Bank Holidays are for a bit of chill time and a bit of exploring. Usually with at least one day of rain there’s a home day needed. But I find it’s an absolute must to get out at least once on those fabulous long weekends.
For our last Bank Holiday weekend before the big C word, we decided to head over to Itchen Valley Country Park.
Usually we stick to our end of the woods, with Royal Victoria Country Park and the River Hamble Country Park, both of which are right on our doorstep. But I’d seen a few bits on social media, and a need for a new adventure, so we donned wellies and walking boots and headed over for a morning of trekking and playing.
I have to admit, Itchen Valley Country Park is perfectly set up for kids. Especially nature kids. There are a huge number of mini play areas (mostly following the play trail) and a couple of larger play areas as well. Plus it’s quite fun being able to see the Go Ape activities going on overhead as well (fun fact, my Hen Do was at Go Ae, it was equal parts brilliant and terrifying!).
Dexter of course slept for 100% of the trip, which meant we could focus on playing with Henry and getting some wiggles out after a chilled out Sunday the day before.
Particular highlight was Dann finding this little frog in one of the play areas and rescuing it. Henry found it fascinating, as did a couple of other kids and their parents who also came over for a look.
We also took a little walk over to the river and will probably do that part of the country park on a sunnier day with a little picnic as the space was lovely for lots of running around and ball games. Though Henry did have fun splashing in puddles – thank goodness for wellies!
We’ve pretty much found a new favourite place to visit, and for £3.70 for 3 hours parking, it’s quite the bargain day out if you pack food and drinks. Plus there are toilets and a cafe on site too, right by the under 8’s play park which was very popular. Now we just need some sunny days to return for some perfect Autumn walks.
As a mother who loves to travel, I’d love to take Henry on a trip to Disneyland Paris someday. The trip won’t be cheap, but I’ve learned that I can buy or rent a Disney Vacation Club timeshare on the DVC Resale Market at a steeply discounted price.