Everyone loves days out with the kids, but sometimes adults can overdose on zoos, amusement parks and aquariums. In Herefordshire we can’t offer any of those but we do have some fantastic suggestions for a cracking day out that should engage the little ones as well as the grown-ups!
Leominster is the market town just up the road from Brinsop which is heaving with antique shops and the recently opened The Grange. At The Grange there is a brilliant playground and field to run around in and lots of activities going on. They have shuttlecocks, balls, rackets and bats available to borrow along with goal posts and badminton nets. Best of all, admission is free and there are interactive and tactile displays, a small collection of objects and artefacts, and an innovative tablet tour.
A little further away from Brinsop Court, is the Small Breeds and Owl Centre close to Kington which is wonderful for children, and adults can get pleasure from the stunning views from the centre as well as enjoyment from the quirky information boards. Kington itself is a sleepy market town with not a lot going on but close by is Hergest Croft Gardens and an easy route up onto Offa’s Dyke with its amazing 360 panoramic views across Wales. Perfect for running and jumping and clearing away any cobwebs.
In my experience, children aren’t normally that fussed about walking around towns but Hay on Wye is different if they are at all into books! Lots of the bookshops in Hay have squashy sofas to sit on and places for children to sprawl out and look at books – perfect for a rainy day. If it isn’t actually lashing down then a walk around the town following a Treasure Trail can keep children engaged and often they don’t realise they are ‘going for a walk’ as they follow the clues to work out the answer to the puzzle. Adults will enjoy seeing the best bits of Hay too.
There are lots of other things to do locally that will amuse children and their parents; like pick your own fruit and veg, canoe down the Wye, or head off to Symonds Yat and the crazy golf and butterfly farm, but the above are some of our favourites!
Jonathan has lots of other ideas too, so when you get here, just let us know what you are interested in and we’ll point you in the right direction.