Just a short drive away, it’s always been a good place for a wander, with its rambling paths and waterways perfect for stone skimming. There are plenty of flat paths for buggies and wheelchair users, but also some more rugged areas to explore.
Daisy Nook's Tot's Lock
We usually begin at the car park area on Stannybrook Road, here is where you'll find the toilet facilities and the Daisy Nook Cafe, a small cafe and outdoor eating area, serving up breakfast, lunch and drinks. This is also the site of the ‘Tot’s lock’, or the "sand boat" as it's known in our house. It's a lovely wooden structure built to resemble a barge and filled with sand, plus a couple of diggers and chutes.
A little further along the path is the children's play area where you'll find a fun filled basket swing, a steep but enjoyable slide and another large sand area. It's a shame there are no toys to use in the sand but we usually either take our own or improvise with surrounding twigs and stones. The playground is also home to a small willow structure, which should hopefully grow into a cool little den over the coming months and years.
In terms of animals, there are plenty of birds and butterflies thanks to Daisy Nook's many wildflower areas and, as well as families, the park is very popular with dog walkers, so you'll often see furry friends wandering off leash. There is also a riding school next door so we sometimes get to enjoy the horses trotting past.
Daisy Nook Garden Centre If you don't fancy a picnic at the park, why not pop down the road to the Daisy Nook Garden Centre? Their café, which is situated along the river, is a lovely place to dine, but the centre is also worth a visit just for a look around. As well as indoor and outdoor plants, they have old fashioned sweets, toys, books, quirky statues, clothes and all manner of garden knick knacks for sale. At Christmas, the shop is transformed and we always make a special visit to see the displays.
Daisy Nook Garden Centre's Christmas displays are a must see!
Daisy Nook Garden Centre often runs children's activities throughout the year too - we've seen everything from owls to princesses there! Lots of the events are free, but for a small charge, children can also attend some fun art and craft sessions. You can find out all about upcoming events on the centre's Facebook page.