Temple Newsam:

When Saturday rolled around this week we decided on a slightly spur of the moment family trip to Temple Newsam, a house with expansive grounds in Leeds. If you're of a certain age and West Yorkshire based you'll know it as the home of Party in The Park where I spent many a teenage dream pretending it was Glastonbury while watching Tinchy Stryder perform... anyway I digress. What I didn't know about Temple Newsam back in the day is that it's also home to an amazing working farm, a really interesting museum and the biggest and most adult friendly* playground i've ever seen.

We started our day at the playground which has tonnes of different parts (including the amazing reclining swings I just had to test!) and, the best part, is completely disability friendly including the swings above, lots of low level activities and lots of flat ground. After we'd exhausted all of the swings, roundabouts and even the zip wire we headed to the farm. I actually wasn't aware there's a farm at Temple Newsam so it was a pleasant surprise for me because sheep, especially tiny lambs, are my favourite animals. We paid £3.60 per adult (with our under 5 going free) and it was definitely great value for money; as we arrived a flock of lambs were running around the farm and it was feeding time for the kid goats. What I also didn't realise about the farm is that it's also a museum as well; there's a blacksmiths, a farm managers room and a store for all the carts / tractors (pictured). As a huge history geek I absolutely loved this; it was really interesting to see the buildings being used as there original purposes and there were loads of signs and posters explaining everything. After checking out the website I also noticed they do themed activities such as actually making things in the blacksmiths and butter making where you can go along and get involved (and feed the lambs while you're there!). 

After a quick history lesson and a wander through the expansive farm land area (complete with another play ground and even more friendly animals roaming wild) we headed home completely worn out but haven't really enjoyed our day out. As a family we really enjoyed the outdoors part of Temple Newsam; the farm is fun and educational, the playground is expansive and there's even an olde worlde garage to keep the men happy! I can't wait to head back to Temple Newsam to explore the grounds and the farm again and also to rediscover the house which is a beautiful old manor house. A total gem hidden away in Leeds and definitely a cheap, fun day out! 


* ok, maybe it's not supposed to be adult friendly but those swings are so cool...


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