With Easter fast approaching here’s my rundown of the top 10 places to go to in Northamptonshire over the holidays.
Whether it’s days out with the family enjoying the sunshine, or a place to retreat to when it’s raining, I’ve covered it all.
I’ve also noted any special Easter activity for each location to help you decide where to meet the Easter Bunny.
So, hop to it and read my top 10 places. Also, remember after you visit, make sure you write a review of it over on Wiki Places For Kids. I am an ambassador for the Northamptonshire area so I’ve popped in some quick links so that you can read the reviews that have already been added for each place that I think would be great to visit this Easter. What’s great about WPFK is that it’s built by parents FOR parents.
Not just a mundane list of places, but places that parents really enjoy visiting.
1. Stanwick Lakes, Stanwick
I’ve had an annual pass to Stanwick Lakes for 2 years running now and I’m set to renew for a third. I just love it there.
It has an amazing outdoor adventure playground, suitable for all ages with big slides and a smaller toddler friendly area with sand play.
A short lap around the adventure trail has quick play spots along the way which are perfect to help little legs have some motivation to keep walking.
It also has a lovely café overlooking a lake and an indoor soft play area that’s very reasonably priced (about £1). I would highly recommend the cake options…!
Friday 14th-Monday 17th Ester egg Trail – 10am-4pm £2 per child for trail £1 for crafts (not including parking). Parking varies depending on time up to £5.50 for a full day.
See another review here.
2. Westlodge farm park, Kettering
As an open farm, Westlodge Farm Park has lots of animals to see. From pigs, sheep, goats, ducks, rabbits and much more. Spring time is an amazing time to visit to see all of the baby animals and you may even get a chance to bottle feed a lamb.
They also offer pony rides for a very reasonable price as well as fun piglet racing and small animal petting.
Easter quiz, follow clues around the farm, which will lead you to the Easter Bunny in his Easter garden and receive an Easter egg, paint an egg, take part in the egg and spoon race and egg painting competition.
Cannot find prices for the life of me! I’d expect a small additional charge to admission charges.
Adult: £6.95 Child £5.95, free parking.
You can also see my review here.
3. Boost Trampoline Park, Northampton
What child doesn’t like bouncing? Just make sure you book in advance and arrive early to make sure there are spaces available as they can get pretty busy in the school holidays.
Keep an eye out for special tots times too! From 10-11am weekdays, the park is open to under 5s to have free reign of most of the park.
Entry is £5 per person, £2 per person for Boost socks.
See reviews of Boost Trampoline Park on Wiki Places For Kids.
4. Riverside Hub, Northampton
This place to me screams ‘fun house’. Not just an indoor play centre, but it has EVERYTHING. A huge tots area with pretend play areas such as doctors and market stalls as well as a huge play area for older kids. So big in fact that it has a go karting area and laser game.
They also have crafting areas and a timetable of events on every day.
Be warned, it gets VERY busy when it’s raining.
Entry is dependent on age, from £5.95 for 1+. Adults £3.
Read a review of Riverside Hub on WikiPlaces for Kids
5. Irchester Country Park, Irchester
For a roarsome time, check out Irchester Country Park near Wellingborough. It has a dinosaur fossil trail (okay, so these ones aren’t real, but they are really fun for kids!) and an amazing outdoor play area as well as woodland walks. The café is lovely too!
Car parking £3, free entry.
Check out more reviews.
6. Salcey forest Gruffalo walk, near Hartwell
If you’re looking for the Gruffalo, I have good news. You can find him and his friends at Salcey Forest. Using augmented reality via an app, you can even see them come to life at certain spots throughout the walk.
£4 for the day for parking
I’m not the only one who loves Salcey forest – check out more reviews here.
7. Swimming – Danes Camp Leisure Centre, East Hunsbury
Swimming is a great way to spend a few hours, to tire out small legs. Although most pools will offer standard pools, I always find water play areas a lot more fun for tots (especially after visiting Center Parcs Subtropical Swimming Paradise!)
There’s a great one at Dane’s Camp Leisure Centre in East Hunsbury Northamptonshire with a small ship to play on, a flume and a beach entry pool.
I can’t find the price of swimming on their website for the life of me!
8. Aquatic playground, Wellingborough
If you think you’re brave enough, venture to the aquatic playground in Wellingborough if the weather is nice! It opens at 11.30am.
It’s just like a regular playground but with water! It’s great fun and a fun way of having some water play for free.
Price – free entry, parking charges may apply.
9. Rushden Railway, Rushden
Want to choo-choose something a little bit different? The Rushden Railway is a great way of experiencing a steam train journey for a rock bottom price.
It’s an exciting day, especially if your little ones love trains.
£4 each – easter egg hunt, arts and crafts and a train ride!
10. Rockingham castle, Rockingham
Rockingham castle is a day out if you’re feeling fancy. A beautiful castle setting and the staff really go the extra mile. They make the castle come to life for special occasions and involve kids in the castle tours.
For Easter, they hide stars around the gardens for kids to find. The stars can then be swapped for Easter treats!
Prices start from £7 for children and £12 per adult for the event only.