Back in August 2015, our son Lucas was just over one year old when my husband and I took him for his first adventure to Stockeld Park. We were super excited to return for some Stocked Easter Fun.
Since then, we made a trip to see Santa in 2015 and 2016. We go back, year after year, because it never disappoints!
Stockeld Park, whatever the season, it is a magical place that you can spend anything from a couple of hours to all day at. When the lovely Sarah invited us to visit on behalf of my blog, I was over the moon!
The Easter Adventure is running from the 8th to the 24th April. As usual, the magical fairies and wizards who transformed the park have surpassed themselves.
The attention to detail is outstanding with decorations everywhere you look:
Our first stop on our Easter Adventure was a maze.
This was an area of the park we’d not experienced before. In previous years, Lucas’ little legs had been too small to take on the maze and the Enchanted Forest. We’d always just do the latter because it’s our favourite bit. This year we wanted to do everything his age allowed, which was pretty much all of it!
To keep the kids (ahem, and adults) entertained while they were getting lost, the aim was to find all the bunnies. We were given a booklet at the entrance to make note of their names.
I’m slightly annoyed to say that there was ONE that we didn’t find. We must have took a wrong turn at some point and missed it. It was probably around the time WW3 nearly broke out amongst Mummy and Daddy Roversi. Maybe a maze is similar to IKEA in terms of the rate of divorce of married couples post visiting – ha ha! To distract you further on your quest, they also have cute little road names and activities. I really liked the maze. I was glad we waited until our little man had bigger legs. We were in there a good 45 minutes.
Due to Mummy having her nails done in the morning, we were late setting off. After the maze, we visited The Woodland Cafe for lunch. (Any possibility of our son getting ‘Hangry’ must be avoided.) Lucas’ favourite of sausage was on the menu so he was happy. The hubby and I both chose fish and chips. As I remembered from previous visits, the food was quick but still good quality and tasty. Those three meals, plus drinks, came to around £25. I was happy with this however there are lots of places to enjoy a picnic too. If you wanted to save money then it’s a option. A picnic in the beautiful surroundings of Stocked Park would be lovely!
We were able to bribe Lucas into eating the majority of his lunch. The bouncy castle, bouncy pillow and park outside were handy! Our 2.9 year old on the pillow was a little hilarious! It reminded me of a drunk man seen on the streets of Wakefield on a Saturday night! Due all the jumping on the castle and pillow, pictures were a little blurred!
Lucas is obsessed with trains so we LOVED the wooden one in the play area next to the Woodland Cafe. We must have spent a good while exclaiming “All aboard!” and “Ticket’s please!”. I was both proud and amused when his Daddy asked where we were going. He said “Huddersfield Town” (the football team we support – my brainwashing is obviously going well!).
Obviously, on a sunny day, everyone wants to be outside making Stockeld Park . A perfect place on a warm day because the majority of the events/activities are outside.
One thing that makes the Spring and Summer events different to the winter, is the outdoor play area. Themed with tractors, it has plenty of opportunities for young people to test out their climbing, balancing and sliding skills. I believe that L would have stayed there all day if we let him. He showed his bravery by tackling the huge blow up slide, first with Daddy….then by himself! Proud Mummy!
From the 10th to the 17th April, Stockeld are celebrating Chocolate Week (what a great week to celebrate!). In the marque, they had Chocolate Story York helping people make their own chocolate products! We made lollies. They are also doing truffle rolling, designing chocolate transfer, painting chocolate eggs and making chocolate nests and mini eggs – delicious! It was really easy to do. Lucas really enjoyed decorating his lolly…even if he did go a little extra! There’s a little video here from the website.
Whilst in the tent, it would have been rude not to get an ice cream to walk around the Enchanted Forest with. We headed over to Yummy Ice Cream Parlour. I am a sucker for ‘proper’ ice cream. The amount of different flavours means that there is something for everyone. Lucas had a teddy bear cone with strawberry ice cream. Cute! Mr R had a rainbow cone with caramel ice cream. I had a rainbow cone with white chocolate ice cream, salted caramel sauce and a flake. Obviously, when Mr R saw the sauce, he wanted some too and they were very accommodating.
My favourite, the Enchanted Forest!
Our final adventure was the Enchanted Forest. My favourite of everything at Stockeld Park. A magical world of talking trees, fairies, trolls, owls, and miniature houses. playgrounds areas are scattered in between. Again, now L is older, he was able to appreciate more. This forest is truly beautifully at night. It is lit up with fairy lights everywhere, nevertheless it was just as interactive during the day. There were eggs situated around the track with letters on. We could note on our activity booklet then unscrambe the word. (I won’t tell you what it is, you’ll have to go and see for yourself).
The great thing about Stocked Park is that you can tailor it to your budget. For example, you don’t have to do everything you can pay for certain parts. I.e. just the forest or the maze. You can take a picnic which cuts down on food costs. The only activities that cost extra are the bumper boats on the lake around the forest (£6 per boat) and the bikes you can use to go around the Enchanted Forest if you don’t want to walk.
Personally, i think you must miss a lot of the magical elements of the forest if you don’t walk around it. We didn’t do the skater ring as Lucas is a little too young. It looks like lots of fun though!
So, after 9 days off work, Mr Roversi goes back to work and it’s been a lovely week and a half of fun, ending perfectly at Stockeld Park.
Have you been to Stockeld Park before? Do you have something similar near you? I’d love to hear about it! Comment below or find me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest – don’t forget to click like/follow! 🙂 You can also read about other family days out, such as Diggerland Yorkshire and Thomasland!
This post is in collaboration with Stockeld Park however all views and opinions are my own.