Fun in the Park
Looking for somewhere to take the kids that won’t cost the earth and gives them space to run around and let off steam? Here’s a few ideas – check websites for further details:
Ryton Pools Country Park
Enjoy lovely country walks, children’s play areas including one that’s especially for older more adventurous young people. Also, den building in the woods, a zip wire and lots more. This dog-friendly 100-acre parkland is home to many species of birds and wildlife. Plus, there’s the Courtyard Café with its great range of menus. Surfaced paths make for easy walking. Check on seasonal activities. Currently over the Christmas period there are Christmas Trails to follow. Open all year round except for Christmas Day.
Ryton Pools Country Park, Ryton Road, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3BH.
Website: countryparks.warwickshire.gov.uk Phone Number: 024 7630 5592
Hartshill Hayes Country Park
Enjoy lovely country walks through ancient woodland with some spectacular views overlooking four counties. Hilly and quite challenging in places but the views and the open air make it worth it. Dog friendly, open all year round and springtime brings glorious carpets of bluebells. There’s an adventure play area, a tea kiosk, toilets and a car park with ticket machine.
Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Oldbury Road, Hartshill, Nuneaton, CV10 0TE.
Phone Number: 01827 872660
Coombe Abbey Country Park
Enjoy 500 acres of beautiful gardens, woodlands and lakeside walks designed by ‘Capability’ Brown. Perfect for picnics, family days out, long walks and enjoying nature at its best. Take a stroll amongst the Giant Redwood trees or book some exciting activities such as axe throwing or Go Ape for a daring adventure on the zip wire and ropes through the treetops. There’s play areas, café and toilets, and you can take the dog. Open all year round, free admission but pay for car parking.
Coombe Abbey Country Park, Brinklow Road, Coventry, CV3 2AB
Phone Number: 024 7645 3720
War Memorial Park
Enjoy the open spaces of the War Memorial Park, where you can walk, picnic, play football – there are 12 football pitches, 10 floodlit tennis courts, flat green bowls, golf and footgolf; splash pools in summer, children’s play areas, formal gardens and walks, a café and outside tables and benches. Open all year round, free admission and free car parking.
War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Road, Coventry, CV3 6PT
Phone Number: 024 7697 7770
Enjoy the open spaces of Allesley Park – which in the 13th century was a deer park. It’s perfect for relaxing country walks and is dog friendly. There’s an 18-hole golf course and a 9-hole crazy golf course; also, children’s adventure playgrounds, a 1.1 mile circular footpath and a walled garden. Free admission and free parking nearby.
Allesley Park, Allesley Hall Drive, Allesley Park, Coventry CV5 9AD