// text and photography by Marjolein den Hartog


Anglesey Abbey

One could easily spend a day at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire, strolling through acres of woodland, wildflower meadows, and several luscious gardens, visiting a working watermill, and – in the luxurious former home of Lord Fairhaven – admiring the 37 clocks collected by this son of a wealthy American oil family.

Especially noticeable is the Hoe Fen area, mainly aimed at connecting children with nature, but just as interesting for adults. With an impressive tree house, sensory tunnel, log wall, watch hut, insect hotel, discovery cabin, and storytelling circle, there’s plenty to discover. Children can even create their own land art. A good example of how to adopt the ‘Natural Childhood’ theme… And a very photogenic location as well, with all the pine cones, branches, and feathers, tied together with colourful pieces of yarn.