Cat goes to Wonderland!

Hey everyone! Welcome back to the Paper Castles, sorry I’ve been gone for a whole week! But in this week I have been on another adventure this time to Wonderland, or should I say Groombridge Place in Kent.

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All the characters (l to r) Tweedledee, King of Hearts, March Hare, Alice, Mad Hatter, Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, White Rabbit, (front) Caterpillar and Cheshire Cat. Photo’s courtesy of Matt Salmon Photography.

For the whole of the Easter Holidays Groombridge Place has become home to all the characters from Alice in Wonderland. The day is based around 3 short plays (repeated if you missed them) which include the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, the infamous Jam Tart trial, and the ‘painting the roses red’ scandal. Essentially the King of Hearts was constantly in trouble.

The plays are very well constructed and are easy to follow for children or people who haven’t read the book and for those who know the book like the back of their hand. And it was packed with humour that actually had me crying with laughter.

In between the plays you can walk around the grounds and talk to all the characters and there are crafts for children too, plus an ice cream shack, a river boat ride, a café and a gift shop. It really does have everything and it was nice to have a cup of tea wherever I went.

I had such a great time at Groombridge, and its not that far to go if you want a day out and you live in London, well worth it. Click here for a link to Groombridge’s website. Also special thanks to my lovely boyfriend for letting me use the official photos he took for Groombridge.

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Wisley Spring Plant Fair

Today I went to the Wisley Spring Plant Fair, near Woking in Surrey, (just off the M25 for us Londoners). It was a great day out and I spent far too much money on lovely plants for the Garden.

The Plant Fair was full of stalls from nurseries all across the country, and it was great to talk to the stall owners who really knew their stuff about what to grow in our local clay soil and where to plant things (shade or sun). Outside the two main tents was a variety of planted tubs which showed off displays that you could create with the vast array of plants for sale.

I never need much of an excuse to go to Wisley anyway because the stunning gardens are a treat for the senses all year round, however Wisley never fails to surprise me with their customer care. This was demonstrated when I had lunch in their food hall which was packed because of so many customers for the plant fair, we were fortunate enough to get a table inside out of the cold weather but for those who had to sit outside blankets were provided so they could remain cosy in this early spring climate.

The other excellent idea Wisley had this year was a Plant Creche where we could hand over the plants we’d purchased for safe keeping while we had a walk around the garden, a cup of tea or another sneaky run round the plant fair.

So after purchasing 1 peony, 3 Helibores, 3 Ferns and 6 foxgloves we felt the day had a been a success and a delight, well worth returning to.

The plant fair runs till the 22nd March, here’s the website to book tickets.

I will update you on my plants later in the year.