Half Term Day 1 – Painshill Park and Claremont Landscape Garden

Next week is half term and I couldn’t be happier. I hate getting up when it’s still dark and dragging my tired children out of their warm beds, wrestling them into uniform and hurrying them to school. I’m not a fan of cold winter mornings. I love it when the girls are off school and we can slow down the pace a little.

When we have got ourselves up and dressed in our own time, I have lots of plans to make the most of a week with my little girls. Rob is currently doing some big home projects around the house, so ideally the kids need to be out of the way so I’m hoping to take them on day trips as much as possible while they’re off school. I love taking them to interesting places as they’re so enthusiastic and always notice things I don’t. I thought I’d share as much as possible of what we get up to on here, firstly because it gives me a good excuse to take hundreds of pictures, and secondly because it may give some of you some ideas for great days out.

Yesterday I took them out for the whole day, the fact that it was a little cold and rainy didn’t put them off being outside all day. First up we went to Painshill Park in Surrey for a long walk and an explore, after spending about 3 hours there and having lunch we headed to my favourite place Claremont Landscape Garden which is only a ten minute drive from Painshill. Anyway here are some pictures of both places…

Painshill Park:

Painshill Crocuses

Painshill Flowers Close Up

Painshill Berries

Painshill Autumn Leaves

Painshill Lake and Ruined Abbey

Painshill Lake and Swan

Painshill Lila Bridge

Painshill Mill

Painshill Mill Cogs

Painshill Tree Close Up

Painshill Snow Drops

Painshill Lichen

Painshill Bridge

Painshill Gothic tower

Gruffallo Wellies

Painshill Ground

Painshill Jessica View

Painshill View

Painshill Seedcase

Painshill Pinecones

Painshill Park

Painshill turkish tent

Painshill Turkish Tent Detail

Painshill Yellow Flowers

Painshill Park Grotto

Painshill Park Bridge

Painshill Lila

 

Claremont Landscape Garden:

Claremont Black Swan

Claremont Black Swan 2

Claremont Duck

Claremont Crocus

Claremont Fungus

Claremont Bear Statue

Claremont Boar Statue

Claremont Camelia Terrace

Claremont Red Camellia

Claremont White Camillias

Claremont White Camillia Bud

Claremont Stepping Stones

Claremont Belvedere Tower

Claremont Peacock Statue

Claremont Grotto

Claremont Grass Amphitheatre

It was lovely seeing the first signs of spring coming through, I love this time of year. I hope you don’t mind a week of picture heavy posts as there’s going to be a lot of this sort of post coming up!

4 Comments

    • vintagefrills February 20, 2015 / 9:44 am

      I know they’re the best! Wish they did them in my size!

  1. Jessica Cangiano February 17, 2015 / 2:06 pm

    That is such a gorgeous, serene park. My swan loving heart skipped a beat when I saw the black beauties it houses. What exquisite creatures they are!

    ♥ Jessica

    • vintagefrills February 20, 2015 / 9:44 am

      I love black swans too. They are really rare here so you don’t see them often at all.

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