If you live in the midlands, you’ll know the feeling of being completely landlocked. Here, we are about as far away from the sea as you can get in England and so when I get the chance to be near the water (even if it’s not the actual sea!) I love it.
Last week we had a few unexpected hot days and so seeing as Stu had a mid week day off, we grabbed the opportunity to have a family day out in the sunshine. I’d forgotten how much stuff you need to pack just to go to the park for a few hours.
We loaded the car with:
- a picnic blanket
- cool bag with cold drinks
- sun hats
- sand toys
- cash for parking and ice creams
- and a partridge in a pear tree
Our destination was Bosworth Water Park in Leicestershire. I’d only been once before years ago and so couldn’t exactly remember what was there but with the day and sunshine escaping us we decided to just risk it and go.
Sometimes the more spontaneous outing are the best and this was definitely an example of that. It’s free to enter but has quite pricey parking. Apart from this though, you could take everything else you’d need for the day and practically set up camp.
The setting is beautiful with a gorgeous lake, man made beach and paddling area. The adventure playground had lots of fun elements with parts suitable for toddlers up to older children. My girls had a blast trying the parent and child swing and four person seesaw.
We also spent a lot of time in the giant sandpit. Mummy and Daddy had a chance to just sit and relax while the girls were happily entertained with sand castles and digging. Being allowed to just soak up the sun (slathered in factor 50) really is a novelty these days and so it was something I really relished.
The place really puts you in holiday mode. It’s probably the reason they’ve built lodges on site so you can stay longer and make a short break of it. No holiday is complete without ice cream and so we finished off our afternoon with a Mr Whippy and sprinkles. Jess and Emily have had ice cream before but this was their first cone from an ice cream van.
Although we were only here for a few hours, you could easily stay the entire day. There is a cafe if you fancy something to eat or drink. Older children might enjoy mini golf or a range of water sports on offer. We were also really tempted by the family pedalos.
No doubt at weekends and school holidays, this place would be very popular and so if like us you have a chance to go at a quieter time then definitely do. We were lucky enough to share the open space with only a few other families. Days like this don’t come around often and we had an absolutely perfect afternoon.