Once again school holidays loom, and once again we rack our brains to think of how we can keep the children entertained. There's only so many times you can get the paints out, bake cakes or suggest they turn room tidying into a new hobby (nope, didn't work for me either).
Is it any wonder the temptation to invest in a couple of new computer games or DVDs surfaces within hours of the half term getting underway? Which is something of a crime when you consider the fun that can be had, not to mention learning (don’t worry, they won’t realise) just a few short miles away from Newmarket at Anglesey Abbey in Lode.
This little gem of a National Trust property can truly boast having something for everyone. The stunning gardens that offer new delights with each changing season. The impressive house which houses antique silverware, clocks, and works of art from the likes of Constable, Gainsborough and many more, yet retains a comfortable, homely atmosphere. And the working watermill from which you can buy freshly milled flour for your own home baking.
The Wildlife Discovery area at Hoe Fen will appeal to the explorers in the family. The children can get up close to nature watching birds and bugs, build their own den or climb the Lime Tree Lookout for a view stretching far and wide. In fact children are free to climb any of the abundance of trees and to run freely round the open gardens without the restrictions often placed on them in other such visitor attractions.
On Thursday 31 October, visitors will be welcomed to test out different routes around the house to assist in preparations to open up the Domestic Wing next year. Entry to the house will be free (normal prices will still apply to the gardens) and a you’ll get a sneak preview into the domestic rooms in return for your feedback on the visit.
Special Half Term Activities at Anglesey Abbey near Newmarket
Mon 28 Oct, 11am and 2pm
Wildlife explorers are welcomed to help track wild animals living in the garden.
Have a go at making animal tracks and looking for fur and droppings.
Wed 30 Oct, 11am and 2pm
Visit the wild art sculpture trail and have a go making your own versions.
These are free events, although normal admission charges apply.
It’s easy to fill a whole day at Anglesey Abbey near Newmarket, take a packed lunch or enjoy the delicious offerings in the café, prepare for all weathers, a bit of rain never spoiled the fun of the fabulous gardens and discovery centre, and there’s plenty to see inside the house and mill.
Take your wellies for truly unabandoned exploration of everything Anglesey Abbey has to offer. And gather Autumn leaves, twigs, acorns, feathers and anything else you may find along the way, take photographs and you have all the ingredients for another days’ activity creating a ‘memory board’ of what promises to be a family day out.
For more details and a link to the Anglesey Abbey website go to thebestof Newmarket's Events pages.
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