Apples and puddles at Erddig

We visited Erddig this week. Erddig (pronounced ‘Erthig’) is a National Trust property in North Wales, and is a great place for a day out with the kids! 

We arrived a few minutes before opening time, so we made our way quite slowly from the car park in the apple orchard to the entrance. We had picked apples from a tree near to my parents’ house earlier this week, so James was straight in there, ready to grab some fruit, like he had done with Grandad. This time, however, either they weren’t quite ready or he couldn’t pull hard enough, I’m not sure, but he didn’t pick any!

James reaching to pick an apple from the tree at Erddig

We discovered that Erddig is currently operating a winter programme, so the house was only open along the ground floor.
erddig house
We joined a tour, but for whatever reason, James lost interest in seeing the servants’ quarters and began to whine to leave. 

We stuck the tour out and escaped to the cafe. Crumpets for me and the most enormous cheese scone between the boys.  cheese scone in the cafe at erddig 
Just past the front of the house we found a wooded area. James picked up an enormous stick, which he zoomed about with for a while. Then he gave me two sticks – one long, one short – and told me one was my shield, with the other my sword. We ran around as two knights for a while. Well, James ran, I just sort of strode, because I had Noah asleep in the Ergo on my back. 
 a day out with a toddler at erddig 
Eventually we nipped through a garden door and found a “lovely garden”. playing with autumn leaves at erddig 

James enjoyed playing in the autumn leaves for a while before we went and looked at all the different shapes of tree they have in Erddig. row of trees at erddig  getting ready to run along the zigzag hedges at erddig 

We found this little house by chance. I don’t remember this being here when I was younger. Despite only just having eaten, this struck James as a very good place for a snack, so I pulled out the Tupperware full of grapes and apples, and we sat and munched for a while. little garden house at erddig  stained glass window in the little house in the garden at erddig  

I didn’t know about the wolf garden until I got back and talked to my parenys, so that’s something for next time!trees and zig zag hedges at erddig 
After running along the zigzag hedge again, we started to get ready to leave. Not before a good splash in as many puddles as we could find!jumping in puddles at erddig    

James also had a good gallop around the courtyards on one of the very fine steeds available!
 There are lots of old cars and carriages in the stables. I remember these from when I was a child, actually, and going into the little room to see the really old carriages!

Eventually, I was ready to go, but James wanted to stay. So we found a lot more puddles until he asked to find the carpark. 
 view towards entrance to Erddig from orchard 

We had a lovely day out at Erddig. Our new year of National Trust membership is already coming into great use!



  1. November 14, 2015 / 9:29 pm

    What a great place to spend the day, James looks like he’s having a great time exploring the gardens with you. Puddle jumping is definitely the number one activity at the moment, James seems like he’s definitely taken to it with gusto! Erddig looks like a beautiful place to spend the day, I’m sure that you’ll be going back there regularly to make the most of your National Trust membership. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

  2. November 18, 2015 / 3:44 pm

    Wow, that a wonderful, pretty place! I love the old cars. I’m glad you guys had fun! Your photos are stunning. #WhateverTheWEather

  3. November 19, 2015 / 5:12 pm

    My Welsh pronounciation is appalling. I’ve seen Erddig in writing a few times but never realised how it was pronounced. I know better now 🙂 #wahatevertheweather

  4. November 20, 2015 / 12:11 am

    A lovely day out with your boys! I love that James is already jumping in and ready to pick his apples when he sees them, a great forager already. The little house is very interesting, maybe a recent quirky addition? So many great shapes of trees to explore and of course puddle splashing is a must!
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

  5. November 20, 2015 / 4:25 am

    Got to love the national trust, we would definitely have membership too if we were in the UK! Their sites are always so well set up for families I love it! Looks like a lovely day out!
    Popping over from #whatevertheweather

  6. November 21, 2015 / 11:08 pm

    Looks like you had a fab day out, the gardens look spectacular even at this time of year, will keep it in mind for next time we visit North Wales 🙂

  7. chloelifeunexpected
    November 22, 2015 / 5:36 pm

    What beautiful photos and that little wooden horse is so cute. I love the little house. I’m glad you described how to pronounce it haha. This looks like such a fun day out regardless of the time of year. I wish some of our local attractions stayed open but most of them are shut off now. Amazing to still see some apples about too.Thank you so, so much for linking to #whatevertheweather xx

  8. November 22, 2015 / 7:00 pm

    It looks like you had a fantastic day out! I love wales and have many fond memories of childhood holidays in North Wales. I have never been to Errdig but will definately be remembering it for next time we are in the area! Thankyou so much for linking up to the last #busydoinglife I hope you will join me for my new linky starting on Friday night!

  9. nourishingmyscholar
    November 24, 2015 / 3:27 am

    What a lovely outing! I love that you played knights together. The way the trees in the garden are shaped is very awesome. The litle house reminds me of Hagrid’s Hut in the book Harry Potter!

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