Hidden Gems & Special offers for #DaysOut Summer 2017
1. Kidzania, London: Top Tip from The Money Whisperer
We’ve been talking about Kidzania and how good it looks since I saw a review recently. Half price kids offer means we could have our arms twisted to go soon and escape all this rain! Here’s a link for half price Kids tickets which makes a very expensive day out a good way cheaper @ www.tickets.picniq.co.uk
2. Curly Tails by Coral: I took my children to Curly Tails pig sanctuary this afternoon, and what an amazing time we all had! They are based in Newton Longville, run on donations for new pens and bread/cakes, fruit/veg for the pigs. We highly recommend booking a visit as you won’t be disappointed. Don’t forget your pennies and treats #PigLove
*** August is now fully booked ***
You will need to message the Facebook page @ www.facebook.com/curlytailspigs to arrange a visit, as it is not open every day.
3. Lavender Fun by Leeanne: I would really recommend Hitchin Lavender for a trip. It is about 45 mins away but it’s only £5 an adult with bag and scissors, £1 per child (under 5s free). Fill a bag of lavender, let the kids explore and run wild, get lost in the sunflowers and have a picnic in the picnic teepee after!
Sam: Thank you so much to the Mum who recommended Hitchin Lavender, we went today and the kids loved it! £5 for the 3 of us to get in and they gave us a paper bag and scissors to cut some lavender to take home! Such a pretty place and got so many lovely photos! Spent a good few hours there before the rain! A good cheap outing for the holidays #Photos #Family #Fun @ www.hitchinlavender.com
4. Grove Farm PYO by Joanne: I highly recommend a trip to Grove Farm, Great Gap
Ivinghoe, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 9DZ . We went this morning and despite my son refusing to try strawberries and raspberries he still loved it!
The Pick Your Own
Opening times are Mon – Sat 10am – 6pm last entry 5.15pm and Sun 9am – 1pm last entry 12.15pm. We are now within a 30mph zone which runs back into Ivinghoe. For prices go to What’s in Season.
There is a wide range of produce on offer to pick, with over 30 different fruits and vegetables during the season. Pick Your Own enables you to select your product fresh from the field and at a very low-cost.
5. Millets Farm Centre by Suzanna:I just wanted to recommend a brilliant day out @ Millets Farm centre. It takes a bit of time to get there as it’s on the outskirts of Oxford, so about a 1 hour drive from Milton Keynes, but worth it!
There is a big Frosts garden centre and farm shop with cafes etc. Outside there is a small farm which is free to walk around and a big play park. There is a large carousel which you have to pay for. However over the other side of the car park they have an area where they do themed activities each holiday. It costs £6.99 per child (under 2s free) and inside there are trampolines, a huge bouncy castle, sand pit, soft play area, ride on area with a ramp to go down, Go carts and a big wooden fort/maze to play in.
There is also a trail to follow through the woods with clues to find…
They have 3 huge maize mazes and the kids get a prize before they leave, all included in the price! You can come and go from this area as you please if you want to go to the cafe and you can even pick your own fruit/veg, which we didn’t get around to doing. It is a full day out and we were there a few hours and still didn’t do everything! Well worth the trip #HiddenGem #FunForAll #PlayPark #Maze
6. The Poultry Barn by Vickee: For anyone looking for a little trip to take the kids on that doesn’t cost anything, I thoroughly recommend paying the Egg farm in North Crawley a visit (2 minutes outside of Newport Pagnell).
They’re a chicken rescue, and they currently have loads of chickens, ducks and turkeys of all varieties, including tiny turkey chicks. You’re free to walk around the farm and see them all, and the ladies who run it are really friendly.
They sell the eggs to cover the costs of running the rescue, and they’re amazing! We even managed to nab Turkey eggs which we’ve never seen before! Thoroughly recommend it! Our little one had eyes like saucers the whole time, and I think toddlers right up to teenagers would enjoy it.
It’s not a full day out or anything, but it’s good fun and fantastic free range eggs.
7. Bennett’s Splash by Sarah: I thought I would write about the new FREE SplashPark in Dunstable as I went there today with my 3-year-old, and we really enjoyed it!
The splashpark is clean, has toilet facilities and somewhere to buy a well deserved drink (for us mums this is vital) It is smaller than the Leighton Buzzard splashpark but I personally like this one better, as I could easily keep an eye on my son.
There is good parking nearby and the splashpark is surrounded by fake grass so NO MUD, and perfect for a picnic.
Address and where you would park: Wilko
23-25 Ashton Square, Dunstable LU6 3SN
Bennett’s Splash and the Splashside Café will now be open daily from 10.00 am – 6.00 pm until Sunday 3 September 2017 @ www.dunstable.gov.uk/bennetts-splash
8. Top Jump Trampoline Park @ Willen by Sam: We have already been four times since the new park opened in July 2017! The staff are brilliant with my boys and I especially love the Friday night Disco lights and Music session. WiFi, great coffee and the perfect viewing platform is just a great experience for all. We have loved our slightly longer ‘time limit’ sessions, but I’m sure that will only be for a little while longer until the word gets out that this place is just AWESOME!!! www.topjump.uk
9. Danes Camp Pool by Rebecca: We went to Danes camp pool in Northampton @ NN4 0RX today for the first time, and it’s absolutely worth the drive. Only took me 30mins from Newport. Great for all ages. Even My 4.5year old could ride on the slide (to be fair even my 2-year-old was tall enough) great sloping pool with plenty of standing space for young ones. There’s a little splash bit on the side of the pool which you can’t really see in the picture. £5 for an adult and £1 for each under 5.
With a small cafe for refreshments and plenty of parking, it comes in highly recommended @ www.trilogyleisure.co.uk
The pool was warm, the cafe had slushies, drinks and basic snacks but ‘six fields’ is only 5-minutes away for more interesting places to eat, including a cheeky McDonald’s!
10. Camping recommendation @ Top End Farm by Helen: Top End Farm just the far side of Bedford is really great! Close to Milton Keynes and it has a nice park for the children, good facilities, a lovely farm shop, and a Supermarket nearby.
“We are a family owned and run site situated on the North Bedfordshire / Cambridgeshire border, offering 65 electric hookup pitches and plenty of remaining space for non-electric pitches on our eleven acre site. We also have a hard standing area with electric hook ups ideal for large RV’s or winter caravanning.”
from £ 30 .00 /night *
Monday – Thursday £30/night
Bank Holiday/Friday/Saturday £40/night
Friday, Saturday & Sunday £100
*£50 cash damage deposit required
Kitchen: 2 large sinks, food prep area and a freezer for your ice blocks, plus 2 x-large cold water sinks
Wardens are on site all weekends to assist you.
Large well stocked shop & off licence
Dedicated children’s play area and skateboard ramp
Mobile phone top-ups
WiFi with CAMPING CONNECT
Takeaway delivery service (Indian, Chinese, Pizza)
We hope you love this #LocalShare as much as we do! I cannot wait to visit all these exciting places (apart from Top Jump lol as we have virtually moved in there, so I can work and the boys can play ;o) )
Disclaimer: All information taken from our Facebook Group @ Mum to Mum – Milton Keynes Mums
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