Wellington Country Park, nr Reading, Berkshire, RG7 1SP.
An animal farm, splash pad, mini train, adventure playground, toddler playground, sandpit, dinosaurs, fairyland, cafes, giant bouncy pillow and soft play. Think all these things involve a trip to multiple venues? Actually you can find all of these things and more in just one extremely family friendly place.
I discovered Wellington Country Park in Berkshire for the first time this year. Now hardly a week goes by where we don’t pay at least one visit. It is such a perfect place for little ones.
My toddler is full of energy and now she’s dropped her nap I need to occupy her more than ever. All I have to do is mention the word Wellington now and she is bouncing around the room cheering. She absolutely loves it there.
So what makes Wellington Country Park so great?
My favourite thing about this facility, set in 350 acres of countryside, is the sheer scale of it and how many different things there are to do and see. They don’t call it Berkshire’s biggest outdoor play destination for nothing.
You can visit multiple times a week and still not have made it round everything.
One of my toddler’s favourite parts is the animal farm. Here you can find pigs, goats, sheep, ponies, rabbits, tortoises, rats, guinea pigs, cows, alpacas and chickens. You can buy feed for the animals from the main reception building at the park entrance. They also have petting sessions three times a day with animals such as the rabbits and tortoises. My toddler loves interacting with the animals and the staff always make sure each child gets a chance to touch the cute animals.
The splash pad is brilliant on a hot day. It has plenty of space for toddlers and children to run around. There are lots of different types of water features. I’ve had to drag my toddler out kicking and screaming she loves it so much. It’s also fab for parents on a hot day to dip a toe in. I’ve even let my baby kick her legs in one of the water jets. There’s plenty of seating next to the splash pad, which is fenced off, to sit and have a picnic too.
There are multiple playgrounds aimed at different age groups dotted around the site’s central lake. This means you can move on if your toddler has got a bit bored of one playground. The sandpit has a water feature where children can pump the water by hand and watch it trickle down the platforms. There’s plenty of space for children to have a dig and playhouses which are a big hit with my daughter.
When she needs a break from being on her feet, my daughter likes to ride the mini train. During the short ride you can spot colourful windmills, fairy houses, dinosaurs, and animals plus there are several tunnels which always provide excitement. The train conductor is always friendly and makes it a real adventure for the children.
Another of my daughter’s favourite places is the Enchanted Forest where you can find huge dinosaur statues and fairy doors on trees. The dinosaurs are dotted around a little footpath so your child can enjoy a little toddler while pointing to all the different dinosaurs. There are little description boards with information about each dinosaur too so that makes it educational too, bonus!
In addition to the larger cafe in the main building, there is a smaller one by the sandpit next to the lake. If you forget your packed lunch there are lots of options for food, both cold and hot. There’s plenty of sweet treats like ice cream but they also have plenty of healthy options like fruit.
Even when the park is busy at weekends we have never felt crowded. There’s lots of picnic benches and large patches of open grass to lay a blanket.
So if you’re looking for somewhere to make the most of the summer sunshine, look no further. It’s the perfect place to enjoy the great outdoors.
The cost of entry for adults is £11 in high season and £10 for children age 3 and up. Under 3s go free so my toddler’s entry costs me nothing. However if you pay £74 for a season ticket you get entry all year for yourself plus three adult day tickets to use for a guest and five free hot drinks. You also get three rides on the train.
Opening times in high season are 9.30 to 5.30pm seven days a week.
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