Newby Hall and Gardens close to Boroughbridge in North Yorkshire is a gem, and the perfect day for families with young children. The weather last week was set to be glorious and I wanted to take O and Ru somewhere fun and stress free, and decided that Newby Hall would be perfect. I’ve been three or four time before with my family – it is so quaint, and all round lovely – with or without children. As I was packing up the car, Jared decided to join us, which of course I was thrilled about. It felt really strange heading for a day out minus Winston.
I confess, I have only ever explored the gardens – we haven’t had the time (or desire) to enter the house because there is so much to do on a sunny day outdoors. We arrived close to 11am and immediately ate our picnic (standard), then headed to the water fountains to avoid the crowds. It was a really hot day so the boys were dry before we decided to head to the park. After the park Ru and I had a ride on the miniature railway, Jared and Ru took a boat trip and Otto enjoyed pottering around.
We had to be back to collect Win from school, but the gardens (all fifteen of them) are fabulous – children will love the waterfalls, streams, rocks, flowers and unique plants. The café food is delicious, and so is the ice cream. Everything at Newby Hall is beautifully preserved and cared for – the boys and I love it more each time.
I’ve realised that my photos look like we were the only ones there, but there were plenty of other visitors enjoying themselves too!