Rediscovering Family Fun at Rushcliffe Country Park

Rushcliffe Country Park is definitely our favourite place to take the kids near to our home, but it dawned on us today that we hadn’t been for sometime.  Last year we would go and visit a couple of times a month in the warmer weather, but we don’t seem to have got into the same good habits this year.

kids in play car rushcliffe country park

Sundays start early in this house with our first swimming lesson starting at 9am.  Seeing as we are out and about so early it’s nice to keep this momentum.  After Sunday lunch we realised we hadn’t got a list of chores to tick off so we decided to head to Rushcliffe Country Park for some fresh air  and exercise.

Our first stop was the Great Central Railway.  The kids love to visit here, and I felt so guilty they hadn’t been for a while.  We had a play on the swings, but then the girls saw the miniature train pass by on the railway and were keen to make their way towards the station.

Miniature Railway Rushcliffe

We headed to the ticket office and parted with our £1.60 to take ride on the miniature steam railway.  It’s a lovely track with tunnels and well kept gardens and a its a nice thing to do on a Sunday afternoon.  Next stop was the model railway exhibition which the girls found equally fascinating.  They picked up they footstools and made sure they got a good look around the tracks and model villages.

Sensory garden rushcliffe

Once we’d prized them away from the exhibitions we headed off to explore what was new in the sensory garden since our last visit.  This is one of my favourite spots in Rushcliffe Country Park because it’s so hands on for children.  The girls really enjoyed exploring all the activities, from music making…

music instrument sensory garden

to puzzle solving….

girls in sensory garden

to sensory experiences…

playing in sensory garden

and it’s all in a mini forest garden, which makes it all the more magical for them. Once everything had been banged, pulled or touched it was time to head to the large play area for some more traditional outdoor play.  After making our way around more swings and slides, we decided to head home in the hope of beating the rain.  We didn’t quite win as it made an appearance as we headed back to the car, but generally speaking it was good timing.

music tubes sensory gardens

We were feeling pretty smug as parents, as we thought we had worn them both out and bedtime would be a breeze.  Unfortunately, that wasn’t quite the case, and they both got their second wind just after dinner.  No matter how active these kids are in the day, these light nights we are having are just far too stimulating for them.

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Zena Goldman is a UK based travel, family & lifestyle blogger who left her 9-5 job behind in the not-for-profit sector to follow her creative dreams and enjoy a more flexible family life. She began writing Zena’s Suitcase in 2011 and shares the holidays and adventures she goes on with (and without) her 2 young daughters. She wishes her son would join them more often but he’s carving out his own dreams now and enjoying university life.

Since beginning Zena’s Suitcase she has worked with a number of brands and also has a regular monthly feature in the ASDA Good Living Magazine feature, ‘Ask The Expert’ where she shares helpful parenting tips. In 2018 she was also a finalist in the prestigious BIBs Awards for Social Media.

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  1. Leila Benhamida
    June 26, 2017 / 3:20 pm

    Really looks fantastic! Everyday is a beautiful day and enjoy nature.

  2. MARGARET gallagher
    June 26, 2017 / 4:54 pm

    Looks loads of fun
    Great to stay ACTIVE as a family

  3. Diane Wareing
    June 26, 2017 / 9:19 pm

    This looks fab. I love these activity days out. It’s great for the kids and lets face it, even us adults love to have a play too.

  4. Kayleigh Watkins
    June 26, 2017 / 10:14 pm

    Looks like you all had a fantastic time, we love visiting country parks and nature reserves with our children xx

  5. Rachel Butler
    July 2, 2017 / 7:06 am

    Wow!! This place looks really good! So much to do with the kids!

  6. Jeanette Leighton
    July 12, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    Looks like a nice place for some family time

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