Easter holidays are coming and parents are facing the perennial problem. What to do with the kids once they bore of the local play area and how much freedom to allow them in a world that insists on highlighting every danger we could conceivably face. After recent years it is time to let the kids go wild, which is why I am sharing 5 great locations where they can safely let off steam.
A controversial Channel 4 program Planet Child stirred considerable debate on the limited freedoms we allow today’s child compared to those we enjoyed as kids. Of course the children were carefully if discreetly monitored and it was never intending to suggest we simply drop our five year olds off at the local train station with a ticket and list of attractions to enjoy!
While that may not be an option though with the recent fine weather why not give them a chance to practice some independence and surprise you a little. there are plenty of great places around Aylesbury and Bucks where you can let them off the leash to explore or practice life skills without too much fear.
1. bucks goat centre
For little ones there is of course the Bucks Goat Centre next to us. With space for them to run around and explore without getting too far, plenty of events and a lovely cafe it is worth a pause. As well as the Animal Farm Why not pop into the wonderful boutique craft shop run by Freya https://www.freyajones.com/ for something a little out of the ordinary to do on any rainy days. There is also the Obsidian Art gallery. Keep going for more ideas for places to visit and things to do.
If you have never thought to visit Wendover woods you are missing out on a great place to chill and let the kids burn up some energy. Wendover woods is easy to get to and has ample parking. There is also plenty to do once you arrive with attractions including:
- Walking and Cycling trails
- Orienteering Course
- Cafe and Barbecue area
If you have never tried orienteering this is a great way to get the kids learning about finding their own way around in unfamiliar surroundings. Without the use of their phones!
Don’t forget to say hi to Gruffalow
3. Chiltern open air museum
Spread over many acres the Chiltern Open Air Museum is a walk into the past with buildings from around the country reconstructed and fitted out as they would have been in times past. Including Nissan huts from WWII.During the summer their is plenty of activities going on too. (Including another orienteering course!)
Why not give the kids the map and let them guide you round the attractions for a change.
4. the phoenix trail
Once a disused railway line the Phoenix Trail is now a walking or cycling trail winding gently between Princes Risborough in Buckinghamshire and Thame in Oxfordshire. The gentle gradients and wide path make it perfect even for those of us who lack a degree of fitness and being enclosed the children can safely burn off energy charging off in front. Fully paved with crushed and compacted gravel it is also great for those who need to make use of a mobility scooter. Do remember you will need to make you way back at some point though! Download PDF of trail here
5.College lake nature reserve
This is a particularly nice trail for those with disabilities due to its wide main trail and ban on bikes and scooters. The trust even had three electric trikes available to borrow if you feel the full walk may be Maps of the path are available on request at the entrance.