01 Jun 5 days out with the kids in the North West
5 days out with the kids in the North West – I’m very grateful for this great guest post from my friend Helen (find her on Instagram @helens3456). The North West has a wide range places to visit with the kids and make for some great days out, here are a few of our favourite.
1: Smithills open farm Bolton
Smithills is one of our favourite places to go! It’s a working farm so lots to see, there’s a play park, donkey rides, animal corner with meerkats & birds, horses, deer, a tractor ride, lamb bottle feeding, chick and rabbit handling, calves to feed and milking to watch! We watched a calf being born on one of our visits last year too!
Entry is £8 for adults and £7 for children, well worth every penny though!
2: Castle Park Frodsham
Lovely park with a large play area and wooded area to walk through, our favourite bit about here was the squirrels are quite friendly and will come close and can be fed the nuts from the trees!
3: Speke Hall, Speke
Speke Hall is a fab day out! There is a maze, play area and the ‘Giant Childe of Hale’ trail which is an interactive walk for the kiddies to read and find out fun things! The house gardens are also lovely to walk round! The house itself is also interesting and the kiddies get an activity sheet for them to learn about the history of the house!
Entrance is £10.90 for adults, £5.45 for kids or £22.27 for a family to the property and grounds or £7.27 adults, £3.63 kids and £18.18 for a family (more if you pay gift aid prices!) But is free for national trust members which is absolutely worth it!
4: Dunham Massey, Altrincham
Dunham Massey has the house & gardens which you pay entry for but the grounds are free to roam (just car parking to pay £6) and have deer wandering about, there is a large area to cover so is good for bike rides!
Entry to the house and gardens is £13.50 adults, £6.75 children and £33.75 for a family.
Garden only is £8.60 adults, £4.30 children and £21.60 for a family (Gift aid prices are more and again it is free for national trust members!). The house has an activity for the kiddies to learn and a little fun story trail around the garden!
5: Walton Gardens, Warrington
Walton gGardens has a big park play area, lots of grass to play football, ride bikes and run about! Wooded area for bug hunts and stick collecting! Animal zoo with birds, rabbits, chickens, donkeys, goats and pigs! There is also mini golf! It is next to the canal which is lovely for walks!
The National Trust have a lot of places in the north-west and whole of U.K. with country houses and countryside! A Trust membership for the year is well worth the money if you are going to visit at least 2/3 places a year and do the whole house and grounds! It works out at about £6 a month for membership with one adult and two adults is about £10 a month! Each membership can have up to 10 children!
That’s 5 days out with the kids in the North West. As always if you have any comments or we’ve missed off any places from the list then please leave a comment below.