After spending all day on Saturday clearing and sorting the kids playroom we woke up to a beautiful sunny Sunday morning and decided we would head out to explore Hardwick Hall which is a stunning National Trust house in Derbyshire that was built in the 1500's.
We weren't sure if there would be much available to keep the kids entertained with them being quite young but we needn't have worried as there was lots of fun to be had. As we first entered the grounds of Hardwick Hall there was den building and giant connect 4 for the children to play with which they loved and some great shops which kept me happy.
As we got there around lunch time we decided to eat next so we headed into the restaurant there and ordered some food, something I was pleasantly surprised by was how well they catered for children, they had a microwave and bottle warmers for parents of young babies and a huge selection of toys, colouring books and crayons to keep older children occupied while they wait for their food.
On the menu I noticed that they offer to blend down any of their meals for babies that are weaning and as well as a children's menu they also offer any of the meals on the adult menu in child sized portions which worked great for us as both the kids wanted sausage and mash.
When our food arrived we couldn't wait to tuck in and we all thoroughly enjoyed our meals, I really liked that they use locally sourced foods and vegetables grown in their own grounds.
After our delicious lunch we went for a wander around the hall, I thought this part may have been a little boring for the kids but they had a little quiz you could do as you were walking around where you had to spot certain things and answer questions which kept the kids entertained right the way through.
Once we were done in the hall we had a walk around the beautiful gardens and much to the excitement of the kids stumbled upon a couple of super cute fairy houses hidden amongst the trees.
On our way back towards the car we decided to explore the woodland a little and found a brilliant play park with lots of wooden dens to play in, balance beams, a swing and a cargo net which the kids loved, they played for ages and were completely exhausted by the time we went home.
We had a really lovely day at Hardwick Hall and would absolutely recommend it to anyone with children, there are loads of fun things to see and do and this half term they have some fun Halloween craft activities planned, to find out more click here.