Create Family Memories With Visits To These Places!

12 February 2019

Northamptonshire is in the heart of England and miles from the coast but we are surrounded by beautiful countryside, amazing country parks and lots to keep a family entertained. If you are considering Billing Aquadrome for a family break you might be interested to see what you can do nearby.  I have personally tried and tested most of those mentioned below and can guarantee there will be something to suit all age ranges.

Abington Park – Our most popular park.  Visit the museum, play some tennis, enjoy the park or café and on Sunday’s during the warmer months, you might catch some live music in the bandstand.

Mini Meadows Farm – Amazing value farm at £5 per person entry (under 2’s are free) with a café, indoor and outdoor play areas, and some animals indoors – so caters for all weathers!

Boost Trampoline Park & Riverside Hub – Technically this is 2 places, but I have combined them as they are in the same location (Riverside) and can cater for all ages.  Riverside is within walking distance of Billing Aquadrome, so you won’t even need to move the car! You could also sneak in some shopping and lunch!

West Lodge Rural Centre –  A massive farm with themed events throughout the year. Easter and Halloween are very popular.  You can spend on entire day here.  Take a picnic or visit the on-site café.

Castle Ashby Gardens – Beautiful gardens, menagerie, café and outdoor play area. Summer admission is 23rd March to 4th November and is £8.50 an adult and £3.75 per child (under 5’s free). Family tickets are available £21 for 2 adults and up to 3 children. Wheelchair friendly and if you ring in advance you can borrow one for free.

Stanwick Lakes – Huge play area with water features, walks, café and bike hire.

Irchester Country Park – Enclosed play area, lots of walks and the Jungle Park, if you aren’t scared of heights!

Sywell Country Park – A 3 mile walk around the reservoir; enclosed sand play is for the kids. Combine with a visit to Sywell Aviation Museum or Beckworth Emporium, which has an amazing deli and fantastic café.

Rookery Open Farm in Stoke Bruerne – This farm has a huge bouncy castle area outside and play equipment inside incase of bad weather.  Please note the farm does not accept cards.  Cash or cheques only.  £7 per adult and £6.50 per child (under 2’s are free). They are closed on Tuesday’s and open 17th March to 28th October.

Combine with a walk along the canal; visit the museum (£4.75 per adult, £3.10 per child (under 5’s free). Take a short boat trip (25 minutes £3.50 per adult and £2,50 per child) or lunch at The Boat Inn or Navigation Inn (this one has an outdoor play area for the kids).

Escape Room Billing – Experience being Trapp’d at the newest branch. Suitable for ages 10 and over.  Prices vary from £13.16 per person to £24.50 per person.  This is on Billing Aquadrome so no need to travel!

Wicksteed Park – Amusement Park and play area.  You can buy wristbands or tokens so the cost is up to you.  New ‘Clip and Climb’ is perfect for rainy days as is Wicky’s Play Factory (soft play area).  A great all rounder and perfect for most ages.

Royal & Derngate, The Deco, The Castle or Lighthouse theatre – Fancy a show? We are lucky to have 4 amazing theatres in Northamptonshire so take your pick.

If you are a National Trust member why not visit Canon’s Ashby, Lyveden or Stowe which are all nearby and would be a free trip out.

I hope you have an amazing stay.

Emma – Life in the Mum’s Lane