Today we returned to Knebworth House which is close to Stevenage in Hertfordshire. It is very well signed locally and is just off of the A1M.
Knebworth is a Tudor-Gothic style house surrounded by formal gardens and acres of parkland.
The gardens are very pleasant with different areas to explore such as woodland, a kitchen Garden, formal gardens and a maze.
Also within the gardens are Knebworths dinsosaurs ! There are about 30 large fibreglass dinosaurs and prehistoric creatures to be found. All have information boards about them and there is also a chalk board to draw on and a sound machine which you turn to make the sounds of some of the creatures.
You can tour round the house itself with a guide. Les has done it before and found it interesting but I think the tour is designed for adults or older teens as both boys found it a little dull. In this area there is also a cafe and restaurant and a shop.
We then headed to the adventure playground. There are things here for all ages, like a water play area, obstacle courses, a bouncy castle, a wooden fort with climbing equipment, zip wires and swings and various other apparatus but one of the main draws in the play area are the astro slides.
There are three types, a slower more gradual astro slide which is suitable for all ages and then a spiral slide which is very fast and has a slight drop so suitable for slightly older children and finally a "deat hslide" which has a vertical drop. All of these have staff supervising at the top of the slide to make sure children are correctly in their mats. The slides are always a big hit with my two.
Knebworth has something for all the family and I would highly recommend it.