What a soggy, miserable Sunday it has been in Devon today. We were not put off by the torrential rain, freezing temperature or black sky. Instead we set about exploring and adventuring as we had two very restless children who needed to get out and do something fun. We were very kindly invited to Torre Abbey Family Sunday, Story Stomps with Stiltskin, this entailed arts, crafts and stories inspired by the Abbey’s grounds – it really was a day the whole family could enjoy.
Family Sundays take place on the last Sunday of each month, future Sundays include:-
- The Enchanted Abbey
- Muddy Monkey’s Forest School
- Rustle, Open Air Theatre & Workshops with Paddleboat Theatre Co
- Bank Holiday Family Picnic (love the sound of this one)
- 2 Times Do Taster
These sound like amazing events and it is always lovely to spend time with family doing something a little different. There are so many things to explore at the Abbey and both Amelie and Charlie had a fantastic day, it was right up their street.
When we arrived we were met with a lovely lady from Stiltskin Theatre called Jacqueline, the children took to her immediately. We were taken on an adventure in the gardens, the children had a paper bag to collect treasures from the gardens (leaves, petals, pine cones, dried poppies, even snails!). The weather was wet and dull but that didn’t ruin our day, we heard tales of a big grumpy giant, stories of plants that ate humans and saw stick insects. The children were able to try herbs from the garden, I really liked the way the story was told, it was educational but in a fun way and really got the children excited and asking lots of questions.
The grounds of the Abbey are stunning, even on a rainy day. It was like entering a secret garden full of beautiful flowers, walkways and art. Amelie has talked non stop about the herbs she tried in the garden, if I had asked her to try something new to eat she would have refused so I was really pleased she was confident enough to trust Jacqueline and tried fennel, which apparently was really yummy.
After we collected our treasures we were led to a room to make a bug hotel, my children absolutely love doing crafts it is probably their favourite activity to do so were super excited about gluing, sticking and getting creative. Charlie gravitated straight towards the glue and paper tissue. The whole experience was stress free as a parent as the children were encouraged with kind words and praise throughout, nothing was too much trouble and the staff really listened to what the children had to say which in my opinion was really lovely to see.
Next was story time, we went back into the Abbey into a darkened room, the kiddies were given cute cushions to sit on. The story followed on from the Giant, it was gripping and funny. Amelie had a blast and kept looking back at me with a big grin on her face so I knew she was having fun. Charlie kept saying he had so much fun and it was so good – he is just 3 so this experience really is for everyone.
The children were super excited about the mud kitchen and had a play. I was really impressed with how family and child friendly the Abbey was, it was geared towards the children and if we have happy children we have happy parents. Nothing was too much trouble and we were left to our own devices to have a wonder around the grounds and the Abbey itself.
It was soaked in history with amazing art and information. I can’t believe we have never been before, we always look further afield for days out but this summer I want to explore Devon and all the amazing attractions it has to offer as there really are some hidden gems – Torre Abbey being one of them.
Here are some photos from our day out, if you are local to the area or thinking of holidaying in Devon then definitely take a trip to Torre Abbey, the grounds are beautiful, they have a cute little tea room and some interesting workshops for the children.
Also, check out Stiltskin The Children’s Theatre and Arts Company, they are based in Plymouth and have an array of workshops and shows for children.
I love making memories with the children, hearing from them about the day they’ve had as it is always a different account to my day, they get so excited with the stories they tell, we had a great time at Torre Abbey and will certainly be back soon.
Disclaimer: We were kindly invited to Torre Abbey for the day, all thoughts and opinions are my own.