Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Pokemon Hunting at Dumfries House

I haven't downloaded the Pokenmon Go app, nor do I intend to. It's just not my cup of tea. The kids are desperate for it though so were very excited to help one of their friends "catch them all" when we met up to visit the stunning Dumfries House.

I've heard so many great things about Dumfries House; I was even invited to go along whilst I was doing my Graded Unit at college because they have an amazing STEM area but I couldn't make it. The kids have been before and they loved their visit with their Gran so my friend and I decided to meet up with the kids so they could play together and we could enjoy the adult company.

Despite the name, Dumfries House isn't actually in Dumfries. It's about 30 minutes from Glasgow and as most of the area is free to enter, it's a great place to visit if you are in the West coast of Scotland for a visit. You could spend hours there; take a picnic along and just enjoy the slow, easy pace the park offers. You can pay extra for a tour of the house and donations are welcomed for The Walled Garden, but otherwise, pretty much everywhere else is free to access.

We met our friends there and they were on a Pokemon mission to hatch eggs. Zachary and Charlotte were excited to see Pokemon appearing anywhere and everywhere.

We started off at the play area where everything is made from wood or natural materials. The phones went away but that didn't stop the imagination flowing and the kids were soon pretending to catch Pokemon throughout the park. Charlotte took a break on the big swing. I was back to pushing duties as she couldn't get this one going herself.

After a little while in the play area, we decided to visit the maze. Kids are free to enter but it costs £1 for adults to go in. We went in and took a different route from the kids. It was a race to the middle which they won. It wasn't as easy to get out of the maze as it had been to get to the middle but we eventually found our way.

A short walk away is The Walled Garden. You can buy tickets at the visitor centre and there is also a donation box within the gardens. It is really beautiful. So many pretty flowers in every shade you could imagine. We spent a good 30 minutes in there, just walking around, trying to build up the steps to get these Pokemon eggs to hatch. Charlotte was impressed by the flowerpot men.

We headed back towards the visitor centre to get ourselves some ice cream. Charlotte had oreo, Zachary had tablet and I had blue raspberry. Delicious! Until the wasps appeared and it was time to make a run for it.

Our last stop was the water engineering area. Zachary was in his element, getting everyone to do their jobs to make sure the water got to where it needed to go. It wasn't a hot day, which was good because I don't think it's the sort of place you would want to visit on a very hot day, but as we stood there watching a child getting sprayed in the face with water, the rain came on. It started to pour. All we could do was run for cover under one of the shelters. Eventually it went off and we decided to make our way back to the cars, much to protest of the kids.

It was a really fun place to visit and definitely somewhere I'd go back to, Pokemon hunting or otherwise.

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