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Pumpkins With Eyelashes

by Jessica Amey

Last week we spent the most lovely day over at Yeo Valley Farm. We’ve visited there a few times now, each for different reasons, and it never fails to impress.

I only live about 40 minutes away but even I am blown away by how beautiful it is there.

This time we were there to experience a few of the National Trust’s  ’50 Things To Do Before You’re 11 and 3/4′ – this is a brilliant way for kids to get outdoors more and enjoy simple and fun activities and if you click the link you can download a poster to give it a go.

The National Trust and Yeo Valley have teamed up and are giving away cottage breaks on their pots of yoghurt, as well as free family passes. To find out if you have won you just need to go onto their website and enter the code from the lid of your yoghurt pot.

Yeo Valley Yoghurt

The day started with smoothies and cookies then we headed outside to find a pumpkin.

Hidden Pumpkin

We were each given maps and had to find our way to the other activities, one of which was making a mini den.

Make A Mini Den

The activities were dotted around the farm so we got to find lots of other interesting things on our way such as hay bales with huge googly eyes!

And massive blue balls covered in water.

Next we went to look for scary beasts.

Hold A Scary Beast

We found loads of worms, woodlice and snails. Cherry wasn’t too keen on touching them but she did enjoy looking at them through her magnifying glass.


Well she pretty much enjoyed looking at everything through her magnifying glass!

Then we roamed around outdoors a bit more.

Yeo Valley Farm

Yeo Valley Farm

Before ticking a few more things off the list –

Catch a falling leaf

Make a grass trumpet

Visit a farm

Then we headed in for lunch which was delicious – Swiss Chard, Lemon and Ricotta Cannelloni with home-made bread and salad, followed by yoghurt, of course!

After lunch we decorated the pumpkins, with eyelashes. Every pumpkin needs eyelashes!


Then we made wild art. It was supposed to be about using things we’d found outside that morning but Cherry became obsessed with the glitter and ended up glueing a whole pot of that on some paper instead!

Next was to go and look at some ten day old calves before heading back in for tea and cake.

We had an absolutely amazing day. It was lovely to see some familiar blogging faces and meet some new ones. The sun was shining and Cherry really enjoyed it. I love the #50things campaign and will definitely be helping her to tick some more off the list over the next 7 and 3/4 years!

Yeo Valley and the National Trust invited us to spend the day with them and provided us with lunch and a goodie bag free of charge, all words are my own.

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