Today, we visited this country park, just 20 minutes from our accommodation in the New Forest National Park. I must admit I was attracted by the dragonflies and it also has a surprisingly clear and helpful website.
It was heaving and we just about got a parking space in the huge overflow car park.
From first sight there seemed a lot going on, including cycling, Go Ape, walks, train rides and more.
Monkey 3 was up for doing the Play Trail, about a mile walk around part of the park. So we kept a log of each activity and its difficulty.
When Monkey 2 realized that the day didn’t involve seeing horses and meant walking and climbing on things, she decided she was not going to join in. She was lethargic and moany for the first half so I distracted her when I could by taking photos.
She gradually relaxed as we got round and even did No. 11, timber, without any problem.
Overall the trail was great and in a beautiful setting. It was busy but there was always room. Monkey 3 is 7 years old and found everything easy to do alone, except the timber challenge at the end but he still enjoyed it. We were also able to negotiate the trail with Monkey 4 in the pushchair.
We stopped for our lunch and then discovered the miniature steam train which takes you from Lakeside to Kingsclere. Return tickets for a family of four were about £10.00 (children under two free). We all got on and had a great little trip out and back. It only took around 20 minutes, but all Monkeys loved it! Result!
We also discovered a huge play area by the train station, but the Monkeys were simply too tired to play on it so we headed home. One for another day.
All this cost just £7.80 (plus the train ride) which is the car parking fee. I thought it excellent value for a good day out, though sadly I didn’t see any real dragonflies.
*I was not asked to write this review, this is entirely my opinion of our experience.