Monday 27 February 2012

Everyone's happy!

 A while ago a friend introduced me to Stratford Armoury, mainly for the soft play barn, as we needed somewhere to meet up.  But we had a quick peek at the museum, and I vowed that I would have to come back and show the boys, as I was sure they would like it.  So, this Saturday we paid another visit, and I could not even have imagined what a success it was.  The younger ones enjoyed dressing up.

The older ones were fascinated with the vast array of model armies, and the chap who was running the museum was a great enthusiast too, so email addresses were swapped!

Guns were explained to an attentive audience...

 ...and played with!
 Sophie enjoyed the armoured elephant
 More boys and their "toys".
There was a fantastic World War I and II exhibit, which appealed to Stan, and we finished off the visit with a lovely meal (thank you Stan) and a trip to the play barn for the younger ones.

Everyone got something out of it, a great feeling ticking everyone's boxes!  I can see us frequenting this place again.  It is all a private collection, and it got me thinking, I wonder if there are other little places like this around, private collections that are open to the public.  Not too massive to be exhausting, but full of interesting and quirky things that perhaps you would not find elsewhere.


  1. Ooh what a great find Claire, I bet there are loads of places if you have a good look about...have find finding them! xx

  2. Sounds great, definitely on my to do list now. :) What a lovely looking brood you have x

  3. What a great day - so good when everyone gets something out of it. James has been asking to go to the Stornoway museum, so you have inspired me to make time for it very soon.

  4. That looks like a great day out to me! Will have to remember about it if I am up that way :)

  5. Wow, that looks like a fun place.. wish I could take my grandsons there! ((hugs)), Teresa :-)


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