As we drove along the welcoming drive that led us up to Groombridge Place in Kent, we passed by the recently sprung daffodils nestled among the bluebells, primrose and ancient woodland that lined the roadside.
We parked the car and made our way to the ticket office. Along the way, we encountered the resident peacocks strutting around the grounds, teasing us with their magnificent array of feathers.
The vast grounds and enchanted forest of Groombridge Place has a place in every child’s (and adult’s) imaginative mind, with space to run wild and enjoy the magic and adventure of the forest.
After a brief explore of the formal gardens, we stumbled across the Giant Chessboard set against the backdrop of the grand 17th century moated manor house.
Eager to get in to the heart of the forest where all the opportunities for climbing, hiding and adventure were waiting, we took the pleasant 5 minute canal boat ride down the river to Crusoe’s World, a giant wooden structure that the boys energetically climbed and ran around.
Other treats we came across in the rest of the forest included giant swings, teepees, a totem pole, Romany caravans, a fort and the opportunity to do some den building. We fed the carp in the lake with the special fish food available to purchase (20p).
One of the highlights was the 700 metre long boardwalk with steps, tunnels and zip wire.
You can easily spend upwards of 3 hours at Groombridge Place, whiling away time in the forest, formal gardens, making it the perfect place to let off some steam and spend some family time together.
Just don’t forget to keep an eye out for the world famous Zeedonk – half donkey, half zebra.
Groombridge Place is located in the beautiful Garden of England, in the county of Kent.