Last week we decided to have a family day out at Escot, somewhere I’d come across on the internet before the summer when researching places to visit for days out during the summer holidays. The thing that attracted me to visit was the Amazing Maze built using over 4000 Beech plants. Alongside is a woodland full of of exciting things to find and do.
When we arrived we headed straight for the maze, and the children were full of excitement as they ran around the hedge lined paths, twisting and turning while mummy and daddy chased after them. After about half an hour they slowed down and let us take the lead as we attempted to logically think about which way to go, it felt like we were going around in circles but after about 50 minutes of wandering, we finally made it to the centre where we could admire the view and then take a bridge back outside of the maze.
Around the corner from the maze we found a pond full of busy little otters eagerly awaiting feeding time. They were dipping in and out of the water faster than you could take a picture but I managed to catch a couple of them. We also saw some chickens including some rather cute little fluffy ones!
We then decided to follow the path through the woodland and the first thing we came across was a huge fallen tree, Miss M immediately took lead and began to climb up!
Across from the fallen tree was a huge picture frame, perfect for striking a pose!
There were also various obstacle courses and climbing frames littered among the woodland that the children were delighted to find and enjoyed the challenge of climbing, balancing and sliding on. We did find a huge enclosed drop slide at the back of the woods that Miss M bravely ventured down and loved, although she was coming down at such speed I couldn’t get a decent photo of her in motion!
Mister B enjoyed the various animals we came across, such as a Wild Boar enclosure where we saw the cutest litter of baby boars trundling around after their mummy! There were also lots of birds of prey and we sat and watched a display where they came swooping down brushing across the tops of our heads!
The red squirrel cage kept us amused for a while as they darted up and down and across tunnels then stopping momentarily while their beady eyes checked us out.
With trains to climb aboard, tunnels to crawl through, this was certainly a woodland walk with a difference. Which ever way you turned, hiding behind the next set of trees was something to do.
I loved this hand built cannon that Mister B found, he pushed it around pretending to fire and made all the right noises to go with it!
Miss M and Mister had so much fun running in and out of things, hiding behind things and exploring, this is definitely a must for children who love the outdoors, with so much to do, little ones certainly won’t be bored!
My favourite picture has to be off them in the stocks!! lol
We had a light shower of rain, but were not deterred as there was a big soft play barn next to the maze for lots of indoor fun, I managed to catch my two rolling about in the ball pool.
One thing that they both loved, yet was so simple was this huge hanging rope swing from a large tree. As they swung around they had an amazing view over the fields beyond, I almost wished I’d been younger and could of had a go myself!
On our way out we found this huge trampoline and the children flew across to have a bounce. They long for one at home but we don’t have a suitable size garden so they certainly made up for it on this not wanting to come off!
Miss M went on the trampoline with one very wobbly top tooth and came off with it hanging by a thread and lots of blood, so I told her she’d need to pull it to get it out. With one little tug it came loose, her first top row tooth to come out. Although she was a little alarmed by the experience, she was very excited about the visit she’d get from the tooth fairy that night.
We had a really lovely family day out at Escot, somewhere I’d thoroughly recommend visiting and that we’ll definitely go to again.
Hope you’ve all had some great day’s out this summer and with the warm weather looking to continue over the next few weeks, hopefully we can squeeze in a few more fun days out at the weekends.