We love getting outdoors, especially in the Summer. This past year we have all depended on parks and open spaces to play, exercise and to help our mental health. This month we celebrate Love Parks Week nicely paired with National Picnic Month, and so we have taken a look at some of our favourite local play parks. The best bit is you don’t have to spend a lot (or any) money to have a fun time out. Why not pack a picnic and a ball too.
There’s a lovely park hidden in Bromham on Chestnut Avenue. It has all your usual swings and slides for lots of fun. What we like best is that right next to it, is a huge field; which is great for a picnic and a game of catch.
Great Denham has a big sand park by the Pavilion. It has lots to do for a range of ages, but probably best known for its huge climbing frame and slide. It has a big variety of play equipment to climb and slide down. My kids love running up and rolling down the hills too. If you haven’t been before it’s worth a visit. You can even go for a nice circular walk or bike ride.
Mowsbury Park is one of the better known parks in Bedford. There’s lots to do for small children with two play parks, one with sand and climbing equipment as well as swings and slides. It has a lovely cafe that serves lots of delicious food and treats. There’s also a wooded area to explore, as well as a BMX track.
Wixams has a few lovely parks and walks. Our favourite has to be what we call the ‘Parrot Park’ on Brooklands Avenue. It has sand, some little huts and a huge slide you have to climb up to get to. It also has some tyre swings. It’s a great little park for toddlers and slightly older kids too. There are two other parks, one has a pirate ship with sand and swings as well as a zip wire. It has a lovely view of the lake, and lots of swans and cygnets this time of year. There is also a third park on Green Lane, with more swings and sand as well as play equipment for older kids. Definitely worth a look if you are in the area.
There is an excellent park in Wooton, just behind the Village Hall. It has a small sensory area, as well as lots of play equipment for toddlers and slightly older children. It’s really interactive, and has as wing you can sit in with your baby so you can swing together. It also has aground trampoline, an accessible roundabout and lots to climb and sit in such as a car and fire engine. It is next to a big playing field and a skate park too.
Remember to keep our play parks tidy, bin your rubbish and if there are no bins or they are full, take your rubbish home.
I’d love to hear your favourite parks, tag me with your recommendations @mammas_house on Instagram.