Like many other families, we couldn’t afford to go on a foreign holiday this year (or last year, for that matter) so instead we decided to have a ‘staycation’. My husband booked a week off work and each day we either went on daytrips or we did something special at home. We spent one of our staycation days at Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire.
Clumber Park is an area of National Trust parkland and woods that covers over three thousand acres. With walled gardens, a Gothic-style chapel, a woodland play area, a café and a choice of several walking and cycle routes, there is something to do for all ages.
We live in a particularly hilly part of the world, so cycling as a family isn’t always possible. The prospect of a flat route around Clumber Lake was too good to resist, so with all four bikes strapped to the car we set off…
The views around the lake were breathtaking, made all the better for the sun making it’s last appearance for the summer, apparently.
When my youngest (who’s three) was all cycled out it was time to make our way to the adventure playground.
Have you ever been to a park that was so good it made you want to run around and pretend to be seven again? Well, the woodland play park was one of those. Set in a clearing in the forest, past a walled archway it felt more like a secret garden. Nobody was in a hurry to leave.
But all too soon the clouds rolled in and it was time to go.
If you live anywhere near (or even if you don’t – it took us an hour and a half to get there!) I highly recommend a visit to Clumber Park. We barely scratched the surface of all there is to do there and I can’t wait to go back.