Had a wonderful Family Day Out today. In unfamiliar territory in North Wales, we spent the day at Bodelwyddan Castle. Slightly further than we thought (okay, miles away), but well worth it.
It was bright, with blue skies and a biting wind. Not that the kids cared. For me, the complete absence of rain was an absolute bonus.
Lunch for 5 under £25 – with Real Ham as The Cyclist put it, decent toilets, loads of parking and friendly staff – it ticked all the boxes for a decent family attraction.
Mums went free (it was Mothers Day) so that was an added bonus.
There was a fabulous outdoor adventure playground (made The Independent’s Top Ten), lovely gardens and a fun maze as well as enchanting Woodland Walks. Most definitely a place to go in the Sun with a picnic.
But it was the house that I thought was great. Now I love Country Houses, Stately Homes and the like, but in the absence of decent outdoor play, I can see how they are a drag for families.
When you enter this Castle, you are immediately offered clipboards, age appropriate puzzles, games and searches, even an interactive tablet for a small deposit.
They have a children’s activity linked to the theme of every room, off the Billiards Room was a children’s games chest from the relevant era. In the Lounge there was a section devoted to Afternoon Tea, complete with wooden cake stands and cakes and a delightful teapot. They have really tried to engage and involve the children and I thought it was fab.
The Castle literature and maps tell you that Noise is Welcome! How delightfully refreshing.
The icing on the cake was a whole room dedicated to Victorian Toys and Games. Brilliant, different and good fun.
It doesn’t end there, you can also all dress up in Victorian Costume, and have a photograph taken in their Silvy studio which you can choose to edit on the computer, add props, and then email home! Very entertaining.
A gift shop with an Old Sweet Shoppe (if a bit overpriced) completes the trip and my lot were snoozing before we got out the gate.