• Mizens Railway - Woking Miniature Railway, Surrey

    Riding the Rails at Mizens Railway, Woking

    With a, “Peep, peep, toot, toot,” Mizens Railway welcomes you into the early 20th century. This atmospheric, miniature railway is run by friendly volunteers who clearly love their jobs. The site centres around Bonsey Lane station and the surrounding railway buildings – a ticket office, a signal box, a small shop and a cafe.   […]

  • Municipal Gardens and Play Area, Aldershot, Hampshire

    Storming the Fortress at Municipal Gardens, Aldershot

    Municipal Gardens Play Area is a place to let your imaginations run free. Sail your pirate ship past seals, sharks and an octopus to a kingdom with a village, a hilltop fortress and a pumpkin-shaped, horse-drawn carriage – no prizes for guessing who might live here! It can be busy but we love it.   […]

  • Farnham Park Adventure Play Area, Farnham, Surrey

    Adventure Play at Farnham Park

    Farnham Park is a 320 acre medieval deer park with an Adventure Play Area centred around a wooden fort with ramparts, ladders, rope bridges and wooden walkways. There are some cute details, like a a giant spider with a web to climb and a tunnel guarded at one end by a badger and at the […]

  • Basildon Park (National Trust) - Stately Home, Berkshire

    Ball Runs and Art Boxes at Basildon Park, Pangbourne

    I first fell in love with Basildon Park whilst watching Mr Bingley gaze longingly after Jane Bennet from the house’s balcony in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice. Twelve years later, I’ve fallen in love with it all over again.       The house is surrounded by formal gardens and 400 acres of […]

  • Chilworth Gunpowder Mills, Chilworth, Surrey

    Paddling Amongst the Ruins of Chilworth Gunpowder Mills

    Scattered along the River Tillingbourne at Chilworth are what remains of the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills. These mills were an important manufacturer and supplier of gunpowder but were abandoned in 1920 and left to go to ruin. Today the area has been reclaimed by nature and given a heritage trail that leads you through tranquil woodland, past […]

  • Riverside Park Nature Reserve, Guildford (aka Stoke Meadows, Guildford)

    Exploring Riverside Park Nature Reserve, Guildford (aka Stoke Meadows)

    Riverside Park Nature Reserve is full of surprises. There is something different around every corner, whether it’s stumbling across a bird hide, seeing a lock lifting up boats or trip-trapping over a boardwalk. Also known as Stoke Meadows, Riverside Park Nature Reserve is an 80-hectare nature reserve with a range of habitats, including the River Wey, marshy […]

  • Longleat Safari Park and Adventure Gardens, Warminster, Wiltshire

    Longleat, Warminster

    Longleat is fantastic – one of the best days out I have had with the children. We had an action-packed day full of fun, adventure and wonder, during which we hand-fed beautiful animals, safaried by land and water and conquered an adventure castle.   Longleat has four main areas – the Safari Drive-Through, the African […]

  • Manor Park, Aldershot, Hampshire

    Manor Park, Aldershot

    On the rolling savannas of Aldershot, tigers roam freely, crocodiles patrol and elephants offer rides. To see these wonderful beasts from the comfort of your own jeep, head down to Manor Park in Aldershot.       This wonderful, newly refurbished play area is for children under the age of 12 years and has equipment […]

  • Leighton-Linslade Children's Trail

    Leighton-Linslade Children’s Trail

    Something magical has happened in Leighton-Linslade. Storybook characters, and their belongings, have escaped from their books and hidden themselves around the town.         Can you spot someone hiding in this photo?                   A little, ginger cat is watching us from on top of the wall! […]

  • The Look Out Discovery Centre Play Area, Bracknell, Berkshire - adventure play area

    The Look Out Discovery Centre Play Area, Bracknell

    The adventure play area at The Look Out Discovery Centre is exceptional. With ships to skipper, a fort to storm and a train to drive, children can play knights, cowboys and pirates for hours. Once they are all role-played out, you can head into Swinley Forest on one of the trails, try orienteering, discover an […]

  • River Hamble Country Park, Bursledon

    River Hamble Country Park, Bursledon

    The river meanders slowly through River Hamble Country Park, past expensive yachts and a medieval ship wreck, play areas and a World War 2 training camp, sun drenched fields and dappled woodland trails, a crabbing pontoon and a Victorian farmyard.   There are three main areas to the country park – Barnfield, Topfield and Manor Farm. […]

  • Jocks Lane Splash Pad, Bracknell

    Jocks Lane Recreation Ground and Splash Pad, Bracknell

    The back seat gasped as we arrived at Jocks Lane Recreation Ground and it was easy to see why – the car park was enclosed by a brightly coloured play area, a splash pad with spurting jets of water and a large field with a zip-wire.   Our children spent most of our visit playing […]

  • Royal Victoria Country Park, Southampton ---1

    Royal Victoria Country Park, Southampton

    Royal Victoria Country Park stands on the site of Netley Hospital, a vast Victorian military hospital that was the world’s longest building. Today all that remains of the quarter of a mile long building is the central chapel, but by walking around the park you can get a sense of its enormous scale. This photo […]

  • Sandhurst Memorial Park and Play Area

    Sandhurst Memorial Park and Play Area

    Sandhurst Memorial Park has it all – fantastic playgrounds, a picturesque pond, various sports areas and riverside meadows. It’s simply brimming with equipment to tackle, things to explore and activities to try. In fact, it is one of the only play areas we have visited where we could spend an entire day.       […]

  • Standen House and Garden, East Grinstead - National Trust

    Standen House and Garden, East Grinstead

    From its hillside position, Standen House watches over flowering gardens, Sussex countryside and acres of woodland.   Standen is an unusual house with beautiful detailing, made in the Arts and Crafts style. We enjoyed exploring the gardens – every twist and turn of the paths revealed beautiful plants, hidden ponds and secret stairs, not to […]

  • Broomhall Recreation Ground, Sunningdale

    Broomhall Recreation Ground, Sunningdale

    Broomhall Recreation Ground must be one of the best play areas around with a fantastic array of play and sports equipment, all watched over by a smiling dragon.   The play equipment is divided between an enclosed toddler area and the main play area. The toddler area has: toddler swings a sand pit mushrooms you can […]

  • Moors Valley Country Park, Ringwood

    Moors Valley Country Park, Ringwood

    Moors Valley Country Park is outstanding, a special combination of fun, magic and nature. We were blown away by the marvellous play areas, enchanting play trail and beautiful woodland.   Our adventure began in the fantastic play area, which is divided into The Adventure Area (for older children) and The Castle and Sandworks area (for younger children). The Adventure Area has: a large slide with […]

  • Furzey Gardens, Lyndhurst

    Furzey Gardens, Lyndhurst

    Inside Furzey Gardens is a fairy kingdom to explore, complete with a castle, a ferry company, wooden hideouts and about 40 fairy doors, al hidden amongst the gorgeous grounds. There is even a little fairy post office and post box. It’s magical.       To date we have found about fifteen fairy doors scattered throughout […]

  • Rowhill Nature Reserve, Aldershot

    Rowhill Nature Reserve, Aldershot

    Hidden behind an unassuming car park is the wonderful Rowhill Nature reserve, with charismatically named areas to explore like Stickleback Pond, Rhododendron Avenue, Kingfisher Carr, The Brickworks and Chestnut Glade.   Its 55 acres are crossed with pathways that lead you from hilly heathland to pine woodland,           then on to a bog that is the […]

  • Miller's Ark, Hook

    Miller’s Ark, Hook

    Miller’s Ark might be small but it is jam-packed with animals to feed, cuddle and brush. We had close-encounters with everything from goats and sheep, pigs and chicks, donkeys and rabbits, turkeys and chickens. It was a wonderfully hands-on morning.   The farm is divided into two sections – the feeding area and the handling areas. At […]

Activities

Mizens Railway - Woking Miniature Railway, Surrey

Riding the Rails at Mizens Railway, Woking

With a, “Peep, peep, toot, toot,” Mizens Railway welcomes you into the early 20th century. This atmospheric, miniature railway is run by friendly volunteers who clearly love their jobs. The site centres around Bonsey Lane station and the surrounding railway buildings – a ticket office, a signal box, a small shop and a cafe.   […]

Municipal Gardens and Play Area, Aldershot, Hampshire

Storming the Fortress at Municipal Gardens, Aldershot

Municipal Gardens Play Area is a place to let your imaginations run free. Sail your pirate ship past seals, sharks and an octopus to a kingdom with a village, a hilltop fortress and a pumpkin-shaped, horse-drawn carriage – no prizes for guessing who might live here! It can be busy but we love it.   […]

Farnham Park Adventure Play Area, Farnham, Surrey

Adventure Play at Farnham Park

Farnham Park is a 320 acre medieval deer park with an Adventure Play Area centred around a wooden fort with ramparts, ladders, rope bridges and wooden walkways. There are some cute details, like a a giant spider with a web to climb and a tunnel guarded at one end by a badger and at the […]

Farnham Park St James Play Area, Surrey

Farnham Park St James Play Area

St James Play Area is one of two play areas in the beautiful Farnham Park. Its equipment is aimed at children from 0 to 14 years old and includes: swings toddler swings a basket swing a roundabout springers a spinner a large slide built into a hill with a tunnel and a multi-play with a slide, […]

Basildon Park (National Trust) - Stately Home, Berkshire

Ball Runs and Art Boxes at Basildon Park, Pangbourne

I first fell in love with Basildon Park whilst watching Mr Bingley gaze longingly after Jane Bennet from the house’s balcony in the 2005 film of Pride and Prejudice. Twelve years later, I’ve fallen in love with it all over again.       The house is surrounded by formal gardens and 400 acres of […]

Chilworth Gunpowder Mills, Chilworth, Surrey

Paddling Amongst the Ruins of Chilworth Gunpowder Mills

Scattered along the River Tillingbourne at Chilworth are what remains of the Chilworth Gunpowder Mills. These mills were an important manufacturer and supplier of gunpowder but were abandoned in 1920 and left to go to ruin. Today the area has been reclaimed by nature and given a heritage trail that leads you through tranquil woodland, past […]

Hollybrook Adventure Play Area, Bordon, Hampshire

Hollybrook Adventure Play Area, Bordon

Hollybrook Adventure Play Area is a modern, adventure play area built between rows of houses. It has equipment including: a basket swing a spinner a zip wire a climbing boulder a springer to stand on a large climbing frame for older children a smaller, pyramid climbing frame a small football pitch a covered seating area […]

Oareborough Play Area, Bracknell, Berkshire

Oareborough Play Area, Bracknell

Oareborough Play Area is a small play area in Bracknell with equipment including: swings a toddler swing a tractor springer a double twist a see saw spinning swings a castle multi-play with a drawbridge, tunnel, a tower, slide and easy to climb steps a trampoline seats for adults and a large, fallen oak tree.   We wrote […]

Riverside Park Nature Reserve, Guildford (aka Stoke Meadows, Guildford)

Exploring Riverside Park Nature Reserve, Guildford (aka Stoke Meadows)

Riverside Park Nature Reserve is full of surprises. There is something different around every corner, whether it’s stumbling across a bird hide, seeing a lock lifting up boats or trip-trapping over a boardwalk. Also known as Stoke Meadows, Riverside Park Nature Reserve is an 80-hectare nature reserve with a range of habitats, including the River Wey, marshy […]

Bolderwood, New Forest

Deer Spotting at Bolderwood, New Forest

If you have ever caught a fleeting glimpse of a deer and wished the experience had lasted longer then Bolderwood is the place for you. Famous for the herds of fallow deer that live in and around the area, Bolderwood Deer Sanctuary has a viewing platform overlooking a meadow where deer regularly appear.   The […]