Castles & Jousting in Kent, London and trip to Oxford
25.07.2009 - 28.07.2009 20 °C
We spent Saturday in the local area shopping and an afternoon visit to Hatfield House – the childhood home of Queen Elizabeth I.
On Sunday we drove into Kent to visit firstly Leeds Castle with its beautiful grounds and moat.
We then ventured to Hever Castle, the childhood home of Anne Bolelyn, which featured a jousting festival and a visit from Henry XIII and his Queen. It was a fantastic display of horsemanship, jousting, sword fights and slapstick.
Monday London – London Science Museum, Hyde Park, Piccadilly Circus, and Hamleys Toy Shop
Ear popping excitement for kids, Crash, Bang, Wallop, is a live explosion demonstration at the London Science Museum. It is a show about how explosions work and what they do. The Museum is interactive and features a numerous activities for the kids and like minded adults, including simulator pods.
Hyde Park offered welcome relief from the holiday crowds and a great place for lunch and run around for the boys.
In the afternoon a quick stop at Piccadilly Circus and then we visited Hamleys – the finest toy shop in the world!? The boys enjoyed the chance to choose a souvenir of their London visit and will love to show you upon our return.
Oxford on Tuesday
The highlight of our Oxford visit was lunch at the Head of the River a lovely pub literally overhanging the Thames River nestled under the Folly Bridge.
We also enjoyed a guided walking tour, we were the only ones on it,
as well as seeking out a number of the locations used in the Harry Potter movies