Clumber Park National Trust 

Most people like it when Sunday arrives as it means a lazy day, properly consisting of a lie in, cooked breakfast, staying in pjs and a roast dinner. 
Not in my house, it’s up and ready and out the door for 9am. 
I absolutely love Sunday’s because it means that all 6 of us are together. It can become very manic and stressful at times, considering the children are 8,7,6 & 4. Normally we have a football match at some point for the youngest lad, however it was different yesterday. 

The forecast was lovely, James didn’t have a football match so we took full advantage and decided to go out. We didn’t want to spend lots of money and so we ended up at Clumber Park. Unfortunately James didn’t want to come with us this morning so it was just the 5 of us.We are blessed that it is only an hours drive from where we live. So that was it, all of us in the car looking forward to having a day together. 

We aren’t members of the National Trust so it cost us £7 to park, but we don’t mind paying that as we know that the money made goes towards the up keep of all the National Trust parks up and down the country. When we got into the park we saw a board that gave the prices to become members and were greeted by a lovely man who explained everything to us. 

We love the fact that you can pay monthly which is good for people who can’t outlay £111 straight away. Something else that also caught our eye was that the price for a family doesn’t limit the amount of children included. This is great for us as usually a ‘family ticket’ is 2 adults and 2 children. 
Becoming members is something that we are going to look into in the near future as its always good to have somewhere to go when you don’t have loads of money but still want the kids to enjoy themselves. 

The kids wanted to go straight to the wooded play park so that’s where we headed. They all had a fantastic time climbing, making music and using the obstacle course. I am so pleased that the play area is all kept together and that means that no matter where you are stood you can see all of it m, which means all the kids can be seen when they decide to run off in completely different directions. 

While we were there, there was the Imagined Mansion, it meant that the mansion was given life in an amazing way. The ‘footings’ were laid out with rope and each room was divided. We played in the games room doing ping pong and connect 4. We had a great time just playing in the sunshine. Once the kids got bored we walked a few 100 yards into more open spaces so that the kids could play football and run around.

Even though the car parks were rammed, you didn’t get in the way of anybody and there was plenty of space for everybody. We sat eating our picnic and then ran around together. It was great to just see the kids running around and burning off plenty of energy. 
We went to the cafe afterwards so that the kids could have an icecream and cool down, obviously this meant that us adults could try and chill for a bit too. 

All in all it was a great day and by the time we got home we were all ready for bed and back to normality with school and work. 


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