*Post in association with Look Insurance
Are there any places that you go to and wonder how you never knew they were there, how you hadn’t visited before and vow to go back as often as possible in the future? Last week I met up with the lovely Amy from 2 Boys 1 Mum somewhere that I now class as our hidden gem – Black Park Country Park in Buckinghamshire. It’s just over a half hour drive for us and only £2.50 to park for the day – I cannot believe I haven’t been there before!
Black Park has a huge car park and I was lucky enough to be given not one but two parking tickets by people leaving so Amy and I had free parking thanks to two lovely members of the public! Every so often my faith in society gets restored for a moment!
From the car park you take a lovely walk beneath trees all the way around a lake which LP loved – Throwing stones in, watching a boat going by and playing in the dirt! There were quite a few remote control boat enthusiasts lined up by the side of the lake and it was lovely to see all the little boats gong by and their owners relaxing in the sunshine with not a care in the world – The whole place had a very relaxed atmosphere.
Further around the lake there’s a large children’s adventure playground which has so many different things for children of all ages to do – Climbing frames, a castle to climb on, swings, slides and even a model train to clamber about on! There are assault course type things for larger children too but we didn’t really venture into that part.
LP loved the play park and was quite happy amusing herself, climbing here, sliding there. It was one of the nicest adventure playgrounds I’ve been in for a while and the whole thing is enclosed to make it completely safe for the children to play.
After playing we stopped at the Lakeside Cafe for an ice cream – A complete necessity on a sunny day! LP had a mini milk and I had a tub with lemon sorbet and vanilla crunch – odd combination I know – and I shared it with Little Man. One thing to be mindful of is that when using a card, if you spend less than £10 there’s a 40p surcharge – The parking machines don’t take cards either, take change with you! The cafe was lovely and clean though – The toilets could be cleaned more regularly but the actual cafe was really nice and seemed to do a whole range of hot food, cakes, pastries and drinks with a really good seating area outside.
Black Park is also home to a Go Ape site so if you fancy clambering about in the trees or zipping along on a segway then it may be worth a visit!
Overall we really enjoyed our trip to Black Park and will definitely be going back again. I’ve already spoken to Amy about signing our toddlers up for Forest School at Black Park soon!
If you’re looking for somewhere new to go and explore Look Insurance Services have put together a map of Hidden Gems in the UK that I’ve submitted Black Park to. Take a look here at all the hidden gems near you and find somewhere different for your family to explore this summer.