We’re making the most of our Gardner’s World 2-4-1 cards and so today spent this sunny Friday afternoon at Harewood. The gorgeous weather kept us out of the house itself, so here’s our top five things we enjoyed whilst there!
1. The Himalayan Garden
All I can say is wow. Such GORGEOUS colours and beautiful setting with a stream running through and stepping stones. The fact a 3 year old was so taken by it just shows it’s charms. Absolutely lush.
2. The Bird and Animal Experiences
Through the courtyard you can enter the animal experience. Lucky them, they have a pretty incredible view! There’s a relatively small selection of animals, but enough to keep interest with rabbits, goats and pigs. The birds include penguins 😍 with a twice daily penguin feed to watch! There are also flamingoes, owls and macaws. Harewood and the surrounding is also famed for the possibility of spotting Red Kites, and we were incredibly lucky to see one really close during our picnic. Breathtaking.
3. The ferry across to a picture perfect picnic area
There is a free ferry between the bird garden and the picnic area- it’s a short trip across but a novelty journey to get lunch! There was a converted horse box selling refreshments- including Prosecco if the mood takes you!
4. The Play area
What would a family friendly day out be without a decent play area? This one is a good size with different age-appropriate equipment.
5. Pretty walks around the grounds
Walking from the picnic area towards the Himalayan Garden takes you past Fairy tree ❤️ If you have older children you could keep them entertained with one of the trails on the Families page of the website. The path between the walled garden and lake affords some stunning views, and we were delighted to see some cows cooling off!
- Food and drink is reasonable and readily available (including ice cream!)
- The Curiosity Cabin; a place for little ones to learn and get creative
- The House!
- Facilities for changing and toilets 😂😂 such a mum comment but so important!
- The walled garden- with scarecrow!
For full details of Harewood visit their website; https://harewood.org