After catching up with my family in Hampshire on Boxing Day, it’s starting to become a tradition to have a day out in the local area. Last year we enjoyed a couple of days out at Uppark and Fort Nelson. This year we decided to visit Hinton Ampner and do their family Christmas trail together.
Themed trails are such a fabulous way of making a walk a little more interesting for the girls. If there’s something to look out for along the way, they will happily walk for a reasonable distance without really noticing how far they’re walking. It’s especially good for Jessica who gets out of breath quite quickly on longer walks. Having little milestones along the way with a chance to stop and take a breather makes it much easier for her to cope with the walk.
We found the first few advent boxes in the walled garden. The layout here wasn’t very well suited to trying to do them in the correct order but it didn’t really matter! Each box contained an item relating to Christmas. Most of the time we just needed to write what was in the box on the activity sheet. A couple of the boxes had some activities to do too, such as a dot-to-dot puzzle or drawing a picture.
Along the way, we also spotted a model of Santa’s sleigh along with some of his reindeer. The girls couldn’t resist sitting in the sleigh for a few minutes. Sophie wanted to sit on one of the reindeer which were just the right height for a toddler. I’m not sure they would have survived the experience! Thankfully we managed to distract her with the trail map and moved on before any reindeer were harmed!
The trail was a nice length – it took us a little over an hour to do and took us all around the grounds near the house. We had to count all the Christmas trees along the way as well as looking out for the boxes.
It is always lovely to watch Jessica and Sophie exploring together. They are often at their happiest when out and about. I loved how they stopped to give each other a kiss when they found a box of mistletoe! Going out for a walk was the perfect way to blow away the cobwebs. We came back feeling refreshed and ready for another round of family visits!