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For once, the weather gods were truly on our side, after spending five days at the beginning of the month exploring beautiful Cumbria in the sunshine.

The Lake District is vast and is by far England’s most popular national park, with some 15 million people visiting the area every year, and we struggled to narrow down our options to the places we should go and visit. It’s not hard to see why the Lakes are so well-liked, as we were blown away by the region’s natural beauty of craggy mountain passes and fairytale castles to glittering lakes and quaint towns.

We couldn’t do everything, unfortunately, so I believe we struck the right balance for the short space of time we had up there.

The August Digest: Exploring The Lakes, Tree Tops and Local Attractions

On the day we left, it was pouring with rain, which we took as a sign to head back home. I’m looking forward to sharing more of our trip in later posts.

With Monkey’s back-to-school date fast approaching, it has been a great opportunity to visit nearby attractions in our local area.

When a friend suggested we do The Discovery Walk at Priory Farm in Redhill, we finally got our chance to go somewhere I’ve been earmarking for a while. It has a fantastic farm shop, as well as nature trail that’s designed to keep kids happy as well as show off the views of the Surrey countryside. We all loved the sunflower maze, as well as feeding the numerous carp.

The August Digest: Exploring The Lakes, Tree Tops and Local Attractions

As I am Chessington World of Adventures Brand Ambassador, we were invited to test out the new Go Ape Tree Top Junior course at the only Go Ape in a UK theme park. I was surprised at just how high the junior course is – with some pretty thrill-seeking obstacles placed strategically around the canopy of the trees. Monkey is only five, and I was ever so proud of him. He’s normally a daredevil and nothing phases him, but he was frozen with fear at first. After a tentative go, he was soon eager to try it again.

And where would the school holidays be, without a trip to The National Trust? It’s always a great combination to be able to catch up with friends as well as explore new territory – and this time Hughenden in Buckinghamshire was our choice.

The August Digest: Exploring The Lakes, Tree Tops and Local Attractions

The former home of Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli, we turned up to find a Mad Hatters Tea Party being hosted on the lawn. Meanwhile, we were enthralled by its secret wartime history, which saw Hughenden as top secret intelligence base ‘Hillside’, where hundreds of people were recruited to make maps of Germany to help win World War Two. Amazingly, this secret was only discovered 10 years ago by a chance remark from a visitor – even though Hillside was one of Hitler’s top targets. But more of this unbelievable story in another post…

We also spent a day at the races! Epsom Downs hosted a Superhero Family Day – and not only did our little ones enjoy a flutter on the horses, but Monkey got to have ice cream, see the Batmobile and have fun various inflatable slides. Peanut even checked out the form…

The August Digest: Exploring The Lakes, Tree Tops and Local Attractions

As I mentioned earlier, I cannot believe Monkey goes back to school next week for the new year. I will miss having him around, but at the same it will be good to get back into a routine again, especially as his brother has decided to be a little clingy of late. We are also moving house at the beginning of October, so I will have that mountain of stress to add to my already groaning list of things to do!

So on that note, I’d better be off, but I do hope you’ve all had a wonderful summer.

Until next time…