How To Enjoy A Day At Tatton Park

I’ve visited Tatton Park near Knutsford, Cheshire on many occasions over the years. It is a beautiful park with a bit of something for everyone from the fabulous Mansion, the avenues of wonderful trees some of which are hundreds of years old; the farm where children get to see the animals; the play park where our children and grandchildren have played for many hours on the swings and climbing frames; the lake… and the list goes on.

The picture below are some of the ‘young’ members of our family enjoying a ride on the beautiful Victorian Merry Go Round at the hall…

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http://tattonpark.org.uk/what_to_see_and_do/what_to_see_and_do.aspx

Don’t Miss The Video Highlights – Scroll To The End… or if you have a bit more time to spare, read this first for a bit of background to understand why Tatton Park holds a special place in the heart of our family…

Tatton Park belongs to the Egerton Family who have developed the park over several hundred years (it dates back to pre 1598)…

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My mum loved Tatton Park and had herself spent many hours walking round the park and exhibiting/selling her fabulous dried flower arrangements and crafts at the ‘Craft Fairs’ which were held at the park during the 1990’s.

She was always obsessed with trees and particularly loved the trees throughout Tatton Park, so when she died, it was a fitting tribute that we had a tree planted amongst a beautiful avenue of trees, looking out across the Cheshire Planes and had her ashes scattered there. Hopefully her tree will be enjoyed for many years by future generations of our family….

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As a family (and it’s a large one…), we all enjoy visiting mum’s tree and hold regular ‘family’ trips to ‘visit the tree’ .. It’s never a  solemn occasion and usually involves a picnic and lots of laughter…and even the occasional ‘glass of wine’! On our last trip, we laid out a picnic blanket next to the tree and hadn’t realised it was on an ‘ant hill’ – we all ended up getting nipped by the little blighters – I’m sure mum would’ve been laughing when she saw us all hopping around!

In all the years I’ve visited Tatton Park over the last 50 years, I’ve never paid to go into the ‘formal garden’.. I’m more of a ‘free spirit’ when it comes to gardens and very formal layouts have never been my thing and I assumed that the gardens at Tatton Park would be ‘rather formal’…. How wrong I was!

This summer, Tatton Park held a Roald Dahl Picnic in the Park event, which gave free access into the gardens and encouraged families to enjoy a wonderful picnic in the Estate Gardens and what a very surprising and special day it turned out to be!

The gardens were nothing like I had imagined – they are absolutely magical and we enjoyed a superb few hours meandering our way through the many different areas. They are definitely not the ‘formal’ layout I had envisaged and gave me a ‘lesson in life’ – never judge a book by it’s cover…

Here’s a short video highlighting our journey to escape THE GIANT as we travelled through the magical gardens… I will definitely ‘pay’ to go into the gardens in future as it would be worth every penny… If you get the chance to visit Tatton Park, take a trip into another world….. and enjoy the magic! (no affiliation!) Have a watch of the video below and let me know what you think of the gardens..

 

 

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  1. November 10, 2016 / 7:04 am

    Wendy you literally took me to Tatoon park this early morning😊Love that place especially the time of flower shows. So calm and refreshing.

    • November 11, 2016 / 1:44 am

      So glad you enjoyed this little trip.. back to summer days at Tatton.. You’re right – peace and tranquillity.. a special place. x

  2. November 6, 2016 / 1:40 pm

    What a wonderful place. I loved reading the history of it and about your mum – a kindred spirit of my fathers’ as I know you have commented to me before. What a beautiful place to scatter her, what a lovely tree grows in her name and what a wonderful place to enjoy family time and include her ever after. I have never been to Tatton Park but will be asking my husband (a Scouse) why we don’t detour when we are next heading to the Liver-parts. My youngest daughter is in her final year of a Fine Art Degree course at Liverpool and I’m sure she would love it too. The garden calls me and your video convinces me that I absolutely MUST go. Both your film and the garden itself are enchanting xx

    • November 6, 2016 / 8:01 pm

      Thanks Osyth – what a lovely comment.. I can definitely recommend Tatton Park generally – and now especially the gardens (although you do normally have to pay separately to enter the gardens.. but on a lovely warm day when you can truly enjoy wandering through all the different areas of the gardens it’s well worth it… A magical experience! I hope you manage to detour off – maybe next Spring/summer sometime – if you do let me know what you think… They also hold lots of events there so worth looking out for these too.. I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend! x

      • November 6, 2016 / 10:45 pm

        Its been a sparkler here topped off with the most amazing sky as the sunset (our clocks went back last night) but sadly no camera so I’ve just bottled it in the back of my mind for future inhaling when needed! Xx

        • November 6, 2016 / 10:59 pm

          Oooooohhh sounds lovely and the camera in your mind is definitely the best… happy memories! x

          • November 6, 2016 / 11:23 pm

            A wise man once said to me – if it doesn’t stick in the memory it isn’t worth the photograph x

          • November 6, 2016 / 11:52 pm

            Clearly a very wise man – so true! x

    • November 6, 2016 / 12:47 am

      Thanks Samantha.. it absolutely was – a lovely day! x

  3. November 5, 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Thank you great post and great history and lovely family time

    • November 6, 2016 / 12:47 am

      It was Bella – thanks so much for reading and commenting! Have a great day tomorrow xx

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