Seaton Delaval Hall

Seaton Delaval Hall

Kindling James’ new-found love of climbing, we went to Seaton Delaval Hall today for a go on their excellent play area. The car park to the National Trust property is filled with little stones. James can’t go past a gravel patch without ‘being a digger’ and getting a few stones for his pockets.

James picking up stones to fill his pockets with at Seaton Delaval Hall

He’s his mother’s son! I used to go home with pockets full of stones, too!

We went through the ticket office and straight to the play area. It’s a magnet for children, and you almost have to pass it to get to the property after the car park.

toddler on grass hill over tunnel at Seaton Delaval Hall

Climbing over the tunnel, after deciding he was too big to go through it.

Next to these tunnels is a small, but brilliant, play area, with some strategically placed tree trunks and branches.  The climbing frame created is great for children to clamber over.


toddler climbing on tree at Seaton Delaval Hall

Braving the bridge. A dad labelled this “the terrible log of doom”.

toddler smiling on log climbing frame at seaton delaval hall

Lots of fun climbing on the logs!

Next to the climbing frame is a small table made out of a tree stump, and four little chairs, also carved from logs.  James said, “ooh, I sit there!” and then asked for his photo to be taken.  I obliged 🙂

toddler smiling on log chair at seaton delaval hall

Take my photo, Mammy!

It’s quite interesting, this journey he’s taken into having his photo taken.  He used to be unaware of it, obviously, but then started asking me to “take a cheese” of things.  Now he asks for me to “take a photo” of him.

No, mammy! No flash!

No, mammy! No flash!

After a very long time, we headed out to the Hall.  I didn’t take photos inside, but it elicited a few “wow”s from James, so if you’re local and haven’t been, maybe you’d like to see it; I think James would recommend it!

Quite a pretty building, isn't it?! Seaton Delaval Hall

Quite a pretty building, isn’t it?!

When we went back outside, James found a group of girls playing.  He started to give them his stones he’d collected earlier.  Some of the girls accepted, bemusedly, and I was given the gifts that were rejected.  He also wandered round with a daffodil for a while, telling them that the bees like flowers.  I didn’t take photos of that, although it was very cute.  I feel a bit strange about taking photos of other people’s children.

Stones on a table

Some of his gifts 🙂

We went back to the play area after seeing these wooden sheep.

wooden sheep at Seaton Delaval Hall

Well, I saw the sheep, James slowly sidled over towards the play area.  He clambered around for a bit longer before spectacularly nose diving on the floor from the top.  “I like an aeroplane, mammy; I crashed”, he told me after he’d finished crying.

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  1. March 21, 2015 / 7:19 pm

    I just love Seaton Delaval Hall – it’s not far at all from us. I like the idea of a natural play area and our children always love it. We like to walk around the gardens and in the little rose maze too. Fab pics and I couldn’t help but smile at ‘take a cheese’ LOL

    • March 21, 2015 / 7:44 pm

      It’ll be lovely in the summer, but busy I imagine. So nice to have such great places on our doorsteps 🙂

  2. March 21, 2015 / 7:27 pm

    I love deleval hall! We haven’t been yet this summer but it’s such a nice place to take the kids. I have fond memories of sunflower learning to walk there 2 years ago!

    • March 21, 2015 / 7:42 pm

      Ah ha, that is exactly one of the reasons I have NT membership – I want a beautiful back drop for my baby photos!! Learning to walk in a gorgeous setting, good work, sunflower 🙂

  3. March 21, 2015 / 7:42 pm

    It sounds like he had a great time. My daughter is a stone collector too! She’s always hoarding them in her pockets #countrykids

    • March 21, 2015 / 7:49 pm

      What is it about stones? I still love them, but I tend not to pick them up anymore 🙂

  4. March 22, 2015 / 7:42 am

    We have been to Delaval Hall many times. When I was little, we used to drive past it and would make up ghost stories about the place, there was a rumour that it was haunted but I am not sure if that is genuine? So, so pleased to see it up and running by the National Trust. They do a wonderful Easter Egg hunt there too if your choosing a time to go back :0)

  5. March 22, 2015 / 8:35 pm

    Lovely pictures 🙂 looks like lots of fun here..

    Thanks for linking up to the weekend blog hop 🙂

  6. March 23, 2015 / 2:38 pm

    That play area looks like the perfect place to get out and run around, I love it when natural items like logs and trees make up the play areas. It’s sweet that he was giving out his stones to the group of girls. James seems to have really enjoyed his day out, although if he spent most of the day in the park that’d probably be why. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

    • March 23, 2015 / 4:23 pm

      The National Trust have some really great playsites, I’ve found. I’m really enjoying this phase of adventurousness James is in right now!
      Thanks for hosting country kids! It’s a great prompt to get outside and play!

  7. March 23, 2015 / 9:00 pm

    My son is like this! He gets things in his pocket and brings it home. We have shells, leaves, sand and twigs at home! That place is so perfect for climbing! #countrykids

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