Described as the place where the views always change, the water sparkles and the secret glades wait, the National Trust’s Claremont is steeped in 300 years of history and was once the playground of princesses. POD enjoyed rolling down the turf amphitheatre, the only surviving one of its kind in Europe, when we initially visited in October. A great start to our toddler’s list of 50 things to do before you’re 11¾.
Claremont is a wonderful place to visit, there are so many unexpected features to discover. As well as the turf amphitheature, you’ll find the serpentine lake, nine pin bowling alley, grotto, Camellia Terrace and Belvedere Tower located in acres of open space. On a clear day views from the majestic Belvedere Tower stretch to landmarks such as Windsor Castle, The Shard and Wembley Stadium.
There’s also a Thatched Cottage which is a Victorian haven filled with toys, games and dressing up clothes. It’s currently been transformed into a magical wonderland where children can meet Father Christmas. It’s beautifully decorated and encapsulates the spirit of Christmas perfectly.
A Children’s Trail began at the weekend. In essence Claremont has re-imagined the Twelve Days of Christmas song but with their own twist. The idea behind it is that you find a series of clues on trail boards dotted around the garden which provide clues to the missing answers.
For example on the second day of Christmas my true love sent to me two white [doves] in a cedar tree. A lovely one given we saw lots of them at Claremont and our surname is Dove. It was great fun and we were successful in answering all questions which meant POD won a prize.
While we were at Claremont we also enjoyed the ha-ha which is a hidden ditch that encircles part of the grounds. Daddy and POD ran up and down it on many occasions – mirroring each other’s facial expressions. It’s full of leaves at this time of year as well so that added another level of enjoyment – especially for our toddler who found kicking them highly entertaining!
We’re also joining #MagicMoments at The Oliver’s Madhouse.