This year marks the birth centenary of world renowned author Roald Dahl. Tatton Park in Cheshire, a National Trust property, is celebrating Roald Dahl 100 with lots of fun activities for all the family to enjoy.
We at Rambling Through Parenthood are very proud to be part of these celebrations in our role as official Tatton Park – Roald Dahl 100 Blogger Ambassadors!
So we headed over to Tatton Park this weekend. We could not have asked for a better day to be out and about in the Cheshire countryside. The sun was shining in a bright blue sky and temperatures were rocketing to the mid-20s. It was the hottest Sunday on record for May in the last four years.
After parking the car in the main car park, we decided to explore the Dairy Wood Way where The Enormous Crocodile was lurking. It has a very large appetite and it’s favourite snack happens to be a juicy child! Not words my 5 year old son wanted to hear. “It’s a pretend crocodile!” he was trying to convince himself more than me. He was however, brave enough to venture forth into the woods in search of said crocodile.
We made our way along the path, following the crocodile claw prints that marked the way. There were stinging nettles to watch out for and muddy puddles to carefully avoid. There were tree trunks to climb and logs to cross. It was a lovely little adventure for my son to enjoy with his parents. We spotted a wooden crocodile or two and numerous fun posters with drawings and quotes from the book. It was a learning experience for the grown-ups too. I now know the difference between a fern and bracken.
Next stop was the Farm at Tatton Park. Fantastic Mr Fox is in residence here to help celebrate Roald Dahl 100. We spied on Farmer Boggis as he sat eating his meal. J dressed up, posed with Fantastic Mr Fox and pretended to eat his feast. We wandered around looking at baby calves, lambs, chicks and some very greedy and noisy piglets.
We explored the woodland area and found Mr Fox’s den and his little cubs. J had a blast tackling the adventure play trail, before it was time to head over to the mansion and gardens.
Now it was too sunny a day to be spent indoors, so we decided to give Matilda in the Mansion and Danny the Champion of the World in the Gardens a miss and go cycling by the lake instead.
I love how little pieces of Roald Dahl books lie dotted all over Tatton Park at the moment. We spotted the entrance to Mr Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, his glass elevator and a giant bar of chocolate. We posed as characters from his stories. We had quite the adventure reliving some of his most memorable works.
There is a beautiful Cover to Cover exhibition showcasing Roald Dahl book covers from around the world that I am keen to see. I know we will be back at Tatton before too long to carry on with our adventure.
Are you a fan of Raold Dahl's works? Why not plan a visit to Tatton Park and enjoy all it has to offer. Check out full listings here.
Disclosure: We were given passes to visit Tatton Park as part of our role as blogger ambassadors. All opinions are my own.