Wellington Country Park

WOW! This place is amazing! We had the best time here and loved it so much we went twice in one week! There is so much to do for children of every age including a farm, splash park, loads of playgrounds, jumping pillows, a miniature railway, a dinosaur trail and more. The whole park is very scenic and is centred around a big lake in the middle.

We arrived at 9.30am and it’s definitely worth doing this if you can, as we raced round loads of the playgrounds and had them practically to ourselves for the first hour. Several of the attractions like the splash park, miniature railway and jumping pillows all open at 10.30am. If you’re planning on visiting the Splash Zone head here for 10.30am as it gets busier throughout the day.

Social distancing and cleanliness

I was so impressed with this! Whilst most places we’ve been visiting in recent months restrict the number of people onsite very few actually do anything to control numbers on individual attractions. At Wellington Country Park they’ve identified the busier attractions and have a staff member at each of these to limit numbers. This worked so well and made me feel really safe throughout the day. The only area that I felt got too busy was the splash park. However since my last visit they’ve addressed this introduced new measures to limit numbers in the splash park.

In all of the playgrounds (and there are loads) we didn’t ever feel uncomfortable with the number of children playing in them. They were amongst the quietest we’ve visited, perhaps because there are so many.

In the park itself it felt very calm and in no way too busy. The park is huge so can handle a fairly large number of people, but they’ve managed it really well.

Everywhere felt very clean. We even saw staff driving round all the picnic benches to clean and disinfect them.

What is there to do?

What isn’t there? Here’s a map of the park and all the attractions.

As well as all of the attractions the park itself is very scenic and there are a number of nature trails of varying lengths from 0.85km to 2.27km.

What age group does it suit

On their website they suggest that it’s aimed at children of up to 8 years old. However I think children older than this would enjoy it too. There is so much to do for different age groups!

My little girl is two and the best playgrounds for her age were the Pirate Ship, Enchanted Forest (I couldn’t get her out of here!),  and Toddlers Play Area. She also loved parts of the Adventure Playground although a lot of it was too big for her and the Jumping Pillows but needed help on here.

For children under 2 they’d love the Toddlers Play Area and Sand Pit, these are really cute areas and both have giant sandpits and small slides.When indoor soft plays are allowed to reopen there is also a soft play just for children under 2.

Older children will absolutely love the Adventure Playground, Jumping Pillows and Snakes and Ladders. From age 4 – 10 they can also ride on Welly Wheels, driving automated jeeps around a track.

This is just the playgrounds (and not even all of them). there are of course loads more areas to enjoy.

Food and Drink

There are two areas to purchase food, the main cafe at the entrance and the lakeside kiosk. Both are takeaway only and unable to take part in the Eat Out to Help Out scheme. In the main cafe there’s a mix of reasonably priced hot and cold options and cute pick and mix lunch boxes for the kids.

Best bits: We really loved the variety and huge choice of attractions on offer at Wellington Country Park. The amount of attractions included in your admission price is such good value. The biggest hits with my little one were the Splash Zone, Miniature Railway and the Enchanted Forest.

Worst bits: The only negative we had from our first visit was how busy the Splash Zone was in the afternoon as there was no one controlling the number of children in here. It looks like this has been addressed now though and they are limiting numbers. One of the ways they are doing this is to stop adults from entering which may cause problems for some. This is something new they are trialling and I’m sure wouldn’t stop you from going in if you needed to see to your children.

Cost: In high season (4th Apr to 20th Sept)adults and children over 3 pay £15, under 3’s are free. In low season this reduces to £12. There are a few attractions which cost extra: Train £1 per person (under 3’s free), Welly Wheels £3 per ride, animal feed for the farm is £1 a bag and duck food is 50p.

Tickets: You must purchase tickets in advance for a time slot. Tickets are released for the following week on Friday’s at 11am. To book your tickets visit wellingtoncountrypark.co.uk

Pram friendly: Yes. 

Bike & scooter friendly: Yes

Location & parking: Odiham Road, Riseley, Berkshire, RG7 1SP. There is plenty of free parking onsite.

Sat nav: You may find that the postcode doesn’t take you to the entrance, so make sure you pick up the signs when you get closer and follow these.


Baby in Bucks Top Tips

Make sure you buy your train tickets, animal feed and duck food at the entrance when you arrive.

The first time I visited we didn’t take our pram as she likes to walk around most places herself . However it’s quite spread out and I regretted not having it. So if you’re undecided on whether you should take yours I would!

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