On the last day of our friends visit, we took them to Sizergh Castle, a National Trust property which has the enormous advantage of being fairly close to home. I’d promised them sightings of the enormous fish (koi carp?) which we’ve often seen in this pond, but they had to settle for coot chicks….
I’m really impressed with the National Trust – I’ve posted before about their ‘50 things to do before you’re 11¾’ campaign, and I like that – but also, whenever we’ve visited properties recently it’s been abundantly clear that a real effort is being made to engage visitors, particularly younger ones:
At Sizergh, as well as dressing-up in the old barn, there was (and still is) a ‘Woollen Woods’ exhibition, and a new trail through the woods with things for the children (young and old) to balance on etc.
Here’s J enjoying the rope swing…