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A Muddy Day Out At Oakwell Hall

So this last weekend wasn’t the greatest of weekends weather-wise, but we still wanted to get out with the boys on Sunday despite the rain and clouds.

We headed to Oakwell Hall, an Elizabethan manor house in Birstall, also famous for becoming “Fieldhead” in Charlotte Bronte’s novel Shirley, after she’d visited with local friends as a child. Parking is free, as is entry to the Country Park, with it’s extensive gardens, which the boys loved to walk around and explore, and acres of footpaths and fields for running around in.

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Having had our lunch from the newly refurbished café we headed off on our walk, soon coming across a stream which, after going off the trail down to it, the boys and mummy decided to walk along as far as it goes. They did really well not to fall, especially J-Bub, but they made it.

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After river walking we carried on along the path where we came across lots of wonderful muddy puddles – unsurprisingly there was an expectation that jumping in them would be fun. It was!

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At the end of our trail through the woods we got to the great playground, of which there are two, a typical park style one and one set in the woods, which was definitely the one that got the most attention from our two.

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And there was definitely ice-cream!

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We love a good family day out, and as far as (virtually) free days out go, Oakwell Hall is a great place to explore and have fun and muddy fun is a sure-fire way to forget about the gloom.

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A Fishy Day Out at The Deep

Last weekend we spent our Saturday at Hull’s fantastic submarium, The Deep. Helen and I actually went here on it’s opening weekend, where we queued around the car park to get in. Today the queue wasn’t anywhere near as bad and, after a quick photo and signing up for the annual pass that many places like this seem to do now, we were on our way in to check out the fishy action.

After walking down the first ramps, encountering all the prehistoric fishy stuff, we encountered the jaws of Megadon, NJ couldn’t believe how big the mouth must have been.

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Further on, as you make your way around the rest of the attraction there are simply loads of huge tanks, filled with just an amazing array of different fishes and other sea dwelling things. At one of the tanks NJ remarked to me that these were in fact the biggest fish he’d ever seen! I’m not sure how many fish he’s ever seen, but still, to him they were definitely massive!
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I’m not sure J-Bub had ever seen anything quite like the big colourful displays he was seeing right now. For a lot of them he just kind of sat or kneeled in front of them and stared.

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There was obviously the obligatory Nemo hunt.

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The boys were constantly in awe of how big the tanks were, there’s something like 2.5million litres of water in the whole place!
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We actually went round twice, with a break in the middle for lunch in The Observatory Cafe, with awesome views out over the Humber Estuary the food was about what you’d expect and reasonably priced.
On the way out both times we utilised the great lift that has a window in to the giant tank, pausing half way up so you get a real sense of being there, in amongst it! The boys loved it, although NJ thought it was a bit weird at first!
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Entry on the day cost us £34 – under 3’s are free and 3-15 year olds are £10 on the day. By giving your details and having your picture taken when purchasing you also get their Day Plus Pass, giving you up to 360 days access. Even if you’re likely to only go once again in the year it’s well worth it.

 

We had a great time and will definitely be heading back at some point this year.

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