I said we’d head back to Speke Hall when we got a chance, because Pippin slept through the whole trip last time.
We also had the advantage of better weather and a near empty property, so we tackled both the maze and the Childe of Hale walk.
We did the maze three, four, five time? I lost count. But Pippin adored it, especially climbing up and over all the bridges. We still got lost even though we’d been in it more than once, and apparently they change the route periodically using gates, so I guess we will get lost next time too!
The walk takes you through woodland, following the story of the English giant, John Middleton. Following the story through will lead you to various activities, including the giant’s huge musical instruments and an amazing woodland adventure playground (that the parents were enjoying as much as the adults!).
From a practical point of view, as a mum to a baby with a dairy allergy, we were able to get her soup and bread for her lunch, and the baby change facilities are easy to access and are separate to the main toilets – meaning that either mum or dad can change baby.
Speke is fast becoming my favourite local National Trust property, and we are definitely heading back for their Tudor May Day Celebrations.
I’ve said it before, and again, I absolutely love being a member of the National Trust. For £108 a year we get access to hundreds of properties around the UK, which means we’re never short of somewhere to go for a day out. Whatever the weather.
Despite the frosty weather we’re being treated to at the moment we took a trip out to Speke Hall in Liverpool with the little.
Speke Hall is a Tudor Building sat in a large expanse of grounds, which you can explore and play in – but also watch the planes from Liverpool John Lennon Airport fly over!
Poor Pippin got to explore next to none of the grounds, she had fallen asleep within ten minutes of our arrival, although she did find the time to make a new friend: a pug called Hercules.
If your child has more stamina than mine then you might manage to make it rounds the hedge maze with them, or you could enjoy some snacks from the café whilst they played on the huge play area. We are definitely going to go back and explore this with Pippin, because we’ve never properly had a look round it and it looked so much fun!
There’s also a special woodland walk, complete with zip lines, den building and outdoor obstacles to balance on.
We’ve been to Speke before, but not since Pippin was born and we never knew about all the fun things we could do with her there, so Speke will definitely be going on our re-visit list.
The house re-opens on February 10th, but until then there’s loads of outdoor spaces to explore.