There's lots of fun to be had for kids at Blenheim Palace in their Pleasure Gardens. As you enter, you'll see the Butterfly House on your right with a fragrant lavender garden. This is a perfect stop on a cold day as it's hot and humid inside. Kids love to watch the different butterflys fulttering about. Blenheim Palace is actively working to encourage butterflys, just one of their conservation projects.
Surrounded by an old and pitted brick wall in what was once the vegetable gardens for the palace, is a really fun playpark. Pass through the minature houses of Woodstock and there's plenty of space for a picnic and run around. There are giant chess and draught boards for a sunny game and climbing frames. If you like a challenge then enter the Marlborough Maze. Taking about 25 minutes to complete, it's the world's second largest hedge maze and an impressive sight.
The Adventure Playground is tucked right to the end of the Pleasure Gardens. There's a small climbing frame area surrounded by a sandpit which is great for younger children. Perhaps bring a bucket and spade and create your own palace. There are a couple of benches perfectly placed to catch the sun and ideal for a tired mum to rest while the kids run wild. Extending down from this area are lots of wooden climbing frames and slides that will keep your children occupied for long enough to really tire them out.
Tickets for a one off visit are quite expensive at £11.50 for adults and £6 for children. However, if you're local why not purchase the full palace and gardens ticket (adults £20, children £11). These can be upgraded at the Palace for an annual pass at no extra cost which then makes a trip to the Pleasure Gardens great value for money. I have the annual pass and enjoy being able to pop in for an hour or half a day.