It’s the first day of half term and the day started EARLY!!! Both Megan and William were up, dressed and outside playing football by 7:30. At ‘half time’ they stopped for breakfast, which consisted of bacon sarnies, pain au chocolate and apple in the play house. This allowed time for Lay and I to prepare for the day ahead.
As this was the only day in the holidays that we were spending altogether as a family we wanted to do something fun, exciting and different that was enjoyable for everyone. After a bit of research we decided to head over to the Weald and Downland Living Museum. This dog-friendly venue offered an interesting walk through the extensive grounds, interspersed with replica buildings from Tudor and Victorian times that were able to be explored. There were also some half-term activities laid on for visiting children which added to the enjoyment.
Some of the properties are well hidden in the woodland and we all enjoyed walking along the trails in search of the next property, keeping an eye out for metal sculptures and interesting natural artwork along the way.
Halfway through our tour we found the Tudor kitchen which had some picnic benches outside. We decided to take advantage of these and paused to eat our picnic lunch.
With renewed energy we set off again to explore the remaining dwellings.
As we progressed our journey the properties got more and more modern – the last few even being vaguely habitable ‘rustic’ properties by today’s standards!!
The evolution of beds was interesting. At first there were sleeping platforms which were very narrow and with minimal resemblance to a modern day bed. As their form started to take shape it was interesting to note the base was rope interwoven to raise the bed off the floor, before more deluxe straw mattresses were introduced.
Having completed the grand tour of the buildings (including an opportunistic ice cream as we past the cafe) we headed back towards the large barn to see what there was in the way of children’s activities. Togo and I left them to it and completed another circuit of the grounds before stopping to admire the view of the rolling chalk downs (or in Togo’s case the field of sheep immediately in front of us!!).
All in all, a very successful family day out and a great start to half-term. We will add this venue to our list of dog friendly places to return to one day and will keep an eye out for more activity days.