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.
In 1997 we moved house. We chose our house on all the usual criteria, location, size, big sunny garden all the usual dream features, of course we didn’t need to worry about school as being 37 and my other half 42 It wasn’t our concern. Haha little did we know! In 2000 our son was born and so it began.
I knew the school I wanted, the cute village one 10 minutes drive away, sorted. This lovely school didn’t have a nursery, so our son would go to the one in the primary at the top of our road and then move onto the Village School.
As I have written before, our son developed Selective Mutism through the anxiety of starting nursery, and that changed everything. We then didn’t want to take him from surroundings and people he was used to, and all of the friends he made. Except for not speaking to the adults he loved it, so he stayed at the Primary. Due to a fantastic reception teacher and the caring nature of the school his Selective Mutism was gone by yr2.
Then we had High School choice. We were prepared to move house, but this is hard when you love where you live. We decided to stay put. We chose the local church school and our son is doing very well, and importantly is happy.
This is where the luck question re-appears, the High School we would have moved close to had a fantastic Ofsted, great reputation and was in an affluent area. Last week I was alerted by a tweet regarding this school, I found the article online, basically:-
THE principal has been suspended by governors and was asked to leave the school following a torrent of complaints from staff, parents and pupils. Governors met with parents many of whom offered their concerns about the direction the school was taking. Chief among the worries was a poor atmosphere at the school.
Who could have foreseen this, hopefully in time it will be returned to the school it once was.
As a parent we worry about our school choices, but sometimes is it JUST PURE LUCK!