Places to visit this year

I’ve been making a list. For my own benefit more than yours but now it’s made I thought I’d share. These are all places relatively close to home that would be suitable for a family day out. I’ve already used it, a number of times. I’m one of those people that thinks “oh that would be a good place to visit one day” then when we have a day free can I think of where to go? Never!

So, this list will come in handy when we have some time.

These are all places that I think will be enjoyable with a toddler and places Littlebit will get something out of and enjoy herself.

Argents Mead, Hinckley – we go here to feed the ducks all the time, but over the summer months they host live bands in the bandstand. On a nice day it’d be lovely to go and sit and listen with a picnic.

Battlefield line railway – done 11-Mar-12, great fun! The volunteers do a fabulous job running the line.

Littlebit enjoying her new Thomas toy on the train

Beacon Hill Country park

Birmingham botanical gardens

Birmingham sea life centre – done 03-Feb-12. Really visual for little ones. A bit on the expensive side so I don’t think we’d go again until she’s old enough to fully appreciate all of it but she was fascinated by all the colours and movements.

Enjoying the Sealife Centre in Birmingham. We tied this in with a meal at Carluccios in Brindley Place too. It’s the ideal location to fill a day.

Bosworth water – we popped by here this weekend, just for a few minutes, and it looks lovely. I can’t believe we have it on our doorstep. We’ll definitely head here on a sunny day to picnic by the lake. There’s also a brilliant play area in the shape of a castle and ship. I can see hours of fun there to come.

Bradgate park – an old firm favorite. I went there too many times to remember as a child. Littlebit has already been two or three times. On a clear day it’s a fail safe. There’s a nice flat walk so it’s buggy friendly too.

Brocks Hill Country Park and visitor centre, Oadby

Burbage common – various events are held on the common every year and it’s nice for a walk when there’s no event too.

Burton Dasset Hills – like Bradgate Park I was taken here a few times as a child and I can’t wait to take Littlebit like my mum took me.

Cannock Chase, Chasewater and Cannock Chase Forest

Coombe country park – another fail safe and if Littlebit is behaving we could pop into the hotel for afternoon tea too :)

Cotswold wildlife park and gardens

Cotswolds – somewhere we go frequently. We wed in Broadway, in the Cotswolds so it holds some lovely memories for us and we find ourselves drawn back there.

Denby pottery

Evesham country park

Foxton Locks

Fruit picking – to make jam of course

Gloucestershire to Warwickshire railway

Great central railway

Hartshill Hayes – another country park we’ve frequented a lot. Littlebit’s only been once do far but we’ll be making up for that this year.

Hatton country world – done 26-Feb-12. Brilliant as Littlebit went free (being under 2). You can get up close and personal with lots of different animals and there’s small rides and outdoor play areas. Along with a “play barn” too, an indoor soft play area. We also had a really nice meal in the main restaurant first. They do a daily carvery. Would definitely recommend if you’re there anyway.

 Walking on her reigns really well so she can get a proper look at the animals

Heart park – a beach, in the very centre of England. Now that I need to see!

Hinckley museum – I’m ashamed that I’ve lived in Burbage by Hinckley for over 5 years now and never been here. I don’t know how much there is for kids but we’ll find out.

Hoar Park and Farm

Kenilworth castle and park

Kingsbury water park

Leicester botanical gardens

Manor Farm Animal Centre and Donkey Sanctuary

Market Bosworth and park

Melton Mowbray

Peak district – Cromford, Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath

Picnics – normal picnics, posh picnics and winter picnics :) – can you tell that picnics are one of my favorite things in the world!

Plantasia at Dobbies

Pooley country park

Redwings – Oxhill Rescue Centre

Rutland water

Ryton pools country park

Severn valley railway

Snibston discovery park

The big play barn

Twycross zoo

Vintage trains Ltd – Shakespeare Express

Warwick – park and castle

West Midlands Safari Park

Worcester & the Malverns

Then of course there’s the list I’ve started for places to visit in the future, when Littlebit is a little bit older and will really appreciate these places. We may find that some of the above get moved down to this list as we try them and fail.

Alton Towers

Baddesley Clinton and Packwood House

Belvoir castle

Black country living museum

Blenheim Palace

Bosworth battlefield

Burton on Trent (Coors Museum)

Cadbury world

Calke Abbey

Charlecote Park

Chatsworth House


Coughton court

Coventry transport museum

Donington-le-Heath Manor House

Drayton Manor

Herbert art gallery

Heritage motor centre

Kirby muxloe castle

Legoland Windsor

Lunt roman fort

National space centre

Packington hall

Races – Warwick or Stratford

Ragley Hall

Rockingham castle

Shugborough hall


Stoneleigh Abbey


Swadlincote tobogganing

Tamworth castle

Twinlakes Park

I reckon that’s quite exhaustive really, but if you have any to add please let me know. Don’t want to miss out on something good :)

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