A Good ‘Old Fashioned’ Fun Day


Our day out with a difference, we went to a Victorian Fun Day at Norton Priory in Cheshire. Norton Priory is known for fabulous family events centred around the Medieval Museum or the Victorian walled garden.

It was a warm but overcast day and probably all the better for it  as you can see by the photo above ‘The Victorians’ didn’t go in for shorts and T shirts. The scene was set in the stunning 18th Century Walled Garden, amongst ornamental borders, fruit gardens and rose walks.

Marquees were dotted around the large lawn and a selection of games including skittles, hoopla, skipping ropes and various throwing games were laid out, all of which our boys found great fun. The whole scene provided a relaxed atmosphere with a tea & cake stall and produce and plants from the garden.


The fun additions of Donkey rides and an old fashioned Fire Engine brought much enjoyment to the children and bringing Billy the prize Longhorn through the garden paths was an achievement in itself.


There was also something else that everyone thoroughly enjoyed, and much water was thrown amongst howls of laughter.


Yes, dear parents ‘The Stocks’ even our boys took a turn, although it did seem that the Dads and Grand-dads  were the main targets.

It truly was a fun day, the children ran around freely, playing amongst the stalls and paths, all safely enclosed in the walled garden.

And NO dear parents, they do not hire out the stocks for childcare. (I checked before I left)

If you’re looking for a family day out check out Norton Priory, you can find them on  Facebook.



  1. June 15, 2016 / 15:32

    How have I never been to the Victorian day before, as it looks a lovely day out (and yes I know literally up the road for me too). Would love to put the teen in the stocks and give him a good soaking lol x

  2. Caroline
    July 24, 2015 / 19:53

    Looks like a fab day out. x

    • Nortonmum
      July 25, 2015 / 11:29

      It is, all the old fashioned toys are put out to play with on the lawn.

  3. July 24, 2015 / 19:31

    LOVE the outfits! I want a pinny and a bonnet!

    • Nortonmum
      July 25, 2015 / 11:27

      Haha, sometimes they’re roasting in those outfits.

  4. July 24, 2015 / 17:32

    What a brilliant day out! Super fun and educational, all that History. Sometimes I’d like to place hubby in those stocks. Thanks for joining in with #fbfriday Catie x

    • Nortonmum
      July 24, 2015 / 18:06

      Haha, Catie we’ve all had those thoughts x

  5. July 24, 2015 / 14:05

    I love a living history set up!

    • Nortonmum
      July 24, 2015 / 14:46

      It’s a fun day, especially if you put your teen in the stocks : )

  6. July 29, 2013 / 22:13

    This looks amazing! I love days out like this 🙂 Looking forward to trying lots of them in Somerset – I’ve seen signs up everywhere – including one for a dalek invasion!! Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

    • July 30, 2013 / 19:35

      You’ve got to get a picture when the Dalek invasion occurs.

  7. July 27, 2013 / 18:03

    Hi it was fun.There was also a story time too for younger ones.What is also nice is you can take a picnic even though they have a cafe.

    • July 27, 2013 / 18:09

      It was great fun.I’ve seen your photos, I know it’s a totally different day out but yours are stunning.

  8. greatbritishfamily
    July 27, 2013 / 15:00

    That sounds like a fun family day out.

    • July 27, 2013 / 18:06

      They have such good family fun at Norton Priory.The next thing is an outdoor evening performance of ‘Romeo and Juliet’

    • July 27, 2013 / 11:30

      Thank you we did have a great time. I’ve just read your blog, I like it. Thanks for giving me your link.

  9. July 26, 2013 / 22:36

    I adore days like this, good old fashioned family fun and something to add to the community.. Hope you will join my Country Kids linky with this post

    • July 26, 2013 / 22:44

      Will do, I never think I have any outdoor style posts for #countrykids, would never have thought of this. Thanks for reading it.

      • July 27, 2013 / 16:50

        It is a perfect Country Kids post! Thanks for linking up 🙂

  10. blueberetmum
    July 26, 2013 / 18:28

    This looks like a fun day – something different to do! Shame about the Stocks…. 😉 x

    • July 26, 2013 / 22:47

      There were Dads and Grandads walking around in wet shirts from the stocks, luckily they dried quickly. Thanks for reading.

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