Family time

Kelmarsh gardens and fairy trail

If you are local to Northamptonshire or Leicestershire then Kelmarsh is a wonderful family day trip.

The glorious walled garden

Kelmarsh Hall and Gardens is an elegant Palladian style country house with a prevailing history of the 20th century.
Built in the 1730s, Kelmarsh hall was the beloved home to three families across two hundred and fifty years.
Surrounding the hall are historic gardens, restored to evoke their early 20th century designs,
with a unique walled garden at the heart.

Even the long private drive upto the hall is impressive, lined with flowers, stunning views and the infamous white Kelmarsh herd.

Kelmarsh Hall and gardens is situation in Northamptonshire- just off the A508 and A14, but isn’t far from the Leicestershire border.

Entrance prices to the gardens are £6 for adults and £3.50 for children, family tickets and very affordable season tickets are also available. At additional cost you can also visit the hall and explore its intriguing history.

There’s many amazing picnic spots with a view; so don’t forget your blankets. Or you can treat yourselves at Sweet Pea Vintage tearoom, which was super busy when we visited.

Woodland walk

Whether you pop in for a short visit for tea and cake, or plan to stay all day, you won’t be disappointed. The adults will love the beautiful gardens, stunning views and impressive architecture.

So many cute fairy’s

The little ones will marvel at the cute fairy trail. Dorothea has been many times, but still loves creeping around to try and spot the hiding fairies, knock on the tiny doors and searching for animals in the trees.

There many an opportunity for hide and seek on the woodland walk, and Dorothea always enjoyed exploring, and seems to find new tree carving or beautiful statues each time.

She found one of the many fairy doors

Adults wanting a moments peace can stroll down by the lake; if you are lucky you may even spot the resident swans and new cynets, or just sit by the lake and admire the view.

Kelmarsh Hall and gardens is also available for weddings and events….. link below

Kelmarsh web

Kelmarsh weddings web

Kelmarsh insta

Kelmarsh Weddings insta

Family time

Philip Hill photography Cornwall

On our last trip to Cornwall in May the lovely Philip Hill offered us a photo shoot. We gratefully accepted and met him on the glorious wide expanse on sand of Gwithian beach Hayle

Dot making sand angels

Phil quickly made us feel at ease; just chatting and said to just explore and play. Dorothea can often be shy with new people; but was quickly chatting to Phil as he was showing interest and encouraging her to mess around!

Puddle jumping- a favourite activity

The photo shoot in all took less than 2 hours; and was very relaxed. It felt more like a play and walk on a beach, rather than a structured formal shoot.

As you can see the pictures are beautifully natural, and the whole experience was relaxed and fun.

Philip is local to South Cornwall and is available for family photography, holiday photography, bump to one, animal photography and weddings.

Less than two weeks later view showed me a preview of over 100 photographs; and then I chose the ones shown here to be edited and in high resolution.

Let me know what you think…………….See his links below