Thursday, 5 November 2015

Fantastic Fun at The Gun Powder Mills


Launching Rockets at the Gunpowder MillsLast year, we visited the Royal Gun Powder Mills at Waltham Abbey. It featured briefly in our 40 Days of Summer posts in 2014, but I have always wanted to give it its own post. So here it is, a gun powder post for Guy Fawkes night! We had no idea what to expect at the Gun Powder Mills, but there was a surprising amount to see and do. We learned all about the fascinating history of the Mills in the interactive museum and there was an opportunity to view and handle various guns and weaponry in the Armoury. L was fascinated to see what our soldiers had to carry during past battles. Some of the guns were nearly as big as him!


Boy Holding Rifle
A World War Weapon

The Mills turned out to be very educational. There were lots of hands on activities, which really appealed to L. We all took part in making our own rockets, which we could launch into the atmosphere, to see whose travelled the furthest. We also learned how to make an explosion, using Mentos and Cola. Perhaps don't try this one at home, particularly indoors! 

Building and Launching Rockets
Making and launching rockets


Other exciting events included Go Karts, Nerf Wars and a Rifle Range. There was so much to entertain L and it was all good old-fashioned fun. No commercialism or expensive rides, just lots to learn about and explore. The staff were so friendly and it was lovely to see him getting involved in all the activities. Highly recommended for inquistive children and grown ups!

Go Karting, Rifle Range and Nerf Guns
Shooting and go karting


 I wish more attractions were like this, It was so relaxed and there was something for everyone to do. I personally really enjoyed the land train. The scenery was fantastic and I it was really interesting hearing about gunpowder production and how dangerous it was for the workers. I learned so much that day that I previously had never even thought about! 

Views of Gunpowder Mills Grounds
Views from the train ride


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15 comments

YOLANDA DAVIS said...

Looks very interesting. I would visit if I lived nearer. Maybe one day!!

Viv Carey said...

wow this looks like a great day out!

angela hamilton said...

ooohhhh that looks like a fab day out. very different to anything I have seen, I like it x

Jen Walshaw said...

Looks like a fab day out and my boys are desperate to do metos and cola!

Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily said...

That does like a great day out - my two would love it by the sounds of it x

Nadine Hill said...

Luke looks like a boy in his element in these photos!

Sonia said...

It looks like a lovely relaxing place to visit x

Lori Taylor Arnold said...

What an interesting place! My son would lovethe go karting part of it. x

oana79 said...

Indeed, wish all historical places would have as much to offer in terms of children's education and entertainment!xx

Kara Guppy said...

This looks brilliant, I would love to take mine there - makes learning fun

AngelEden said...

Got to love a Nerf war! It sounds like a great day out :)

Steph Curtis said...

Oooh I love a good educational day out... shame my girls don't!! ;)

Phoebe @ Lou Messugo said...

Sounds like a fantastic place for a family visit

Sarah-Louise Bailey said...

What an amazing sounding place to visit - there is something fascinating about exploring history. x

Charly Dove said...

Sounds like you had such a good time at the gun powder mill. Always enjoy places with a bit of history although trying to get the balance right with POD is always an interesting one!

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