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.

Muddy Fun At Godolphin Estate

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.

Godolphin House - Muddy Puddle

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.

Godolphin House - Muddy Puddle Jumping

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.

Godolphin House Witches Hats

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.

Godolphin House - Witches Hats Attempt

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.

Godolphin House - 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!

Godolphin House - Mud Pie Making

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.

Godolphin House - Mud Pies

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.

Godolphin House - Peekaboo

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!

She’s wearing a Kozi Kidz coat and some OblaDiDi trousers. We got them from the wonderful ‘Wet Wednesdays‘. Have a peek at their website because they’re super cheap, despite having some top brands!

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 House - Autumn Trees

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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  1. Emma
    October 28, 2015 / 6:47 am

    I keep meaning to get to Godolphin and not quite making it – we live right up the top end of Cornwall (Bude) so it’s a bit of a trek for us. Must try and rectify that – looks a lot of fun, I think our daughter would love it.

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:21 pm

      It is so much fun. There isn’t much there and only enough things to do to fill an hour or so, but the outdoors space is brilliant and that’s an ample enough time for littler ones. Definitely worth a visit though! x

  2. October 28, 2015 / 7:27 am

    Mud pie station is a brilliant idea. So is the barefoot walk. And we definitely need a pair of those trousers…

    Thank you for hosting #whatevertheweather

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:22 pm

      We’re giving some away next week on #whatevertheweather so keep your eyes peeled! The mud pie station was so much fun. x

  3. October 28, 2015 / 9:08 am

    This places looks great (and the clothes are so cute) – I love any excuse for us to all go out and get muddy! #whatevertheweather

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:24 pm

      It was so much fun. We’re going to be giving some of these away on #whatevertheweather next week so keep your eyes peeled! xx

  4. October 28, 2015 / 9:16 am

    Evie was wearing such beautiful clothes, but oh the fun she seemed to be having!You can’t go wrong with kids, water, and nature!

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:25 pm

      Aww thank you so much! She has so much fun!!! We’ll be giving some of these away on #whatevertheweather next week so keep your eyes peeled! x

  5. October 28, 2015 / 9:18 am

    I love all the clever things the National Trust do, half the time we never get into the houses even when they’re open! And I definitely need something to keep my daughter equally mud-free… #whatevertheweather

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:26 pm

      They really are brilliant aren’t they. And they always put on fun activities too. Haha we’re the same, the outdoor spaces are so great. The clothes are from Wet Wednesdays. They’re so well priced too! We’ll be giving some of these away on #whatevertheweather next week so keep your eyes peeled! x

  6. October 28, 2015 / 9:38 am

    Now, now, Evie! That looks fun. Please can I play with you? It’s Olivia here. <3

    Great post, Chloe! It looks like so much fun especially the mud pie station and little Evie is cute. xx

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:26 pm

      Awww hi Olivia! 😀
      Thank you so much. The mud pie station was sooooo much fun. Such a cute little idea. x

  7. October 28, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Evie’s outfit is adorable – waterproof outfits make such a difference to being able to play properly outside with out getting cold and grumpy! I love the bare foor trail – been seeing these on a few posts recently, and also read an article about how we ‘recharge’ from the earth if we walk outside barefoot – it is definitely an interesting idea and something I keep meaning to read up on more! #WhatevertheWeather

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:31 pm

      Aww thank you so much! The waterproofs are so brilliant. They’re from Wet Wednesdays and we are so in love with them. We’ll be giving some away on #whatevertheweather next week so keep your eyes peeled! The bare foot trail was so much fun. Although we need to go back and do it barefoot. I don’t know why we didn’t to be honest. I can see why it would help us to recharge, I have reflexology on occasion and all your nerve endings are in your feet. If you have reflexology the reflexologist can tell you exactly which part of your body is achy or your struggling with, just from your feet and by touching certain points can help it! It’s so interesting. So walking bare foot on different textures must be a bit of a foot massage and must affect you in a similar way to reflexology.x

  8. October 28, 2015 / 10:44 am

    Oh wow, we would love to visit there, that mud pie station is a fantastic idea, my kids would love it!. Evie does look like she is having a great time!

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:32 pm

      It was so much fun. We’re seriously thinking about putting one in the garden for the rainy season. It would get used a lot. x

  9. October 28, 2015 / 11:23 am

    I’m super jel!! This woodland looks completely awesome – what a curie too. I must look for some wet weather clothes for my kids, thanks for the link. Sarah #whatevertheweather

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:36 pm

      The woods were amazing! And the clothes are too. Must needed at this time of year. These are from Wet Wednesdays and they’re so brilliant!! The prices are incredible too. We’ll be giving some away on #whatevertheweather next week so keep your eyes peeled! xx

  10. October 28, 2015 / 12:02 pm

    Oh, I have never been there! Been dying to, though. I’m going to have to try and head over before Autumn gives way to Winter. It looks like so much fun! Thank you for the Wet Wednesday’s recommendation – Robin is into everything at the moment and it’s about time I stocked up on some more practical clothing for him.

    – Laura

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:38 pm

      It’s so much fun there. Honestly, the wet weather clothes on their website are incredible. And so well priced too. Plus I can’t tell you how much more relaxing it was letting Evie run free and not worry about her beautiful clothes haha. Normally I panic so much! x

  11. October 28, 2015 / 2:36 pm

    My two would LOVE the mud kitchen – what a great idea! #whatevertheweather

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:38 pm

      It is so creative isn’t it! One in the garden would be so much fun! x

  12. October 28, 2015 / 3:55 pm

    What a great muddy adventure! This place looks awesome! We agree about putting little ones in nice clothes then tempting fate with muddy puddles! #Whatevertheweather

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:40 pm

      Thank you so much. It really is awesome. Haha I panic every time we’re out and Evie is wearing something nice. These little wet weather outfits are so, so good! x

  13. October 28, 2015 / 7:31 pm

    It looks s wonderful place for a walk in the woods! I love the bare foot trail, my two would be incredibly happy with that part as well. I love Evie’s new waterproofs, they look perfect! Great that they don’t show mud up, we haven’t used ours in the mud yet, just rain and they are fab! I’m sure you’ll have lots more muddy fun at the estate! 🙂 x

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:41 pm

      It’s such a brilliant place. We’re definitely going to do the trail barefoot soon too. The waterproofs are amazing. We didn’t use Kozi Kidz bottoms, so I’m not sure what they’re like yet (probably just as amazing) but honestly, both the coat and the trousers were completely clean by the time we were walking to the car, with no cleaning from us! So much in awe. x

  14. October 29, 2015 / 4:24 pm

    We need to invest in some rain pants and find a place like that in the US. I might have to make one at home.

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:51 pm

      They’re so worth having. You can let them get as messy as they want and they’re so easy to clean. The mudpie station is so much fun, we really want to replicate it too. I think it’d all be quite easy to do too. 😀 x

  15. Emma Chanagasubbay
    October 29, 2015 / 9:14 pm

    This is the perfect place for little ones. Mine all live a muddy puddle but stupidly I’ve never invested in any waterproof trousers!! I’m going to have a look at what Wet Wednesday have to offer now #whatevertheweather

    • October 29, 2015 / 10:53 pm

      This place was so much fun and the prices on Wet Wednesdays are so, so good. Definitely worth a look into. I am in absolute aww of how clean Evie was when we got back to the car. Haha today I took her to rock pools and she sat in them and everything and she was bone dry! I’m literally trying so hard to get her muddy now and it’s impossible with these fab clothes! x

  16. October 30, 2015 / 4:56 pm

    Oh wow! Looks like a great place to visit! She looks so adorable xx

    • November 1, 2015 / 3:13 pm

      It was such a wonderful place. We’ll definitely be returning again and again! x

  17. October 30, 2015 / 11:00 pm

    I love the mud pie station! We have National Trust membership and it has been such a great investment as we always have so much fun at all their venues. Great to hear the waterproofs kept so clean and dry, amazing! Thanks for hosting #whatevertheweather

    • November 1, 2015 / 3:15 pm

      It’s brilliant isn’t it. We really, really ought to invest in one. It would be so beneficial. The waterproofs are fab aren’t they! x

  18. October 31, 2015 / 12:46 am

    What a fabulous location. I agree with Evie – the water looks amazing! Thanks for hosting x

    • November 1, 2015 / 3:16 pm

      It really is great isn’t it! Evie loves water…perhaps a little bit too much haha. We do always have to keep an extra eye on her around the sea/puddles/ponds. x

  19. November 1, 2015 / 9:27 am

    Wow this place looks brilliant, I am in love with the mudpie station (of course) and the texture path. Evie looks like she had a brilliant time and I love that she initiated a game of peekaboo how cute! I will be checking our Wet Wednesdays as we need some new gear for Monkey. Thank you for hosting #Whatevertheweather.

    • November 1, 2015 / 3:45 pm

      Haha I had a feeling you might like the mudpie station! The texture path was so brilliant. Wet Wednesdays clothing really is incredible. We are in awe. Evie sat in the sea today with some on and the waves rolled in over her legs. We took the clothes off and she was bone dry!!!! Definitely a must have for toddlers. x

  20. November 3, 2015 / 11:16 am

    I love a good muddy puddle day with the kids. It’s so important for them to learn that it’s ok to get mucky and dirty, and also for us mums to try to remember that too.

    • November 3, 2015 / 8:16 pm

      Yes definitely. I am the first to admit I freak out if Evie looks lovely and there is a muddy puddle. But I do always let her do it. They are kids after all and they’re learning so much from exploring this way. x

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