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TAVATA Members visit the Hidden Valley Discovery Park

Last Thursday, 2nd June, 19 adults and 23 children enjoyed a beautiful sunny afternoon at Peter Jones’ Hidden Valley Discovery Park.  There was so much to enjoy for both children and adults – the Forbidden Mansion with lots of passages and doors, a challenge to find your way around and the exit!  In the Mansion was the Moriarty’s Mission Challenge, a game of co-ordination, speed and skill at various places around the building.  I must say that for us older ones (well, Richard and me in particular) this was fiendishly difficult and we scored a magnificent 0! 

Then we travelled around the site on the little train, ducking heads to go under the tunnels and bridges although really there was plenty of headroom.  This gave us the chance to see the large area of the Park with trees, shrubs and flowers.  There is a lot to see around the park – the Hobbits House, the beech maze (don’t get lost in there!) and, if you follow the two trails: the Indiana Trail and the Sherlock Holmes Trail, you are met with more challenges as the trails have clues all along.  From what I heard from one or two of our members, these weren’t particularly easy either!  There is also a children's play park area.

There is a very pretty cottage with garden and water feature, the planting is beautiful and is coming along a treat.  Soon there will be lots of flowers in the garden and, in the warm weather we are enjoying, the fountains were a welcome cooling sight.

I mustn’t forget the café where we enjoyed our cream tea.  Lots of delicious food to enjoy there as well as cold drinks, tea and coffee and, ice creams.  The shop is also worth a browse with some very attractive items to tempt you to open your purse.

If you missed this even, watch out for our visit at the October half term to Launceston Steam Railway.  This is in the afternoon of Thursday 27th October.  Again there is free entry but a charge to cover the cost of teas.  More details will follow nearer the time.