Who Needs Theme Parks?

It struck me once again as I was strolling through the forest with most of my family yesterday how lucky they are to have each other. Who needs theme parks? They are an imaginative bunch, give them a prop or two or pop a little suggestion into their ears and they’re off (not so much the teens these days but they will willingly carry a boy too weary to adventure further).

Yesterday we stopped in the woods and looked around. We listened very carefully for the sound of fairies or other magical creatures.

creative play

And then we spied, through the trees, a tower looming above us. Who lives there? Why is it here?

Rapunzel Mummy! We must rescue her at once!

looking for Rapunzel

They fought their way through the deepest forest

Kids in the forest

Circled carefully around the enchanted beech tree

Beech tree

Wondered if this was a hermit’s hut or a giant’s fire waiting for the pot

Until at last they found the path to the tower

Alfred's tower

But, oh my goodness, it is huge! A giant must live here!

They bravely knocked upon the door

Alfred's Tower

And beat a hasty retreat when they heard footsteps approaching. As we walked and skipped away we wondered who was inside and who that was peeping at us from the very top.

Alfred's Tower

Who needs theme parks when you have a good imagination?


  1. I love your qualification at the end! That’s a beautiful picture of your daughter at the beginning btw :)

    • Thank you! I wouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth obviously but the chances of us going under our own steam are zilch!

  2. Wow, what a BEAUTIFUL spot! Such gorgeous shots too. We don’t have much wilderness by us, we need to get out of London a lot more. Did you see the Monbiot article on kids and nature in the Guardian today? Really, really fascinating and packed with truth. (Not a sponsored post either, teehee)

    • I didn’t but I shall hunt it down now thank you! Mine need running, much like puppies, so I do try to get them out as often as possible or I would completely lose my marbles!

  3. At first I was convinced you’d done some computer wizardry with that castle, then I realised probably not. Can you tweet me and tell me where it is please?

    • Have done! It is Alfred’s Tower which is on the National Trust Stourhead estate. We walk there most weekends, it stretches for miles and there’s always something new to see.



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