REVIEW: Ravensburger Days Out No. 1 The Stately Home

I was thrilled to be offered this for review. I love visiting stately homes, and this wonderful jigsaw encapsulates all that is so very special about our British stately homes. I can see it being a big hit with all fellow enthusiasts – and perfect to do when the weather and seasons don’t allow us to get out and about so much.

This highly detailed 1000 piece puzzle is the first in a series of puzzles from renowned jigsaw producer, Ravensburger, depicting enjoyable days out. It is the work of artist Andy Walker. Completed, the puzzle measures 70 x 50cm; recommended age is 12+. The puzzle is cut from strong premium grade cardboard, which is durable and ensures the puzzle will look just as good on successive makings. I get frustrated with puzzles that shine under artificial light (especially as I tend to do jigsaws on dull winter days), but Ravensburger have got the answer to that one with a linen finish print which definitely works to minimise glare on the picture. The pieces are cut accurately and fit together well, using ‘soft click technology’ which offers a great variety of shapes. The high level of detail means there are no huge expanses of one colour, which can be tedious to do; the birds, kites and more flying across the sky contribute well to this – there’s even a fly-past.

I really like the fact I didn’t have masses of similar coloured blue to manage. The level of detail is phenomenal and makes the puzzle a real joy to do, as there’s so much to look at and appreciate. There is plenty for all ages to enjoy in this puzzle – families enjoying picnics, a vintage car, boating on the lake, birds and butterflies and much more; it’s enough to encourage anyone to get out visiting and enjoying our wonderful heritage. I love it!

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