Thursday, 7 August 2014

Mary Arden's Farm

Meet Lydia, Emily's 4 year old niece.

Liddy is from Ashbourne but loves visiting her Aunty Em, Uncle James, Nannie and Grandad in the Cotswolds. She has been to Evesham Country Park and Steam Train, Hatton Country Park, Adam Hensons' Farm Park among others. She loves to sample the local playgrounds and go for picnics with her dollies in the park.

Liddy's most recent visit was Mary Arden's Farm in Stratford Upon Avon:


First a rainy bus ride with Stratford Upon Avon's bus tour company, which we caught outside the Stratford Tourist Information Centre. Nannie says the bus ticket was £25 but it is valid for 24 hours which lets you have 3 visits to Shakespeare houses. The bus might be valid for 24 hours BUT the houses are valid for up to a year! Even better I went for free because I am under 5.

It rained so badly on the bus that we kept on wiping the windows to see outside. But when we got to Mary Arden's Farm the sun came out and we could enjoy all the activities. First stop was a good photo opportunity with Nannie!
Daily activities around the farm:
10.00 Geese led out and horse led in
10.30-12.30 Tudor Games (summer holidays only)
11.00 Working animal display
11.30 Falconry display
12.00 Horse work
1.00 Tudor dinner
1.30 Falconry display
1.30-3.30 Tudor games (summer holidays only)
2.00 Join in with Tudor activities
3.00 Tudor housewives (demonstrating traditional skills)
3.30 Falconry display
4.00 Milking the goat  
We arrived at 1:15pm just in time for the 1:30pm Falconry display! We met The Golden Eagle and Milly the Owl.

Then Nannie treated me to a drink and a bowl of chips in the café, I couldn't resist! It was naughty though as we were having dinner in Stratford later that day. After my chips I wanted to sit down for a bit so it was perfect timing when we came across Story Time. A Lady in costume read us A Midsummers Nights Dream. It was brilliant.

After watching the archery in The Tudor Games, the people in costumes showed us what Tudor people ate and that they didn't throw anything away! We arrived a little to late to watch them cooking it though.

We had a brilliant afternoon seeing some of Stratford-Upon-Avon. I would recommend Mary Arden's Farm House to any kiddies on their summer holidays! Don't forget Kids under 5 go free.

See you again soon.

Liddy x


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