Today didn’t go quite as planned. We set off today to have a tractor ride to pick our own pumpkins at Priory Farm but due to my poor organisation skills we were a week late!!
This was not a problem as there was so much to keep us occupied we soon forgot about it.
One of the best features that Priory Farm has to offer is the discovery walk that has a spooky twist in it at this time of year. The children can collect their quiz sheet at the kiosk and work their way round the walk answering questions and exploring everything it has to offer.
Their are pumpkins hanging in trees to count, broomsticks hiding in the orchard and spiders lurking in the woods that all need hunting out.
As well as the spooky quiz there are tunnels to explore and plenty of hungry fish to feed.
As our trip was originally to collect our pumpkins a trip to the Witches Cave was a must. There was a creepy tunnel to walk through and hundreds of different pumpkins to choose from.
We rounded off our day with a trip to the coffee shop where we had the most wonderful homemade cake whilst the kids got on with some Halloween themed colouring.
All the Halloween fun will be going on over the half term and I highly recommend a visit with your little devils.
My ‘Captured Moment’ for Running In Lavender this week is taken from one of my favorite vantage points in Surrey – Box Hill.
I love everything about Autumn, the chance to cosy up with a big hot chocolate, the preparation for Halloween and bonfire night and the crisp leisurely walks you can enjoy with your loved ones.
Box Hill has the most incredible views of Surrey, although I do completly freak out that the children are going to lose their footing and stumble all the way down the hill!!
Our Saturday’s usually consist of dropping the big ones at their chosen activities at its just me and the youngest two that meet up with my sister to go out and find some fun.
We were very indecisive today and finally decided to take a walk up at Box Hill. She was not so keen on the idea as she was sporting 5 inch heels!
Instead of taking our usual drive up to the top of the hill, today we decided to find the stepping stones that we had not visited before. This proved a little tricky as the signposts were not great and we tried several different locations until we finally found our way.
We took a picturesque walk through Burford Medow which takes you alongside the River Mole. There were plenty of trees to clamber over, a rope swing over the river that none of us were brave enough to try and a beautiful bridge that we stopped on to play ‘pooh sticks’ for a while.
A coupe of minutes on we got to the stunning stepping stones. It was so calm and serine, a real beauty spot.
Number four was very annoyed that I wouldn’t let him bound over on his own and he was making my nerves bad by fishing for ‘real’ sharks over the edge with his stick!
We spent a good while here by the waters edge, digging in the mud and having sword fights with sticks.
These are always my favourite kind of days. Wandering through the countryside really letting kids be kids with their imaginations running wild. I mean I bet you didn’t know there were sharks in Surrey!!
In my opinion National Trust sites offer the perfect day out, and our family have covered most of the local ones but until this weekend Reigate Hill had eluded us.
My sister had recently moved to the area and suggested we took a picnic up there to explore.
We took a short drive to the top of Reigate Hill where we found a small car park which also homed a nice little coffee hut run by Urban Kitchen that serves some great drinks and snacks but remember to take some money with you as they only except cash.
We didn’t sample anything but the boys loved trying out the deck chairs!
We set ourselves up at a fantastic view point and ate our picnic whilst the kids ran around with their pots of bubbles.
Once fed and watered we started our walk across Reigate Footbridge to Reigate Fort.
The Fort was built in 1898 and was storage for tools and ammunition for the soilders; and was a fascinating site for the children to look around.
As you climb to the top there is a large area of open space where we stopped to climb hills that reminded me of something out of the Teletubbies!!
From here I dragged my sister another ten minutes along the path to find the stunning Inglis Memorial.
She was really pleased I did as when we got there the views were absolutely breathtaking.
The memorial itself was donated in 1909 as a drinking fountain for horses. I myself think it is far to beautiful for anything like that.
We could have walked on further and taken in some more historic sights but for us this was perfect.
National Trust you have once again supplied my family with a beautiful and informative day out that we will always remember.