Last week was our half term up here in Warwickshire.
My daughter is only 3 years old, so we are not at the full mercy of the school holidays just yet, but she does attend preschool term-time only.
So finding things going on and being able to take advantage of them is something I really look forward to.
The only sticking points though can be the queues and cost, but family days out don’t need to always be expensive.
The great thing about a trip to the park is that it doesn’t cost anything, and can be just as much fun for all of the family.
Luckily for my freezing cold fingers and toes, Lady P isn’t a child that insists on daily visits to play parks. She enjoys them when we go, but she’s more than happy with other activities to keep her entertained too.
And as I am 32 weeks pregnant, I am quite glad we don’t have to spend too long away from a toilet!
We do however have a number of parks locally that we can go to without it being a particularly long trip, so we go whenever we can.
On days when we have more time, or Daddy to help with climbing frames / zip wires, we visit some of the larger country parks we are lucky enough to live near in our home of Warwickshire.
I love a trip to a country park, and when the weather is better, we’ll always take a picnic.
Even when the weather doesn’t allow for al fresco dining though, they usually have public toilets and importantly, a cafe to warm up in.
My top 3 Warwickshire country parks
So if you live in the Warwickshire region, here are a few of my favourite country parks and nature reserves to visit:
Ryton Pools Country Park – both a toddler park and a further activity park for older children, nature trails, duck pond, visitor centre with events, cafe and toilets. Bubbenhall, Coventry. DOG FRIENDLY.
Draycote Water – children’s park, country walk, reservoir, picnic areas, sailing centre, fishing, waterside restaurant and toilets. This one is great for us running Mummies too, as it’s fairly flat and traffic-free for buggies. Kites Hardwick, Dunchurch. NO DOGS ALLOWED BY RESERVOIR.
Coombe Abbey Country Park – a great playground for mixed ages and a further activity park for older ones, nature walks, picnic areas, and toilets. Although I think the cafe is closed at the moment, this is a brilliant picnic spot for the summer, with BBQs allowed too. Binley, Coventry. DOG FRIENDLY.