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Thursday, 11 May 2017

Badminton Horse Trials

Family days out for us tend to be a trip to a local National Trust property where Sophie can run about uninhibited and there is a good chance of having a good cup of coffee and some cake. So when the opportunity to visit Badminton Horse trials with Joules came up, we were very excited.

Being pony-mad in my pre to mid teens, I loved all the pony club competitions and had to a few three day events, but it was Gareth and Sophie’s first. We donned the wellies and quilted jackets (thank you Joules!) and headed to the small village of Badminton which is about half an hours from Bath on Friday morning.

Friday was dressage day, or horse dancing to small people and even for the non-horsey-types its pretty impressive viewing.  As well as spectating, there is a mass of food stalls and shops to wander round. Sophie particularly liked the tractor and the show-jump stalls and all the brightly coloured flags and bunting.

Joules had kindly laid on a luxurious picnic for us which we had in a little garden by their caravan, where we were serenaded by guitar. We had such a lovely relaxing lunch as Sophie really helpfully decided to have a two hour nap in her pram, bless her.

It was so lovely to chat away to fellow mummy and lifestyle bloggers who had brought their families too - Sophie had a fabulous time playing with little Ollie (eldest son of the gorgeous Lauren of Hunters & Heels) whilst the husbands teased us all about their roles as ‘instahusbands’ and photographers. I also found I went to the same school as the lovely Captured by Lucy. Small World...

After a little more dressage and a few glasses of Pimms in the sunshine we headed off to our home for the evening - Macdonald Spa Hotel in Bath.

The following day, after a loooooong lazy breakfast, we walked into Bath and went exploring. After a  bit of an early start for Sophie (and therefore us too!) she promptly decided it was time for a snooze in her pram so left the exploring up to the grownups.

I found the prettiest flower stall and wanted to buy all of the blooms but settled with some pictures as I feared they wouldn't survive the journey home.

We hadn't been since I pregnant with Sophie when we had a few days in this city during one of my school holidays. Given we only had a few hours before we wanted to head back home, we wandered around looking at all of the pretty architecture and had lattes and cake (see every day out needs it!) in one of our favourite coffee shops.


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