Summer ain’t over yet! With a couple of weeks of the holidays still to go, here’s a great idea for keeping the children amused, especially as the weather starts to turn. Take the kids to let off steam at these four top adventure playgrounds from across the network.
The ultimate adventure playground, where children can be free to run wild in a safe and fun environment, Toffee Park is in the heart of London, near the Old Street roundabout – an unexpected haven for kids in the big smoke. With a large tube slide, zip wire and secret garden, little ones can leave behind a world of technology and make the most of playtime using their imagination.
During the school holidays, Toffee Park is open Monday to Friday 10:30am–5:30pm. Play sessions are free for children aged six and over. There’s no need to book but children need to be registered to attend.
Let the kids go crazy at Bristol’s Felix Road Adventure Playground. From large wooden structures to tree houses, tyre swings to zip lines, climbing beams, nets and more, this outdoor space is a great place for mums and dads to bring their brood.
There’s also a stage for kids to perform, a sensory room, a gardening area, imaginative play and opportunities to build dens and camps. During the school holidays, this playground is open from 12pm to 5:30pm.
This family-run park has everything you need for a full day out with the kids. It’s ideal for children aged between two and 12. There are over twenty play zones as well as a petting zoo, laser tag, giant slides and pedal boats. A family ticket for four people costs £36.50, a single adult ticket costs £10.45 and a single child ticket costs £9.75. There are no hidden costs, so once you get there you won’t be forking out to pay for additional rides.
Pool, near Redruth, Cornwall
Cornwall’s first free cultural playground, Heartlands, is filled with fantastic activities for families all year round. Whether you want to saunter along in the botanical gardens, climb aboard a shipwrecked boat or go sliding down the subterranean tunnels, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in this lush green parkland. You can also take a tour of the Robinson’s Engine House (the last Cornish engine to work on a Cornish mine) for £3. Heartlands is open every day of the year except Christmas Day and Boxing Day.