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