So if you live in the UK you’ll have experienced the first heatwave of the year, and you’ll also have learnt that being British we obvs can’t handle it & the whole country literally goes into a meltdown – I for one have moaned all year that I wanted – nay – needed Summer; I get Summer, in fact I’m granted it in abundance and I spent the entirety of the weekend moaning (at least twenty times an hour) that ‘I’m too hot’, ‘my back is sweating’, ‘I’m burning’ with a mix of grunts and ‘eughs’ thrown in for good measure.
That said I do love it at the same time (so very bloody British!) and after working my hiney off on Saturday, we decided to embrace Mr Sunshine and head to the very beautiful Leeds Castle.
My boyfriend, best pal and I all donned our shorts and zoomed off to Maidstone with the aircon on full blast (it was bliss) and arrived with sunscreen and meal deals in tow; it wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be being a Sunday, which I was secretly quite chuffed about (crowds suck). As we walked through the grounds we were greeted by babies everywhere – that is ducklings, signets and goslings! I was a cooing soppy mess!
We thought it’d be best to eat first incase the heat turned our rolls to mush, and found shade under a big beautiful tree by the lake with a perfect view of the castle – the grounds are so vast and beautiful! This would all have painted a splendid (lol) picture if there wasn’t a sh*t ton of tiny spiders randomly descending on us and our picnic mat from the tree above.. Safe to say, we promptly shifted our behinds – rolls in tow – elsewhere!
Lunch eaten and with the sun giving us all it’s welly, we slapped on probably our 2nd/3rd coats of sunscreen and headed toward the castle for a little history and shade.
Inside is beautiful! It’s got such a rich and long history, with the first castle being built all the way back in the 9th century! I didn’t take too many photos of the rooms etc because I was v busy being a history nerd and reading the info signs etc. However, look at the freaking views from the freaking windows.
It took us roughly just under an hour to see everything inside, and by that time it was definitely ice cream o’clock! But not before some obligatory photos of us totally not sweating in front of the castle..
My bf & I opted for Oreo shakes in the end, whilst my BFF got herself a sumptuous choc chip double scoop with a flake – tasty but she pretty much had to eat it at speed because HEAT. (Have we sufficiently established it was a hot day yet?!)
Bellys satisfied we headed towards the flower gardens for some photos – y’know the ones where I lean into the bush like a crazy person to get that shot?
& it wouldn’t have been right if we didn’t take some photos looking uber cool in front of the flowers too!
We then made our way toward the Mediterranean garden, which I was just in love with.
The heat by this point though was really starting to get to us and some refreshments were 100% needed! On our way to a little cafe, we happened to stumble across some more babies, eep!
Re-hydrated and re-topped up on sunscreen (my neck was on FYARRRR) we decided to get a boat ride back to the other side of the lake to make our way slowly back to the car. It was hometime, and though my Primark sandals were beginning to rub, I couldn’t resist stopping for one last look at the castle – it really is absolutely stunning. Castles are my favourite, they’re so majestic and the history nerd in me can’t help but feel totally at home.
Burnt, sore and a little tired, but we had the loveliest day at the loveliest castle – and given that our tickets will get us in for a whole year, we will definitely be back Leeds. Thank you for having us!
Now, someone pass the aftersun wouldya?
Sending you big sunshiney kisses,
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