We were kindly invited along to review the Alice in Wonderland themed family friendly area within the grounds of Rockliffe Hall recently. Mischmash is the name of the outdoor area aimed at little ones with a collection of pods featuring a pool room, cinema/games room, adventure playground, splash pads and a tennis court.
Lewis Carroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, spend some of his childhood in nearby Croft hence Mischmash having a strong Lewis Carroll theme. There is a white rabbit pointing directions and the names of the cabins all take their names from the beloved story. There is a huge glass house which will eventually house events and would make a fabulous Alice themed wedding!
The curious cabins also house soft play and hold activities including crafts days etc. We were invited along to sample the pods and unfortunately by the time we got there a few had been booked out but we did get to take part in the craft afternoon where the kids made Easter crowns, mini gift baskets and bunny puppets!
The lady who was in charge of the crafts had the patience of a saint and my usual little outgoing girl turned into a total shy bundle of nerves!
After making our creations we headed to the Club House restaurant for an Easter themed afternoon tea which was simply magical! The girls had some fabulous creations including a chocolate egg that looked like an actual egg – the kids loved using the bread sticks to dip!
The great thing about afternoon tea is that you get lots of mini items which fill you up really quickly but all of the different tastes keep the taste buds alive!
We dined on cucumber, salmon, beef and ham sandwiches, mini chocolate gateaux, lemon meringue, scones and egg tart.
The teapot was kept topped up and the staff were amazing with the children too, nothing was a problem at all and it most definitely made me want to come back again.
Even though I thought Rockliffe Hall was a spa and golf venue for adults the afternoon we spent there showed us this is really not the case at all and is certainly somewhere we will be back to soon.
We were invited along to review the pods and afternoon tea. All views and opinions are my own and genuine.