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?
Not yet - havent been to Gawthorpe hall for agesReplyDelete
No because we have been having fun in the garden and the park but this one looks fabulous!ReplyDelete
Yes lots of parks and events!ReplyDelete
Oh wow, this looks a wonderful family day, will have to keep this in mindReplyDelete
This looks so much fun for any little adventurer :) xxxReplyDelete
A nearby village church had a lovely group over from Texas who put on a weeks baseball training camp (mornings each day) which was great for my oldest grandson but to celebrate the final day all families were invited to a Texas evening which was fantastic and cost nothing. We had burgers like you've never seen before, brownies and keylime pie to die for and unlimited soft drinks. In one hall there was line dancing, another had a baseball photo booth with all sorts of dressing up clothes and props, outside was the barbecue and childrens games.I met dozens of new people, the Texans were incredibly friendly to everyone and we had an absolute ball.ReplyDelete
No, not yet. We have had various days out. Lovely sunny weather has been enjoyed.ReplyDelete
We are hoping to do a couple of day trips later this week. Your nature day at Gawthope hall looks fun.ReplyDelete
Special Nature Hunt:- Sounds like fun. Lily seems really keen to participate in a variety of ways. She seems to aspire to do her best. Wondering that she wants to put pen to paper. Though she cannot write as yet, she is building up to it by holding pen / pencil and putting it to paper. She will be learning how to hold pen, pencil (writing implement), increasing dexterity. She is preparing herself well:- In preparation for school, etc.ReplyDelete
Well Done! To Lily.
Wondering:- Should be Wonderful.ReplyDelete
Good that Park Ranger was around, and made himself available. As seems to have really assisted with your Pond Dipping activity / experience / adventure. Nice learning experience for Lily.ReplyDelete
Welly Throwing :- Seems like good fun. Probably the weight of the welly is the reason why neither of you managed the task. As Lily enjoyed trying, maybe you could try task / game at home (perhaps in the garden). Ensuring the task can be successfully completed. Lily being successful would receive a sense of achievement. Fun.ReplyDelete
Hoping for more Opportunities for Wonderful Days Out this Summer.ReplyDelete
Well - this was a very successful day for you and the pond dipping sounds like great fun. It is so good to get children interested in nature like this.ReplyDelete
Great t- shirt.ReplyDelete
A fun day out for Lily.ReplyDelete