Do you have a local haunt, for those weekends when you want a day trip that’s enjoyable and interesting, but easy to get to? Or for when you have visitors, and you want to show off the local area?
Ours is Eltham Palace, an English Heritage property in south-east London, which I’ve written about here. Part of the building dates back to medieval times, with a glamorous extension added on in the 1920s, so it has something to satisfy both history buffs and design afficionados. The grounds are beautiful, too.
We went with D’s parents, who were down for the weekend. The kids took the opportunity to wear their new coats from Blacks.
My son’s coat was the ultra-snuggly Berghaus Fourstones Parka. These sorts of parkas seem to be popular among the boys in London. It’s water-proof, with four large pockets for all those stones, conkers and swap cards that my son carries round with him everywhere. It also has some fun detailing on the sleeve.
My daughter’s coat was the Berghaus Carrock 3-in-1, which has a removeable fleece and, again, is waterproof (we found this out during a recent downpour!).
We ate lunch in Eltham Palace’s conservatory café, where you can sit with a coffee while the kids enjoy themselves in the play area just outside (this was closed for repairs when we visited, though). The food in the café’s pretty decent. They always have a range of cakes, as well as a quiche or pie of the day, soup and quirky retro dishes like potted mackerel with sourdough toast.
Unfortunately my son was poorly at lunchtime and in no fit state to stay out, so D took him back home while I showed the in-laws round the grounds, and the palace itself.
Eltham Palace’s basement was used as a shelter during WWII air raids, and now this area is filled with wartime memorabilia, including a dressing-up area, with costumes to fit children and adults.
I think my daughter looks pretty good as a WRVS volunteer….
Have you been to Eltham Palace, or anywhere similar?
Blacks sent us Berghaus coats for the purpose of this post. All views are my own.