Entertain the family this summer

July 30, 2020

Entertain the family this summer with a trip to a beautiful country park or garden, with all of these great places now open to the public once again.

The Vyne, Sherbourne St John

The scenic gardens of this 17th Century family house have now reopened, with a kiosk providing light refreshments. Enjoy the surrounding grounds, woodland and wetlands, with trails to delight both young and old.

Make sure that you book your entry tickets by 3pm the day before, free to National Trust members.

Yateley Commons

Located just off Cricket Hill, this is an extensive open area of heathland, gorse and woodland. Ideal for a spur of the moment trip, with no tickets required. Enjoy leisurely strolls, amongst the open spaces and wander through the oak and birch trees of the woodland, spotting a variety of wildlife with butterflies and birds. If you’re looking to be near the water, you can also find Horseshoe Lake nearby.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Formerly part of Royal Windsor Great Park, this park presents a tranquil oasis within the thriving town of Farnborough. A mature woodland of 24 acres, it is host to a wide range of wildlife the whole family can appreciate.

Refreshments are available between 10am and 4.30pm from the Beechwood Kitchen and Juniper Kiosk, with toilet facilities also provided.

Wellington Country Park

Yes, you and the children can once more enjoy the fun of this country park’s attractions! For those who have never visited the park, there is a full array of activities for the children, with petting at the animal farm, a miniature railway, a splash zone and jumping pillow.

Located just off the A33, tickets are available for the following week, from every Friday at 11am.

Edenbrook Country Park

Presenting 24 hectares of nature reserve with meadows, ponds and reed beds threaded through with circular walks and surfaced paths, this really is a pleasant way to spend a morning or afternoon. Enjoy a spot of lunch in the picnic area, or spot the local wildlife with the bird hide and bat roosts.

Nearby, Hart leisure centre provides refreshments with a cafe, as well as toilet facilities. Car parking is easily available, just off Emerald Avenue.

Ash Ranges

Visit the Ash Ranges at this time of year and you can enjoy the vivid colours of the late blooming heathland set amidst gently sloping hills and woodland.

Ideal for leisurely or brisk family walks, the terrain is inhabited by a variety of bird species and lizards, no doubt of interest to the children!

Bramshott Country Park

Enjoy signposted trails, a public orchard and open meadows at this peaceful country park. Delight and interest the children with the local wildlife, including a variety of birds, reptiles, deer and newts.

Offering free parking, this country park is easy to reach, set just off Bramshott Lane a short drive from junction 4 off the M3.

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