Age when we visited – 4 months
Price – Free
Worden Park is one of my favourite local parks, there is just so much to see and do. Parking is limited out of terms time and on weekends to 3 hours but for bank holidays and school holidays the limit doesn’t apply. I would advise you get there before 11am on a nice day as the car park isn’t very big and it gets full quick. There isn’t really any where close by to park, especially if you have a pram, picnic, toys and changing bag.
During our visit we walked the Georgian Walled Garden, which was lovely and for older children you could create a spot me quiz. For example can you spot the carrots, parsley and chives. We then explored the formal gardens, which is a great space to stop and observe the bedding flowers and people watch and eat your picnic.
For older children there is a miniature railway, which looked fantastic and is free. There is also a 9 hole crazy golf course, which does have a fee but you can win an extra round by making the buzzer ring. The adventure playground is amazing too and I can’t wait to go back with Ralph when he is a little older.
We stopped for lunch at the park cafe, Folly’s, which had a lovely menu of fresh and locally sourced food. I had a Mediterranean platter with pitta breads, feta, humus and olives. My mum had a cheese and ham sandwich and my dad had a ploughman’s lunch. We were all amazed with how fresh and reasonably priced the dishes were. The only downside was there isn’t any menus on the table so you have to order at the till, which can put you under a bit of pressure if there is a queue. Also there is toilets, which are much cleaner than the park’s toilets, as these were flooded! There wasn’t any baby change facilities, and as Ralph is now used to he got changed on my knee, again.
After lunch we walked the perimeter of the park which has an accessible, pram friendly path. We then stopped to explore the shops, which are onsite. The shops offer unusual and lovely unique gifts. These shops are a hidden gem and can be easily missed so make sure you stop for a visit and support local business.
We then walked through the pond, which has a wooden path through it. This is great to see all the pond plants and wildlife. We fitted through easily with the pram even though it was quite busy. At the other side of the pond, near the play area is an ice cream van, which is a little expensive but you can’t go to the park without getting an ice cream. There is also a kiosk on site but we didn’t see it until we were on our way back.
Worden Park is an underrated natural space, which offers an amazing day out for all the family. This is another place we will be returning to.