Monday, 25 July 2016
On Saturday we spent the afternoon at Fort Fun in Eastbourne, a seafront play park with water slides which we hadn't visited before and which was enjoyed by the boys. It was the perfect weather for it as the greenish water was freezing and we needed the hot sunshine to keep the kids comfortable. The kids haven't experienced water slides like it before and loved it, the staff were friendly (and very sweet with Ollie when we had to visit the first aider after he tore part of his toenail off) and the soft play was good, so it was worth the trip (although it was pricey to get into so I think it was pushing the limit of value for money).
On Sunday we headed to Bedgebury Pinetum in Kent, a favourite with families across Kent and East Sussex. Owned and run by the Forestry Commission, you can't fault the site's well maintained play parks spread along the play trail.
The woods themselves are good to visit, with the play areas being the kids favourite aspect of it (and we of course had to join in on the climbing areas and slides - hence why I always wear shorts under dresses). My favourite is the lovely walk around the lakes, bursting with wild flowers on the banks and lilies rising up through the inky, tannin stained waters. I'm more of a broad-leaf kind of tree hugger, but the extensive collection of conifers here is really fascinating.
I have no financial interest in the locations mentioned. Opinions and photos are my own. Thanks are due to the staff at Fort Fun for their kindness to Ollie when he hurt himself. Both sites were pretty good for accessibility, and had facilities including toilets and baby change. Bedgebury has wooden walkways through tricky bits for prams and wheelchairs around the lakes walk, and paths in the woods are well maintained and level, but a bit steep in places which is worth bearing in mind if visiting with wheels other than a mountain bike. Both sites had a café and small shop selling gifts.