Half terms can be pretty crazy with juggling childcare and work, not to mention trying to budget for activities throughout and cater for all ages. Now with my kid’s ages the eldest one being too old for soft play centres, and youngest too young for certain activities its not so easy picking where we should go and spend our time. We went along to the beautiful Rockliffe Hall near Darlington to have an afternoon exploring Misch Masch their newest installment to appeal to families. Inspired by Lewis Carroll who grew up in nearby Croft, Misch Masch is an imaginative mixture of flower displays,wooden play areas,themed activity huts (named curious cabins)and a splash pad all set alongside a stunning glasshouse (*imagines what events could be held here) and seating areas. The backdrop is the gorgeous countryside and wild flowers (we even saw some bunnies running around) it truly has to be experienced to be believed.
My youngest really enjoyed making a fairy door and fairy dust with Dawn at Make time craft company who are stationed here much of the school holidays. There was a lovely area outside the hut where you could even contribute to a fairy village and the results were super cute. My eldest really loved the splash pad and getting suitably soaked right before we had to go and get some food! (Is it just mine that do this?!).
I imagine this to be a perfect way of spending a summer afternoon as there is so much to keep them occupied here, even giant games and nature trails. The place describes itself as a ‘wonderland of curiosities’ and it certainly is.
The curious cabins all have a different name ( Jabberwocky, The Hollow, The Comet to name but a few) and they house differing themes like a soft play, a games room and a TV room as well as a super quirky Alice in Wonderland themed grass walled beauty!) the Lewis Carroll touches throughout really add to the magic and after all that play we retired to the Clubhouse for a yummy afternoon tea.
The cakes on offer were Caramel cake (think treacle tart!), strawberry mini trifles, chocolate cake, carrot cake and mini macaroons alongside warm cheese and fruit scones and finger sandwiches. We were welcomed by name as soon as we entered the room, I always find this such a nice personal touch and the lovely Ben served us our tea. The service and ambience at Rockliffe is second to none and we definitely can’t wait to make more magical memories there soon. For more information and to enquire about visiting call 01325 729999 you’ll be glad you did.