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!
We discovered that Erddig is currently operating a winter programme, so the house was only open along the ground floor.
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.
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.
Eventually we nipped through a garden door and found a “lovely garden”.
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.
I didn’t know about the wolf garden until I got back and talked to my parenys, so that’s something for next time!
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!
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!
We had a lovely day out at Erddig. Our new year of National Trust membership is already coming into great use!