We love packing a bag and heading to the countryside however this can be a hard with a pushchair and two kids. Flatford is perfect for us as its well set out with lots to do and see but more importantly there is lots of paths for the pushchair. I’ve been going to Flatford since I was a toddler and could walk. I grew up in a small town nearby, going to Flatford reminds me of my childhood. So, you can imagen my excitement that I now get to share this with my own children.
For those of you who have not heard of Flatford Mill it is a National Trust Site, it’s most famous for the works of John Constable the artist who’s panting date back to the 1800s and feature all over the world and is renowned of one of the great landscape painters of his time.
Flatford Mill is on the banks of the River Stour and is surrounded by farm land, you can walk from Flatford to Dedham or to Manningtree. The area is known as the Dedham Vale and is a classified as a AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
Its great place to visit all year round however in the winter the field often flood so you can’t walk to Dedham or Manningtree very easily. In the summer, you can hire a boat and go for a row up the river and enjoy the countryside from the river, however we have not done that with the kids yet but plan to this summer.
My favourite part is the national trust tea rooms. They serve great food all year round however if you want a table to sit down inside you need to get there before the lunchtime rush. They can even cater for Oscar as they have a range of dairy free and gluten free products.
Also on the site is a RSPB nature site where the kids can explore a garden designed for wildlife. If you’re a budding artist they run courses at the mill to help you improve your skills.
We also taking part in the national trusts 50 things to do before your 11 ¾ so they often run activates in the summer to help us get items ticked off.
So, if you are looking for somewhere to go please check it out. If you’re a national trust member its free to park and visit, if you’re not why not join they have over 500 places to visit in the county and is £9.55 a month or £114.60 a year.
To find out more please visit the National Trust Website.
As For 50 things to do before your 11 ¾ we going to create a section on our blog to log our progress.