It was a status update just in time on Facebook, by the Finlayston Country Estate page, which commented on the weather forecast for the day, and it was good. I’m not a nice weather outdoors person, but after the downpours of yesterday, and a toddler who was a bit sicky in the morning, I have to admit that it was the prospect of a day outdoors without coming home absolutely drenched and cold to the bone had a certain lure.
Within half an hour we were out and on our way. It is the Snowdrop Festival and to celebrate the beautiful first signs of spring (which have been out for a while already due to the mild winter we had), Finlaystone Country Estate is running ranger led Snowdrop Strolls every Sunday in February at 2pm. My older daughter loves snowdrops, and although she wasn’t keen to go (she really wanted to visit the Disney store today because her infatuation with princesses is getting ever so slightly out of hand), it didn’t take long until she started to enjoy, well, every minute of our long stay.
The countryside ranger explained many interesting stories, some of which we missed out on because there were wooden wigwams and the like on route that were just too inviting not to explore. After the guided walk, we lost ourselves in active and pretend play in the adventure play area, which in spite of the significant storm damage is still one of a kind. We lost ourselves so much, that we returned too late to buy the snowdrops on sale at the Eyeopener shop…
One could criticise the cost of Finlaystone, but I always find that we easily spend a full day there, and a very enjoyable one at that, although we’ve been many a time. So it is worth it, because really, kids of all ages will have hours of fun.
On 18th February at 7pm, there will be an hour long snowdrop lantern event at Finlaystone, with song and stories. Book in advance if interested.