The Park offering great food and snacks that really adds to the whole day.
Chessington World Of Adventures
We are lucky enough to have annual passes for this great theme park and visit many times a year.
It gets bigger and better each time we visit and covers all of my children’s ages from 1-18.
I tend to let the oldest two wander off by themselves and go on all the thrill seeking rides that CWOA has to offer.
I can then take the younger ones to explore the Sealife centre, petting farm, massive zoo full of wonderful animals and to ride on the fabulous rides that are more suitable for their age.
We don’t normally take food with us as its a lot to carry around and there are plenty of great restaurants to chose from.
All of mine love to watch the exuberant Madagascar show that is put on a couple of times a day and the sea lion and penguin shows always go down a treat.
It really is a fun packed day and I would advice to get there early to ensure you get a go on the biggest and most popular rides without to much of a queue.
This is a garden centre with a difference!
There is a large garden centre with all the usual things on offer which also houses a great coffee shop with wonderful hot and cold food, and the most wonderful cakes.
Attached to this is a newly refurbished play area that we have yet to visit this year. Across from here is a huge pirate ship that mine all love to play on and a picnic area directly next to it which is fantastic to sit and watch them play.
Our favourite part of the farm is the discovery walk. You pick up your quiz sheet at the start which takes you around all the different parts of the trail answering questions as you go. At the top we usually stop for a rest and take in the views. Near the end there is a chance to feed the fish which is my favourite part!!
Our day normally finishes with a walk around the well stock farm shop to pick something nice for our tea.
If you are a reader of my blog you will know that National Trust venues are my favourite.
Chartwell House is one of the best for my family as it has such a lot to occupy tiny minds.
The gardens are exquisite and there is something different everywhere you turn.
I love the tiny playhouse that would have been used by the house owners for so many years before.
We are yet to venture into the house as in not sure my nerves could take that until the small ones are a little older.
Fruit picking is a brilliant activity for all the family. It teaches children where the fruit originally comes from, gives them some exercise and they get a yummy, healthy treat at the end.
At flower farm there is always a good variety of different fruit and vegetable to pick at good prices.
I hope you have found some inspiration for days out here and I will be posting another list very soon so keep your eyes peeled.
Today was a super early start as I had an over exited number three jumping onto the bed ready to start some more birthday celebrations. The early start along with number four jumping fully clothed into the bath was not the best start to the day.
We finally arrived at Priory Farm in Nutfield by the skin of our teeth to get number three signed into her photography course. Since I started this blog she has taken a real interest in photography and I may be biased but she seems to have a real eye for it.
The course is run by Lillian Spibey Photography and is an informative couple of hours teaching the children how to perfect their skills in taking pictures of the landscape and wildlife along with a photographic Easter egg hunt and a fun filled jeep ride around the farms beautiful grounds.
She came back full of beans, super proud of what she had achieved and itching to get signed up for the next course.
Whist number three was busy doing her thing we passed the time taking part in the discovery walk that the farm offers. Once we had grabbed our quiz sheets and fish food we set off to answer all the questions whilst exploring all the other things the trail has to offer.
Number two is hitting that awkward age where activities with Mum are really not cool anymore, but I didn’t get a moan out of him today. He was more than happy to help his brother answer the questions, climb the balance beams and explore every little area there was to be found.
Near the end of the walk is my children’s favourite part; feeding the mass of fish in the beautiful pond. No matter how many times we visit they are always astonished at the hundreds of hungry mouths that come up to greet you and gobble up the food.
Quizzes ‘almost’ completed we collected our prize and stopped for a little picnic and play on the splendid wooden pirate ship. There are plenty of great picnicking spots all over the farm, but this is our favourite spot as the children can play whist you can relax and still keep them in sight.
Our last port of call was to get a warm drink from the recently refurbished coffee shop. There is plenty of space in there to fit your buggy without being in the way, and lots of large tables to accommodate my extra large family.
You really can make a whole day of it at this farm. Aswell as everything we got up to today there is a well stocked garden centre with everything you could need, a beautiful farm shop with lots of fabulous fresh food on offer and a playground that is currently undergoing an exiting refurb. This is the first of many trips this year.
Today bought the dreaded question I somehow thought I had managed to avoid “where is my fish?”
A few months ago I got up to the terrible sight of a floating ‘Goldie’ in the fish tank. I swiftly removed him before he was seen by little eyes, but before I knew it number four was by my side asking where Goldie was!! In a state of panic I said that he was having a rest in the shed. To this day I have no idea why this ludicrous thought came into my head.
Weeks passed and the replacement fish was never bought and no more questions were asked. So instead of doing the sensible thing and teaching him about the unfortunate death and grieving process I now how to keep up this ridiculous facade and decided to tell him he had swam away, but we could go and see if we could go and find another lovely fish just like Goldie.
We took a trip to Woodcote Green garden centre in Wallington. This really is the Rolls Royce of garden centres. They have all the usual things you would expect plus a fantasic farm shop with a beautiful deli, butchers and bakery. An extentsive gift selection, aquarium, two cafes which are nice but slightly over priced and a small outdoor play area for the youngsters.
After spending a while taking in the afternoons beautiful sunshine in the play area we made our way to the aquarium where Frankie very carefully picked out the exact lemon goldfish he wanted. We set on the name of Lemonade due to his colour and carefully took him home to the safety of his new tank, with the thought clearly in my mind that when the inevitable happens to poor Lemonade I will deal with it in a much more appropriate way than last time.
As we were on a watery theme today I thought that we could have some fun at bath time tonight with some colours shaving foam.
Number four has suffered with severe eczema over the past few years so bubble baths have been a no no for a long time.
This easy mixture of cheap shaving foam with a few drops or sprinkling of food colouring gave loads of fun to number three, four and five and are plain enough to not affect sensitive skin.