Lotherton Hall is a beautiful little Edwardian house and country estate near to where I live and a regular haunt for us. Just 2 minutes from junction 47 of the M1 it’s easily accessible and a wonderful day out. There is lots to do here, there is the house you can look around, the beautiful gardens, the stable courtyard where you will find the cafe and gift shop, there is a big playground for the kids, the orchard, red deer to spot in the parkland plus lots lots more that you can find more information on here.
The car park is a large grassed area where you can take your own picnic and a football in the summer and make a long relaxed day of it exploring all Lotherton Hall has to offer.
Lotherton Hall holds a special place in my parents heart as this is where they held their wedding reception and had most of their wedding photos taken and one of our first family trips out with Luca was to the gardens in the summer for a family stroll just after Luca was born.
This visit however, we focused on the bird garden as Luca adores animals of any kind.
The bird garden is quite a large place with many different birds from flamingoes to owls and emus to vultures and everything in between including my favourite the Kookaburra.
There is lots of information to teach you about the birds including information aimed at children carved into benches.
There is a little nature corner that shows you ways of getting nature into your own garden including an easy to make bee house.
I think one of my favourite things had to be the parrot digging under a rock!!
There is an open enclosure where you can find various African birds which can roam freely around you so you can get up close and personal. These two birds got Luca very excited as they weren’t fazed by him whatsoever so he could get nice and close to them.
We went on a dull day in February and as you can tell from the big smiles we still had a great day, we would recommend this as a family trip out to anyone.