Another instalment of my personal alphabet project. ‘R’ is for recommend! We’ve had such a lovely summer visiting some great places that I thought I would share some of them here, in case you need a bit of inspiration for the final push of the summer holidays! Excuse the photography, these were mostly taken on my phone, but you get the feel of the places!
Abinger Hammer, between Dorking and Guildford has a stream running through it, which makes a lovely safe paddling area for little ones. I first went there on a Brownie camp many moons ago 😉 Take a picnic and make a day of it. We love a farm and often visit Fishers Farm Park in West Sussex or Bockett’s Farm near Leatherhead which has pig racing!
My parents took me as a child to Wellington Country Park so it was quite fun to return with my children for a friend’s daughter’s party in July! Lots to do, a miniature train to ride on, lots of play areas and a farm. In the summer they have free parties – we went to the fairy and pixie party, it was brilliant! We had a great day out in Brighton last week, lots of fun on the pier and a swim which was actually not too cold!
To please my train mad son we paid a few visits to the Great Cockrow Railway near Chertsey in Surrey. It’s a little ride on steam train that’s open on Wedneday afternoons and Sunday afternoons in the summer and is run by some old train enthusiasts, very sweet! Ask to try the drivers hat on! More on the train theme – The Watercress line (Midhants Railway) in Hampshire is a great day out, particularly if you go on one of their theme days. We’ve done the Santa special and The Thomas day out!
We love National Trust and RHS properties. They are so clever at pleasing both adults and children. My children love the quests and treasure hunts and craft activities they run! Polesden Lacey and Wisley Gardens are our favourites.
Have you been to Bekonscot? Another very special place that I visited as a child! It’s a model village that my kids LOVE, particularly when we meet Granny there too!
We’ve visited The Look Out Discovery Centre near Bracknell in Berkshire – always a great day out. The main attraction is their hands-on science exhibition which has over 90 activities for children of all ages so it’s a great option if you are looking to entertain children of several different ages! They also have a huge adventure play area outside and miles of trails in the woods, so take your bikes.
Last but not least Peppa Pig World which I am sure some of you know about! A brilliant day out, even if you are still singing the theme tune several days later!
It’s been a busy bumper summer of fun when I look at these all together! Happy days and I hope you enjoy some of these special places too! Please do leave a note below if you’d like to recommend somewhere to me?