Compton Acres - Review
Compton Acres are the gorgeous gardens located near the coast between Bournemouth and Poole which luckily means they’re right on our doorstep!
We were very happy to take up the invitation to visit recently. My children generally walk in a ‘squiggle’ rather than a straight line and so days out like these are among our favourites. They can roam in their own unique way, at their own pace, taking in the sights and smells the way they love too.
The themed areas including the Wooded Valley and Japanese Gardens are set out in a loop which was all perfectly manageable for all ages in our group. There are some hilly areas and you may want to make sure you treat yourself to something in the delicious tea rooms for extra strength before heading out with if you have a wheelchair or pushchair with you. There is plenty of seating if anyone feels like a rest though or just to enjoy the views of the gardens and the bay. The Wooded Valley is home to a very cute play area in the style of a wooden camp where the children decided it was the perfect setting to act out Peter Pan and the Lost Boys. Their absolute favourite though is the Japanese Garden, partly because they thought it was where Pokemon must have been invented (*disclaimer – it definitely isn’t where Pokemon was invented) but it also has the things children love more than chocolate – STEPPING STONES! Obviously you need to keep close watch on your children in this area but they completely adored walking back and forth on the stones, checking out the koi karp and generally being inquisitive little people.
The gardens are open all year round and are great value. Children aged 4 and under are free which is good news for days out with a pre-schooler. Family tickets are only £19.50 (as of March 2019) and the annual pass has a low rate for both single parent families and 2 adult families. Compton Acres run exciting challenges and trails throughout the school holidays with previous events including Mary Poppins, Alice in Wonderland and Emoji themes to keep the children entertained. Put the events together with an annual pass and you’ve got some fantastic value days out that won’t pull on the purse strings.
For educational visits, both schools and Home Educators there is a reduced rate for groups of 10 or more. There’s a unique range of plants and wildlife to learn about so well worth enquiring with the Compton Acres team for more details.
If you'd like to learn more about Compton Acres check their website for details including opening times and prices.
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