Family Day Out -Sunshine and Snowdrops on a Saturday – Rode Hall & Gardens, Cheshire

Family Day Out -Sunshine and Snowdrops on a Saturday – Rode Hall & Gardens, Cheshire

So if you have been following my posts lately, you will see that we are a great lover of the outdoors. Walking… exploring…….camping……fresh air….we L O V E it.  Weekdays can be so busy and rushed, with early mornings, never ending ‘to do’ lists, and frantic “we are going to be late!!!’ school and nursery runs.  When the weather warms up I love to sneak in an ad hoc late picnic or a mini adventure after school – and therefore I am not proud to say that we are that family that often completes forgotten spelling practice in the car on the way to school.

I really try to make every weekend special and memorable. Even if it involves sitting in our pjs all weekend and watching films with a bowl of crisps.  I can’t say I will remember that day when I cleared all the washing, or tidied the house, or washed my car -(ok dad if you are reading this I know I have never washed my car!) but I know I will remember that precious family walk in the mud, or a sunny bike ride, or a walk to the park.

We awoke today to glorious sunshine, so decided to head out  to Rode Hall Gardens, Cheshire to visit the monthly farmers market and find the snowdrops.  Rode Hall is a Georgian Country manor,  surrounded by beautiful parkland and gardens. The snowdrop walks are from 4th Feb 2017 – 5th March 2017 and is a beautiful walk to mark the start of Spring.

We arrived a little late (surprise surprise!) and only caught the end of the market, so we headed straight into the gardens to explore the grounds and admire the beautiful snowdrops. What a gem of a place. The gardens are exceptionally beautiful and well maintained, and the snow drops and daffodils were evident throughout the walk.  The girls donned their favourite tutus, wellies and sunglasses (!) and babyS slept for more or less the entire walk.

Although we didn’t stop by today, the tea rooms are well worth a visit. They have a lovely selection of cakes, snacks and drinks. The tearooms were a little busy today with it been the first day of the snowdrop walks and the farmers market so we grabbed a chocolate brownie from the farmers market to eat on our journey home.

Visitor Information

Hall & Gardens: £8 adults, £7 concessions, Children £2/Under 5’s free
Gardens Only: £5 adults, Children £2/Under 5’s free/RHS & HHA Members free*.
Except special events i.e Snowdrop & Bluebell Walks

Rode Hall Farmers Market:
First Saturday of each month (except January)


So as another weekend ends, I will leave you with a few photos from our sunny walk in the gardens.

I love to read all your comments – and I would love to hear what you had planned?

I hope that you had a wonderful weekend, see you next week for another outdoor adventure.

MrsS xx

*This trip was paid for by myself and I have reviewed the attraction with no benefit to myself *


Country Kids


  1. February 5, 2017 / 2:02 pm

    Delightful photo gallery. Your two little ones are so precious. They look like woodland fairies in their sweet outfits. 🙂

    • otisandus
      February 5, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by. Our woodland walks very often involve wellies and tutus 🙂 🙂

  2. February 5, 2017 / 2:37 pm

    Love the tutus and wellies! Just like my daughter! Looks like a beautiful spot and such stunning weather. #countrykids

    • otisandus
      February 6, 2017 / 7:38 pm

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment. You can’t beat a tutu and wellies- long may it continue ! Xxx

  3. February 5, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    What a lovely place. I can’t wait for our spring flowers to finally appear here. Keep up the rebellion against spellings 😉 you’ve definitely got your priorities right!!! They need nature and the outdoors, spelling will always happen at some point #countrykidsfun

    • otisandus
      February 6, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      I quite agree – children can learn so much from an afternoon walk in the woods! Spellings can definitely wait! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting xxx

  4. February 5, 2017 / 9:10 pm

    Beautiful photos! I can’t relate to the school run stress yet, but I can completely relate to the need to get outdoors. Weekends are outdoor adventure time for us too and I can’t wait for E to be older and truly start enjoying the outdoors xx #countrykids

    • otisandus
      February 6, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      It’s only a stress as we are always late! 🙂 🙂 I love a little outdoor walk on a weekend- there is nothing better. Enjoy your weekends – thanks for stopping by xxx

  5. February 6, 2017 / 12:52 pm

    Tutus and wellies, I just love this and what wonderful photos. This makes me want to jump up from my desk this morning and plan our next weekend adventure, I just wish my kids were still young enough to dress up in something other than designer ripped jeans! the snowdrops are amazing this year, our farm is covered just like Rode Hall gardens, though I’m looking out at rain today which isn’t nearly so pretty. Shame you missed the farmer’s market, but looks like you made up for it with time in the gardens. This is my perfect kind of day out.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • otisandus
      February 6, 2017 / 7:45 pm

      Thanks so much – I apologise now Fiona – you will be seeing a lot of the tutus and wellies combo over the weeks as they seem a permanent fixture in our house just now. It is so lovely to share our little outdoor adventures… Thank you for hosting #CountryKids. Xx

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