I have wanted to visit Blenheim Palace for an age. I love architecture, had I not become a barrister I think an architect may have been on the cards but in any event, the architecture, the history, and as a lover of nature and the great outdoors, the fact that ‘Capability’ Brown designed the landscape here, I simply had to visit.
I certainly wasn’t well enough to visit Blenheim and missed Ai Weiwei at the Christmas and by the time I was well enough the exhibition had come to an end. You can imagine my excitement when I learned that the exhibition dates had been extended then only to suffer another set-back in the form of ‘pelvic girdle pain’. If you’ve not heard of this you can read more about it by clicking here and if you’ve never suffered it let me tell you that it was excrutiating! I could hardly walk, couldn’t drive, couldn’t climb the stairs at home and so that was that, I was most definitely missing Ai Weiwei at Blenheim.
Tiggy came along in the June and the rest is history as they say, so when my husband asked last week what I’d like to do this weekend I said I’d like to visit Blenheim Palace and so that is what we did. We had ‘Palace, Park and Gardens’ tickets but didn’t see the palace as we were so busy enjoying the park and gardens we ran out of time. Tiggy’s brothers were absolutely enthralled to watch the jousting and falconry event that was here this weekend, Tiggy was too!
The day started with grey skies but dry, the sun made an appearance while we sat and ate delicious foods bought from the catering stalls alongside the jousting area, and then before leaving the heavens opened and we were caught in a downpour whilst exploring the ‘secret garden’.
The rose garden was quite possibly my favourite area and we spent a little while in here (it is one of Tiggy’s middle names after all).
Tiggy came out from her pram and was keen to see the roses, even looking at one point as if she were reading the sign.
Pretty much everyone stopped around us with bated breath and much “coo-ing” when Tiggy stood and took a few wobbly steps before falling onto her bottom in the rose bed! A proud mommy moment and I can’t convey to you the incredibly beautiful scent of the many roses here, you’ll simply have to visit to experience it for yourself.
We walked from here to the ‘cascades’ and much like ‘Capability’ himself had wanted, we could hear the water before seeing it and were intruiged as to what we would discover behind the trees. The bridge wasn’t safe enough for Tiggy to stand by herself on, the gaps in the sides too wide we feared she’d fall in the water so her sighting of the cascades was from the safety of her pram and she seemed quite excited to see the water falling.
We walked back towards the palace alongside the great lake which was incredibly pretty, saw the boathouse and then the heavens opened and thankfully I’d put our raincoats in the base of Tiggy’s pram so whilst others ran for cover we were able to enjoy the gardens pretty much all to ourselves.
We bought little wooden swords for Tiggy’s brothers whilst here and watched them racing up and down the banks of the gardens as if on horseback re-enacting the knights they’d seen jousting shortly before. Incredibly sweet and I’m sure it won’t be long before Tiggy is joining them.
We left having made some wonderful memories and had quite simply a wonderful family day out here at Blenheim Palace, even in the rain, but we will have to visit again so that we can see the palace. Until next time Blenheim….