We have officially found the BEST place for wet weather, outdoors, muddy, squelchy, messy fun!
We visited Godolphin House, part of an old mining estate, on a rather wet and rainy day this week.
I must be honest. We had no idea what we’d be in for and hadn’t done any research before we came. It’s part of the National Trust so we presumed it would be good. We knew two things:
- There would be a big old house.
- It was a large estate and there was grounds that were likely to be muddy.
Unfortunately the house is closed off to the public at the moment. But oh my, we were not disappointed.
Did you know that I used to be a bit of a tomboy when I was growing up? I didn’t mind getting a bit muddy or dirty and loved splashing about in the sea, puddles and getting all mucky in leaves, no matter what clothes I was wearing. How times have changed!
Evie has such pretty clothes, I’m the first to admit that sometimes my heart stops a bit when she’s wearing something beautiful and we’re about to approach a puddle, or a big patch of squelchy mud.
But little ones are supposed to be mucky, so 90% of the time she still gets to trundle in and splash to her hearts content.
Plus we’ve finally got some practical outdoor clothes, and are a little bit in love with Evie’s new little coat and trousers.
We love being outdoors. Nothing beats having a bit of a jump in some puddles and wading through some mucky brown icky stuff.
Although with this particular puddle below, I don’t think any of us realised it would be this deep. We did think at one point it was going to come up to Evie’s middle.
It took us a lot to coax Evie away from this puddle. If she had her way, she would have stayed here for hours.
But, we heard that there were some spooky happenings set up for Halloween around the estate, including a Witches Hat Ring Toss, ‘Make Your Own Bat Boxes’ and ‘Make Your Own Spider’. We’ve been slowly introducing Evie to Halloween this week through crafts and books so were hoping to take part.
We found that they were aimed more at bigger kids, but we did all gave the ring toss a try and embarrassingly we didn’t even get one. Well, Evie got one but somehow I don’t think it counts.
I must say though, I’ve never ever been to such a fun woodland area! There is so much set up to encourage outdoor play.
We absolutely adored everything outside and spent most of our time here, busily playing in the mud.
My absolute favourite part was the Mud Pie Station.
It was brilliant fun and has seriously inspired me to set one of these up in the garden. There were lots of pots, pans and bowls to use, as well as some spoons and trowels.
How entertaining would that be throughout winter? You’d be able to pop out and make mud pies even in the rain!
As you can see Jamie was taking it very, very seriously. If we did set one up in the garden, I do wonder who would use it more out of these two! Evie was feeling a bit ‘mud house proud’ and even did the dishes.
After making a lot of mud pies, we followed a trail of orange feet to see where it would take us and stumbled across this wonderful little trail called the ‘Bare Foot Walk’, the idea being you actually take off your boots and walk along with your feet completely starkers.
Each little section has a different texture. From hay, to pine cones, to stones, to sand…the list goes on. Evie’s ultimate favourite, as you’re about to see from her face, was the water. She was grinning from ear to ear when she first saw it.
Little miss clumsy had already fallen over so many times and she insisted on having her hand held through this, which was a bit of a surprise.
We were expecting her to sit down in it like it was a bath but she kept wading backwards and forwards, smiling the whole time.
We carried on with the textured walk until Evie initiated a really bad game of peekaboo. She hasn’t quite grasped that you need to hide your entire body.
I really must point out. By this stage Evie has sat in mud, splashed in puddles, waded through water, done a few roly pollies through muddy wet leaves, some intentional and some not. Yet look how pristine her wet weather clothes are!
If they got wet, they were dry in seconds. If she rolled in mud, it didn’t stick. We are in awe. Thank you so much Wet Wednesdays!
We really didn’t want to leave the beautiful estate, but Evie started to get really tired and grumpy. Getting to explore the outdoors with your children is certainly a lot more fun than I ever anticipated pre-baby.
These last few weeks playing in Tehidy Woods and now here has given me a new found love for Autumn.
Godolphin Estate, we shall be returning for sure and we definitely think we’ve found our new favourite place! What’s even better is that this place is actually closer to our house than our usual local woods.
Plus a certain Mummy wants to give the ‘Bare Foot Walk’ a proper go. It would be such a giggle.
Who needs to have a nosey in big, old houses when you can have some squelchy, muddy fun instead?
What do you think of Godolphin Estate and what do you think of these fabulous outdoor clothes?
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