A combination of increasingly warm weather plus a clutch of events made for a busy Bank Holiday weekend.
Our aim for the weekend was to get Tilly out of the house as much as possible. We wanted a family day out but ShireMum also had a mountain of marking to see off, which is done all the quicker without distractions. Bank Holidays are great as there’s normally an array of special events not available the rest of the time, so having checked the listings we had a plan.
Lambing at Hazeldene Farm, Chesham, Bucks
First off was a visit to Hazeldene Farm near Chesham, which holds monthly events during the warmer months. Throw low cost entry, animals to feed and some rides into the mix and you’ve got an affordable way of spending an hour or two. Their lambing event was the first time we’ve been this year and it went down well. Of course we don’t do or see anything until the bouncy castle has been tried out and the face painting was a hit too. It’s best to get there early if you want to feed the animals as the chickens in particular can get full although the pigs have no such problems. The only negative were lengthy queues for the BBQ, owing to only one person doing everything – hopefully something that will be resolved for future events. All in all it’s worth supporting if you’re local.
Elizabethans at the Chiltern Open Air Museum, Chalfonts, Bucks
Our season pass to the Chiltern Open Air Museum is already getting a work out since the museum reopened at Easter and this special event was perfect for our family trip out. The Suffolk Free Company did a sterling job of bringing a Tudor flavour to the day with a swordsmanship demonstration, militia training for children and loads of period skills on show in their village area. I for one always enjoy having a conversation that features the word mayhaps. Combined with the usual sights of the museum it made for a hugely enjoyable family trip out.
Aldbury May Fair, Aldbury, Herts
This had been one of those events that we’d see mentioned each year but keep missing it for one reason or another. No longer. Although it’s around a half hour drive away the talk about it indicated it was worth the effort and we weren’t wrong. Incredibly popular yet superbly organised, the small village did a brilliant job of hosting what must have been many hundreds of visitors. Tilly predictably loved the rides area, the food stalls were a hit and what more can be said about teddy bears hurtling on a zip wire from the church tower – inspired!
We’re now into bank holiday season and I’m certainly looking forward to see what’s on offer over the coming weekends. Keeping children entertained has never been so much fun.
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