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Donnington Castle, Uffington White Horse and a Mexicue!

This Saturday we decided to head out and about before we went to a friend’s party in Didcot. We joined English Heritage earlier this year so used their guide book to choose some suitable places on the way. We would also be taking Ollie the collie with us so it had to be places that would allow dogs on leads.
First we headed to Donnington Castle near Newbury, about 50 minutes from home. The scene was stunning, helped by the gorgeous weather!
Time to head back towards the car park, surrounded by lush countryside!
We then had to decide what to do for lunch. Chris had seen a country park on the map so we decided to head there with our picnic.

It was fab and a truly difficult decision whether to stay and explore the woods or carry on to somewhere else but we packed up and went to see the White Horse at Uffington, another 40 minute drive away.
We drove through beautiful countryside although Zach slept through it all!

The only negative part of our day was the car park. We are English Heritage members but the White Horse is managed by the National Trust and the car park instructions were ambiguous as it said that NT members get free parking but didn’t mention EH… We paid but I was a bit grumpy ๐Ÿ™
You can’t get too close to the White Horse and the best view was actually from the road on the way there/back. However it was a lovely walk, if a little hot! The children were traumatised by all the poo and I was scared by the sheep! (remember I don’t like animals?)

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The view from the top was stunning and then we meandered back towards the car, having an ice cream in the car park and a huge bowl of water for Ollie.
Time to party! This is the third year I have been invited to Chris’ friends’ Mexicue (a barbeque with a Mexican theme, obviously). The food is always amazing and these are the same friends who were so thoughtful at Zach’s birthday to bring vegetarian and wheat free puddings especially for me.

We all ate so much and had a wonderful time. The bottom of the garden had been turned into a haven for the children and they tried food they’d never had before.

So we got the kids into their PJs and bundled into the car. The journey home at dusk was lovely and on the horizon we could see hot air balloons which the kids loved.
We arrived home exhausted but happy after our fab day! ๐Ÿ™‚


  1. I was really intrigued by the title of this post, having no idea what a Mexicue was… Sounds so obvious now I’ve seen all the delicious food you guys had at Chris’ friends’! x

  2. We are heading on a trip around England in a motorhom this summer and have joined English Heritage for that (we’re already NT members) – your highlights are really helpful. Love the pics and love the idea of a mexican themed barbeque – I wonder where else you could take that – Cuba-eque or Afri-eque??

  3. Sabrina @ The Mummy Stylist

    Oh wow, i do like castles, they make lovely backdrops for photos don’t they! It looks like such a lovely day, and to end it seeing hot air balloons too – magic! x

  4. This looks like a fab day out and definitely one that is exhausting haha! A lot of walking and getting out in the countryside is so important for the little ones

  5. I’ve never heard of a Mexicue before, but it sounds great. I love Mexican food. Car parking charges are so annoying, it puts me off doing a lot of things as it can get really expensive!

  6. Sounds like a fun day and reminds me of how much good stuff we have left behind in the UK but how I hate that thing where some stuff is NT and some stuff EH and yes my kids hate poo too and go on and on about it.

  7. Emma

    Wow, I’ve never heard of a mexicue before but as a huge fan of barbecues and Mexican food I will so be copying this!! Sounds incredible x

  8. What a well thought out day, no wonder the kids were tired. Dicot isn’t far from my parents, so I’ll add this to a site to visit. Hot air balloons on the horizon you;d’ve made my day too. #DreamTeam

  9. Your children are adorable. And that castle was stunning to look at. Your post reminded me of the days when my kids were little and we’d [ack them in the car and take them on trips. Such precious moments and especially for us adults to be able to see life through a child’s eyes.

  10. Donnington Castle looks amazing! It sounds like you had an amazing day and I love this idea of a mexicue!
    Thank you for sharing this with us at #TriumphantTales. I hope to see you back next week.

  11. Lol I was trying to work out what a mexicue might be – I bet that’s a really fun meal. Loving the hot air balloons. There’s something so magical about them.

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  13. That certainly is a lush location. If we were still in the U.K. I would want to have English Trust membership too there are so many amazing places to visit! Gorgeous shots! Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot

  14. OH car parking aside it looks like a lovely day out with the family. I am so so jealous of the MExicue, Mexican food and BBQs are like my favourite things, I would have been in absolute heaven! Thanks for joining us at #familyfun

  15. Lovely to get out and about and get some fresh air. The White Horse looks great as you drive past it but I’ve never actually been close up
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Aww bless little sleepy Zach! I quite enjoy those sheep having a chat! You’re right, it looks lovely, you had me Googling how far away it was from me. Still a little far to go from Grimsby while Greg is a grouchy passenger but it’s definitely somewhere I’d love to go (maybe next year).


  17. What a jam-packed day Laura. Donnington Castle looks brilliant and I would definitely have been ready to taste a Mexican BBQ after a great day out like that! Thanks for linking up to #wanderlustkids again x

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