Autumn in Powis Castle gardens

Last weekend we visited to Wales on a mini break. We used our National Trust membership to visit Powis Castle gardens. The multi layered gardens, which are over 300 years old, are arranged over a series of terraces leading down the hillside towards the formal gardens. They are renown as one of the best surviving examples of Baroque garden design in the United Kingdom. I knew that looking at flowers was not necessarily going to be a huge hit with the kids so we visited while they were holding a hunt the pumpkin event.

I hoped that a challenge would keep them engaged. A series of clues led you to pumpkins hidden throughout the grounds which had letters carved into them. Once you had collected all the clues you had to rearrange the anagram to form your answer. Bobbins and Peanut, ably assisted by Mr M were soon busy running around trying to solve the puzzle.

Getting ready to solve the clues and find the pumpkins at Powis Castle

Since I am still on crutches Junior and I took the accessible slope to the bottom and went very much at our own pace. Junior is very keen on photography and had taken his camera with him. This gave us a wonderful opportunity to take pictures, explore and chat together while the girls followed the pumpkin hunt.

I was struck by how parts of the garden were still full of glorious summer blooms and other parts had turned the wonderful russet hues of autumn. It seemed surprising that the 2 seasons should exist next to each other.

Powis Castle gardens in pictures

Autumnal trees that have turned glorious shades of red and orange in Powis castle gardensA beautiful autumnal scene

Red flower headContrasting with a glorious red bloom

Dried hydrangea headsDried hydrangea heads

Yellow flower headJuxtaposed against beautiful orange flowers

Holly leaves with some smooth and some spiky eavesHolly berries ready for Winter. Notice how half the leaves are spiky and the others smooth

 

The girls were thrilled when they solved the anagram. They did become a little frustrated after that so I gave them my phone and sent them off to take pictures, which soon did the trick. After that they had a good run around on the huge lawns. I think children need a good run everyday. When they were tired enough to stand still I managed to get a few shots of them. How hard is it to get them all looking in 1 direction? A steaming mug of tea encouraged them to smile for the camera!

My 3 children all looking at the camera for a change3 wise monkeys

Holding a bunch of wine grapesPeanut, having been caught munching on a bunch of wine grapes

From the bottom of the gardens you got a really good view of the castle and the terraces. I don’t think we had appreciated the true size until we looked from this angle.

Powis castle gardens in autumn

We spent a couple of hours in the garden and despite a few misgivings the children really enjoyed themselves. Next time I will go prepared with some little cameras for the girls. I was surprised how good some of the pictures they took were and it’s a hobby I would like to encourage. We didn’t have time to explore all of the grounds or the castle itself. We will revisit at a later date and rectify that! Powis Castle gardens are a truly stunning site to behold in autumn. I wonder what winter will bring to the gardens?

 

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34 Comments

  1. 5th December 2017 / 7:07 AM

    What a lovely place to visit, the colours are just beautiful. I tend to agree with you, that kids need a good run around to burn off all their energy and this looks like the perfect place to do that. We managed to get down to the lake this weekend, and we all felt better afterwards. Just being outdoors is the best thing, isn’t it!
    #MMBC

    • Louisa
      5th December 2017 / 1:38 PM

      Absolutely, they are all in a much better mood after a good run about!

  2. 11th November 2017 / 6:09 AM

    Hi Lousia, very clever planning your visit when the children could be otherwise occupied. Everyone’s a winner! Children are a bit like dogs and need a good run daily, although dogs are easier to handle! Your sons photos are fab, I do like the one of the dreid hydranger heads.

    Thank you for linking up with the #MMBC.

    xx

    • Louisa
      16th November 2017 / 6:12 PM

      I always think that they are very similar to dogs with regard to discipline and exercise too!

    • Louisa
      16th November 2017 / 6:09 PM

      lol, thank you!

  3. 8th November 2017 / 8:44 PM

    I love all the colours in the gardens even at this time of year. What a great place to visit will have to add this one to the bucket list!

    • Louisa
      16th November 2017 / 6:12 PM

      It is well worth a visit!

  4. 7th November 2017 / 11:10 PM

    Those gardens are stunning, especially with all the beautiful autumnal colours. Love the photo looking back at the castle. Sounds like the pumpkin trail was fun 🙂 #countrykids

    • Louisa
      8th November 2017 / 4:54 PM

      Thanks Louise. It is a really beautiful place to visit. There is still so much to see at this time of year

  5. 7th November 2017 / 4:31 PM

    It’s lovely that there was something for everyone. This is a gorgeous time of year for colour. #CountryKids

    • Louisa
      8th November 2017 / 4:52 PM

      Autumn is the most beautiful time of the year don’t you think?

  6. 6th November 2017 / 10:43 PM

    What gorgeous scenery! The scavenger hunt type of puzzle to solve sounds like a great way to keep the kids engaged. You take beautiful photos too!

    • Louisa
      8th November 2017 / 5:01 PM

      Thank you Caitlin! The puzzle kept them entertained which is a great bonus for us all

  7. 6th November 2017 / 8:01 PM

    We’ve never been to Powis Castle. Something to add on our National Trust list of places to visit. I do love Wales and also loving the photos especially of your little one eating grapes! #countrykids

    • Louisa
      8th November 2017 / 4:56 PM

      There are so many hidden gems to visit in Wales. I did laugh when we caught her with the grapes!

  8. 6th November 2017 / 7:16 PM

    Looks a fun day for everyone. The kind of outing I’d love.

    • Louisa
      8th November 2017 / 4:55 PM

      There was something for everyone to keep us entertained

  9. 5th November 2017 / 4:53 PM

    What a lovely place to visit – the National Trust places are kept so beautifully aren’t they? Love how they look during the autumn especially. #countrykids

    • Louisa
      6th November 2017 / 2:03 PM

      They are all very well maintained. I think they are especially beautiful at this time of year.

  10. 4th November 2017 / 11:51 PM

    It looks stunning, just my type of place. Although N would get bored too. He often ends up borrowing my camera – he never remembers to take his own out. #countrykids

    • Louisa
      6th November 2017 / 2:05 PM

      It is absolutely beautiful. I do think a play area would really improve the experience for the children though.

  11. 4th November 2017 / 5:54 PM

    This looks lovely. I’ve always been a little confused by our holly bush with some leaves smooth and some spikey! #countrykids

    • Louisa
      6th November 2017 / 2:07 PM

      I wonder why that happens with the leaves? Still a beautiful plant though!

  12. 4th November 2017 / 10:07 AM

    Well done the kids on some amazing photos and I do like the sound of that Pumpkin hunt. I’m always on the lookout for new ideas for here for our Halloween fun day so I’ll keep this one in mind. Such a beautiful setting and that photo looking back up the gardens at the castle really shows it off. Sounds like a lovely weekend getaway.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

    • Louisa
      6th November 2017 / 2:09 PM

      The hunt was great because they still had to solve the anagram after they’d found them all. It’s good to get their brain engaged!

  13. 4th November 2017 / 10:00 AM

    Trails really do work to allow grown ups to appreciate gardens! #countrykids

    • Louisa
      6th November 2017 / 2:08 PM

      They really do. Without it I doubt we would have spent so long there!

  14. 4th November 2017 / 9:05 AM

    Your photos look stunning and it sounds a great day out. I can never get my kids looking the same way either!
    #CountryKids

    • Louisa
      6th November 2017 / 2:14 PM

      I only usually get 1 looking at the camera at a time! I wish I knew how to photoshop them all together 😉

  15. 4th November 2017 / 8:47 AM

    Loving all the autumn colours. Sounds like a lovely day out x

    • Louisa
      6th November 2017 / 2:13 PM

      Thank you. It was a wonderful day

  16. 4th November 2017 / 7:06 AM

    Sounds a really good day – and wine grapes too 🤣
    It’s nice that there was something extra for the kids, and what a great time to visit with the changing of the seasons

    • Louisa
      6th November 2017 / 2:12 PM

      The wine grapes were a great success!

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