Thursday, 19 September 2013

Cravendale Experience

I'm sure everyone is familiar with the hideousness of "what shall we do today" when you have absolutely run out of ideas completely. We are pretty lucky in that we live in a part of the world where there are lots of places to take the children, places to go and things to see, but sometimes it's nice to do something a bit different and perhaps go a bit further afield, just for a change. Anyway, last weekend we did just that, we took on the Cravendale Experience  and did something totally new! When I was looking at the various activities we could choose from, I was a bit stumped, simply because there was so much choice, but actually we happened upon somewhere we had never even heard of, Thorpe Perrow in Bedale. Thorpe Perrow is just over an hours drive from here and is an arboretum and falconry centre - basically there are lots and lots of trees and in my boys' words, "it's EPIC!". I must agree. In their words,

"Thorp Perrow Arboretum is one of the finest private collections of trees and shrubs in the country. This 85 acre arboretum is unique to Britain, if not Europe, in that it was the creation of one man, Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner (1895 - 1977) and is now owned and managed by Sir John Ropner."

 Briefly back to Lovecravendale, so basically the more Cravendale milk you buy, the more rewards you can earn, and obviously points mean prizes! So you can use your points to claim experiences you'll love. The scheme allows you to access rewards such as 2 for 1 entry on activities such as drumming, white water rafting, windsurfing, the list goes on! 

But back to our experience, this is Thorpe

Entrance to Thorpe Perrow, slant optional.
We were amazed at how much open space there was, a seemingly reluctant and cold duo suddenly started running around wildly which was great as it was really quiet on the day we went, so we disturbed nobody.
Very very large space, suitable for running and shouting.
We then stumbled across this awesome adventure playground, all made from natural materials, even the slide was made from wood, epic success...
Bestest adventure playground in the world.
After a lengthy and quite frankly satisfying play we headed up towards the falconry centre as there was a "show" on at 1.30pm. On our way we stumbled across more amazing sights, including the lady of the house who gave us some good tips on where to find acorn sculptures and the crocodile, chomp!
Crocodile, not real, we didn't tell the children that of course.
Anyway, onto the falconry, basically it was amazing, we watched huge erm, big birds (?) fly high in the sky and eat stuff of the bird lady's hand. What's not to like?

Very big bird

Very large owl
I don't know what else I can say about the falconry show apart from the boys loved it and we learnt a lot, although clearly not enough for me to actually remember the names of the birds. Oh the owl was called Colin. That is all.

All in all, we had an amazing day and I would definitely recommend Thorpe Perrow to anyone who lives in Yorkshire. It was a lovely day out and well worth the journey. Afterwards, while the children were asleep in our double buggy, we had a very short and pleasurable trip to the Black Sheep Brewery where we had these lovely drinks for £1 a go. A perfect end to the perfect day. 
I'm now going to pass the Love Cravendale baton to and you can see what Mandi and her family got up to on their Cravendale Experience.

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