10 Best Country Parks around the UK to Visit with Children this Summer


If you’re looking for fun family activities, a trip to a nearby country park is a great idea. What’s better than a lovely afternoon spent outdoors with your little ones?

A country park is a lovely green space where you and your gang can enjoy the great outdoors in a countryside environment, roam around and recharge your batteries. With lockdown restrictions easing in July, now is the perfect time to plan more outdoor activities.

We have rounded up 10 best country parks worth visiting with children. Pack a pair of wellies and a waterproof jacket to make sure your little ones stay dry and warm whatever the weather.

We recommend that you and your little explorers plan your visit and follow government guidelines.

1) The Forest of Marston Vale, Bedfordshire

The Millennium Country Park is an award-winning green space and home to over 200 hectares of wonderful woodland. Discover the wonderful green spaces this summer with your family. Download their brilliant Explorer Packs before your visit to help your children discover the woodlands. You can also print activity sheets and make your family woodland walk even more exciting for your young explorers.

Opening times: 9.30am – 4pm daily (car park open until 8pm)

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2) South Norwood Country Park, London

With over 100 different bird species, this park is a perfect place for bird watchers. It’s a wonderful nature reserve with over 120 acres of wetland and meadows, a real hidden gem located in the London Borough of Croydon. Take your explorers out for a long walk and we’re sure you’ll quickly feel as though you have been transported to the countryside.

3)  Rufford Abbey Country Park, Nottinghamshire

There is plenty to do and explore in this beautiful park set in the grounds of a 12th-century Cistercian monastery. Go on a walk around a lake (it shouldn’t take long to circle the lake which is perfect for little legs) and then head to the playground area (make sure your little ones maintain social distancing).

Opening times: weekends from 10am to 4pm

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10 Best Country Parks Around the UK to Visit with Children

4) Tegg’s Nose Country Park, Cheshire

Tegg’s Nose is located on the western edge of the Peak District National Park. It’s a great place to recharge your batteries by exploring the great outdoors. Head to Tegg’s Nose park to enjoy stunning views over the Cheshire Plain. If you’re lucky, you’ll see Liverpool’s cathedrals and Welsh hills beyond on a clear day.

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5) Lepe Country Park, Hampshire

Lepe Country Park is set in within the New Forest National Park on the shores of the Solent with wonderful views across the Isle of Wight. The park consists of the clifftop and a lovely beach below. There is loads to do in the park with little ones – enjoy a seashore scavenger hunt together, go for a long countryside walk or have a family BBQ (small BBQs available for daytime hire from 7th July).

Opening times: 7am to 10pm

6) Upton Country Park, Dorset

Upton Country Park offers 140 acres of wonderful parkland to explore and enjoy. There is lots of space for children to run free and plenty of fun things to do for the whole family. Visit Spurrier’s Play Park with little ones, enjoy delicious refreshments from the new ‘Pod in the Park’ mobile catering area or just enjoy the lovely meadows near the shoreline.

Opening times: 8am to 9pm

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7) Coombe Country Park, Warwickshire

Visit Coombe Country Park, set in over 500 acres of gardens and woodland and have a nice stroll around its beautiful grounds (remember to keep a 2-metre distance between yourself and others). Family walks and being in nature is so great for mental health and will make your gang feel happy and energised.

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8) Dinton Pastures Country Park, Berkshire

Dinton Pastures Country Park is a wonderful ancient woodland, perfect for a family day out when you’re in need of some time off or would like to do a family digital detox. Let your children enjoy the play area (opening on 7th July).

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9) Denham Country Park, Buckinghamshire

This lovely park is a great place for a weekend family day out. With the rivers Colne and Misbourne flowing through the park, it is the perfect place to have a breath of fresh air and discover the surrounding countryside.

Opening times: 8.30am – 7.00pm

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10) Daventry Country Park, Northamptonshire

Daventry Country Park is an award-winning green space, perfect for a family outdoor adventure. Watch the wildlife with your children, let them burn off some energy at the play area or simply enjoy a peaceful day out in nature.

10 Best Country Parks Around the UK to Visit with Children