Just to prove that we don’t sit indoors and spend all our time crafting a few weeks ago we spent the morning at Barton Farm Country Park near the pretty town of Bradford-on-Avon. Every time we visit we find something new and this time was no exception.
When we arrived we headed straight for the ancient tithe barn. The weather was threatening to rain and we knew we could hide away inside if necessary. It’s a spectacular 14th century monastic stone barn, 51 metres long, with an amazing timber cruck roof. The tithe barn is part of a complex of old farm buildings, some of then now contain lovely vintage shops, which I enjoy looking around.
The barn is next to the River Avon and the Kennet and Avon Canal and just on the outskirts of Bradford-on-Avon which is also worth a visit. There’s a lovely play area next to the river which we have visited before. This time we explored the area next to the Kennet and Avon Canal where we discovered a special canal boat cum sweet shop. The children were pretty happy to discover somewhere to spend their pocket money!
Then it was on to another park by the canal. The rain was just beginning to start so we had the place to ourselves. The children didn’t care about the weather though and loved the slide which went down the side of the hill.
It’s always lovely to find a place with something for everyone. There’s history and vintage shops for me, the Tithebarn Workshops and a traditional English Tearoom for my husband, and the parks and open spaces for the children to run around. It’s a great place to spend an hour or two.