A Day Out At Speke Hall

August 6, 2015


Speke Hall Garden

A few months ago we signed up for National Trust membership with the idea being that we would always have somewhere to visit if we were stuck for somewhere to go. We haven’t used them quite as much as I had hoped but this summer we want to visit a few more of their properties in the North West. Wherever you visit there always seems to be something going on and extra events for children outdoors to make the most of the grounds. This is perfect for us as going round the house is pretty much impossible with three under four!

Last half term we visited Rufford Old Hall and had a lovely afternoon there so this time we decided to visit Speke Hall. Speke Hall is one of those places that I have always meant to visit but never quite managed it, ridiculous really when we live so close. It was the last day of the month too and I was keen to get some nice outdoor Me & Mine photos which we managed outside the hall. Our days out at the moment can sometimes be a little disastrous; we figure that we might as well try different things but some days end up so stressful I think we’d have been better off staying at home. Luckily, this wasn’t one of those days; all the boys were in good moods which helped and there was so much for them to explore. It was truly relaxing and enjoyable all the way through which doesn’t happen often.

Arriving early (too early as I thought it opened at 10am) we were one of the first in and headed straight to the playground while it was virtually empty. As it was quiet all three boys were able to play easily on there while we planned what we wanted to see. The maze was next and Lucas was just fascinated; he loved going up on the bridges and planning his route. My husband also loves mazes so they were quite happy running around in there.

There is so much open space around Speke Hall but it is all separated into different areas so it is nice to explore with little ones. We started on the road towards the main hall and discovered the kitchen garden on the way; I could have stayed in there all day. They had little benches under the fruit trees and I thought how idyllic it would be to sit there with a book listening to the bees buzzing around the lavender. All the fruits and vegetables were labelled and you could see things that were ready for picking. Sadly this wasn’t the most fascinating part of the day for Lucas so we sat down for lunch before tackling the formal gardens and woodland trail. As Speke Hall is right next to Liverpool Airport every few minutes a plane passes overhead which makes for great entertainment while we picnicked outside.

Feeling re-energised we headed for the woodland trail at the back of the Hall. There are a few routes and with a long walk along the Mersey which we may do another time but this visit we stuck to a little trail as it was our first time there. As you enter the woods there is a an adventure playground with a willow tunnel, zip wire, dens and little obstacles made out of tree trunks. Lucas loved this bit and zoomed around the willow tunnel while we chased after him. He collected a stick and we hit the trail through the woods, sword fighting on the way and coming out at the back of the hall. The gardens round here are lovely and the boys had fun running across the endlessly green laws. I loved that you could smell different flowers everywhere you turned and at this time of year when everything is in bloom it really was beautiful. I suppose that is the silver lining of all the rain; it really did look so bright and vibrant.

Last stop was an ice cream before we headed home; something that has become a little tradition on our days out. As Lucas starts to tire we bribe him round the last few parts with the promise of an ice cream and it works a treat! Lucas declared the day ‘a fun adventure’ and I have to agree. It was perfect for the boys as there was space for them to run round and playgrounds suitable for their age. It isn’t a massive estate so we didn’t feel like we had to walk far to see the different areas but there was lots to see outside and plenty of events going on over summer. We will definitely go back before the holidays are over.

Speke Hall 10


Speak Hall Slide

Speke Hall 1

Speke Hall Bear

Speke Hall Maze

Speke Hall Bridge

Speke Hall Kitchen Garden

Speke Hall 2

Speke Hall 3


Speke Hall Woods

Speke Hall 11


Me & Mine July Speke Hall

Speke Hall Arch


Speke Hall 4

Speke Hall 6

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  • Notmyyearoff

    I’ve not really heard of this place before but it looks so beautiful and I love that they have a maze (and Ice cream!). I’m going to google it and plan a day there 🙂

    August 7, 2015 at 5:25 am Reply
  • Katie @mummydaddyme

    Ah it looks like such a lovely day and I can’t get over how grown up the twins are looking. (I know I say that all the time!) The y look so tall! x

    August 8, 2015 at 3:12 pm Reply
  • Everything Mummy

    gorgeous photos Hayley looks like a lovely day out x

    August 8, 2015 at 10:00 pm Reply
  • Mini Travellers

    I love Speke Hall, I think we might need to pay it another visit this week. Got to love National Trust membership.

    August 9, 2015 at 2:30 pm Reply
  • Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    Such a lovely place to visit! You have stunning photos and its so worth to have NT membership! #countrykids

    August 9, 2015 at 6:53 pm Reply
  • Emma T

    Looks like a lovely place. I do think National Trust do family days out and playgrounds for the kids well. Since renewing my membership I don’t think I’ve used ours so really must do before we get to the end of the summer.

    August 9, 2015 at 8:56 pm Reply
  • Karen

    Every time I see a post about a NT site I am getting more and more tempted to get membership. Speke Hall looks lovely. Your photos are gorgeous as ever – those boys of yours are lush. Very glad to see you getting on a photo too.
    Thanks for linking up to #SummerDays

    August 9, 2015 at 9:51 pm Reply
  • Donna

    This looks like such a great place to visit – the adventure playground looks awesome! We love our NT membership and have only had it for a few weeks x

    August 11, 2015 at 10:26 pm Reply
  • Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos

    I can certainly see why the boys wanted to head straight to the play area it looks so beautifully maintained with funds natural looking equipment. There really does look like so much space here perfect for little ones to explore and the Woodland trails look like they’d take you into a real forested area. Thank you for sharing your lovely day on Country Kids

    August 12, 2015 at 12:47 am Reply
  • Katie

    I keep meaning to buy myself a national trust membership but a lot of the places are quite far away from us. This place looks stunning though and all your photos are beautiful. Thanks for linking up with #summerdays x

    August 14, 2015 at 1:39 am Reply
  • Mama OWL Blog | Jooleroo

    It looks like a lovely day out, and what a great little playground! #SummerDays

    August 15, 2015 at 1:57 pm Reply
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