When Blog Up North asked if anyone would like to go review Nostell Priory’s summer activities I jumped at the chance!
I love the outdoors and I love the activities the Nostell Priory usually put on for families such as den building and cycling. We often go to Nostell to play in the woods and fly our kite or maybe just a walk down to the lake. It really is a beautiful place and easily accessible. Every summer Nostell (which is part of the National Trust) offers summer activity days for children, there are loads of things to do from campfire cooking to crafting and making to cycling and sports skills.
One Monday I took my 5 year old to Mucky Monday water play session. Luckily, I had been given a free pass into the house and gardens. As we already hold a National Trust card, I took a friend and her children along too.
Monday’s water play activity at Nostell Priory took place in the garden play area which means paying an entrance fee into the gardens. Other activities such as den building are in the woods which are free to access. First we headed for the water play area. When we arrived there were quite a few children getting stuck into playing with water. Three small paddling pools were set out on raised pallets in the woodland play area along with a few jugs, spoons, tin baking trays. The pools had very little water in them as a result some children found it difficult to float or fill things up.
The activity leader soon filled up the water and said we could make a raft or a potion, of course, the children had other ideas! They were filling up tubes and bottles consequently water overflowed all over the pallets and they were loving it! One little girl spent ages filing a bottle using a hosepipe and funnel using such control and hand-eye co-ordination! The children enjoyed getting stuck in whilst water spilled everywhere.
My son had decided he didn’t want to play, typical. He did get involved a little bit and found a huge piece of bark to see if it would float. I liked that they could get leaves and twigs and mix it all up, it was a very muddy experience. There wasn’t a lot to make a float or boat with and a few more margarine tubs, hosepipe tubing, water wheels might have added to the fun. A big paddling pool or bath with water in probably would have been better. What fun that would be!
After the kids had played a bit in the water they decided they wanted to go on the outdoor play area. Nostell has a fantastic outdoor play area with a basket swing, wooden house (my son’s favourite), balance and rocking beams, climbing frames and zip wire. The kids can spend a lot of time in this area just running up and down burning off energy! Great exercise and also outdoors! Take along a picnic as there are plenty of grassy areas to sit down and keep an eye on your children whilst they play. Even my twelve year old daughter enjoys climbing here which finally tore her away from her phone!
After our picnic and spending a lot of time here, we finally went for a cuppa from the café. Disappointingly the house was closed, apparently it is every Monday and Tuesday and so afterwards we headed home exhausted. Nostell is a great day out provided the weather is decent also check out there other activities here.
Last year my friend and I enjoyed the campfire cooking. The children made bread which they put onto sticks and furthermore were able to toast marshmellows over an open fire! There’s plenty going on at Nostell for both adults and children. I love the place, do you?
Have a great summer!