So, armed with one pirate and two children, we went to find some treasure.
We'd never been to Tredegar House before and we were amazed at how beautiful it is. It's a fabulous 17th Century mansion with amazing grounds that we couldn't wait to explore. We were greeted by pirates on the way in and the boys were given questions to complete for the treasure hunt. We were very excited to see all the games that were going on in the grounds, and even more pleased to see that there was a little bit of treasure (chocolate coins) for any game that they won. Even Ollie got involved and the staff kindly gave him a coin for his efforts. The weather was lovely and it was very relaxing watching the boys run around playing games in beautiful surroundings.
Next we went on to the orchard where there were some 50 Things activities running. We'd already picked up our scrapbook so we were ready to start filling them with stickers. The boys decided to build a den and a member of staff showed them how to use all the branches that had been gathered locally to build a shelter in the wild. They really enjoyed all the hard work and were rewarded with this fantastic den for their efforts. I think they'll be asking to build one in the garden when we get home though I might have to find a tree first. It was great to watch them working together to get this finished. They listened to the staff member, which was unusual enough, but the help and support they showed each other almost brought a tear to my eye. After all, I'm more used to breaking up their fights.
Then on to the next activity which was plant it, grow it, eat it. We're actually doing this at home at the moment but the boys wanted to grow some cress and get their sticker so it was more official in their scrapbook (obviously their mum and dad signing it off just isn't good enough).
Two activities completed and it was back to pirate fun. They walked the plank while their father tried to soak them with wet sponges, but they soon got their own back. They made their dad walk the plank and by the time he'd finished he was wetter than the three boys put together. They were throwing the sponges at point blank range. I stayed a safe distance away, making the excuse that I couldn't get my camera wet!
After playing every game, and eating as many chocolate coins as possible, we found Captain Morgan's treasure. It was safely tucked away at the bottom of a tree and the boys were able to complete the treasure hunt questions.
Next it was time to explore the amazing house. We went inside and gazed around us in wonder at the extravagantly designed rooms. The room guides were fantastic and explained all about the history of the house. I had been worried about taking the boys inside as they do like to run around but I needn't have worried. My oldest became engrossed in a talk about the house, and my youngest two were fascinated with everything that was to be seen.
The dining room was dressed with a table laden with food; then in another room there was a dressing up box and old fashioned games that we could actually sit and play. This was no stuffy museum with nothing to touch. There really was something for everyone.
After a thorough exploration we headed out into the courtyard where there were yet more games for the boys. They had more chocolate coins and played in the pirate ship before going to make some pirate hats which was great fun.
|Isn't this the best pirate hat you've ever seen?|
We had a totally enjoyable day. Our 50 Things adventures have started, we have played and had lots of fun, and learnt a little bit about our local history. What more could we ask for?
And the icing on the cake was.......
A perfect end to a perfect day.
|A few more photos from our day|
All that's left do do know is decide which activity on the 50 Things list we should do next. Maybe we'll make a mud pie, skim a stone, or even build a raft. The possibilities are endless.
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