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The Great Outdoors: A Guide to Your Local Warwickshire and West Midlands Parks


394a956a70273a57a4f454268b0b12e7.jpgSometimes just trying out a new park is entertainment enough to keep the children happy! There are plenty of parks and open spaces on our doorsteps. Here are a few suggestions; now we just need to pray for good weather!
Victoria Park, Leamington Spa CV31 3PT 
A tree-lined riverside park for families and sport by the River Leam. Children's play areas for all ages, picnic tables, paddling pool, tennis courts and skate park. Walk along the river to Warwick or Leamington. Refreshments at the bowels pavilion cafe! The circular footpath round the park is perfect for learning to ride a bike and scooter!
Memorial Park, Coventry CV3 6PT
Coventry's premier park, venue for local events as diverse as the Godiva Festival and Teddy Bear's Picnic! There are two cafes in the park or it's lovely for picnics. It's a huge park with all year round tennis courts, pitch & putt, putting green, football pitches, skate park and a 1.6 mile circular path - great for cycling! The children's area has been newly renovated and every summer there is a splash 'n' play water feature.
St Nicholas Park, Warwick CV34 4QY
Sat right on the river across from the Castle in Warwick; with kids' play areas, Adventure Mini-Golf, sports fields, a swimming pool and boat rides, St Nicholas Park really has something for everyone. There's also an open air paddling and splash pool for the summer plus a Fun Park with rides, amusements and games. There's a7f61f2df300a7f3292015942fd3324b.jpga cafe and ice creams for sale in the park as well.
Stratford-upon-Avon Recreation Ground CV37 6BB
Opposite the RSC in Stratford, next to the Butterfly Farm and adjoining the River Avon, a fabulous park with lots of space to run around, picnic and more. A great kids' play area, with a sandpit and a water feature, plus a paddling pool. You can hire boats along the river and also take a trip up the RSC Tower for great views across the park and beyond. The kids will love the old chain ferry as well that takes you from the park side of the Avon to the RSC side and back!
Jephson Gardens and Mill Gardens, Leamington Spa, CV32 4AA
2 parks for the price of one! The more formal gardens of Jephson Gardens join up with the less formal Mill Gardens in the heart of Leamington. There's a glasshouse with tropical pants and goldfish, a sensory garden, plenty of space for ball games, a restaurant and cafe, ducks to feed on the River Leam. The children's play area has a ship theme and sand. Plus you can hire boats, canoes, kayaks etc from the Leam Boat Centre in the park.
Newbold Comyn, Leamington Spa CV32 4EW
Over 300 acres of park, with a golf course in the north, a leisure centre with swimming pool in the south, and football fields, walks and space galore. As well as the pay and play golf course, there's 0a616be9b7cf51a0f144e6681d1a2da5.jpgpitch and putt as well as a new biking, blading and boarding area. You can fly kites and model aircraft (& sledge in the winter!). There are picnic tables and barbeques (just bring your own fuel & food!), the leisure centre has a cafe too or there's The Newbold Comyn Arms pub.
Burton Dassett Hills Country Park CV47 2AB
Unspoilt, rolling hills, beautiful scenery and great views! Ideal for geocaching, walks, dog walking, running about and brilliant for kite flying! Try the popular orienteering course; a fun map game for families. Lots of parking and picnic tables.
Coombe Country Park, Binley, Coventry CV3 2AB
Surrounding Coombe Abbey, a great place for a day out.  Beautiful gardens, woodlands, lakeside walks, and bird watching. A large kids' play area, an activity course, trails, places to run, play and explore. You can picnic - lot of picnic places and table, or there's a cafe on site too. Ranger led activities too through the holidays.
Ryton Pools Country Park, Bubbenhall CV8 3BH
100 acres of paths, pools and woodlands for walking, running, pond dipping, den building and cycling! There's always some activity going on in the holidays or even at weekends. There's a children's play area next to the Cafe and Visitor Centre where craft activities happen. Perfect for picnics too!
Telford Town Park TF3 4HD
A bit further afield, but worth a trip for a day out. There are pedalos, sandpits, cycle trails, a train and fantastic a1d4fb8f26ce69c9ae42864bb51dbac6.jpgplaygrounds for different age groups. In addition, it's home to magical Wonderland (small theme park) where nursery rhymes come to life (NB you have to pay to enter Wonderland).
Severn Valley Country Park WV15 6NN
In the peaceful, scenic valley of the River Severn lies the Green Flag award-winning
Severn Valley Country Park. 126 acres of beautiful countryside and wonderful views, spanning both sides of the River Severn. Spot the steam from the engines of the Severn Valley Railway as they chug past. There's a natural play area along with picnic benches. Treat yourself to an ice cream from the tea shop. Follow one of the waymarked trails or enjoy the Ranger-lead activities for children which take place on Wednesdays during the school holidays.
Sandford Park & Lido, Cheltenham GL53 7PU  
A popular park, perfect for picnics and games, with a large play area. Also home to the Lido, open all summer for a great day out in the heart of Cheltenham, on the edge of the Cotswolds. It is a children's paradise with slides, a children's pool and a paddling pool.
Lickey Hills, Rednal B45 8ER
Lovely elevated park with stunning views, surrounded by pine trees. Great adventure playground with a zipslide, 3 walking trails and a visitors centre with a lovely cafe. Ranger led activities are held during the school holidays.
Lido Park Droitwich, WR9 8AA
If we have a hot summer, this is the place to go! This park houses d661e81fc532630fa0143a69efa28fac.jpgthe famous outdoor heated swimming pool. The park is free but you need to pay to use the lido.
Gheluvelt Park, Worcester WR3 7AA
Recently redeveloped this park now has a new play area and a new water play feature. The Splashpad is open from 11:00 - 18:00 every day. There's also a cafe too.
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