A morning at Cliveden – 14 August 2013

Having heard about the renovation work on the South Terrace at Cliveden and the installation of a giant slide to help visitors get down to the ground level from the terrace, we decided to get up early and take a look.

Accordingly we made our way over and were one of the first visitors to arrive at 10am, when the grounds opened.

The fountain in the summer sunshine

The fountain in the summer sunshine

Looking out over the back terrace

Looking out over the back terrace

First view of the slide

First view of the slide

The slide from ground level

The slide from ground level

A closer shot of the slide

A closer shot of the slide

The stairs and brickwork have been photographed and printed lifesize on hoardings while the building work goes on

The stairs and brickwork have been photographed and printed lifesize on hoardings while the building work goes on

With the children keen to try the slide while it was quiet and no sign of anyone to ask, I resorted to Social Media to find out when it would be open.

While we waited for a reply, we walked down the back lawn to the statue.

View of the back of Cliveden

View of the back of Cliveden

Summer blooms

Summer blooms

Rebekah, Holly and Emily

Rebekah, Holly and Emily

The house from the statue

The house from the statue

Pink flowers

Pink flowers

More floral displays

More floral displays

By the time we got back to the house, it was clear that things were happening and members of staff seemed to be appearing.  Before long we were allowed through the doors and climbed aloft up temporary steps to reach the top of the slide.

Looking up the slide

Looking up the slide

Ready for our first slide

Ready for our first slide

Leading the way with Emily

Leading the way with Emily

Arriving at the bottom...

Arriving at the bottom…

...only to be passed by Rebekah

…only to be passed by Rebekah

Holly losing her hat

Holly losing her hat

...and again

…and again

The slide is great fun, although Emily was a little unsure.  After we’d had a couple of goes, Sarah took a turn with Emily.

Sarah and a nervous Emily

Sarah and a nervous Emily

A nervous Sarah leading the way

A nervous Sarah leading the way

It's good fun really!

It’s good fun really!

Rebekah

Rebekah

Rebekah offered to take some photos of Sarah and I having a turn, before she and Holly had a couple of final rides.

Sarah and me

Sarah and me

Approaching the bottom

Approaching the bottom

Rebekah and Holly

Rebekah and Holly

We walked back through the gardens to the children’s play area.

Summer border

Summer border

Golden rod

Golden rod

Scaffolding in the Water Garden

Scaffolding in the Water Garden

Holly and Emily

Holly and Emily

Emily

Emily

Holly and Rebekah

Holly and Rebekah

With the day warming up and the crowds increasing, it was time to bid farewell to Cliveden and head home for lunch.

We really enjoyed our morning on the slide and look forward to returning again while it is still in place.

This entry was posted by philhbray.

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