My little family live in Cambridgeshire in the UK. My husband and I met at work here, hurrah! And after a few years up North we returned to have our baby and be closer to Grandparents. So now we are three we are enjoying rediscovering the area and trying new things as a family. Here are a few suggestions if you are in the area anytime!
National Trust Fun – we are really lucky in Cambridgeshire as we have some of the big hitters in terms of NT properties. Our two absolute favourite are the Wimpole Estate and Anglesey Abbey. Wimpole has a beautiful house, stable block, gardens, a folly and a fabulous farm! The baby piglets (one lot were only born a few days before my son, so they were very exciting for us!) and super friendly rare breed cows are our favourite! Anglesey has a beautiful house and stunning gardens and a working mill! I find the NT staff are incredibly friendly anyway, but even more so when you have a little one. Both properties have accessible restaurants where you can park buggies! I’d also say Wimpole Farm is pretty easy to find a quiet corner to breastfeed round! Let’s be honest, the NT isn’t cheap, but buying membership means most entrance fees are waved (we’ve made our money back already on our joint membership) and under 5s go free!
Food – you can’t beat sitting by the river on a Camridgeshire Summer’s day, with good food and a chilled drink! Our favourite is The Plough at Fen Ditton (just outside the City centre). This pub does great food in the Summer months, and has a great river garden you can while away an afternoon! In the Winter it’s super cozy. The pub is family friendly inside and out. We love it so much our extended family will be having Boxing Day lunch there this year! It’s nicely tucked away in the village, so while popular it’s one of those little local secrets!
Baby Activities – our favourite activities are Baby Sensory and Baby Swimming! Baby Sensory is a great social, fun session for an hour a week. We sing songs, play games, meet other mums, dads and babies and explore and stretch our senses. It’s seriously good fun, and hopefully, despite already being a genius, hopefully making our son super smart! Baby Sensory is widely available in Cambridgeshire with classes being run by the effervescent Alli details here. In terms of baby swimming we swim with First Strokes. My husband is a very keen swimmer and sailor, so it’s really important for us that our little one isn’t frightened of water and learns to swim from a young age. He’s been swimming since five weeks and we’ve found these half hour sessions the most fun and rewarding. The pools are specially designed and heated for babies so they find the lessons enjoyable as well! Sessions are expensive (approx £10 a lesson), but are good fun, educational and in small groups, with good facilities.
Im sure as our baby gets bigger and we get braver we will discover hundreds of other fun and family friendly things to do and see locally, but for now these are the things we love!