Welcome to my new little project – baby friendly days out.
I figured I like days out, and my days out now need to be baby friendly, so let’s blog about them!
I’m proud to say that my first baby friendly day out review is of one of my absolute favourite places in Kent – Leeds Castle.
I’ve been to Leeds Castle numerous times but last week was the first time with Noah in tow.
It was a gorgeous day so we jumped in the car, grabbed some picnic food from M&S and headed towards Leeds village in Maidstone!
Where? Leeds Castle is just off the M20, 5 miles south east of Maidstone
What can I do there? The name kind of gives it away – there is a STUNNING castle to look round and soak up some history. But last week we didn’t actually set foot in the castle as the grounds were enough of a day out for us with a baby.
Because there is 500 acres of parkland it’s impossible to feel crowded there.
Since becoming a mum and having a pram I literally HATE feeling squished in anywhere, it makes me feel a bit panicky. Which is why Leeds Castle is so lovely. You can walk around for hours without feeling like you and your wheels are getting in anyone else’s way!
We went on a weekday morning and there were loads of mums and dads with prams and pushchairs, so we were in very good company!
We set up a picnic spot under a tree with the castle in view just in front of us. What a view.
Noah loved just taking it all in – gazing at the trees and ducks and geese!
After that we had a wander to the café area to get an ice cream and then walked down through the gardens and towards the maze.
For older children there are regular events like falconry displays. There are also segway tours or you can visit the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure.
Are there baby changing facilities? Yes there are. But I actually changed Noah’s bum al fresco!
How about baby feeding? Again, because it was such a lovely day I fed Noah outside while we had a picnic. But there is a very comfy restaurant area that would be suitable. You can also grab a coffee in the courtyard and there are various kiosks to get food for older children so it’s all very family friendly.
Easy to park with pram? Yep – Leeds Castle has tonnes of parking and it’s only a short walk to the main entrance.
How much? An adult ticket is £21.60 but it gets you in for a whole year which is a great excuse to go back. And again! Under 4’s go free.
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Our day out in pictures …