Friday 24 August 2012
Moors Valley Country Park
We had a lovely day out at Moors Valley Country Park recently, so I though I would share with you.
We are so lucky to live in such a great part of the country with so many outdoor activities on our doorstep. Moors Valley Country Park is about 45 minutes in the car and makes for a fantastic day out.
The play parks are amazing with lots to do for children of all ages. There are countless climbing frames to amuse even the biggest monkeys and lots of smaller equipment for the little ones. Damien being Damien decided that he had to go on all the big boy climbing frame and I wasn't sure how much my heart could take.
Set in the heart of the New Forest, the park has something for everyone. You can hire bikes and trailers for the little ones, follow the grufflo trail, amble along the forest parks and stroll along the river.
One of our favourite activity of the day was our round trip on the mini steam train. We even got off at a mini station for ice cream and to change trains. Both boys adored it.
There are plenty of places to picnic and you can even take along a BBQ if you do wish. We opted to eat in the cafe, which was really reasonably priced and catered for children. My two are a nightmare eating out and tend to get bored whilst waiting for food! One lady sitting close visibly grimaced every time our boys made a noise. In the end I had to say rather loudly: "If one more person looks at us like that I am going to have to say something. I mean my baby is 9 months old and if he so chooses to exercise his voice I won't stop him!" she promptly left. If you go somewhere where you know there will be lots of children; be prepared for noise.
They also have a play trail which includes a giant spiders nest, tree tower and tunnel and an ant house. We actually didn't make it past the ant house as Damien was made up. At least we have a reason to return fairly soon.
You also don't pay for entry to the park, only your parking which I thought was great. Our ticket came to £7.50 which is amazing value for a family day out.
We had a fantastic time and would recommend it to all families no matter what age.
You can see what else there is to do there at http://www.moors-valley.co.uk/