There were a lot of activities planned from food to gardening, from hat making to feeding the farm animals.
Eddie has been talking non-stop for days ahead, reminding us that we were going to Cogges. I had to curb his enthusiasm, saying "Only if it's not raining".
Thankfully, it was a lovely day, and we were ready to explore our favourite haunts.
We stopped by the cute pygmy goats, who looked askance at us, clearly expecting a treat. Hens and roosters have hardly noticed us, being busy doing what chickens do.
There were adorable baby pigs, rusty-coloured and spotty, munching with gusto on pieces of apples and broccoli which you could buy at the entrance. Last year's pigs Peppa and George aren't there any more.
It was very busy in the cafe. It felt like the world and his wife had the same idea as us, when they decided to visit the manor farm. The cafe was packed full, yet we managed to find a table and enjoy our snacks and drinks. Then off we went in search of outdoors adventures.
We didn't stop in the kitchen garden for too long. Boys were heading in the direction of the play area, slides and the zip wire.
My dream kitchen was as gorgeous as ever. The cook was making a new batch of Welsh cakes to greet the visitors, her assistant was enjoying her cuppa tea. I wanted to linger for longer and have a chat, but my guys were impatient.
Alas, the first floor of the house was closed to visitors. I would have loved to see the top rooms again. Hope they haven't been changed much, like the rooms on the ground floor. I was a bit saddened to see that the dining room has been rearranged to accommodate the crafts sessions like spinning etc. I just hope it will go back to the older interior look, with the table set for dinner and looking like it's only waiting for the family to return back.
The crafts sessions and dressing up room were buzzing with children. My guys aren't into Victorian costumes (I sighed with envy. I would have loved to dress up as a Victorian maid or lady).
The play area was a bit like a beehive. As always, it is a bit like a human Zoo, you observe all sorts of behaviour.
Eddie was in a jolly mood, whizzing down the slide so many times that we lost count. He climbed and balanced and was beaming from ear to ear.
Sasha was in his element. He was running all the way to Cogges like a ship at full sail. He loves the exhilarating ride and feels elated.
We got the season ticket, and plan to visit Cogges as often as we can.