It's THAT time of year again! Daylight is getting shorter and here at 'Little Yorkshire Adventures' we are slowly getting used to the cold, dark Autumn nights. Long gone are the Summer months full of freedom to travel and chance to investigate new places in the warm sunshine, with no time restrictions!
However, I love having the chance to enjoy time at home. Time to enjoy the simplicity of a jigsaw with my daughter, a hot chocolate following a cold, muddy walk and enjoying candles around the house to light up the dark nights! The internet tells me the Danish call this 'hygge' - a concept that encompasses a feeling of cozy contentment! I can cope with that...for now. However the longing for Spring and Summer is still there. For now, I'm going to be content having time to research new adventures for the new year with my hot chocolate, knitted blanket and candles by my side...
Don't you just love Fridays? Knowing that you have the whole weekend ahead of you and new adventures to make with your family...
We've had a lot of days out that I had booked recently but haven't got much in the diary for the end of the holidays. However, I love the feeling of not quite knowing where our next adventure will take us. It doesn't have to be a big, expensive trip out. Sometimes our best adventures have been to the local park, blackberry picking or even just getting on the bus into town!!!
It's all these little moments that makes Life a very big adventure.
Happy Wednesday to you all! What have you been up to recently? Here is a photo I took of the beautiful Yorkshire Wolds last night on the way home. The sun was shining over the beautiful ripe fields that are ready for harvesting. Our Wednesday Wisdom message is quite simple today...'Enjoy!'
Last week, we went to make 'Elf Rockets' with The Woodland Adventure Company.
Based in Stamford Bridge, The Woodland Adventure Company runs many different adventures for your children to enjoy being outdoors and offers the perfect opportunities to connect with nature.
We started our adventure by making our very own magic wands. The children were given a bamboo stick, feathers, elastic bands and were encouraged to carefully use their own potato peeler to peel the wand - with adult support where necessary. I love the fact that the children are encouraged to learn new skills and take supported risks - one of the principles of Forest Schools.
With the newly made magical wands, everyone went on a walk around the forest looking for Troll juice, Elf juice and Fairy dust. This was a great way for the children to connect with the outdoor environment and their own imagination!
Once we had found all the different juices and Fairy dust, the children were given a recipe of different things that they needed to collect to make the magical rockets work. Little Legs loved finding her own bits of bark, leaves, moss and sticks to add to her group rocket. With a magical spell and a countdown, we then gathered together to watch the Woodland Adventure Company Leader set the rockets off safely into the sky. WHOOOSH!!!
After all the excitement of the rockets, the children were given hot chocolate and freshly cooked popcorn whilst sitting around the fire pit. Each child was then invited to toast their own marshmallows on the fire pit - yet again, teaching children to make their own supported risks.
We finished the afternoon enjoying the wonderful woodland area and took the opportunity to make our own den with the tree branches available.
We had an amazing afternoon with The Woodland Adventure Company making Elf Rockets. I'm not sure I would have believed my three year old would want or choose to stand next to an open fire, peel bamboo with a sharp peeler and make dens with tree branches but I'm so glad that this opportunity was given to her!
New adventures are always around the corner!
We decided to take a trip to Halifax today to visit EUREKA! and the newly re-opened Piece Hall. This amazing grade 1 listed building was originally built as a cloth hall for hand loom weavers to sell woollen cloth 'pieces' in 1779. Having recently undergone a massive £19m investment, The Piece Hall was re-opened on 1st August 2017 - also known as the very important 'Yorkshire Day!'
We absolutely loved visiting the Piece Hall - such an amazing place to visit! The sun was shining and visitors aplenty. The vast space inside the Hall has been renovated with many steps and seats available to just sit and admire the scenery. Little Legs loved the space to run, explore and paddle in the water features whilst I enjoyed the perfect opportunity to people watch! There are many shops to investigate and cafes and restaurants to enjoy a coffee or Yorkshire Gin, for example. It is also hoped that, with its links to the nearby Square Chapel Arts Centre and Calderdale Industrial Museum, the Piece Hall will form a new cultural quarter for Halifax.
A great Yorkshire adventure that we are sure will get better and better each time we visit!
This afternoon, we went to the Grand Opera House in York to see 'The Tiger who came for Tea' live on stage. This musical play was wonderful at retelling the popular children's story through sing-a-long songs, lots of magic and plenty of audience participation. Suitable for children aged three and above, both Little Legs and I loved seeing the story coming to life and we were highly amused at the very hungry tiger!
We can highly recommend this production - a great excuse to go to the theatre with your children. Get your tickets quickly as it's in York until Sunday 13th August 2017.
We love a day out at Lotherton Hall, near Leeds. Here are our top seven reasons why Lotherton Hall is a great family day out:
5. The Straw Maze
For an extra bit of fun this summer, a straw maze has been added on the field next to the deer park. A great picnic spot as there is a wooden gazebo with seating - perfect if its a bit rainy!
6. Woodland Walks 7. The Summer Sandpit
Check out Lotherton Hall's website for further information:
On the way back from a trip to the Yorkshire Coast, we came across the wonderful Wolds Way Lavender. This delightful lavender farm is situated on the edge of the picturesque Wolds and is easily accessible from the A64.
We were greated on entry by a lovely member of staff who explained all the things on offer at the farm, booked us onto the miniature railway and explained the visitor map to us.
We visited at the right time of year, as all the lavender plants were in full flower. The scent when walking around is amazing and guaranteed to ensure you feel very relaxed by the end of your visit!
We started our visit by taking the miniature railway which took us on a ten minute journey around the site. This was great fun for Little Legs and helped us to see all the different areas of beautiful lavender.
We then enjoyed a walk around the lavender fields which consists of over 5 acres of different varieties of lavender. There are many different signs dotted along the paths and around the grounds which explain about nature and trees. Little Legs really enjoyed looking at the signs and learning about the birds and animals that visit.
We came across the new wooden play area, which was certainly a hit! This consists of a timber trail area which challenges you to get all the way around without touching the ground...we didn't quite manage the challenge but it was great fun!
Next to the play area there is a giant games maze which will keep the whole family entertained. We loved the giant Connect Four! This area is perfect for a family picnic - something we will try to do next time we visit.
We finished our trip to Wolds Way Lavender with a bite to eat in the cafe - we can highly recommend!
Overall, this is a great place to visit with your family. It has been designed so that it is accessible for all, so no worries if you are visiting with a pushchair. We loved how friendly the staff are! The miniature railway, play area and giant games maze have been designed with family in mind and are a great way to enjoy the beautiful fields of Wolds Way Lavender. We can't wait to visit again!
Yorkshire Day may have been and gone but that doesn't mean the celebrations have to end. In all honesty, we all know that everyday is Yorkshire day with so many places and family days out to enjoy. So, for our last post in the 'Top 5 Family days out', we are recommending Castle Howard, near York.
I have to admit that we would often see the signs to Castle Howard on our way to the coast but had never got round to visiting. That was until last year, when we went for the first time....and we absolutely LOVED it!
The drive up to Castle Howard is quite amazing. The views of the parkland are spectacular and you can tell that this is going to be a great place to explore.
Having paid for entry in the courtyard (admission prices apply), we choose to take the tractor ride down to the adventure playground. Although it is not a long walk to the house and playground, this is a great option for families with little ones (pushchairs can be taken on the tractor). The tractor ride gives you the option of getting off at the main house or the adventure playground.
The playground is a perfect spot for a picnic whilst giving Little Legs the freedom to play safely. We also enjoyed a coffee from the cafe situated by the lake, which provides light refreshments if you have forgotten your picnic!
After lunch, we decided to investigate some of the magical woodland paths which led us back up to the house. We all enjoyed the lakes and fountains- it was a great spot for hide and seek! - Castle Howard offers such a great space for kids to explore and run around.
One of my own favourite parts of Castle Howard is the walled garden. Such a tranquil and beautiful part of the gardens.
By the end of our visit, we were all tired from our adventures so treated ourselves to a tasty ice cream from the courtyard shop, knowing that we would be back....
We've been back to Castle Howard four times since!
Happy Wednesday to you all! I love this saying! There is SO much for us to see in the Yorkshire and the World- Let's enjoy the adventures we can have investigating new places.
Where will your next adventure take you?