Only just over an hour's drive from home down the A3 it was perfect for an easy family day out.
Blackmoor is set in a picture postcard Hampshire village, complete with beautiful church that was also open for tea and cakes and bowls of hot soup. The parishioners obviously take great pride in their church with the most fantastic Harvest Festival displays as seen below.
The fair itself was buzzing, a great variety of craft stalls showcasing forgotten skills such as beautiful woodwork and metalwork. A Thatcher was demonstrating his craft whilst cider and apple related products took centre stage.
There was plenty to keep the children entertained with reptiles and snakes to hold, animals to stroke and carousels to ride. Two bouncy castles and a climbing wall provided the perfect energy busting devices for over active kids.
There were numerous stalls with the widest variety of apples and pears I've ever seen in one place to taste. Matilda thought it was great fun to go from stall to stall trying out all the beautiful apples. We came home with two big bags full ready for eating and baking. The husband tried the cider, I had a homemade flapjack and Matilda opted for the chocolate ice cream which as you can see from the photo she thoroughly enjoyed.
Sadly by the time we were ready to eat, the hog roast was finished. Not surprising really as the queues earlier had been long. We know next year we must arrive earlier and get in that queue at a sensible time!
A wonderful day was had by all, we came home with a spring in our step having thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. See you next year Blackmoor Estate!