The best places for an afternoon out are often those hidden away and only discovered when recommended by friends. This is just such a place. The Green Place is an oasis tucked away in the North Leicestershire Village of Sileby. I wondered whether to even write about it as it’s the kind of place that could easily by spoiled if too many people knew about it. Click To Tweet
However, I couldn’t keep this place from you lovely people. The Green Place is a community project run to promote green and ethical living. Here you’ll find a colourful garden that children will love to explore with a teepee den, stage, play house and handmade double swing.
Plenty to Explore
Whilst the children run along the paths and in and out of the various place spaces, you can enjoy a hot drink and a slice of delicious home made cake. The fair trade cafe also offers light bites and specialises in food for vegetarians, vegans and coeliacs. Their intimate afternoon tea, which runs monthly, looks fantastic and can be booked online.
You’ll find a book hut where you can browse and purchase second hand books. Next door is the Restore shed full of upcycled furniture, curios and bric a brac. Right outside there are more toys for children and various scooters and trikes to keep little ones entertained.
Try Something New
Throughout the summer, the Green Place has hosted a whole range of events for adults and children and these continue through the year. You can try you hand at wood carving, fabric weaving and glass workshops in their yurt or upstairs studio.
During September, The Greatest Showman is being aired in the grounds on a large outdoor screen. Families can bring a picnic and enjoy an evening singing along to this popular musical. There are also musical performances planned. Really, there is something for everyone.
What I loved most about this place was the atmosphere. It was such a lovely, friendly place to spend a few hours. Everywhere you looked there was something quirky and rustic to savour. My girls especially enjoyed the little treehouse and there was lots of opportunity for imaginative play.
If I’d have been alone, I’d have really relished browsing all the unique gifts they had on offer and would definitely have popped into the Restore shed to see if I could have found anything interesting to bring home. I’ll definitely be back for more soon.