Hestercombe may not have all of the ‘obvious’ pizazz of some other family attractions… there is no zip wire for parents to embarrassingly fall off, no adventure fort for toddlers to get stuck up, nor a super-sized trampoline that leads to a crawling shoe hunt– all of which we know are sure fire hits with our little ones.
Instead, Hestercombe offers the kind of family day out that will leaving you feeling nice and wholesome, not in the slightest bit frazzled and like you should give yourselves a pat on the back for discovering this little bit of paradise that is just 5 minutes from Taunton.
This top 10 list is a combined effort from the adults and children visiting on the day. The little ones were aged between 4 and 11.
1) Ok, this one is definitely more for Mum & Dad than the little ones, but as Hestercombe is such an exceptionally beautiful location I feel I should include it…the opportunity to get lots & lots of beautiful family snaps!
2) The views from the picnic tables over the countryside are spectacular, and the picnic area is situated right next to the little play area.
3) Feeding the ducks around the beautiful lake and running from the swans!
4) Playing Nature detective… paddling by the waterfall, pond dipping and hunting for creatures. The log piles and leaf litter might be made up of dead material but they are heaving with life, meaning you can discover all the creatures that make rotting wood their home! Also, see how much wildlife you can spot at Hestercombe… common sighting include: roe deer, fox, badger, rabbit, buzzards (nesting), sparrowhawk, common lizard, grass snake, frog, and a toad or two!
5) There is masses of open space at Hestercombe which is perfect for lots of fantastic traditional games such as Hide & Seeks, Simon Says, Tag, Bling Man’s Bluff and What’s the time Mr Wolf?.
6) Bark rubbing… twig collecting… petal gathering… there are LOADS of options at Hestercombe to collect some pieces of nature for an arty craft day the next day.
7) There is a fantastic den that has already been built up past the waterfall at Hestercombe which is a great spot for some imagination play.
8) Hestercombe is a great day out, especially if going with Nanny & Grandad…kiddies may not show as much enthusiasm for the hundreds of different beautiful plants, trees and flowers but the grandparents will likely enjoy them, along with watching their littlest ones run around.
9) The café offers lots of treats at reasonable prices. With colouring for children and plenty of magazines to read, the Stables café is a great spot to unwind after your day exploring.
10) We thoroughly enjoyed the Easter egg trail during our visit. Hestercombe frequently run family friendly activities during the holidays and summer months. Some of the great events coming up soon are…
- Family garden trail – Every day during the summer holidays. Plus outdoor games and creative crafts in the café.
- Magic Mondays. Mondays: 27th July – 24th August. Enjoy fun family activities in the gardens. Come each week to try something new: Sports, crafts, quizzes, art, trails and storytelling.
- Bank holiday BBQ – Monday 31st August – Enjoy freshly barbequed food and fun activities to celebrate the last bank holiday of summer! 12-3pm.
- Folksy Theatre presents Hamlet – experience the dram of open air theatre in the beautiful setting of the Edwardian garden. 7.00pm start.
You can read more about a visit to Hestecombe on the Country Mummy days out page here… https://www.countrymummy.co.uk/days-out/hestercombe-gardens-taunton.html
**Please check www.hestercombe.co.uk for up to date prices and time. There is lots more to explore at Hestercombe… next on the hit list for me will be a scrumptious Afternoon Tea in the Column room, and for those reading who are engaged and haven’t yet found their perfect venue, I would highly recommend visiting Hestercombe on their Wedding Open Day being held on Sunday 10th May 11.00am – 4.00pm