Fun & Walks in a Country Park

We went to one of our favourite places on Friday. We try to go there nearly every week, in all but the worst weather, & we never seem to tire of it. My ‘Silent Sunday‘ photo was from there.

It’s a nearby country park, & it’s huge. It has a big stately home (with a cafe) which looks like a castle, a lake full of ducks & swans, a playground with a castle & little houses that recreate nursery rhymes, monastery ruins & a church that date back to the 13th century, a Victorian Orangery, an adventure playground, farm animals, a little child-friendly train & more.

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The train was always the first thing: it runs between the entrance & the Castle. They were always so excited wanting to get on on it, & were really upset in Autumn when it stopped for the season, especially Jake.

It’s started again, & yesterday they finally got to go on it again!

But you know what? They didn’t even seem to remember it! I know they were only 2 1/2 when it stopped, but given how much they loved it I was very surprised that they seemed to have forgotten about it.

Once on, Ellie at least seemed to enjoy herself. Jake: apparently not.


Although there was a very cold wind I think he liked it really, & was probably just being a bit silly.


With the train running we went back to our warm weather (ha!) routine of train, cafe, playing on the grass, feeding the ducks & swans, adventure playground, farm animals & walking back.

The walk back is great. The path winds & gently slopes downwards though beautiful woodlands & a over a lively stream. On the way there are wood sculptures made from tree-trunks, & trees sculpted into mushrooms that are perfect for hiding in or jumping on.

This gruesome one is a favourite:


And is very useful for ‘Saturday is Caption Day‘ posts!

Jake & Ellie somehow decided that the croc was very thirsty & spent a ridiculous amount of time pouring the contents of their sippy cups into its mouth, eventually having to be dragged away protesting loudly!

While propping Ellie up there I managed to get in a good photo of the silhouetted trees:


Then the bubbling brook from the bridge:


All in all, a great day: and they both slept like babies in the car on the way home!

This post is part of these great blog links, just click the pics for more:

TheGallery Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Learning for Life


14 thoughts on “Fun & Walks in a Country Park”

  1. Ooooh! I think we’ve been meaning to go here for ages- had many school trips as a child.
    It looks like you all had a great time. May have to boot myself into action and go this week.

  2. Having an annual pass for somewhere like this is perfect. We did much the same when ours were small. In fact we are revisiting an old favourite today, will be expensive as a one off though! Your children look like they are going to enjoy this park for some years to come. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

  3. It’s an amazing place, & yes I think they will enjoy it for years to come. There are also longer & hillier walks & a Go Ape! for older children, We go so often that it would be silly not to have an annual pass, although it’s cheap as technically you’re only paying for parking 🙂

  4. This place looks brilliant for young children, I love that crocodile myself. So glad you linked up to the Outdoor Play Party & lookig forward to exploring your blog.

  5. Oh! Margam Park! It is a stunning venue but we’ve only ever been there when it was too cold to enjoy it properly, and I’ve never found the train! We need to go again!

    Nipping over from Country Kids linky.

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