Making Memories: Daytrip to Nymans

It's been quiet on the blog as we have been making the most of the holidays. On Tuesday we met some friends for a lovely day out at Nymans, a National Trust property situated close to Haywards Heath in West Sussex.

Built in the late 1800s as a family home, Nymans is billed a gardener's paradise, but even if you're not a gardener, this place is worth a visit. Dogs are welcome in the woodland, but we left Archie at home this time so we could also enjoy the house and gardens. Compared to other local properties such as Petworth House, there isn't as much to see indoors - the house was partially destroyed by fire in 1947 - but what remains looks like something from a period drama or fairytale illustration.

At Nymans, it's all about the outdoors. The gardens have a certain beauty at any time of year, but August is the perfect time to visit with lots of things for the children to do (skittles, lawn croquet, skipping, teepees, and all sorts of 'find the bug' activities) while the adults enjoy the stunning array flowers.  

As well as the planned activities, there are lots of geocaches to find in the surrounding woodland, where there is also an idyllic lake and a selection of wood carvings situated amongst the trees.

While I enjoyed the gardens and stunning scenery, the children had a wonderful time climbing and running, laughing and jumping around with their friends - all in all a perfect day out. These are definitely the days that childhood memories are made of. 

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