Yesterday we spent the day having a great time at Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace.
This was our 3rd year out of the 4 years it’s been running (we were on holiday the 2nd year). The show is once again jam packed with absolutely everything related to our Great British Countryside. So what did we learn from yesterday’s visit? Here are our top tips:
- Take a pushchair or trailer suitable for off road. The show site is absolutely huge and there are some slopes. With so much to see you do A LOT of walking so it does get very tiring. It’s also a bit of a walk from the car park in the adjacent farmer’s fields before you even get to the entrance. Most of the ground is grass although there are some paths. Pushchairs are fine and lots of people had trailers as well. They’re ideal for putting all your bags in and carrying tired legs as well. For young babies a baby carrier is great as then they can see everything.
- Take plenty of drinks and snacks but do try some of the food stalls as well. We took a picnic for the kids as we knew they’d prefer their usual favourites. For us though we tried some of the street food stalls and really enjoyed it. There’s a huge amount of variety to chose from (we loved our chicken paella!). You can expect to pay around £7-£8 for most meals.
- Vegetarian and gluten free foods were readily available and well advertised on the vendors signs.
- There are loads of dog bowls full of water everywhere and dog friendly vendors with free dog biscuits. It’s a great place for your dog to visit with you as long as it isn’t too hot. We chose to leave Willow at home as she overheats very quickly but there were plenty of other dogs there.
- Things like the tree climbing for kids and water sports on the river book up very quickly so it’s best to head there first and sign up for your preferred time slot to guarantee a place. The tree climbing is in the National Trust area and the sessions are 30 minutes long.
- Take sun hats and sun cream. It’s very open and there isn’t a huge amount of shade so be prepared. You can buy hats for around £3 from some of the walking vendors.
- There are baby changing and feeding facilities however I didn’t see them so check the map to find where these are.
- Try the samples! There are lots of vendors with free samples everywhere. It’s a great chance to try new things and get some good discounts.
- The best areas for kids are the farm animals, Woodland Trust area and National Trust area. There are loads of nature activities for them to take part in and goodies for them to take home.
- Fairground rides cost around £3 per person per ride. Make sure you’ve got cash if you want to go on these.
- The Mane Arena (yes that is how its spelt) is great for watching horse riding displays and falconry. There’s loads going on here throughout the day. The dog agility arena is also fun to watch.
- Don’t try to do everything. Seriously there is far too much for one day and there’s no point stressing yourself out. Decide which things you want to do most then plan your day around that. Go to the Woodland Trust area later in the day as that’s under the trees. Great for when the weather is warm and you need some shade.
However you chose to spend your day we hope you have lots of fun and enjoy it. Let us know how you get on in the comments below.