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Daisy Nook offers a wide-range of activities amongst its picturesque woodland, canals and river making it a perfect day out for all the family. There’s plenty to see on a walk through Daisy Nook Country Park, with pit-stops at one of the two fantastic play areas set in the 40 hectares of woodlands, meadows and waterways. Visit Tots Lock - a narrow boat play feature with sand play areas aimed at under 5’s - reflecting the area’s industrial past, and the adventure playscape (designed for 6- 14 yr olds) with a wetland nature area, log balances, scrambling boulders, cradle swing, rock hill fort and banking slide entrance.
With a flat perimeter path, Hollingworth Lake is the perfect walk for families with pushchairs and toddlers. The wider country park also offers plenty of walking routes if your little ones fancy exploring the wider area, as well as nature reserves, trails and play and picnic areas to keep them entertained. The Water Activity Centre offers windsurfing and dinghy sailing for those feeling a little more adventurous, offering something for everyone at this idyllic location in the Rochdale countryside.
Perfect for kids and adults alike, Tatton Park is located in 1,000 acres of beautiful deer park, leaving lots of room to explore. Kids can meet very special rare breed animals at Tatton Park’s working farm or explore what it was like to live in the Tudor Times in the former Egerton family home. The vast grounds allow for long walks exploring the gardens, farm and lake, or there’s the opportunity to take the kids along the new Beech Avenue Conservation Trail which provides a wonderful walking experience for visitors to the parkland.
The Irwell Sculpture Trail offers a unique walk for all ages, with over 30 sculptures situated over a stretch of 33 miles through Salford, Bury and Rossendale. This trail can be however long or short you like and allows the littles ones a distraction with all of the fascinating sculptures to stop and look at. The trail also links a host of cultural attractions from galleries and museums to the East Lancashire Railway.
More than just a walk in the park, Heaton Park offers a full and fun day out for all ages. With multiple play areas, animal centres and the tram museum, there’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained. Heaton Park also offers a packed out events programme including outdoor concerts, dramas and plays – so there’s something to do here all year-round, all while getting a taste of the great outdoors.
There’s plenty to do for families all year round at Dunham Massey, with loads of space to take a walk in the park, climb the fallen trees and spot the herd of deer. Keep the kids entertained with the Children’s Garden Trail, while they collect stickers as they follow the clues around the garden. Help them tick off some of the activities on the ’50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ list , and let their imaginations run wild.
There’s a huge variety of facilities at Bruntwood Park, making for the perfect family day out. With ornamental gardens, meadows, woodland and wetland, there’s certainly plenty to see, and with everything from a large and fully accessible playground to an eighteen-hole pitch and put course, there’s also plenty to do. Refreshments can be purchased from the kiosk and restaurant in the original Victorian conservatory, ideal for refuelling those hungry tummies!