Lyme Park is one of our favourite local National Trust attractions. It’s got a great playground, woods, gardens, brilliant views over Manchester and hosts lots of activities and events for families throughout the year.
As there are a few hills in the grounds, it’s a brilliant place to fly kites – even on the calmest of days. Although you can fly kites there any time you like, Lyme Park regularly hosts kite flying sessions up at The Cage – and we went along to one on the early May bank holiday weekend.
The kite flying session started at 1pm, and as we got there about 11.30am we went to the playground first for a play and a picnic before heading up to The Cage. There were a lot of families like us there, with small, easy to use kites, as well as a couple of people with large, ornate, stunt kites. On a grey, cloudy day, it was brilliant to see bursts of colour fly, dip and swerve in the sky and it was a really fun way to spend a couple of hours.
At one point our little boy even exclaimed “this is the BEST picnic EVER” – so it must have been good!
Good to know…
Cost: Free parking and entry as we’ve got National Trust membership. We took a picnic lunch so saved money there, but did spend about a tenner on three ice creams and a coffee in one of the tea rooms after kite flying.
Time spent there: 3.5 hours
Tips: We went on the Saturday of the bank holiday weekend at 11.30am and managed to get a car parking space easily. A friend tried to go on the Sunday in the early afternoon but both car parks were full and they had to go elsewhere. The traffic can get really busy on the road leading up to Lyme Park on sunny days – especially if there are events on – so plan to get there at a decent time.