Mudfest in Bushy Park

Mudfest in Bushy Park

Last weekend, we went to stay with my sister in Teddington, west London. I’ve been before, but had no idea how close she lived to an amazing park. Literally 10 minutes from her house, is Bushy Park, the second largest of London’s Royal Parks, and just north of Hampton Court Palace. And pretty much marshland as a result of the recent weather!

Muddy wellington boots

Although we didn’t see all of it, we did have a great afternoon of jumping in lots of muddy puddles. Thank goodness I’d finally got some wellies to wear!

Winter daffodils

We discovered daffodils in bloom…

Tree trunk throne

…thrones carved from tree stumps…

Hollow tree

…saw Moonface in a tree trunk (apparently!)…

Bush hideouts

…found hideouts among the bushes…

grassy mounds

…and mysterious grassy mounds that we think were trolls sleeping.

deer in park

And as the sun began to set and we headed back home, we found a herd of deer that we were able walk right past, delighting two little girls beyond their imagination.

toddler in muddy puddles

I honestly don’t think I’ve ever seen Bear enjoy something as much as she did splashing in the big muddy puddles. She was squealing with laughter and joy and at points I thought she would never leave.

toddler muddy puddles

For such a simple activity (that is also free!), I can’t imagine a better way to have fun. So the awful weather we’ve experienced does have it’s upside!

Joining in with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids again this week. Click below to find out where and what others have been up to.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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15 comments on “Mudfest in Bushy Park
  1. Fab to find a new outside place to play. So sweet that they loved seeing the deer. I bet they will be talking about it for some time to come. #CountryKids

  2. don says:

    Looks like fun but moon face really? Do they have many deer? We try and get to Hampton Park to photograph the red deer rut in October but not well enough this year ( last) kids and puddles equals fun .

  3. That looks wonderful. I do enjoy discovering new spots and that one looks especially good. Lovely photo’s too.

  4. Free activities with lots of imagination are always the best! Lovely photos too.

  5. Jaime Oliver says:

    what a really lovely trip out … i have to say i am LOVING those thrones made out of tree trunks!

  6. It’s great to be able to get out and enjoy the only good thing that the rain has left behind – PUDDLES and what great fun they are. What a lovely time you all had in the winter sunshine exploring such a picturesque place. Thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

  7. Mama H says:

    You cannot beat a muddy adventure. My toddler is already shouting about Wellies for our trip out after lunch!!! Love the daffs – finally COLOUR!!

    #countrykids

  8. aaa splashing in muddy puddles, its the simple things 🙂 #countrykids

  9. What a fun and very muddy adventure you had.. I love the simple joy children find in jumping in muddy puddles. I got some new wellies too and so Georgie & I were jumping in BIG ones together, and she thought that was the best thing ever!

  10. Gosh – you did get close to those deer – any deer we see round here are gone in a flash! Lucky you and the girls.

  11. Oh, that does look like such a lovely park! Gorgeous photos, too x

  12. Donna says:

    I went to school in Teddington and grew up in Kingston so went to Bushy Park and Richmond Park most weekends and often in the school holidays. It’s a lovely place to explore! x

  13. Kim Carberry says:

    Hooray for muddy puddles!
    Looks like you had a fab day out x

  14. MummaG says:

    You can’t beat a good muddy puddle!

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