Outdoor play at Wallington

Outdoor play at Wallington

We had a gloriously sunny day with Daddy Foote off work and so we decided to head to Wallington. We went once a few summers ago to this National Trust property, but we’d never been with children before.

Wallington cafe shops stable

Looking towards the shop and cafe in the stables

Spring has sort of sprung here. The daffodils are not yet in flower but the snowdrops are on their way out. It was a very windy day to begin with, and James needed his coat. I’d lugged the change bag with me, and realised it wasn’t the cleverest idea so went back to the car while Rob and James continued to a fabulous play area.

Snowdrops at Wallington

Snowdrops are so pretty, especially when they bob around in the wind

There were lots of dens made of sticks, but the area to get to those was very muddy, and we weren’t dressed for mud!

Instead, James played for a long time on the slide before Rob spotted a castle. James was not hesitant at all in going over to the castle for a clamber around!

James climbs a post

Honestly, he’ll try to climb anything these days!

I’m really happy that we’ve a National Trust membership this year. Thanks to my parents, who gave it to me for my birthday, we’ve had so many lovely days out already, and it can only get better as the boys grow older. The play areas in the properties are just brilliant.

James and his Daddy inside the castle

James and his Daddy inside the castle

James climbed very happily, for a very long time.

toddler climbing at Wallington

I love this photo!

There’s another rope bridge here, and the children in front of James were bouncing it while they walked. James thought that was hilarious and tried to make it bounce, too!

bouncing the rope bridge

bouncing the rope bridge

Getting ready to go back along the rope bridge

Getting ready to go back along the rope bridge

James needed a bribe of further fun in a different play area to leave this one and go for lunch. He would’ve played there all day if we’d let him. A lady showed him a photo of a play train to climb on further down into the grounds, and he was thrilled.

Off we went for a quick recharge, but along the way James picked up a stick. This stick was at first wings of his plane, then a steering wheel for a car, until he settled on handlebars for a motorbike.

Can you see how he's set the stick so it's handlebars through his fleece pocket?!

Can you see how he’s set the stick so it’s handlebars through his fleece pocket?!

After lunch (wow! National Trust prices are crazy!) the stick became a handle. Rob lifted James up and walked with him dangling from the stick.Every now and then James would get down and run for a while, then say “I need stick now!” and Rob obliged by holding it out so James could hang on.

James hanging on the stick

James hanging on the stick

A lovely walk into the woods

A lovely walk into the woods

We wandered down through the woods, past the boating lake to the train. This is a massive train-shaped climbing frame next to a platform. All the children were having a marvellous time climbing up to the top and sliding down the front. James enjoyed being a ticket seller at the platform.

Then it was time to go. As we left, we spotted a fairy house!

Fairy housein a tree trunk at Wallington

A fairy house with a lovely staircase!

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  1. April 3, 2015 / 6:00 pm

    We haven’t been to Wallington for a few years which is a disgrace as we are NT members too – we were put off a little bit when we visited the house with our children last year as the staff/volunteers were not very welcoming which is unusual for NT! I do love the grounds though so think a picnic and a play is definitely on the cards soon x

    • April 3, 2015 / 6:22 pm

      That is unusual, and I seem to remember Wallington being more child-friendly due to the dolls houses (or am I thinking of somewhere else?). The grounds are gorgeous though, so it’s not really missing out to visit and not go in the house.

  2. April 3, 2015 / 11:22 pm

    We had National Trust membership for Nick’s birthday too, such a great gift and perfect with children of all ages. I do think their play areas are perfect for little ones and James looks the best age to take full advantage. Lovely photos from your visit, clearly a happy day all round. Thank you for sharing with me on Country Kids.

  3. April 3, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    We love National Trust too. Such great value for membership, and handy to meet up with friends if they’ve also got membership.

    Looks like you had a great time there.

  4. April 4, 2015 / 7:52 am

    That looks like a beautiful place to visit, with a great playground. I love that little fairy staircase there, so sweet! NT membership does get you out and about and at some gorgeous sites, too x

    • April 4, 2015 / 5:55 pm

      That fairy staircase was just a lovely way to end the day, and to top that off, fairies have moved into James’ preschool!

  5. April 4, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    What lovely photos, looks like you had a wonderful day. I really miss being able to visit NT properties now that we’re in the US, they are such great places to take the kids x #CountryKids

    • April 4, 2015 / 5:53 pm

      You still have amazing places in the US, like all those wonderful National Parks, and you can have your NP Passport stamped in everyone, which is pretty cool 🙂

    • April 4, 2015 / 5:54 pm

      Thank you, it is a lovely place and it was a great day.

  6. April 8, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    He looks like he’s having an amazing time. I love NT properties. I wish my children appreciated them as much as I did. One day…. 🙂

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