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Easter Fun at Lulworth Castle

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April 20, 2017

Due to Hubby’s line of work he doesn’t get any time off over the Easter break, apart from Easter Sunday, so I planned a day out that wasn’t too far away.
Having heard Corfe Castle advertised on the radio, Isaac really wanted to go however as we hit the Wareham Road it was gridlocked and barely moving under the sheer weight of traffic so I made an executive decision and headed for Lulworth Castle as the kids had so much fun there last Easter.
The journey to onto Lulworth was surprisingly clear and the kids initial disappointment was soon replaced with excitement.
Lulworth Castle is one of my favourite places to visit in Dorset, and regular readers of my blog will recognise it as the home of Camp Bestival. Once inside, and clutching their activity books, the kids were drawn to the fountain and a the chance to play hook a duck. I am definitely going to invest in some ducks for the paddling pool for the summer as they would have stayed here all day given half a chance.
Lulworth Castle
Once inside there were lots of activities to take part in and we headed for the castle first, where we had to find 10 keys that were hidden inside, make Easter masks and watch a magic show.
Lulworth Castle
Masks decorated, it was then time to find the keys, some easier to find than others.
Lulworth Castle
The theme of the Easter activities was Alice in Wonderland and it was lovely to see the castle and some of its staff all dressed up.
Lulworth Castle
Lulworth Castle was built in the early 17th Century as a hunting lodge and much of it was destroyed by fire in 1929. Restoration work was undertaken by English Heritage, returning the exterior to its original glory but much of the interior is still just a shell, albeit a beautiful one.
Lulworth Castle
The basement rooms are still intact and we got to find keys in the wine cellar, dairy, laundry and kitchen as well as taking part in a spot of dressing up.
Lulworth Castle
No visit to Lulworth Castle would be without climbing up the stairs to the top for the magnificent view which stretches over Lulworth Cove and all the way to Poole harbour.
Lulworth Castle
From the top of the castle the kids spotted a maze, cleverly mown into the gardens in the shape of the castle and couldn’t wait to climb down to try it……..stopping to collect their lolly reward for finding the keys first.
Lulworth Castle
The great thing about the events organised at Lulworth Castle is that almost everything was included in the entry price, so there were no hidden extra’s, apart from food and face painting. There was so much to do, including finding the Cheshire cats, the white rabbits and an Easter egg hunt, that the whole day was easily filled and we were there from late morning until it closed at 4pm.
Lulworth Castle
The Easter egg hunt was held in the woodland section that holds the Dingly Dell at Camp Bestival. Instead of finding eggs, we had to find coins which could be exchanged for either a small, medium or large egg. Sadly we only managed to find coins to earn a Creme egg each, but the kids were more than happy and enjoyed finding the Peacocks and playing in the park too.
Lulworth Castle
Back out on the lawns it was time to try our hand at a game of croquet, although I am not sure that Sebby got the gist of the game, he had fun nonetheless as Isaac and Eliza tried to beat Daddy.
Lulworth Castle
The Alice in Wonderland theme continued throughout the grounds with signs, posters and even half painted white roses, as the queen wanted them red.
Lulworth Castle
We successfully completed all our challenges and headed back to the castle to collect our other prizes which included a colouring book and small game.
Lulworth Castle
It was then off to try our hand at a spot of crazy golf.
Lulworth Castle
Back at the beginning the kids were keen to play hook a duck again, so Hubby and stopped at the cafe where Beales Gourmet were serving cheeky coffee’s and cakes, before heading home.
Lulworth Castle
I think our traffic issues turned out for the best, don’t you?
Easter Fun
We cannot wait to return, only next time we visit it will look completely different and be a lot busier!!
 
 

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    Nadine Hill

    April 20, 2017

    Oh I love the Alice in Wonderland dress up!! We have only ever been to Lulworth Castle for Camp Bestival so I think I would find it odd to visit without the crowds! Looks like you all had a great day out though!

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    Clare aka Emmy's Mummy

    April 20, 2017

    Love the dressing up.
    What a fun day out for the whole family.

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    Newcastle Family Life

    April 20, 2017

    This looks like a lovely place to visit for Easter, there seems to be so much to do. xx

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    Talya

    April 20, 2017

    What a fun packed way to spend Easter – loving the Alice in Wonderland theme and beautiful setting!

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    five little doves

    April 20, 2017

    I’ve never been here but it looks like so much fun, and what a great venue for an easter event! Gorgeous photos!

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    Keely's Nails

    April 20, 2017

    I think you ended being lucky with the traffic! I remember going to the castle when I was a kid and it was lots of fun.

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    Lyndsey O'Halloran

    April 20, 2017

    This looks like such a fun day out! I’d love to go

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    Ana De- Jesus

    April 20, 2017

    How fun! I am living for the Alice in Wonderland theme and what a great way to have some Easter fun x

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    Mandi

    April 21, 2017

    Looks like a Fun day, sometimes the last minute change of plans work out well, I love the Alice In Wonderland theme and the children looked like they had great fun.

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    Laura

    April 22, 2017

    Such a fun place to spend Easter and they put on some fantastic crafts and session by the look of it
    Laura x

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    Evelina

    April 22, 2017

    Fabulous way to spend Easter! I bet everyone absolutely loved it.

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    Fashion and Style Police

    April 22, 2017

    I am loving the dress ups. Looks like a fun filled day.

  13. Reply

    Lilinha

    April 22, 2017

    What a great range of activities. Seems like you all had a great time! 🙂

  14. Reply

    Steph

    April 23, 2017

    I’ve never been there unless it’s got Camp Bestival! Never thought of just going there when it’s not there. It looks super fun

  15. Reply

    Cass Bailey

    April 24, 2017

    I’ve never been here before but it looks like a really fun family day x x

  16. Reply

    Cass Bailey

    April 24, 2017

    I’ve never been here before but it looks like a really fun family day x x x

  17. Reply

    Penny Alexander

    April 26, 2017

    How fun to see inside it, makes me want to be at Camp Bestival!

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