With Half-Term looming, remind me to get loads of wine in, I thought I’d share some of our favourite parks to visit. For the most part they’re free; however there is a chance you’ll be fleeced when you get there.
The weather isn’t looking promising so you’ll need to wrap up!
As the Comedian, Billy Connolly once said
‘There’s no such thing as bad weather, just the wrong clothing, so get yourself a sexy raincoat and live a little’.
In no particular order here are 5 of our favourite Local Parks:
Stockwood Discovery Centre in Luton, technically it’s not a park but it’s free to go in there is an amazing outdoor play area, grab a latte in the cafe and watch your kids play, the children’s menu is reasonable and they have seasonal exhibits, currently they have DinoMites, which my daughter really enjoyed but it costs extra.
Cassiobury Park in Watford, parking is a nightmare but they have a fantastic play area, something St Albans should aspire to, there is a Mini Steam Train, hot dog stand and make sure you make the effort to wander down to the canal and see the Locks.
Aldenham County Park – one of our all time favourites, it’s free to go in but you have to pay to get out of the car park, if I remember correctly it’s about a fiver and take change. However, there is a great adventure playground, Winnie the Pooh’s 100 Akre Wood and a few Nature Walks. Back in the day it was all free but sadly they’ve gone a bit commercial and now you can pay for the Rare Breeds Animal Farm, Pony Rides and Tree Climbing.
Ashridge Estate – Fancy getting the kids outside to blow off some steam? Then this is for you. We love it. There is a cafe where you can get lunch, loads of trees to climb, kick a ball around the foot of the monument or they have organised activities during half-term (Halloween Madness and Skeleton and Skulls).
Knebworth Gardens and Dinsosaur Trail – sadly their Pumpkin Trail is sold out, but it’s a great day out, the Dinosaur Trail, with 72 life sized Dinosaurs, will keep them busy for hours and then you can drive around to the Fort and Playground, we love the slide that goes through the middle of the hill Note: This one is not free!
As I’ve done most of these, I will be at a loose end myself, so all suggestions (cheap) welcome!