My family and I love our National Trust membership. We have had our membership for several years now and we definitely get the most out of our membership.
We have a couple of favourite places to visit locally like Dunham Massey and Quarry Bank Mill, plus a little further afield like Wray Castle and Fountains Abby.
When we go on holiday we try to find a National Trust site to visit as there’s always something to see and do.
This week I took my younger pair to Speke Hall close to Liverpool, another one of our favourite places to visit, especially with the kids.
It talks just under an hour to get there which is perfect. We arrived and received a friendly welcome, showed our membership card and received a children trail map- The Green Man’s Spring Trail.
We love a trail so we set off straight a way to find all the wooden-faced forest friends in the trees.
Speke Hall is perfect for families! The trail took us through the ‘Childe Of Hale Trail’, a permanent trail in the trees. Here we hear the story of the giant that lives in the woods, we search for his missing buttons and bows, we tiptoe past his house not to wake him and we take a seat in his giant chair!
My kids love this part of Speke Hall! The trail lead you to some musical instruments, handmade by the giant using very large vegetables! We always have lots of in this part of the woods, it’s definitely a favourite part for my three children.
As you pass this you come to a woodland play area including a wobbly bridge, zip wire and plenty of den building. We continued though the woods, a few weeks back and the forest would have been filled with Bluebells (another reason we love Speke Hall).
We spot more faces in the trees as we walk through the woods, passing the gorgeous Bell Tree. The path soon leads us out of the woods and back unto the path towards the Hall.
At the moment the Hall doesn’t open on a Monday or Tuesday but we enjoyed just walking around it and looking at it. How beautiful does it look?
We stopped for a picnic next, there’s plenty of places for a picnic at Speke Hall. There’s lots of grassed areas plus plenty of picnic benches. There’s two cafe and (only open on busy days) an ice cream hut selling Cheshire Farm Ice-cream.
Before heading to the maze we had a lovely walk around the kitchen garden. This garden is beautifully well kept, full of colourful flowers and fruits and vegetables. We took our time walking around looking at the different things that were growing, my two were fascinated especially with the apples in the trees. We also found the final face in the forest.
The kids love the maze at Speke Hall. It’s quite a big maze with bridges and steps, plenty of room to play hide and seek or just trying to beat your other family members to get back out of the maze!
The kids also played in the playground before we visited the cafe. I treated Oscar and Isla to an ice cream lolly to their delight whilst I enjoyed a coffee and a scone. It was delicious.
There’s plenty to see and do at Speke Hall. Throughout he year they have lots of events on, many for families including outdoor theatre and cinema, Tudor events and plenty more events.