I’ve previously written about Roald Dahl at Tatton Park and more recently about how to spot a witch there. Lucas and I took my Grandma for a day exploring Tatton Park* last month as we knew how much she would love the gardens.
As we drove up to the car park we were greeted by herds of deer in the fields to the side of us which were beautiful. We parked up the car and went to have a look around the gardens. It is huge, we didn’t do it all as it would have been too much walking for my Grandma but I’m sure you could spend a full day alone doing the gardens and still seeing bits you hadn’t seen if you went back. The 50 acres of gardens at have been developing for over 200 years with each successive owner of the Tatton Park estate playing their part in its evolution. Up until the death of Maurice, the Last Lord Egerton of Tatton, in 1958 the gardens continued to be enhanced and enjoyed by each owner. Today it is an almost complete picture of how the gardens existed in Edwardian times. To celebrate 100 years old Roald Dahl there is a Danny the Champion of the World trail in the gardens as well as the BFG in one of the glass houses.
When it started raining we went into the mansion where we entered the curious world of Matilda by following the mischief-making trail. Visitors can also dress up and take part in the fun family activity room. The mansionsits in an elevated position overlooking the gardens. The rich furnishings within the mansion and its collection of paintings and books reflect the growing wealth and status of the Egerton family at the end of the 18th and during the 19th centuries. Photography is allowed inside the mansion as long as you don’t use a flash. I didn’t take any photos as I had a wriggly Lucas in my arms. Prams aren’t permitted in the mansion, however the staff do offer baby carriers. I was given a hip seat carrier which I was impressed that it had been thought of but Lucas wanted to explore once he was out if his pram so we had a quick look around the ground floor of the mansion but left before going upstairs.
We had a great day at Tatton Park and being 1, 30 and 85 it really shows there is something to keep all ages happy. I did want to go to the farm but we didn’t have time so I’m going to return to have a play day with Lucas and D, going to the farm and then on the play area x