My sister recently moved to Bristol, so over the weekend we decided to have a night away nearby to her and then all go and do something fun in the area. Mr Z is really attached to his aunty and he was so happy! It was quite a last minute idea and we had no idea where the best places to visit near Bristol with kids, so I turned to the trip advisor app and stumbled upon Chepstow Castle. The boys really enjoyed exploring castles last summer, so it seemed like a perfect idea!
Chepstow Castle is across the border into South Wales and took us about half an hour to drive from Bristol. The entry fee is very reasonable and there are plenty of sections within the castle for children to explore.
Castles make an ideal day out for the boys. At 5, 4 and 2 they have loads of energy so wide open spaces for them to run about are always great! There is a pretty large hall within Chepstow castle which is perfect for this:
There are also rocks to climb on…
…passageways and doorways to explore…
There’s something about castles which just fuels the imagination. To think how long these walls have been standing and all the happenings that would have gone on within those walls and grounds is so fascinating. It’s a great way to introduce children to a bit of basic history in a practical way.
Mr T is really starting to develop his imagination lately. I’m so proud to see how much he is progressing, and as his communication is slowly improving it feels like a real privilege to actually know and be able to share with him some of the things he is thinking about. He was amazed by the castle and how big it was.
As for Mr R, he just loves the freedom to run and explore!
It’s lovely to see the children exploring together. Exploration and imagination is always much more fun together with siblings! These moments give them the opportunity to make some great memories together. I think exploring somewhere new together strengthens their bond. It’s so funny to see, when they came to a new section of the castle with some steep-ish stairs, Mr Z decided to go first and make sure all was okay for his younger brothers, telling Mr T “wait, let the bigger child go first” – he’s only older by 17 months, but he takes his role as the biggest brother quite seriously!
Experiencing history, making memories, strengthening the family bond, running, climbing, jumping, laughing, and loosing themselves in imagination – there are so many things that they can learn even on such a short holiday!
This post is an entry for the Visit Wales #Wales4Kids Family Holiday Challenge. Wales is the perfect place for a fun-filled family break.
If you have been following the blog for a while, you may remember our camping holiday in Wales last year. You can read about it and see some pictures on my Moments that Mattered post. We have had some great times in Wales. It’s a perfect destination for families with young children who want to enjoy outdoors fun.
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