A Day of Two Halves

With all the building work going on and a range of other life things it’s been very hard for us to all be together to relax lately, so after the debacle of Attempt One last week at Elvaston Castle Food and Drink Fayre (excellent things on offer but no dogs allowed so we had to divide up), we found a Family Fun Day at Kelham Hall in Newark – so Attempt Two at Family Fun…

The location is just beautiful, Kelham Hall is quite lovely and the grounds are well worth a visit. We checked about the dog, and drove the 45 minutes to have some family fun… mmm it was a bit disappointing. We had a great walk in the woods and enjoyed the Hall itself with lots of rooms with kids toys etc. We then paid lots of money for the kids to go on some dodgy fun fair rides, before finding out that there were free inflatables just around the corner. The only food on offer was a BBQ, great for Mr Average, but no good for the rest of the Averages who are veggie. There were no stalls, no charity tombolas, no WI cake sale… It was a bit frustrating as it would have been so easy to make it brilliant. We started to get cold and hungry so decided to call it quits and head home.

But then the second half of the day shone out as we found a pub in Kelham itself called The Fox Inn, and all was well. To be fair it’s not that great from the outside, we thought they might let us sit on the grass with the dog and popped inside to check. What a warm and friendly place – we were welcomed into the ‘snug’, doggy too, and spent a very happy two hours eating and playing. So, the day ended with smiles and a great new place on our list to visit again. How quickly a day or hour can spin from disappointment to wonderful surprise.

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