Leeds Castle

August 2014

We headed off to Leeds Castle, in Kent with the kiddos two weekends ago using Tawei’s annual pass. (Thanks Tawei!) The place was just breath-takingly beautiful. The best part was that it was a kid-friendly place with the wide compounds and there was a dedicated playground just for the little ones.

It was about an hour drive away from home but we took slightly longer as we got lost. We drove past Leeds Castle twice and yet missed it. Gillian who was sitting on her baby seat, cried and puked. What a eventful journey to Leeds Castle. 😦
When we finally got there, it was about 11ish.

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Our precious babies. If you intend to go with kids, it would be nice to bring some bread along so that the little ones get to feed the ducks. There is always something about kids and animals. They just love them!

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Lunch at Fairfax Restaurant, overlooking the castle.

We had our lunch at oak-beamed 17th century Fairfax Hall Restaurant, which offers the usual English spread- roast, mash, cakes and of course spectacular views of the castle over the moat.

Food quality was okay. I think it is me, I am not very into English food but they offered very awesome views of the castle. For that, I would return. I mean, how often can we dine overlooking the castle and soaking in the grandeur of everything?

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My 3 amigoes were happy with lunch.

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The Squires’ Courtyard Playground

We spent like 70% of our time with the kids at the playground. It was unlike the usual playgrounds that they go to. It was medieval themed playground with the dungeons, under cover sandpits, swings and slides. The little ones could play pretend like what Ryan did. He was the super hero while Gillian was supposed to be the princess he had to save. Eugene was the villain while I was the camera man. Hmm…

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Tea time Picnic

We set up a picnic for tea as we brought along some snacks and juice. E and I just lazed on the mat while the kids ran free.

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Gillian:  哥哥, are you not going to share the juice with me?

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Ryan: Erhm… no. As long as Dad Dad does not ask me to, I won’t. Heehee.

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Someone is looking cross.

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The Maze and Underground Grotto

This is not your typical Pasir Ris Park Maze. No. While it may be nice to be figuring your way out,holding hands with your partner on your honeymoon. You really don’t want to be stuck in the maze with two young kids. Fortunately for us, Gillian was asleep and Ryan was fairly cooperative. It is set in a square, and yet, when seen from the mound or the air, the pattern is circular. This maze is unique to Leeds Castle and adds to the difficulty in solving it. The grotto and tunnel exit are the prize for solving the maze, and is believed to be a unique combination in the world of mazes and labyrinths.

 You cannot imagine my relief when we did find out way out. I was so thankful that the kids did not fuss at all.

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I am quite happy to see how the boys are bonding very well together. Ryan loves hanging out with his dad doing boys’ stuff like playing Lego, gaming, and even vacuuming the house. Hahahha.

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The irony was that we did not even have time to visit the castle as it was near the closing time and the kids were exhausted by then. We ended the day at Leeds Castle around 5ish and went home. Kids slept sound the entire time.

Fantastic trip. A worth while visit especially for families!

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