Heritage Open Days - Day 1

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Heritage Open Days is a 4 day event running from 11 - 14 September. It offers free access to places that are usually closed to the public or normally charge admission. There are loads of places across the UK that have been having Open Days.

Taking a look at the website, there was a great choice of events for us in our local area so with Mr MoaB working all weekend, I picked out some for Little Miss A and I to go to.

Our first destination this morning was St Mary's Church. This is the oldest building in Aylesbury and it's in a part of town that I've never been to before. We had a quick browse round some stalls and then headed into the Church where there's some beautiful stained glass windows.

Didn't get the chance to see too much of the church as the Brass Band started playing and that was it, Little Miss A wanted to head outside to listen to them. She hasn't seen a brass band before and she really enjoyed it. She was bopping away and it looked like she was conducting the band. When they finished the band members all commented on their new conductor!

We headed home for some lunch and then it was off again, this time in the car to go to Waddesdon Manor. We've been planning to go to this National Trust property for some time as it's just a 10 minute drive from us, but just haven't had the chance. Today was the perfect opportunity as it was free entry!

We chose to get the courtesy bus from the car park to the Main House. You can walk but it's a 15 minute walk and I didn't fancy pushing the pushchair that far. When we got off the bus and started walking down North Avenue, a band started up! Little Miss A went running over and of course started to conduct!!

In front of the House, was an Emergency Services today. All the local services were represented and there were lots of vehicles for Little Miss A to get in and explore including a fire engine and police van. She particularly enjoyed taking the driving seat and it was hard to extract her each time from the vehicle! A few mini-tantrums as I tried to get her out to let other children have a go!

We spent about an hour wandering around the different stalls and vehicles. Little Miss A was starting to get a bit tired but I thought she'd like a quick play in the Woodland Playground. The playground is set down a hill with different play equipment spread over lots of levels. There is a ramp all the way down so it's doable with a pushchair but the path isn't that wide so it was a bit tight trying to pass buggies coming the other way. The climbing frame and swings suitable for Little Miss A were at the bottom. I lost count of the number of times she went around the climbing frame and down the slide. She was in her element!

Then it was time to get the bus back to the car to come home. Little Miss A was asleep before we'd even left the car park! Worn her out!

I'd definitely like to return to Waddesdon and spend more time wandering around the grounds. There was the opportunity to go into the House today as part of the Heritage Open Days but when we arrived, there were no house tickets available. Think it might be best to save visiting the house itself until Little Miss A is older anyway - too many valuable and breakable things!

It has been a really enjoyable day but definitely exhausting. However, there's more events tomorrow so we'll be heading out again!

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