Recently I spotted that Gawthorpe Hall in Burnley was having events on every Wednesday in August and the first sounded like great fun. They were having a Nature day and had put on lots of activities to do.
So I decided that I would take Lily and see what activities there would be to do.
As we got there we had some lunch, there is a really nice Cafe at Gawthorpe Hall and the events wern't starting until 1. So it seemed like a nice way to start out day.
After we had lunch we headed to the gardens where the events were happening. There was a desk handing out activities and it was only £2.50 per child to join in.
The first activity was a special nature hunt. You had to go around the garden and look for things that you wouldn't normally find in the garden and then write them down on the paper provided.
There was 10 things to find. It wasn't long before we found the first one. A toy Turtle. Lily was super impressed that she had found it and was really enthusiastic to want to find some more. She got me to write down the answer on the sheet, but also tried to write it herself, which ended up as a squiggle.
She really loved walking around with the clip board and pencil and eventually we found some more items. A lampshade in a tree, a cup, a coat hanger, and loads more.
As soon as we got the net and tub, we found a little spot to try and catch some pond critters. We were really hoping to catch a frog or some fish too. I put some water into the tub and Lily started to move her net around in the water.
We didn't really manage to catch anything by our selfs but soon enough the park ranger came around to help us. He straight away started to catch something for us. In our tray we had all sorts of little things swimming around, Lily was super impressed at seeing some of the little pond bugs. Not long after the little bugs were caught, he managed to catch us a little fish which lily was super happy to see.
It was really nice seeing Lily getting involved in this Activity and also being really enthusiastic about it. The pond is always there for us to do pond dipping so I think it will be an activity I will do again in the future.
The next activity there was for us to do was snail racing. But by the time we got to this event, the snails had all gone to sleep. We waited quite a while before one decided to come out of its shell and move to eat a leaf. We are always looking at snails in our garden, so this is another activity we could always do ourself.
The last activity was welly throwing. The idea was to stay behind the white line and try and throw the welly into the bucket. Great fun game which Lily really enjoyed but she did get frustrated because she didn't manage to get a welly into the bucket. But then, neither did I. Haha
It really did make a great day out and we was lucky as we had some nice sunshine but it also wasn't to hot. We aren't going to be able to attend the next 2 wednesday events but will be attending a knights and princesses one at the end of the month.
Have you attended anything fun so far in the school holidays?