In the mid 20th century, the Royal Observatory at Greenwhich was moved to Herstmonceux, East Sussex, to escape the problems of being in London (lights, smog, electric fields etc). However, after just a few decades at Herstmonceux, it was decided that this location wasn’t ideal either. The giant Isaac Newton Telescope that had been installed … More Days Out In The South East: Herstmonceux Observatory Science Centre
Hever Castle has for quite some time been on my wish list of places I’d like us to visit. Last week it finally came true, and it turned out to be a truly magical experience! I’m sure the castle and gardens are amazing at any time of the year, but now during the Christmas period … More Days Out In The South East: Christmas Time At Hever Castle!
Sheffield Park and Garden is a large landscape garden in Sussex, owned by the National Trust. There’s also a Sheffield Park House, situated at the edge of the property, but that’s still privetely owned and not open to the public. The park is a wonderful experience at all times of the year, with winding paths … More Autumn Colours at Sheffield Park & Garden
Earlier this year, on a sunny summer’s day, we visited the medieval ruins of Bayham Old Abbey, which sit on the Kent/Sussex border, in a very rural spot not too far from Lamberhurst. The abbey was founded there as part of a monastery, in the early 13th Century, and was built using local sandstone. Although … More Days Out In The South East: Bayham Old Abbey
Last weekend, we went out exploring around the Scotney Castle estate. We did a similar walk around the grounds of this beautiful National Trust property in January (click here to read more about that visit), and it was lovely to now come back and see it in a different seasonal shroud, just at the transition … More An Early Autumn Walk On The Scotney Castle Estate
Last week we visited Walmer castle and gardens, and it was a lovely afternoon out, made even better by the gloriously sunny weather. This was out first visit there, and I’m actually surprised I haven’t heard more about Walmer castle before, considering what an interesting as well as beautiful place this is to visit! A … More Days Out in the South East: Walmer Castle & Gardens
A-Z of Animals Much of the learning that we do is interest led, i.e. based around something which our boy is already showing an interest in. Last year we started an ‘A-Z of Animals’ study unit based on an old Sooty video with the same title, which has been a recurring favourite for years. We … More A Visit to Wingham Wildlife Park