Discover Somewhere NewAre the school holidays upon you? If yes, then like me you'll have your armoury of solutions ready. Playdates will be booked, and even holiday clubs if that's necessary. You may have arranged to meet up with friends and go places, but where will you go? Have you got a handy list of local places to visit? I use each school holiday to try and discover somewhere new in our local area. Today we ticked off somewhere new that I've wanted to visit since we moved here 6 years ago, Donnington Castle. [caption id="attachment_6810" align="alignleft" width="300"] We saw our first bluebells of the season! A special treat![/caption] Donnington Castle is an English Heritage owned ruin on a hill above Newbury. It's only a 15 minute drive from our house, so we really have no excuse not to have visited it before. I checked the website and learned that parking and entrance is free, and that dogs are welcome on the lead. We parked up and chose to walk the long way round, giving the dog some free running time. We saw our first bluebells of the season too! A special treat. Seeing the ruins of the medieval (14th century) castle for the first time and the view was fantastic. The kids ran off, drawn to the higgledy-piggledy walls to clamber on. We entertained ourselves there for more than an hour, climbing, exploring, playing hide and seek and inventing new, castle-inspired games. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="6815,6814"] I'm so pleased to have finally visited Donnington Castle and discovered how easy it is to get to and how well it inspires the kids to play. There are plenty of footpaths nearby so next time we'll walk a little further and, who knows, we may discover somewhere new on the way!