Photographs from Painshill Park

October 6, 2014

Last weekend we headed over to Painshill Park for the Elmbridge Food Festival. Local food and drink produce was on offer including artisan bakers and wine producers. We were sold when we “Bratwurst” so Bratwurst it was, washed down with a tasty juice. Having taken in the atmosphere, the music and the sunshine, we headed towards the Serpentine Lake for a wander.

Spanning some 150 acres, there are numerous follies to discover at Painshill Park including an incredible crystal grotto. POD adored seeing Santa there last Christmas, it was such a magical experience for her.

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Passing the vines, which are always so rich in colour at this time of year, we got to enjoy wildlife around the lake. Several dragonflies could be seen darting round at great speed and I even spotted a frog. Bull rushes lined the pathway and sun glimmered on the water – it was simply glorious.

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POD loved exploring and took it upon herself to climb everything in sight. From part of a wall (check out that cheeky smile!)

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to a giant hollow tree!

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There was also lots of fun to be had by the Serpentine Lake. POD watched the swans,

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ran around (she’s kind of strutting here but you get the idea!)

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and asking the ducks if they wanted to go in the water. They all obliged!

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The views at Painshill Park are simply fabulous. Although we had a shorter walk than usually do we got to take in some follies,

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watch a mongoose looking for food

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and collect yellow leaves.

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Although the crystal grotto was closed for the event, it is still the most incredible folly, even from the outside. We’re itching to go back inside again, it’s amazing.

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It wouldn’t be a family walk without a bit of silliness so we squeezed in a bit of that before grabbing a well deserved ice-cream for the journey home. There’s really is nothing better than blowing away those cobwebs especially on a surprisingly hot Autumn day.

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Linking up with #whatsthestory here on PODcast and #CountryKids at Coombe Mill.

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  • Coombemill October 6, 2014 at 12:10 am

    Ah the return of my favourite hat at one of your favourite locations!

    • Coombemill October 11, 2014 at 12:42 am

      I was hoping this one might come to Country Kids. Such lovely photos from one of your precious days off work

  • You Baby Me Mummy October 6, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Brilliant photos! That place looks really stunning and to have a crystal grotto, so exciting x

  • Funky Wellies October 6, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Bratwurst? That sounds familiar! 😉
    Another gorgeous place you make us discover and love that the ducks obliged. 🙂 xx

  • Honest mum October 6, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Stunning and how grown up does your daughter look-love these sunny Autumnal shots x

  • brinabird and son October 6, 2014 at 9:17 am

    Sounds like a fab day. We have been having some incredible autumn weather.

  • Susie Dove October 6, 2014 at 9:39 am

    Super photos, as usual, but I can hardly believe how grown up POD is looking!

  • Nell@PigeonPairandMe October 6, 2014 at 10:41 am

    I’d love to go into that grotto! I bet it’s so atmospheric inside. POD’s looking so tall now!

  • The Reading Residence October 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Looks like a gorgeous setting for a fab day out. And an ice cream on the way home is the perfect ending! x

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) October 6, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Beautiful! And how tall does POD look! She seems to have stretched all of a sudden 🙂

  • Louise October 6, 2014 at 9:23 pm

    Gorgeous photos as always – POD certainly looks like she is enjoying herself, such a beautiful smile in that photo of her climbing the wall and I do love her colourful hat and those wellies 🙂

  • Jane October 6, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Great photos, it sounds like you enjoyed your afternoon there. The crystal grotto sounds amazing x

  • Steph @MisplacedBrit October 6, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    Gorgeous! Love that lift into the tree …All we need’s a little bit of ‘dad’ and we’re sorted! 😉

  • Wicked World of Lucas October 7, 2014 at 6:35 am

    Great post as usual hun. Loving the photo of the lake – simply stunning. #whatsthestory

  • Sophie Lovett October 7, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Looks like a gorgeous place! And I love bratwurst – yum 🙂

  • Mascha October 8, 2014 at 6:28 am

    What a lovely series!

  • older mum in a muddle October 8, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    Beautiful. I love Pods hat and wellie boot combo! X

  • Karen October 11, 2014 at 12:09 am

    What a lovely day out. I’m loving her hat & wellies and what a gorgeous photo on the wall. Just lovely x

  • Pinkoddy October 11, 2014 at 12:34 am

    It looks a great place and Pod seems so happy there. Growing fast too.

  • Emma T October 11, 2014 at 1:03 am

    Beautiful photos as always. That looks like a wonderful place – with some quite unique follies.

  • Heledd October 11, 2014 at 2:05 am

    You should name this post: Stunning pictures of a beautiful family in a beautiful park.

    Love this little post. I love days like this one, simple yet an important. You’ve captured the day perfectly.


  • Honest mum October 11, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Stunning pictures as ever and sounds like a perfect day-we love a bit silliness here too #countrykids

  • Dean October 11, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    Lovely photos as always and the HAT! I do so love that hat 🙂 #countrykids.

  • Kate @ Family Fever October 12, 2014 at 11:13 am

    What gorgeous pictures – love the vines. Some of the best exploring places are the simple ones! #countrykids

  • LauraCYMFT October 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    Gorgeous! Loving all these photos. And POD’s wellies are so cute!

  • MummaG October 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Beautiful x