Finding things to do at the weekend with a small baby is sometimes a bit tricky. They’re too tiny to get stuck in at soft play yet are dying for some decent stimulation (more than the house-full of Lamaze toys and sensory foil can provide anyway!). The English weather can be somewhat unpredictable, but after visiting a National Trust site with some friends whilst the sprog was just a few weeks old, I decided that membership would be a great starting point to getting us out and about in the fresh air as a family as well as travelling to parts of the country we otherwise might not think of exploring . There are so many locations across the UK – along with free parking as a member – so the plan is to visit as many National Trust places as possible, taking photos of the scenery and facilities and sharing our experience of the different sites.
Charlecote Park – Warwickshire
A typically wet February weekend meant it was pretty muddy under foot, but the pathway around the house and café area allowed us to go on a fairly long walk with the buggy. If we’d been feeling a bit more adventurous putting the sprog in the baby carrier would have been perfect for some ‘off piste’ exploring. A lovely little café offers the usual hot drinks, snacks and lunch with outdoor seating for the summer months. Changing facilities were clean and easily accessible inside the ladies’ loos situated by the house. I think there might be a second changing area in the disabled toilets closer to the café, so Dads you’re not getting out of the nappy changing that easily.
Although we didn’t venture inside the house, it is stunning from outside and will put this on the list of things to do on our next trip – a la sling. We are lucky to have Charlecote Park just down the road from our new house so will be on the look out for seasonal events going on here in the future. Such a beautiful place – highly recommend a visit!