Family Days Out Column: Winter trails and outdoor family fun

Family travel blogger Faye Shearwood is starting off the new year with animal-themed days out and enjoying some historical fun…

Happy New Year! I can’t believe 2022 is now upon us.

We have some exciting adventures planned for this year, including some trips abroad, and we also welcomed our new baby boy River into our family – born at the end of November last year and just in time for Christmas.

We can’t wait to start exploring places as a family of five!

But over the next few months, our feet are very firmly planted in Buckinghamshire (and slightly just beyond) and we will be visiting some family friendly places both indoors and out.

As long as the kids are wrapped up warm, we find a bit of fresh air does us wonders (and helps keep cabin fever at bay!)

So with that, first on the list is the new Superworm Trail at Wendover Woods, opened on Saturday 8th January. Situated in the Chilterns, and just a 40-minute drive from central MK, the new self-led trail features brightly coloured panels to find and a trail pack full of fun activities (to purchase).

With dens to build, minibeasts to find, children’s play areas, walking trails and a forest to explore, Wendover Woods will delight children of all ages.

There is also a café which sells takeaway hot drinks – perfect sustenance for grown-ups on a cold frosty

Next, we have been going to Castle Ashby Gardens in Northamptonshire since we moved to Milton Keynes seven years ago and it is still one of our favourites.

We usually visit in summer, but the gardens are still beautiful in winter – particularly the orangery which houses a large central pond with over one hundred fish.

There are nature trails, children’s play areas and a menagerie, home to meerkats and marmosets, pigs, goats, rabbits and even a giant tortoise.

Better still, until 12th March admission is only £3.36 for adults and £1.26 for children (under 5’s go free), making it a really inexpensive day out.

There are also some great cafes and shops at The Castle Ashby Rural Shopping Yard located nearby.

And lastly, The Natural History Museum at Tring (a 40-minute drive from central MK) houses the incredible zoological collection of Walter Rothschild.

With over 4,000 stuffed mammals, birds, fish, insects and reptiles on display, children can come face to
face with a full-sized gorilla, a gigantic polar bear or even an extinct dodo.

Admission is free and tickets must be bookedonline in advance to guarantee entry as it can be very popular.

Tring Park (located just behind the museum) is also a great place to visit.

Let me know what you’ve been up to this month on Instagram @meandbeau_travels.
Until next time!

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

This feature was published in the February/March 2022 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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