Belper River Gardens

Whenever the Mr’s birthday comes around, I think days out top giving gifts

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Last year I set the bar pretty high by taking him for a two day stay at Hoarcross Hall Spa Resort which was outrageously good.

Obviously it’s difficult to beat that (especially with my student budget), but I did my best.

This year his birthday took us to Belper River Gardens; a tranquil, beautiful set of gardens facing the River Derwent.

I packed up a picnic, bundled up blankets and hopped into the car for a beautiful drive through quaint Derbyshire villages to get there

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On such a beautiful day, there was only one thing for it: we rented a boat to row down the river

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We jumped into a boat aptly named ‘Princess’, and Jake immediately took over the oars and became captain for the day, leaving me to sit back and basque in the sunshine (perhaps I should have rowed, since it was his birthday… but y’know, he seemed happy enough taking control!)

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Since we’d arrived fairly early we had the river to ourselves, with completely unspoilt views spanning as far as the eye could see

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We rested the oars down and popped open a bottle of bubbly and tucked into some strawbs

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(Don’t mind the frightfully fashionable life jackets…)

Then, filled with Dutch courage, I took over to get us back home

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But perhaps should have left it to the expert.

We pulled up and headed to the gorgeous bandstand for our picnic

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(my camera died round about now so sorry for rubbish iphone photos!)

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With pastries, tartlets, salads, pastas and chips ‘n’ dips, I’d say it was a preeeettyy good picnic, if I do say so myself.

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Food in the shade, lazy oaf in the sun – it’s the perfect set up!

I’ll be posting the recipes for everything in the next few days so keep your eyes peeled

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2 thoughts on “Belper River Gardens

  1. Wow, what a perfect day! I’m not sure I’d be very good at rowing though, I’m pretty sure I’d just go round and round in circles!

    Chloe x
    newgirlintoon.co.uk

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