Apparently Halloween is now bigger than Christmas in the States, can you believe it?
It certainly seems to be getting bigger in the UK with more and more people decorating their houses and kids dressing up. There are now lot’s of places offering pumpkin carving and even pumpkin picking.
As I mentioned before on this blog Waddesdon Manor is one of our favourite places for a family get together. We usually visit a couple of times a year and we love it there, as there is always something going on. The kids love the woodlands playground and we enjoy having lunch in their lovely cafe and walking around their grounds.
Last weekend of course it was all Halloween related.
The kids were very excited at the prospect of pumpkin carving and luckily for all of us the weather was unusually mild for this time of the year. It was perfect to sit around outdoors and watch the kids give it a go.
With our pumpkin we were given a little sheet with different ideas or styles to copy or to use as inspiration. The kids loved it and they were keen to try it although a lot of adult supervision was required. A three year old handling a knife is not really a good idea..!
The boys were very proud of their finished creations.
I really recommend a visit to Waddesdon Manor, not just at Halloween but at any time of the year. There are always fun activities going on and it’s a beautiful place to spend the day. Just a bit of warning, Halloween is quite popular event there and they run out of pumpkins quite quickly, so if you want to do some carving you need to get there early!.
Did you do anything special for Halloween? What do you think about Halloween being so popular? Is it something you celebrate too?
I always think of double denim as a bit 80’s, up there with the shoulder pads and the big hair, but somehow it seems to be back in fashion again.
The other day I bought a gorgeous denim shirt in GAP. I thought it would ideal for my youngest, and then I realised the best way to wear would be with more denim.
When it comes to double denim I think the best way is to combine light with dark colours so dark blue jeans are the perfect match for this shirt.
I really like this look ,the shirt is a tiny bit loose and looks great with skinny jeans. The sleeves can be rolled up and as it’s a bit thick it could be worn in the summer as a jacket or with a t-shirt underneath.
The buttons are press studs and they give it a very grown up look.
What do you think of the double denim look? Do you like it?
I first heard about Audley End’s Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy walk through one of my local Facebook groups, someone mentioned it and said it was a great place for a day out so we decided to pay it a visit. It is situated about one mile of Saffron Walden, so perfect if you are round the Essex area.
First of all I have to clarify that the Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy walk is not part of Audley House & Gardens. We nearly made the mistake to pay to get into the Gardens but luckily we double checked at the entrance and we were told it the correct place was directly opposite.
The main car park was full so we were directed to the overflow car park, which was only a couple of minutes walk from the entrance and was just £1.
At the ticket office we were given the choice to buy separate tickets for the Steam Railway and Fairy Walk or a combined ticket that allowed us to visit both. We decided to go for the combined ticket, that was £7 per person (under 2’s are free). With our tickets we were given pencils and 2 little booklets, the booklets had pictures of fairies and other animals for the kids to spot and tick during the visit.
Our first stop was lunch in the Signal Box Café which was at the entrance, a nice café with outdoor and indoor seating, not too many tables but we still didn’t have an issue finding one. The café had a selection of sandwiches and hot food. We had a burger and the kids decided to go for a lunch box with sandwich, a drink and a couple of snacks.
After our lunch we decided to head for the Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk, at the entrance we were welcomed by a couple of fairies that offered to transform the kids pencils into magic wands. The kids were a bit shy to start with but they really enjoyed choosing feathers, glitter and other bits that converted their pencils into fairy wands
We then headed into the walk. Initially the kids were very keen to find all the fairies in their little booklet but after a while they just decided to run around.
It was a lovely walk and there were little fairy houses in the trees or on the floor, it really felt like we were in an enchanted forest! It was really magical.
It was a busy day but we could still walk around taking pictures and seeing everything without feeling that the place was too crowded.
We spent about 45 minutes in the Fairy and Elf Walk, but really we could have been there much longer.
Our next stop was the Miniature Railway. We did not have to wait too long to get on a train, they run frequently, and the journey lasts 15 minutes. There are many things to see from the train, teddy bears that live in the woods and lot’s of woodland wildlife.
It was a lovely train ride and there were lot’s of squeals of excitement whenever we spotted anything.
Before we ended our visit we headed for the picnic area and playground, it was a really sunny day and there were quite a few people there with picnics. I guess a picnic is a great alternative if you don’t want to spend money in the café or if you just want to sit around having a coffee while the children play.
We had a great day out and I really recommend it. I think we will be back before the end of the summer.
Both the Fairy and the Miniature Railway are open every weekend until the 18th October so I recommend you visit it if you are in the area.
When we asked the boys what their favourite bit of the day was they said it was the fairy walk. … Who said boys are just interested in trains?
Have you been to the Audley End Miniature Railway and Enchanted Fairy Walk? Did you like it?
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