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Time to Play tagged with 'alnwick gardens'

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18 Sep, 2012

My step-daughter, Gabriella, lives up in Alnwick, a gorgeous little town on the Northumberland coast about 30 miles north of Newcastle. For one of our final family trips out in the babymobile and one of our final trips of the summer holidays, we decided we’d go and visit Alnwick Gardens. They are the gorgeous and huge gardens attached to Alnwick Castle (of Harry Potter fame).

Mike, Gabby, Reuben and I were joined by my parents and little brother, Isaac (who’s 12), and somehow we managed to pick an absolutely glorious day…very fortunate as the kids already had their sights on getting wet in the fantastic water features. Here’s our visit in pictures!

The grand entrance to Alnwick Gardens (you can see Isaac and Gabby are literally itching to get in that water!)

A quiet moment while Reuben slept (didn’t last long…)

We were commandeered by a man wielding a Ukelele and instructed to take part in the treasure hunt – here they are hunting for clues moments before Reuben decided he needed to take part.

Reuben’s awake so here I am breastfeeding in public! 

Reuben at 3 weeks old, mid-public feed, chilling out in the garden

While I was feeding Reuben everyone else went up to the Walled Gardens for a poke around …

…and then do some illicit raspberry picking

And finally, it was soooo hot, the kids just had to get in the water for a cool down!

So there you have it, a lovely day out to Alnwick Gardens with all the family! I must say I’m already missing the babymobile because it used to fit our ridiculously large buggy in the boot. Now I have to resort to keeping the wheels in the back seat!

The Hyundai i30 (aka Babymobile) – even our massive buggy couldn’t beat it for boot space.