Back in August 2015, our son Little L was just over one year old when my husband and I took him for his first adventure to Stockeld Park. Since then, we made a trip to see Santa in 2015 and 2016 however, strangely, I haven’t written a post about it! I will have to this Christmas.
The reason why the Roversi’s keep returning to Stockeld Park is because, whatever the season, it is a magical place that you can spend anything from a couple of hours to all day at so when the lovely Sarah invited us to visit on behalf of my blog, I was over the moon, to say the least!
The Easter Adventure is running from the 8th to the 24th April and, as usual, the magical fairies and wizards who transformed the park have surpassed themselves. The attention to detail is outstanding with decorations everywhere you look:
Our first stop on our Easter Adventure was a maze – an area of the park we’d not experienced before. In previous years, L had been a little too small to last walking around the maze and the Enchanted Forest so we’d always just done the latter. This year we wanted to do everything his age allowed, which was pretty much all of it!
To keep the kids (ahem, and adults) entertained while they were getting lost, the aim was to find all the bunnies and write their names down in a booklet we were given at the entrance.
I’m slightly annoyed to say that there was ONE that we didn’t find, we must have took a wrong turn at some point and missed it. It was probably around the time WW3 nearly broke out amongst Mummy and Daddy Roversi, maybe a maze is similar to IKEA in terms of the rate of divorce of married couples post visiting – ha ha! To distract you further on your quest for the exit, they also have cute little road names and activities of the children en route. I really liked the maze but I was glad we waited until our little man had bigger legs as we were in there a good 45 minutes.
Due to Mummy having her nails done in the morning (a lovely yellow with grey accent nail), we were late setting off so, after the maze, we visited The Woodland Cafe for lunch. (Any possibility of our son getting ‘Hangry’ must be avoided.) L’s favourite of sausage was on the menu so he was happy and the hubby and I both chose fish and chips. As I remembered from previous visits, the food was quick but still good quality and tasty. Those three meals, plus drinks, came to around £25 which I was happy with however there are lots of places to enjoy a picnic too so, if you wanted to save money then it’s a option. A picnic in the beautiful surroundings of Stocked Park would be lovely!
We were able to bribe L into eating the majority of his lunch by the bouncy castle, bouncy pillow and park outside which was handy! Our 2.9 year old on the pillow was a little hilarious…reminding me of a drunk man seen on the streets of Wakefield on a Saturday night…due all the jumping on the castle and pillow, pictures were a little blurred!
As I’ve mentioned previously in this post, L is obsessed with trains so we LOVED the wooden one in the play area next to the Woodland Cafe and spent a good while exclaiming “All aboard!” and “Ticket’s please!”. I was both proud and amused when his Daddy asked where we were going and he said “Huddersfield Town” (the football team we support – my brainwashing is obviously going well!).
Obviously, on a sunny day, everyone wants to be outside making Stocked Park a perfect place because the majority of the events/activities are outside. One thing that makes the Spring and Summer events different to the winter, is the outdoor play area. Themed with tractors, it has plenty of opportunities for young people to test out their climbing, balancing and sliding skills. I believe that L would have stayed there all day if we let him. He showed his bravery by tackling the huge blow up slide, first with Daddy….then by himself! Proud Mummy!
From the 10th to the 17th April, Stockeld are celebrating Chocolate Week (what a great week to celebrate!) and in the marque, they had Chocolate Story York helping people make their own chocolate products! We made lollies but I know they are also doing truffle rolling, designing chocolate transfer, painting chocolate eggs and making chocolate nests and mini eggs – delicious! It was really easy to do and Little L really enjoyed decorating his lolly…even if he did go a little overboard with the extras! There’s a little video here from the website.
Whilst in the tent, it would have been rude not to get an ice cream to walk around the Enchanted Forest with so we headed over to Yummy Ice Cream Parlour. I am a sucker for ‘proper’ ice cream and the amount of different flavours they host means that there is something for everyone, or in my case, too much to chose from! Little L had a teddy bear cone with strawberry ice cream, Mr R had a rainbow cone with caramel ice cream and I had a rainbow cone with white chocolate ice cream, salted caramel sauce and a flake. Obviously, when Mr R saw the sauce, he wanted some too and they were very accommodating.
Our final adventure was the Enchanted Forest which is may favourite of everything at Stockeld Park. Mixed in with talking trees, fairies, trolls, owls, miniature houses and other magical elements were a series of play areas which again, now L is older, he was able to appreciate more. This forest is truly beautifully at night, lit up with fairy lights everywhere, nevertheless it was just as interactive during the day. There were eggs situated around the track with letters on which we could note on our activity booklet before unscrambling the word (I won’t tell you what it is, you’ll have to go and see for yourself). A new addition to the forest was…
To be honest, pictures speak louder than words when it comes to Stockeld Park’s Enchanted Forest:
The great thing about Stocked Park is that you can tailor it to your budget. For example, you don’t have to do everything you can pay for certain parts I.e. just the forest or the maze. Secondly, you can able to take a picnic which cuts down on food costs. The only activities that cost extra are the bumper boats on the lake around the forest (£6 per boat) and the bikes you can use to go around the Enchanted Forest if you don’t want to walk. L was too little for either of these things but personally, i think you must miss a lot of the magical elements of the forest if you don’t walk around it. We didn’t do the skater ring as, again, Toddler L is a little too young but it looks like lots of fun and sparked a conversation between me and Mr R regarding my lack of skills with boots but not blades.
So, after 9 days off work, Mr Roversi goes back to work and it’s been a lovely week and a half of fun, ending perfectly at Stockeld Park.
This post is in collaboration with Stockeld Park however all views and opinions are my own.