One place we take visiting firemen's children is Bowood House near Calne because the Adventure Playground has a life size pirate ship to explore, complete with rigging, slides, chutes, trampolines high level rope-walks, and lots more to keep the children occupied. (age limit of 13 yrs. and under).
Beth's family piled in the bus and drove to Bowood house to have a picnic. The playground was amazing and the two boy cousins had a good time trying out stuff after lunch. Beth's daughter got to do some of the smaller stuff. The house has a nice garden. The landscaper of the house wanted there to be no signs of anything unnatural like fences and so there were a few other methods he used to keep the sheep in the fields. I forgot what they are called.
When I look on the website, I find that these are called ha-has
Capability’ Brown was employed to remove the earlier semi-formal gardens and create an open, gentle landscape, with a sinuous lake and belts of trees, all typical of his style. A ha-ha was constructed near the house.
OPEN: Daily from Saturday 1st April to Tuesday 31st October 2006
* Grounds 11am - 6.00pm
Admission Charges House and Gardens
Senior Citizens: £6.50
Children 2 - 4 yrs: £3.80
Children 5 - 15 yrs: £5.00
Family Ticket (2 adults + 2 children) : £22.50
* Exit M4 at Junction 17.
* Follow signs to "Chippenham".
* At next roundabout, pick up the signs for "A4 Calne". Follow signs for several miles, around and through Chippenham.
* Approx. 3-4 miles out of Chippenham, you will see a large white pub on the right hand side (Lysley Arms).
* Continue straight up the hill, it will be signed to Bowood House.
* Approx. ½ mile up, on brow of the hill, turn right into Derryhill village.
* continue for approx. 20 metres straight ahead you reach the sharp corner.
* Turn through the white gates