Itchen Valley Country Park

As the sun was shining in a cloud free sky today we decided that the household chores could wait and we should venture out – but where should we go? We fancied a change from our usual haunts and had heard that the refurbishment of the adventure play area at Itchen Valley Country Park had been recently completed – so off we set.

Our first stop was a small play area for under nines which is situated directly behind the visitor centre near the entrance to the park.

An 'Orse and 'Orse my Queendom for an 'Orse

Megan particularly liked the rocking horse (or ‘orse as she pronounces it) where she had a great view of the airplanes landing at nearby Eastleigh Airport.

The Visitor Centre is connected to the larger “Little Monkeys” adventure play area by a purpose built “Play Trail” through the woods. The trail contains along its route a series of animal sculptures for children to play on. Although the path is suitable for pushchairs Megan was keen to walk and explore and we were grateful for the shade that the trees provided along the way.

Climbing an animal sculpture

We soon reached the adventure play area and noted that beyond it lay a newly installed “Go Ape” high ropes facility – one for the future. However, Megan was keen to get to the swings.

A familiar looking swing

The adventure play area is extensive – the new design incorporates a large climbing rock as the centre piece. The well-loved zip wire has been retained, along with the ever-popular swings and slides. Two large climbing structures have been added to help make the play area even more exciting for active older children, whilst a special swing has been installed for children with special needs. Megan had lots of fun exploring the new tunnels.

Fancy a tunnel?

Soon it was time for a picnic lunch that Mummy had prepared and a chance to play with Megan’s new football that had been bought at the visitor centre.

Enjoying the picnic

All too soon it was time to head home but not before completing the circuit of the play trail with yet more animal sculptures to visit. We were so engrossed in the walk that we missed the turning back to the car park and had to retrace our steps.

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  1. Itchen Valley Country Park looks another great place you have found for Megan to explore. She is so inquisitive – I love the picture of her climbing the wood sculpture and investigating the tunnel. We look forward to sharing the experience with you one day.

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