mEAndering, out and about

My visit to Teesdale Part 2…

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On the Sunday morning we went to my mum’s local park – Preston Hall which lies alongside the River Tees.  It is such a well used family park with something for everyone from the brand new adventurous climbing frames to a beautiful woodland walk and nature reserve.

The large house was a former Georgian gentleman’s residence belonging to the industrial magnate Robert Ropner and is now a museum which has recently had the benefit of a £7 million pound refurbishment.  Outside they have developed the old outbuildings into a Victorian street complete with workshops, shops and a café.

You can wander in and out of the shops when open and watch people at work in the printers and Smithy all dressed in authentic costume. There are items for sale in some of them like sweets, bread and fabric.  We spent a good hour reminiscing about things that even I remember before dashing into the cafe for a hot cup of tea and a Bakewell tart …and to thaw out as it was an extremely cold day.

I was very tempted by the Post Office set – it was always my favourite toy when I was little and I am sure it was this that began my lifelong love affair with stationery and stationery shops.


5 thoughts on “My visit to Teesdale Part 2…”

  1. This sounds like a fascinating place too. Tea and Bakewell Tart particularly perfect! Have you ever been to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum in Shropshire? It also has a Victorian street.


    1. Yes we used to visit Blists Hill at Ironbridge quite a lot when our girls were younger as Granny lives in Shrewsbury and we have also done Beamish near Durham when visiting my sister. Both are far bigger than the little street in Preston Hall Park but the children (and adults) find the museum fascinating and it is good that you can actually buy things. When we went to Beamish you could watch and smell the delicious scones being baked in the Farmhouse but not allowed to eat them (Aghh agony)! Maybe they have changed now it is a while since we went and everywhere has become much more interactive.


  2. It looks like a wonderful place to visit with all those interesting shops! I used to have a Post Office set when I was small and loved to use a date stamp and ink pad!


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