Did you spend a fortune entertaining the kids during the summer holidays? Well you’re not alone. With the average cost of this 6 week ‘break’ coming in at £1400 many of us are looking at ways to entertain for free!
We have combined our love and knowledge of playgrounds with our own personal passion of the ‘odd’ pint, scoured some of the prettiest villages around us to deliver our verdict on some cheap and cheerful days out with the kids!
Before embarking on our tour we asked some real experts what they think makes a great playground….
Take 4 children, 2 adults, a sunny sunday and some of the nicest villages in lincolnshire….
This is a really extensive playground that also has a basketball and football zone encased by railings so everyone can play without interruption. The adjacent and sizeable dog field and parking make this a fabulously easy spot to abandon the car and enjoy the village of Wellingore. A short stroll away is the newly refurbished Red Lion Inn, a FreeHouse it has a parking, a gated outside area complete with artificial grass section for the kids. Children are looked after inside just as well with baby changing, kids menu’s and generally very tolerant approach to the little people!
A great playground with really easy access. The equipment has been well maintained and there is a good variety. The nearest pub is the Hare and Hounds, very convenient as just across the road. The outside area makes it a good place for a pit stop but a full Sunday lunch with all the family may be more challenging. Booking is advisable. Just a little further down the road is the Fulbeck Craft Centre and a treasure called the ‘Tack Room’. This place does delicious food to a very high standard, fabulous coffee and ice-cream to die for all wrapped up with super friendly service. Fulbeack is situated on the A607 between Lincoln and Grantham.
Arguably the cutest playground in a really quaint and beautiful setting. Next to the cricket club there is a lot of green space to run around if for some reason the equipment doesn’t suit! Parking is a little tricky so you might want to leave it near the pub where there is more space. The Red Lion Inn, has some great reviews for dining on Trip advisor and they do accommodate children by offering smaller portions, but no children’s menu as such. They also have a lighter bites option along with friendly staff and comfortable interior.
Two playgrounds for you here. Firstly at Jubilee Park, next to the caravan site and lido and secondly at the pub itself. Jubilee park playground has been around for ages and as such is in need of some TLC. They are currently raising funds to help renovate it, if you’d like to donate visit here. That said it still has ample stuff to do, even the crowd pleasing zip-wire which is massive! Parking is easy and the whole thing is gated as you would expect. A stroll or 2 minute car ride away into the high street, where there is more than sufficient parking, is the Inn at Woodhall Spa. This place is perfect for families who don’t want to compromise on decent fayre and have time to enjoy their food. The menu is aimed at families and there are more choices that you can imagine, but to top it off they have a wonderful outdoor play area, again gated and just perfect for kids of all ages.
“You can have your pint and drink it!”
The Scopwick playground is a hidden gem, literally. Down a hidden path you’ll find a beautifully maintained outdoor space with a gorgeous and very large trim trail. The Royal Oak is a short walk away but a good place to leave the car if you’re planning on being a punter. The pub is under new management and goes the extra mile to cater for children, menu’s, games and so on. This was the last park on our trail which gave us some lovely shots as the sun went down. Situated in Vicarage Lane, Scopwick.
Some final words from the CHILDREN….. un-scripted and un-edited!
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