Saturday, 24 December 2011

Wonderful Winter Walks

A wee while ago, just before Christmas, my folks and me went for a wonder around Wollaton Park in Nottingham. It was my Mummy's birthday and to celebrate we went for a mahoosive yummy breakfast at The Wollaton Pub & Kitchen (amazing pub!) and followed it with a walk in the beautiful sunshine.

Wollaton Park is a brilliant nearby treasure in Nottingham and since I can remember we've always headed there for walks, adventures round the lake, many a bike ride and trips around the hall but this particular Sunday we discovered something new!

I've always known that Wollaton Hall had an Industrial Museum in the courtyard area of the grounds but for years now it hasn't ever been open when I've ventured that way but this time it was! Steam was pouring from a huge Traction engine as we walked up the hill in the sunshine and as we wondered through the yard several jolly engineers were wondering around in Santa hats keeping a small selection of steam engine parts running.

The volunteers who help run the 'Sunday Steaming' events at Wollaton Hall are trying to get the museum open more often and I really hope they do! It was brilliant wondering round learning about and taking in all of the history that's on our doorstep! We learnt about the mine shaft and mining industry, spoke to a very talented metal smith who still creates beautiful metalwork for many a people and places in Nottingham and we even saw a miniature working model of Goose fair in the 1800s! 

So if you're stuck for something to do over the chilly winter season and fancy some fresh air and maybe a history lesson or two check out the 'Sunday Steaming' sessions and head over to Wolly Park!

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