• 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 […]

  • Deadwater Valley Nature Reserve, Bordon

    Deadwater Valley Nature Reserve, Bordon

    There is nothing dead about the Deadwater Valley Nature Reserve. We were surrounded by wildlife from the moment we arrived – butterflies fluttered around us, anemones dotted the banks and ducks floated past on the river. It had the feel of an enchanted wood and we loved it.     At first we followed the woodland nature trails north along the River […]

  • Morden Hall Park (National Trust)

    Morden Hall Park

    As you walk through the gates of Morden Hall Park you leave behind the hectic pace of South London and step into a peaceful country estate with a watermill, city farm, wetland boardwalk and gorgeous river.   There are ducks everywhere, perfect picnic spots, beautiful bridges, and two play areas. One is a natural play area with a zip wire, balance […]

  • Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre

    Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre

    There’s lots to enjoy at Thatcham Nature Discovery Centre – two wooden play areas, Thatcham Lake and ducks galore, a cafe with indoor and outdoor tables and a Visitor Centre full of games and puzzles. There are also reedbeds, wetlands, woodlands and even a canal to explore.   The adventure play area’s equipment includes a huge, wooden […]

  • Hatchlands Park, East Clandon (National Trust)

    Hatchlands Park, East Clandon

    At Hatchlands Park, 400 acres of parkland and woods make an ideal venue for an adventure with grazing cattle, fairy doors, hidden geocaches and Wizard Wix’s Willow Warren with its wooden tree house, den building area, fairy doors and natural play area of logs, tree stumps, wooden sculptures and tunnels.     Next to the house are some old stables, a cafe, […]

  • Nymans, Handcross

    Nymans, Handcross

    The atmospheric ruins of Nymans overlook rolling countryside from the top of a hill. Beautifully manicured gardens surround the house and were in full bloom when we visited.   We had a wonderful time playing hide and seek amongst the trees in the Pinetum and making hidden dens under their branches, wandering through the colourful gardens, […]

  • Great Binfield Copse Story Trail, Basingstoke

    Great Binfield Copse Story Trail, Basingstoke

    Great Binfield Copse is a smallish area of ancient woodland surrounded by housing developments, Chineham Shopping Centre and the A33. It is also the setting for a story trail called “Great Binfield, The Giant of Basingstoke”, one of Hampshire County Council’s Story Trails*. This takes you on a quest to find Great Binfield, a giant who lives in a castle in […]

  • Bringing in Baby - South Hill Park Arts Centre, Bracknell

    Bringing in Baby – South Hill Park, Bracknell

    Just when we thought we understood all that South Hill Park had to offer we heard about Bringing in Baby – their baby-friendly film screening that shows new release films to parents and carers with a baby under 12 months.   When we visited, the cinema was almost empty – just us and another couple plus the steward. We felt relaxed being there […]

  • Ray Mill Island and Boulters Lock, Maidenhead

    Ray Mill Island and Boulters Lock, Maidenhead

    Hidden behind beautiful Boulters Lock is Ray Mill Island, an island in the Thames where the river forks and either thunders over Boulters Weir or pools in Boulters Lock.   The island is full of wildlife. Water birds were everywhere when we visited – ducks, swans, geese, Canada geese and very cute mandarin ducks – as were the squirrels, which we understand […]

  • California Country Park and Play Area

    California Country Park and Play Area, Finchampstead

    A pirate ship has run aground at California Country Park! Its crew – a parrot, an owl and an octopus wearing a Jolly Roger eye-patch – man the decks but don’t seem to have noticed that the rocks have torn a hole in the hull, revealing the treasure hidden inside.   The ship has a slide, a hammock, a cargo net, […]

  • Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre Play Area, Mytchett

    Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre and Play Area, Mytchett

    Don’t be fooled by the Basingstoke Canal Visitor Centre’s unassuming appearance – it’s a convenient gateway to the beautiful Basingstoke Canal, complete with a swing bridge, easy access to the tow path, a selection of narrow boats and a free car park. The range of activities on offer is fantastic: hire boats and canoes, try out the cafe, play in the fields, […]

  • The Look Out Discovery Centre, Bracknell

    The Look Out Discovery Centre, Bracknell

    Inside The Look Out Discovery Centre is a fun-packed, hands-on science centre with over 90 activities including an indoor stream, a building site, a mini-supermarket, a hot air balloon to launch and a reaction testing game. Outside it is the Swinley Forest with miles of walks and cycle routes, two play areas, the site of a Roman town and an […]

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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

Royal Victoria Country Park Story Trail, Southampton

The Royal Victoria Country Park Story Trail is called “Time Trouble at Royal Victoria Country Park“. It is another of Hampshire County Council’s Story Trails*. The story follows Professor Nutrino, a Time Agent, as she battles to fix a tear in time, with a little help from your children.       The trail starts at the chapel, […]

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 […]

Royal Victoria Country Park Play Area, Southampton

Royal Victoria Country Park Play Area, Southampton

Royal Victoria Country Park stands on the site of Netley Hospital, a vast Victorian military hospital that was the world’s longest building.       The park overlooks Southampton Water and has a shingle beach and seafront walks as well as a Story Trail, permanent orienteering course and a miniature railway. They also have regular […]

Shepherd Meadows, Sandhurst

Shepherd Meadows, Sandhurst

Shepherd Meadows is a charming mixture of meadows, river and woodlands, all alive with wild flowers, butterflies, insects, birds and ducks – lots and lots of ducks. When we visited the flowers were taller than me in places, which the children found magical!     The meadows are a nature reserve of about 100 acres […]

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.       […]

Churt Recreation Ground and Play Area

Churt Recreation Ground and Play Area

Churt Recreation Ground and Play Area has a good range of well-maintained equipment, aimed at different ages and abilities, including: toddler swings swings a very small multi-play and slide for the very young a larger multi-play with a slide, climbing walls and a bridge a rope climbing frame a basket swing a zip wire and […]

Elstead Jubilee Play Area aka Thursley Road Recreation Ground Elstead

Jubilee Playground, Elstead aka Thursley Road Recreation Ground

The colourful Jubilee Playground, also known as Thursley Road Recreation Ground, is a play area with a village green feel that overlooks a cricket ground. It’s a convenient place to stop after a visit to the surrounding Surrey Hills. The play equipment includes: swings toddler swings a basket swing a train to climb with tables in […]

Antsey Park Play Area, Alton

Antsey Park, Alton

Antsey Park is a 32-acre site with sports fields and skateboarding facilities and also a large play area. The play equipment includes: a balance course with logs swings toddler swings a zip wire two roundabouts springers spinners balancing equipment a small multi-play with a slide and easy to climb steps another more challenging mutliplay with […]

Greenfields Play Area, Alton

Greenfields, Alton

Greenfields is a tranquil play area with a rural feel and views over the surrounding countryside. Inside the enclosed area is equipment for children to the age of 8 years old: a multi-play with a slide, nets and poles toddler swings a mushroom table and chairs a roundabout springers.   Outside the enclosed area is more […]