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Wollaton Hall and Deer Park | Nottingham

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wollaton hall

Wollaton Hall is a beautiful Elizabethan Country house of the 1580's set in the most gorgeous surroundings with a deer park added in the mix. Moo and I came a few years back but the house was closed and the park a bit lacking in substance. As there was 5 of us already crammed into my tiny Corsa and activities we did with my Auntie had to be accessible by foot or bus. Luckily for us we could walk there.

slide wollaton hall

We arrived and were greeted by a great new park, with plenty for the children to play on. Even Auntie J had a go on the musical instruments! The children soon spied a super slide and we went over to explore. The first time Olive went down with Nanny Moo. Nanny Moo was left a bit shaken by the experience and Olive now felt confident to go alone! I adore watching their little faces! There may or may not have been a bit of cheating in this race!

 

Big slide! There may or may not have been some cheating from Olive! #vloject52 #latergram #WollatonHall

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There was a fun day going on in the grounds too and we soon spotted Elsa and Spiderman for a quick photo.

 elsa and spiderman

Entry into the house is free! I couldn't believe it! We did a trail along the way which was £1 per child and was great for keeping Olive engaged when she became a little bored. I didn't know what the hall housed so when we went into the first room and were greeted by masses upon masses of taxidermy I was a bit taken back! Wollaton Hall is home to a natural history museum and a superb collection it is!

Lovely time at Wollaton Park #lovenotts #summerholidays

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Moo had a little wobble as he found the animals fascinating but as an animal lover was upset they were dead. I reminded him that these animals would have been stuffed a long time ago and that at that time there would have been lots of the species running wild, it was a time when we weren't concerned with extinction. The animals are all well taken care of we even watched a bit of a film where one of the birds was repainted to make the colours of his beak pop again.

wollaton hall animals

The bird collection is truly amazing there was something that looked a bit like a dodo and is now extinct. There is so much to see the walls are crammed and there are huge glass cabinets filled with artefacts, as well as some sets – like monkeys in trees, alligators in fake swampy water. We had been telling Auntie J about slow worms which we see a lot on the heath. Being a city girl she wasn't sure what one was so imagine Moo's delight when he was able to show her one in a display along side a smooth snake and adder.

After exploring the inside we went out into the grounds and saw the deer and of course had an ice cream!  

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  1. looks like a lovely day our for the family, I love places with educational aspects

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  2. Awww, that looks great, definitely one to look up when we're in the area.

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  3. That slide looks terrifying to me!!! But can see they loved it. A lovely day out.

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  4. Such a sensitive soul. Mine are fond of the taxidermy at the local museum - perhaps they've not given them that much thought!

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  5. I have seen a few posts about Woollaton Hall and hope to visit one day -the slide looks fab and Olive's face that she won :0)

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  6. Great place to go and they use the exterior as batmans house

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  7. What a great place, I need to go here as I love my history and with the added bonus of a natural history museum! Stunning building.

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  8. Ahhh, I LOVE that first photograph - it's fab!

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  9. That looks like a fun day out - shame it's a bit far from us x

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  10. Aw can imagine being upset to find that the animals were dead, but what a lovely day out x

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  11. Oh it looks like an interesting place to visit. Will have to remember if I am in the area

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  12. Places like this make for a really pleasant day out with young children and there is something for the adults too with the house to explore.

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  13. We love going to Wollaton, it's our favourite go to place for picnics and a run around :)

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  14. My hubby likes taxidermy so will put this on my list of places to visit! Thanks

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  15. Wow what a fantastic looking place for a day out! That dino skull is scary! x

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  16. wow what a fun place. Looks like everyone had a great time x

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