Rosie and I took the kids (all eight of them!) to Leeds Castle in Kent during half term.
It was our first proper visit (we went along one, cold evening four years ago to watch Frozen on the castle lawn).
I absolutely love a mooch around a Castle or historical house and I love taking in the beautiful grounds.
I always picture what It might have been like to live there during the various periods of history.
Who owns it now? How do they keep it looking so beautiful? How many bottles of wine could you store in that wine celler!? (And Leeds Castle definatly has the BEST wine celler!)
It was a stunning Autumn afternoon and we had such a fantastic day that words can not do it justice.
I am going to let our photos explain……
Leeds Castle has lots to do for the children, not least climbing trees and finding secret dens.
It was Halloween when we visited and they had lots of spooky activities to enjoy.
There is a wonderful playground area, maze and lots of activities from archery to dressing up as a knight.
The children loved exploring the castle and filling in all the activity sheets they had been given.
They have been learning about British History at school so they loved reading about how Leeds Castle related to Henry V111 and the Second World War.
While they were reading about how King Henry VIII did a ‘changing rooms’ on the castle to impress and gift his wife Catherine of Aragon, I listened eagerly to the stewards who explained to me that in more recent years part of the castle was converted into a cinema and areas to entertain friends (jelous much!?).
I have asked Mike to take me back for a romantic ‘date day’. The strolls, the atmosphere and the stunning architecture would make a beautuful day out with a loved one (or first date?).
I have never seen such beautiful gardens and the wildlife is everywhere.
I am looking forward to visiting again in December and enjoying the Christmas festivities with Mike and the children.
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For more information on Leeds Castle and its wonderful, seasonal treats, take a look at their website