I’ve got another great ‘Where I live’ post from Laura today. She blogs at ‘Dear Bear & Beany‘ and has written about three places she loves to visit in Berkshire with her two girls!
Sometimes when you are thinking of places to visit and have a day out you sometimes forget about what you have right on your doorstep. Or you will be visiting somewhere for the first time and you have no clue of where is good to go and what will it be like for children. So, I am going to be sharing with you three places to visit in Berkshire that we’ve been to as a family and love.
Wellington Country Park (website)
This is a brilliant day out and we’ve been lots of times as a family and I’ve met up my blogging friend Katy and her son there too. There is so much to do for children I would say it’s perfect for toddlers up to age 11. They have:
• An Adventure Playground
• Toddlers Play areas
• Animal Farm and Petting Barn
• Jumping Pillow
• Snakes and Ladders, which is a hill full of lots of different slides
• Sand pitts, water play and diggers
• Indoor soft play area for under 2 years old only
• Miniature Railway
• Mini Golf
• Automated Jeeps for children aged 4-10 years old
• Splash Zone. This only opened last summer and it’s a brilliant addition to the park
Everything is a big circle, so you start at one end and make your way round. There is a cafe at the beginning and several places to buy an ice cream on your way round. They have plenty of space for picnics and lots of picnic benches dotted around. They also have several events running throughout the year. We’ve been to fairy weekend and inflatable weekend, which is lots of fun.
If you love camping they have next door a camping site, which is really popular and even though we are not far we would love to do this one year. You get to go in the park after it’s shut, which is amazing! It’s definitely a place you need good weather, as there is nothing under cover. But it’s one of our favourites for a dry day out, even in the cooler months we have fun.
Highclere Castle (website)
The home of Lord and Lady Carnarvon and more famous for being where Downton Abbey was filmed. It is a beautiful castle set in the most wonderful grounds. I’ve been there several times over the years and it is a stunning place. They do tours of the castle at different times throughout the year and hold several events too. Recently at Easter they had an Easter Egg trail and we had a brilliant day out wandering through the beautiful gardens finding the clues. You can go for afternoon tea in the coach house, which looks really lovely and I’m adding it to my list of things to do.
It’s not open all year round, so best to check before you go.
Cobbs Farm Shop/Playbarn (Website)
Cobbs started as just a Farm Shop with a cafe and it also has Pick Your Own fruit, which we love doing. Plus several different events throughout the year, like pumpkin carving for Halloween. A couple of years ago it added a playbarn and it’s a little gem of a place. It’s not very big and is for children up to the age of 8 years old. It’s all indoors and it has a wooden play area with slides and tunnels. Also a smaller area for little ones. It’s within a cafe which serves lovely food and drinks. My girls love it and it’s a really nice place to go and know that your children can safely play where you can see them and drink your coffee.