Images taken at Staunton Country Park, Hampshire. February 2017.
We enjoyed a lovely day out at Staunton Country Park, one of Hampshire’s Top Attractions. This isn’t too far from home, but somewhere we’d never visited before. After the recent unsettled weather, it really felt like spring was beginning; the sun was shining, daffodils were in bloom and farm babies were arriving! It was lovely to see all the newborn lambs, with one of them only just appearing to find its feet and stumble around the barn. There was a range of other animals to see on the farm, including; goats, llamas, pigs and shetland ponies. Animal feed could be purchased and there were hand washing stations dotted around the farm area.
We all had fun in the maze and the kids loved calling to each other through the speakers. It was a big enough maze to entertain little ones, but small enough not to have to worry about them getting too lost! The spring flowers were just beginning to bloom in the walled garden, but we were a little early to see this in its full glory – we’ll have to make a trip back in summer as I imagine it will look amazing in full bloom. There were some fun wooden activity boards to keep children amused when walking around the garden. We also enjoyed seeing the naturalist garden, where old wellies had been used as planters (love this idea!) and there was a hide to view a small pond area and the field beyond.
We headed over to the parkland to have a go at a spot of orienteering (a map can be picked up from the visitor centre) and enjoyed a peaceful stroll around the lake, where we saw ducks, seagulls and even some frogspawn. It was a beautiful area with some really interesting sights, such as a Chinese bridge and some incredible wooden carvings of a sleeping giant and a dragon in a tower.
As it was half term, it did get very busy so we avoided the play area by the farm, but the kids didn’t mind as there was so much more to see and do. We’ll definitely return in the summer, I’m looking forward to seeing the walled garden again and taking many more photos!
We enjoyed a complimentary visit for the purpose of this post.
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