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Is there Room on the Broom for Me at Mottisfont?

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September 26, 2017

I am a big fan of backyard travel; seeing the delights on your doorstep, and living in East Dorset, we often venture over the border to Hampshire.
Writing the Britmums Family Days Out Round-Up, I am often introduced to some fabulous ideas for days out and one of the places I have been keen to try is Mottisfont, near Romsey.
Over the summer holidays this National Trust property held The Gruffalo and Friends: the Art of Axel Scheffler exhibition, a display of imaginative illustrations from his work with Julia Donaldson and a trail around the estate, filled with fun things to find from some of their best books.
The trail sent you all across the estate which is packed full of fun things for the kids to do.
The kids were given an activity sheet to follow where they had to follow the answers to the clues so discover a hidden word.
There are many wild play areas, including Boggy Climbing and Pump, Pool and Paddle, perfect for splashing around, taking your shoes off and cooling down.
In fact, I struggled to get the kids out of the Pump, Pool and Paddle area.
The trail featured creatures from some of our favourite Julia Donaldson books, including the Gruffalo and Snake in his log pile house.
Originally founded as an Augustinian priory in 1201, Mottisont is as interesting to see inside and out and the kids loved making Gruffalo shados on the ceiling.
With it being such a beautiful, warm day we did spend the majority of our time outside.
Some of the clues were in the house, some in the stables but most were in the beautiful grounds.
Of course, completing the challenges with friends makes the day much more fun.
Mottisfont is surrounded by water which is always a source of fascination and we delighted in spotting fish swimming in the water.
We managed to spy some dragon and damselflies too.
Instead of feeding ducks, the kids enjoyed watching the fish leaping out of the water to get the crusts they threw in, although I never quite managed to catch it on camera.
Even without the trail to keep them busy, there was plenty for them to do including a circus skills area with a spot for the adults to sit and watch, if they didn’t want to join in of course.
Mottisfont has over 35 different species of tree in their grounds but the kids are asked not to climb them. They are provided with a huge playground to practice their skills though.
You can also test your balance on the stepping stones.
Or they could just relax in style!
The kids favourite challenge had to be the Room on the Broom broomstick where they got to dress up and “fly” around the estate.
We loved our visit to Mottisfont, the grounds are spectacular and there is plenty of room to sit and have a picnic, play football or frisbee or just relax with friends.
Mottisfont is very family friendly and kids are allowed on scooters around the grounds, as the paths are wide and smooth.
Pushchairs are not allowed in the house, however they do have hip-carrying infant seats available for loan so you don’t miss out if you have little ones in tow.


Axel Scheffler Sketch

We had an amazing day at Mottisfont and managed to complete the challenge, despite managing to miss one of the clues!
Do you enjoy visiting National Trust properties?
Country Kids

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    September 26, 2017

    This looks like such a lovely day out. I keep meaning to sign up to National Trust, it would be so easy to find something to do on a weekend – I have *got* to get round to it!

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    September 26, 2017

    What a fab spot for a bit of Room on the Broom exploring looks like lots of fun was had by all!

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    Annette, Four Acorns / Quatre graines de chêne

    September 26, 2017

    I read posts before about Mottisfont but none ever quite made it look as beautiful as this. Stunning photos of a truly enchanting place.

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    September 26, 2017

    We love Mottisfont, and I can’t get my kids out the pump and paddle area. Such a lovely part

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    five little doves

    September 26, 2017

    Oh I love this, what a perfect spot! Gorgeous photos as always.

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    The Moderate Mum

    September 26, 2017

    What a lovely family day out! My son would be obsessed with the paddle area.

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    Kate Williams

    September 27, 2017

    Oh that looks fantastic – we’re NT members and have been visiting some of the properties near us, they’re so much better for kids these days than they used to be which means you can all have a nice daay out!

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    September 27, 2017

    Seems like a really good day for out for the kids, I am close to Mottisfont but not been yet and would love to one day.

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    becky @lakessinglemum

    September 27, 2017

    An awesome trail in a beautiful location

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    Baby Isabella

    September 27, 2017

    We loved visiting Mottisfont too while the exhibition was on. The trail was really good fun and the exhibits were great especially the scarecrows wedding x The kids look like they are having lots of fun! #CountryKids

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    Louise (Little Hearts, Big Love)

    September 27, 2017

    I love visiting National Trust places and Mottisfont is on my list of places to visit at some point! Looks like you had the perfect day out. The trail sounds like fun and I love the photo of the children on the “broom”. Love that quote on the bench as well 🙂 #countrykids

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    September 28, 2017

    What a lovely day out. We love finding new places to visit with the little ones.

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    Fiona Cambouropoulos

    September 28, 2017

    I have only ever heard great things from Mottisfont. Your post backs this up. What a lovely looking day with so much to do and most of it just hinted at by the National Trust with the rest left to young explorers to fill in the detail. Some wonderful photos from your day even if the fish did escape you.
    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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    Helen @Talking_Mums

    September 28, 2017

    Such beautiful photos, looks like a lovely day x

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    September 28, 2017

    We’re NT members and Mottisfont is one of our favourite places to visit.

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    Mary Abbott

    September 28, 2017

    I love national trust, keep meaning to get a membership! Great post

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    Ana De- Jesus

    September 28, 2017

    Aw I love the national trust. Mottisfront reminds me of my countryside roots and its wonderful that you had a good time on the trail! x

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    Jayne @ Sticky Mud And Belly Laughs

    September 30, 2017

    The National Trust do a fantastic job. Searching for clues around the grounds would of been magical for the children. What a lovely day out for all.
    (hubby helping out)

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