When I was planning our little road trip up to Lincolnshire, I found a gem of a National Trust property called Woolsthorpe Manor. This is the family home of Sir Isaac Newton and his apple tree…you know the story about the apple falling on his head…well you can have a picnic right beside that apple tree.
Rachel and I are both gluten free so we stopped off at our new local huge M&S store to pick up some gluten free supplies for our picnic…seriously that could have been a whole blog post by itself…I still need to go back to buy those gluten free chicken nuggets.
We decided to eat first and explore later…we know how to party like it’s 1999! We popped down our picnic baskets and blankets (thank you Jonelle & Mark for my brown picnic basket…see I do use it!)…
…took a few necessary blog photos…
…just a few. That’s obviously the famous apple tree with the little fence around the roots; apparently the roots have got damaged over time as tourists wanted a photo sitting directly under the tree so they have now had to protect the tree for future generations.
So of course we then scoffed our way through a very yummy M&S gluten free picnic. I had picked up the new gluten free hob nobs from Waitrose prior to our M&S visit and Rachel had bought the rice sticks…a gluten free gal is always prepared in case M&S failed us…they didn’t.
I have to say that Marks and Spencers have really upped their game when it comes to gluten free options…I remember when the gluten free range was delivered to the Bedford store in error the very first time and they promptly sold out…apparently I wasn’t the only gluten free freak in Bedford.
We managed to pick up a gluten free BLT sarnie, gluten free scotch eggs, apples, chocolate mousse, salmon skewers, gluten free blackcurrant ripple cake and good old fashion lemonade. Rachel introduced me to the M&S gluten free caramel millionaire bites…they are sooooo much better than the gluten free hob nobs!
Rachel and I take this blogging business extremely seriously…
…we don’t use twitter to communicate, we talk via our banana phones (how scary are my eyes…and the hat hair!)
Rachel bought mason jars for our picnic but I failed my blogging exam…
…I forgot to give myself a pretty manicure!
And you know, you obviously need to have a photo in front of the tree while balancing an apple on your head.
^^Photo stolen from Rachel’s blog…sorry Rachel, I should have asked before stealing!
And because Rachel and I don’t take things too seriously…this is a behind the scenes photo, the look of concentration on our little faces…
…balancing an apple on your head isn’t that easy, trust me!
After a lot of eating and lot of chatting…we decided to explore inside Woolsthorpe Manor which is a simple farm house however it gives you a true feel on how the “normal” folks would have lived; it was a nice change from the huge stately homes that I’ve visited in the past.
We popped inside the house for a nosey…
…the house is set up quite simply…
…so that when you enter Sir Isaac Newton’s room you really get a sense on how special the house is as it’s from this room that he made his biggest discoveries on light and gravity during the plague years…
…and it just shows that it doesn’t matter where you come from, you can change the world!
We learnt an interesting fact that Sir Isaac Newton’s uncle went to Cambridge also…so a family of academics.
^^It’s moments like these that you need to do a shoefie!
I failed 5th form Science (I found it the most boring subject ever…plus I used to get told off for talking and then listening…apparently if I wasn’t listening my friends wouldn’t be talking!)…
…maybe if I had this famous view from his bedroom, I may have passed 5th form Science…hmmm probably not!
Rachel also discovered the light on our visit to Woolsthorpe Manor…
…Sir Isaac Newton, eat your heart out!
And just because I can…one lucky last photo of the apple tree…
…and a magical quote from the man himself!
Travel Tips for Woolsthorpe Manor
- Woolsthorpe Manor is a National Trust Property and the price of entry is £6.45 or £16.18 for a family. If you are planning to visit a number of National Trust properties then I would recommend purchasing a membership. (if you are confused on which British Heritage membership pass to buy then this post will help!)
- There is a cafe with bbq tables on site so you don’t have to bring your own picnic
- We had our picnic in the orchard and anyone can do this
- There are two car parks at the property and the Post Code for Woolsthorpe Manor is NG33 5PD
- There is a science centre on site which will keep the kids entertained
- The property isn’t huge however it’s a great property for families or lovers of a good picnic destination in England!
- Another property close to Woolsthorpe Manor is Belton House which was used in the BBC adaption of Pride and Prejudice
- If you need any more convincing to visit Woolsthorpe Manor then also check out Rachel’s post