*Ad – The girls and I were kindly invited along to Archers Ice Cream to sample some of the exquisite handmade Jersey ice cream from their new moor farm herd.
We popped along to Richmond on Sunday morning for a special treat, we headed to The Station which is a beautiful Victorian railway building that has been brought back to life as an art gallery and exhibition space, café, cinema and home to a variety of independent businesses including Archers Ice Cream Parlour.
Archers ice cream has its flagship parlour in Darlington at New Moor Farm, Walworth but with that closed for refurbishment until March 2019 apart from the 2 weeks leading up to Christmas, now is the perfect time to make you aware of one of the other parlours.
The Archers Ice Cream Parlour in Richmond which is a little less well known about. In itself that is slightly bewildering as the parlour sits within such an amazing building and at the start/middle or end, depending on where you decide to go or park, of a stunning circular walk between Richmond and Easby Abbey. It’s especially beautiful at the moment with the autumnal colours and the crisp leaves beneath your feet.
So what better way to start of your walk than with a treat from Archers Ice Cream parlour, the girls decided to go for a knickerbocker glory and choose two different flavours each for theirs with Lily choosing the Chocolate and the Cinder Toffee ice cream, Willow went for the Mint Choc Chip and the Chocolate for hers. Whilst I got to try out the new hot fudge brownie sundae with its own little jug of hot fudge sauce.
Our ice creams arrive and the girls are thrilled with their choices tucking straight in right after I get a photo of course to show you all. The ice cream tastes as amazing as it looks! The girls thoroughly enjoy them, I think the smiles on there faces give that away and even with a touch of the brain freeze for Willow at one point, they both absolutely loved their treat. The girls were keen to see what mine was all about when it arrived with its own little jug of hot fudge sauce. They, of course, wanted to try a little bit too. So they too got to experience the delicious hot fudge sauce on the cream/ice cream and mini brownies, a combination that is just perfect at this time of year.
The parlour itself is currently adorned with lots of Halloween decorations really getting into the spirit of it, more so with a fantastic Halloween trail for the kids planned. The trail is a great price at only £3 a pack, whilst there we got a sneak peek of what it entails and includes, you really won’t be disappointed.
The pack is full of great little activities for the kids, a voucher for your Chaos ice cream when you have completed the trail and it also contains a little something extra too (as if it wasn’t great value already at just £3), that will help with the costs of activities over the holidays, a free child’s swim voucher to be used with any paying adult at the Richmond swimming pool opposite. Great use of working together with other businesses too bringing great offers to families.
The trail opens from 29th October until the 4th November between 10 and 5pm. I can see it being a hugely popular event so get along soon.
We’re heading back to do the Halloween trail as we love the sound of the pack and the girls after hearing all about it can’t wait to try the Halloween ice cream.
After we had finished our ice creams we headed out for a walk to Easby Abbey, its approx 1.3 miles from The Station along a flat path suitable for pushchairs. We passed lots of families and dog walkers all enjoying the autumn sunshine. The path is nice and wide so plenty of room. We then crossed over the bridge taking in the views of the river Swale before walking along the path round to Easby Abbey. The grounds of Easby Abbey are spacious for the kids to explore its impressive ruins. A picturesque setting which is free to enter and is an English Heritage site. Parts of the site are uneven and can become muddy, there are some steps and stairs within the ruins too so do take care with little ones.
Easby Abbey postcode is DL10 7EU and they do have a small car park but I would advise trying to park at Richmond as it is very limited. The Station’s car parking charges are very reasonable too we parked for 4 hours and it was £1.20.
After lots of fun running around playing hide and seek in the ruins we headed back to The Station this time stopping off down by the riverside where Willow enjoyed jumping between the rocks and of course soon enough landing one foot into the river, so the last bit walking back she had to take her tights off as they were rather wet. Lots of family fun and a great walk after a tasty treat at Archers.
I’ve also attached a little video of our visit for you to get a better idea of our trip and see the walk a little better.
Willow also made some little videos too and I just have to add to this blog as she shows you around Easby Abbey with her sister. Thanks again Archers Ice Cream Parlour for a delicious treat.
What’s your favourite Ice Cream from Archers?
Have you been to Easby Abbey?