How did we end up going for a picnic in Leicester? Bit far from home…
A few months ago, my friend Colette and I decided we would meet with our children over the summer. Colette blogs at ‘We’re Going on an Adventure’ about the fun her family gets up to. I love her endless energy, upbeat way to approach everything and no-nonsense attitude. Our five girls and two boys are close in age and have interests in common, so we knew they’d get on. We recently figured out that our boys shared the same birthday (a year apart) and even had the same bump names! They were meant to meet and be friends (or so Colette and I had decided!).
The only problem is Colette lives up North and I live just outside London. A day out together would be pretty tricky. Rather than opting for complicated plans or hoping work would get our families together one day, we put a date in the calendar, and looked at a map, deciding that Leicester was pretty much half way for both of us. We would meet there.
I’d never been to Leicester and had no idea what we could do with seven children there so I asked the lovely Holly at ‘Recipes From a Normal Mum’ & ‘Mrs Bell’s Brownies’ for advice. Holly always talks about Leicester in her Instagram Stories and she was really generous with her tips and ideas.
We opted for Abbey Park as the weather forecast was predicting glorious weather. The park had lots to keep our little ones entertained:
- a boating lake where we could hire pedal boats
- a miniature railway
- a free pets corner
- the remains of 12th century Leicester Abbey
- the ruins of Cavendish House, a 17th century mansion
- a lavender maze
- orienteering courses
- a play park
- an outdoor gym
- public toilets
- a cafe
It normally takes my four a bit of time to get accustomed to new children, but no ice breakers were needed with Colette’s three. They immediately started playing together, running around in the park and taking selfies on my phone.
It was a really hot day, so I’d packed a fair few water bottles, and it was such a treat to have a sip out of my own bottle, an insulated 750ml Stainless Steel Water Bottle that had kept my water ice cold. Guess what? The girls very quickly stole my bottle…
The children were all really hungry, so we had our picnic: lots and lots of vegetable sticks, houmous, bread, crisps, ham, cheese, salad, crips, lots of fruit and chocolate slices (Colette’s treat!).
Pretty cutlery by Wayfair.
After lunch, the children decided to post a few Instagram Stories about our day on my Instagram account. I was amazed at how confident they were as they were speaking to camera (well, my phone).
We then had a lovely walk all together and Crevette was a real gentleman when he offered to carry our cooling bag.
The children all had the best time at the outdoor gym and Beanie, who loves showing off, decided to use our cooler bag as weights.
The children had ice cream, we hired a pedal boat for half an hour and we all had a blast in the lavender maze.
It was a fab day for all of us and the children begged us for a sleepover, but we all agreed that would require some preparation and would have to be a plan for another day. I love a good playdate!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Wayfair but all thoughts, opinions and photos are my own.