Today, the boy and I went to the Red House glass cone at Wordsley. Built at the end of the 18th century and used for the manufacture of glass until 1936, the cone reaches 100 feet. It is the only complete glass cone in the area and one of only four left in the UK.
A friend had suggested we go and when we got there, we discovered there was an Easter chick hunt and other activities on, like painting ceramics, glass blowing that the children could take part in and an art exhibition. Most of the activities were free (with exception of the ceramics painting, but you didn’t have to prebook and tomorrow is egg painting!).
It has probably been close to 30 years since I last visited the site and I can’t believe I haven’t been more often! It’s great. Aside from the local historical stand point, the fact it’s two minutes drive up the road, the free entry and a lovely cafe onsite, there is loads to see and do. You can easily spend a few hours wearing your kids out and on days it hasn’t been pouring with rain, you can go and explore the tunnels underneath the cone. There was even a room set up for colouring in and viewing platforms above the glass blowing area within the cone.
Word of warning… There are LOTS of gorgeous studios… Most contain glass (sounds obvious)… Don’t even try to look around these peaceful, pretty places with a boisterous 3 year old that is attracted to ‘shiny’. Definitely something I need to do on my own when he goes back to school!