We have been very lucky with the weather this week. So often we must endure rainy and windy conditions during the Easter holidays but we have had such warm temperatures. Husband had a day off on Thursday. We considered going to a beach, since British people flock to beaches in droves at any kind of decent weather. Instead we thought we would take the boat/ferry from Kingston Upon Thames to Hampton Court.
After a look on the Turks website to see the boat timetable, I was happy to discover that it was Thumbs Up It's Thursday run by Kingston First. Besides all the free activities that they provide for children in Kingston during school holidays, they offer free boat rides at 10.30am and 11.15am from Kingston. I am always keen to save money so was pleased that we only had to pay £15 for Husband and myself to travel round-trip.
We got on the boat at Turks Pier in Kingston, which is behind the John Lewis. The boat is covered so you won't get too cold or sunburnt, and you don't have to worry about little ones falling overboard (though you can slide open the glass windows). We all enjoyed riding on the boat - looking at rowers and other boaters, waving to the people on land. After 35 minutes, we arrived in Hampton Court. We decided to explore the gardens. We stayed in the free bit, and the kids loved playing and hiding in the field of daffodils. We could have paid to go into Hampton Court Palace, but we weren't sure if Dubz (who is almost three) would get much out of it. Moozles went to Hampton Court Palace a couple of months ago with her school and had a great time. Husband and I have never been, but perhaps we will all go soon.
After some hide and seek in the daffodils, we had lunch at the cafe. We were pleasantly surprised at how nice the food was (about £35 for the four of us to have hot meals and drinks plus the kids had giant cookies - I had the fish & chips, which was yummy). People were having picnics on the grass, and Dubz was very sad that we did not have a picnic. But as it was our first visit there, we were not sure what to expect. But at least now we know we can go and enjoy some of the grounds and have a picnic. After some running around, we hopped on the boat back to Kingston. We will definitely be taking this trip again.