Family Days Out Column: ‘Enjoy a museum, an eco-farm and a new soft play centre this summer’

Family travel blogger Faye Shearwood brings you three great ideas to entertain the children this summer in her latest Celebrate:MK column.

It’s been a hard year for so many of our much-loved local businesses, so we have really enjoyed rediscovering some local favourites this summer.

Come rain or shine, we have been exploring nature, meeting wildlife and uncovering history (whilst booking in advance of course) – all in Bucks and beyond.

First up, Milton Keynes Museum has a special place in our hearts and is the perfect place to visit on those rainy summer days.

The volunteers and staff were as always welcoming, helpful and ever so knowledgeable about the Victorian Era – my six-year-old son was transfixed listening to their stories about life in the classroom or in the kitchen.

The Street of Shops and the Hall of Transport were our particular favourites.

Things are a little different due to covid restrictions and it is more of a show and tell experience (we visited in June) but nevertheless, it is still a wonderful journey into the past and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Further afield, the Green Dragon Eco Farm is just a 30-minute drive from central Milton Keynes. With a keen focus on sustainability and conservation, the farm seeks to connect children with nature and wildlife by encouraging first-hand exploration.

There are farm trails, playgrounds, bouncy pillows, pedal carts and a soft play barn, but the real highlight for us was the abundance of animals.

From golden eagles, barn owls, reindeer, farm animals and pets – to snakes, reptiles and bugs-a-plenty, there is fun for all the family at the Green Dragon Eco Farm.

Lastly, Bell Plantation Garden Centre, a family run business in Towcester, have recently opened a fabulous new soft play centre called Belles Playbarn.

Older children will love whizzing down slides, climbing over obstacles and up nets and there is an enclosed baby and toddler area. My two-year-old loved it!

Grown-ups can order delicious homemade food from the café, as well as perusing the local shops and businesses just outside.

There is even a poultry centre – where you can discover hundreds of chickens, ducks, geese and even a peacock or two! Until next time… have a fabulous summer!

For more family adventures in Buckinghamshire and beyond, follow Faye on Instagram at @meandbeau_travels

This feature was published in the August/September 2021 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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