I was lucky enough to go away for the weekend recently with my partner, my daughter and some friends who have a daughter the same age as ours. We decided to book a quaint cottage in North Yorkshire in a small town called Hawes.
We booked this place in particular for two reasons. It was close to a pub, the Green Dragon, and it was only a short drive to a place called Forbidden Corner.
It is the trip to Forbidden Corner that I will share with you today. It's a strange amusement park and to my knowledge, there is nothing else like it anywhere. It is basically a maze of paths and buildings leading nowhere other than to other paths and strange objects, creatures, carvings and my favourite bit, doors, lots and lots of doors! Some doors are small and quite a squeeze to get through, while others don't even go anywhere there's just a wall behind them. Some however lead to underground passages and fountains.
There is a large face with doors on each nostril and another where the door is a mouth. My favourite however is a door that leads to a small room that is spinning fairly slowly and it has several identical looking doors leading out. Because the room is moving, it is quite disorientating and not straightforward to find your way around.
I'd be lying if I said we took our children there just for their entertainment. I loved it! Doors going nowhere, doors leading to secret passages, doors in spinning rooms, what a great adventure for all of us.
The creators of the Forbidden Corner know that doors are so much more than a means of keeping things in or out, they can be exciting, fun, interesting, sophisticated and a real asset to a property and in this case, an amusement venue.
Well done forbidden corner I salute your excellent use of doors to create mystery and adventure for kids of all ages.