Tuesday, 4 March 2014

Kingsbury Water Park, nr Tamworth

Kingsbury Water Park is a large country park with 15 lakes, owned and run by Warwickshire County Council. 

It is a great place for outdoor play.  The Lake View playground and the Far Leys adventure playground cater for children of all ages with multiple climbing frames, tunnels and swings.  There are plenty of reasonably flat paths suitable for bikes and scooters and picnic benches at both playgrounds. 

A real highlight for my son is the Echills Wood miniature railway which runs from the playground near the car park, to the playground at Far Leys.  There is an extra charge for this, although if you have a big group, or plan to come again, it can work out well to buy a book of 8 tickets.

The Old Barn café is close to the car park, and serves a good range of drinks, snacks, and ice cream. There is indoor and outdoor seating. The coffee is not a highlight, but if you have spent a couple of hours exploring with children they serve it hot and wet and accompanied by cake.

You pay to park, and you will need £3.50 in change to feed the barrier as you arrive.

The site includes a children's farm, which we haven't explored yet, and is also home to a model boat club, jet bikes and power boats.  But despite all that, it is a surprisingly relaxing destination.

Round up
Café Latte price: I don't think they do it - have a mug of coffee at £1.80 or cappuccino at £2.10
Favourite cake: Tea cake for £1.90, or the coffee and walnut at £2.20
Child friendly highlights: Playgrounds, bike friendly paths, model trains
Buggy friendly: The site is fairly flat and easy for buggies, some on paths some on grass
Car parking: £3.50 pay on arrival

Kingsbury has lots of space for playing and biking and is a firm family favourite on a fine day.

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