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Stowe Landscape Gardens A normally sedate trip made grand with their free children's activity packs, full of ideas to discover wildlife and nature in the gardens and seasonal colouring sheets.
Ufton Fields Nature Reserve This 100 acre site is a wildlife haven with all weather footpaths providing access to varied habitats in every season. The site is noted for its abundance of butterflies, dragonflies, wild flowers and birds.
Charlecote Park For the less boisterous child, this charming house offers many foreign and domestic curios, wonderful portraits and spacious grounds with nature trails with an on site herd of fallow deer roaming about.
Daventry Country Park Popular park with plenty to see and do like woodland paths and trails to follow, nature reserve, adventure playground and sensory garden, picnic areas, and loads of wildlife to watch. Walk the dog, or go geocaching and orienteering! Free!
Draycote Water Country Park Whether you come to unwind or have fun, there's plenty for all at Draycote Water. Activities range from birdwatching and game fishing to walking and water sports. Dogs are only allowed in the Country Park.
Batsford Arboretum is a wonderful place for kids to let off steam and enjoy the outdoors. Follow the streams, dodge the waterfall and find Foo Dog and the Big Buddha hidden in our arboretum and wild garden. Visit the nearby Cotswold Falconry Centre to see free flying bird demonstrations.
Jephson Gardens Flower filled park containing a sensory garden, an exotic glasshouse, a lake with ducks and swans, and a boating pond. There is also a nearby ship-themed adventure play area (see full details for information).
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Victoria Park Offers several adventure play areas with a wide range of equipment, summer paddling pool and loads of sports space including 10 all weather tennis courts, bowls and cricket, plus the half mile circuit.
St Nicholas Park Park offering great play area, skate park, boating, paddling pool, both adventure and crazy golf, plus a children's amusement park! Loads of space to play, get active, or relax with a picnic. Open all year and free to visit!
Cutteslowe Park and Miniature Railway A great park with things to do for all the family including a skate park and miniature golf! Ride the miniature railway for a great experience!
Cotswold Way National Trail A 102 mile (164km) long National walking trail between Chipping Camden and the city of Bath. Great views, a number of circular walks through a varied and beautful landscape full of wildlife and historic sites to discover with the kids.
Bernwood Butterfly Trail Follow an hour and a half way marked trail around the forest, discovering impressively favoured habitats for butterflies throughout the vast areas of mixed woodland. With the birds and other flora and fauna too this is a natural joy you can enjoy for free.
The Leys Super adventure playground with a seasonal paddling pool for the smaller ones. Also boasts tennis courts, a skate park and seasonal crazy golf.
Ryton Pools Country Park There's lots of fun to be had at this family friendly country park! With play areas, cycling and walking on surfaced paths and a large picnic meadow you can't go wrong for a family day out! Look out for our Events Calendar for Ranger-led activities throughout the year for the whole family.
The University of Oxford Botanic Garden This Garden is a national reference collection of 7,000 different types of plant, making it the most compact yet diverse collection of plants in the World: there is even more biological diversity here than there is in tropical rain forests!
Salcey Forest It is home to the Tree Top Way, an amazing walkway in the canopy of the trees. It also has a play area, cycle trails, some amazing ancient trees, and lots of space to explore!
Broadway Tower Country Park Explore a unique folly with graphic display floors, plus the park itself with natural wildlife and stunning views. One of England's outstanding viewpoints at 1024 feet (312m) above sea level.
South Oxford Adventure Playground A supervised playground aimed at children aged 7 to 15 featuring elaborate climbing frames, wooden play structures and more set out as an assault course. You must complete a simple registration to use the playground.
Waddesdon Manor - has so much to offer young people: beautiful, safe grounds and space to explore, living history, opportunities for learning and fun both outdoors and in. Highlights include the Woodland Playground, special trails around the gardens, the Children's shop at the Stables and the Aviary.
Abbey Fields Play Park Grassy slopes for rolling and grass sledding, cool adventure playground, heated outdoor swimming pool in summer and indoor for the rest. Yay!
Brandon Marsh Nature Centre Contains displays and information about the nature reserve, as well as a Tea Room and Shop. Open every day with lots of events and activities for everyone throughout the year and Really Wild Birthday Parties!
Brampton Valley Way 14 mile linear park linking Northampton and Market Harborough with beautiful scenery, including woodland spinneys, traditional hedgerows and ancient meadows. Great for a family walk or bike ride. Open all year and free to visit!
Coton Manor Peaceful 10 acre garden with loads of lovely features to enjoy, including orchard, woodland garden, kitchen garden, and bluebell wood. Also has large nursery, a garden shop, and a seasonal cafe.
Abington Park Big park with historical features and duck pond, plus big playground and over 7s' fitness trail, the Abingdon Museum and a sensory garden! Loos, cafe and bowling greens too.
Coombe Country Park We have a children's play area, climbing forest, picnic benches and barbecue areas, a bird hide, woodlands, open space for the children to play and of course plenty of ducks and swans to feed!
War Memorial Park Featuring a great summer splash park, plus year round adventure playground, family Pitch and Putt, a modern skatepark and facilities for tennis, bowls and football.
Caludon Castle Park It is a pleasant stretch of open grassland for running and frisbee-ing, with a Children's Playground.
The main feature is an imposing ruin of part of the castle, surrounded on three sides by a moat.
Brixworth Country Park A charming and very physically accessible park, with a gnome trail, unusual sculptures, wheel chair accessible bird hide and stunning views over Pitsford Reservoir.
Willen Lake and Park Beautiful lakeside park offering, windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, water skiing, wakeboarding, cycle hire, fishing, miniature railway, mini golf and playground! Wow!
Abbey Park A lovely park that is free to visit and has plenty to keep everyone amused, including children’s play area, skate park, a bandstand, boat trips on the river, and water play fountains!
Allesley Park Crazy golf, children's play area, 18 hole golf course, and plenty of open space and garden walks: all recently refurbished and well maintained.
Emberton Country Park With the timeline wall, habitat and church trails, adventure play areas and wide open country side, if you've got kids that like to run and run this one is for you!
Sywell Country Park Children's play area provided including sand and water play, plus open spaces for ball games and dog walking, small arboretum and heritage trail.
Vale Park A play area for younger kids as well as a 'teen' play area, new tennis courts, a multi-use games area and a bowls green. There is also a skatepark facility, but the park still remains a green and tranquil place close to the town centre.
Umberslade Adventure Provides a fun outdoor play area for all ages with a wide range of physical and educational experiences. These include a 420ft Zip line, Low Ropes Course,15m tree climbing, Archery, Commando Course, Nature Trails, Bushcraft, camping and fishing.
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Rushmere Country Park Big green spaces full of scenic footpaths and bridleways, which you can get maps around at the Heron's View Visitor Centre, also home to the Treetops Cafe .
Irchester Country Park This former ironstone quarry has a wonderful children's play area as well as a network of long and short trails through 83 hectares of mixed woodland. Also home to the Quarryman's Rest Cafe, Jungle Parc UK and the Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway museum.
Harrold Odell Country Park A 144 acre country park sandwiched between the villages of Harrold and Odell 10mls NW of Bedford. It features 2 picturesque lakes and a stretch of the River Great Ouse with wheelchair and pushchair friendly paths round the main lake and outdoor play areas.
Pittville Park is Cheltenham’s largest park with plenty to do for all ages, three play areas, one includes a pet’s corner and lots of open space to run around in and trees to explore. Other facilities include, boating lake, golf, tennis, skate park, on site toilets and award winning cafe.
Wendover Woods Children are happy exploring in the undergrowth, hiding in trees and riding bikes, there is an adventurous children's play area set in the middle of the forest suitable for children up to 12 years old, with swings, slides, climbing frames and a challenging ropes trail.
Marston Vale Forest Centre A visitors' centre and cafe in the Millennium Country Park at the heart of the Forest of Marston Vale. Bike hire, outdoor adventure playground and treetop walkways!
Sheldon Country Park Old Rectory Farm has been fully restored and operates as a demonstration farm, showing city dwellers traditional methods of farming. animals kept at the farm include Jersey cattle, pigs, goats, ponies, ducks, chickens and geese. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in...
Marston Vale Millenium Country Park 250 acres of woodland, wetland and grasslands excellent for family rambles and exploration, hunting mini beasts and playing outdoor games near hard surfaced cycle paths. New Tower Hide and Woodland Walkway too!
College Lake Nature Reserve Get back to nature at this reserve, with over 1000 species recorded, there is always something to see. Wildlife Centre with exhibition, trails to follow and a Bee Centre to investigate.
Hoar Park Including such gems as Arty Party, play areas and the Children's Farm this is easily an afternoon's worth if you have the weather.
Hartshill Hayes Country Park Large park with cool, well equipped playground, also offers geocaching, rich woodland walk audio trail and visitor centre! Adventure starts here! Where's that picnic basket...
Ashridge Estate Wonderful landscape for walking (and running!), with splendid views and fun interactive games in their Visitor Centre for the kids.
Dunstable Downs Stunning elevated views and perfectly suited for kite flying make this site popular with families. Rambling, mini beast spotting and picnics are welcome, plus guided walks available. Visitor centre has facilities.
Lickey Hills Country Park Activities include Tri Golf fun course, adventure playground, the visitor centre where you can pick up trail maps for the circular walk and sculpture trail, plus plenty of open space to ramble and explore.
Addison Howard Park Play area and frame suited for under 8s, plus sand play, sit on toys, and it's very popular with squirrels so an excellent place to wildlife spot.