Today we made a visit to Croxteth Hall & Country Park. It is one of those places that is very close to us but we hardly ever think to go there. When I got up this morning and saw that the sun was shining it seemed like we would waste the day by staying indoors so why not go out and get some fresh air. After a quick call to my Mum she recommended we try Croxteth Hall and I’m really glad she did. It’s has been the Earl of Seftons land since the 16th century but when the last Earl died in the 1970s it was passed over to Liverpool City Council. We got lucky with some beautiful weather and ended up spending the whole day there. The great thing about this historic hall is that you can go round all the gorgeous grounds and the adventure park for free and if you want to pay extra you can visit the hall itself and the farm.
We decided to go round the hall and the farm as well as having a little walk round the grounds. It’s very accessible for pushchairs but Lucas was quite happy to have a wander round the farm himself; although he mostly wanted to go on the ride-on tractors! We saw some lovely farm animals and it was a great opportunity for Lucas to get out and walk. So many of the animals he hasn’t seen before; it’s good fun for us to see him starting to take notice of the world around him. He particularly seemed to like the horses and spent a long time in the stables chatting to them.
There is great playground and an outdoor gym; Lucas had nodded off by the time we got back to the playground but we hope to visit again so I’m sure he’ll test it out! The grounds are lovely and there are plenty of walks round the large estate but not all of them are pushchair friendly so we stuck to the main paths. There is also a Walled Garden which I was a bit disappointed to see was closed as I imagine it to be like The Secret Garden! By the time we were ready to come home Lucas had well and truly tired himself out but he had been full of smiles all day.