A family day out and helping a wonderful charity, the perfect way to spend a Saturday afternoon.
Last weekend we set out for Aldingbourne Country Centre, a new us destination, but one I had high hopes for.
None of us left disappointed.
The Aldingbourne Trust Philosophy
“The Aldingbourne Trust is dedicated to helping local businesses, communities and people with learning disabilities to reach their potential and enjoy life, together.
We are committed to the support and wellbeing of people with learning disabilities by developing their skills, helping them gain employment in the local community and encouraging them to lead more fulfilled, independent lives. Many of the people we support also have physical disabilities and our expertise ensures their lives are contented and secure.
With our support and consistent attitude towards diversity, equality and inclusion for all, people with learning disabilities can achieve more control over their lives and futures and make informed changes for the better.”
I love that there is something more meaningful behind behind this venture than simply making a profit.
From the second we arrived Ahren and Ethan were in their element, poor tinker tots didn’t know which way to go exploring, thankfully their map reading came in handy!
So with pencils and treasure hunt lists in hand we set off to explore.
We explored the Friends of Aldingbourne Garden, a wonderful collection of recycled planters and structures made from salvaged items.
The boys were amazed by the bug house and slightly concerned about the size of the bugs!
Ethan showed us his best zombie impression, that’s Halloween sorted.
I can safely say that neither of my boys are skilled in the ancient art of Mini Golf, Ahren went all John McEnroe it was hilarious whilst Ethan cheated, unashamedly cheated.
Whilst the kiddos were busy trying to run in every direction at once I was blown away by the creativeness of the place.
Tree trunks used as planters.
A pirate ship with bunting.
The best fences I have ever seen.
And a giant xylophone!
A walk in the woods gave the boys a chance to tick a few things off their Woodland Trust Nature Detectives Go wild in the woods adventures.
A wonderful den!
How wonderful is this hop scotch?
These decorations swaying in the breeze really reminder me of the Blair Witch Project!
I loved the vast array of hand crafted items dotted around the woods, they were in keeping with the environment and offered homes for so many bugs and animals.
The wooden star hanging from a tree was lovely.
When we left the woods the boys charged up to the farm to see the animals, we wanted to linger around the Enterprise Village but the kids won out and we soon found ourselves saying ‘hi’ to a bunch of ducks and goats. We did manage to stop and see some of the beautiful plants available from their Plant Nurseries to buy.
These two are hilarious, both tried walking in different directions whilst holding on to the same bucket!
This goat was so unimpressed with Ethan's offering of grass.
Before heading home Ahren tried to climb the mighty Oak tree, he didn’t get very far. The boys were knackered, and we hadn’t even got to see everything!
This was one of my favourite places to visit, can’t wait to go back on an event day!
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