Last week we learnt that there are fantastic woods called Fineshades Woods not far from us and we never knew it was there!! We were invited along by the Forestry Commission to build dens, sample what they have to offer and go cycling.
We all went along and meet up with a lovely bunch of bloggers. We got there a bit early so we headed to the park where BG made a new friend and they ran around playing. It’s a really nice park, lovely and clean and in great working order.
Once everyone had arrived we meet with Ranger Cheryl who was looking after us for the morning and taking us den building.
There was a clearing in the woods perfect for den building and anyone can come and along and do it. We were told to imagine we had been in a plane crash and we had to build a shelter for the night. We teamed up with Kimberly and the girls had a great time helping OH collect sticks and build the den while we had the babies. BG and Ruby insisted that our den had a carpet.
Once we had finished we went around and looked at everyone’s and tested to see if it was waterproof, the kids loved this bit and OH had to sit in ours. Every den was different but they were all really good. We then had to demolish them; some liked this bit more than others.
It was then time for lunch in their café. The food is really nice, we had Panini’s and cakes and they were lovely and fresh. The café is light and airy and they will make sandwiches and other food to order.
OH and BG then hired a bike and a buggy and went off around the cycle trail and Little Miss and I did one of the walks. It was then time for a little play in the park before heading off.
We had such a good time there and will be going back again. The facilities are brilliant and parking is £3 for the whole day which I think is brilliant value for money. I know you can park some places for free but when you see how well cared for the place is and how brilliant the facilities are you don’t begrudge it at all.
To hire the bike, buggy and helmets for 2 hours was £17.98. Of course you can take your own bikes if you wish.
If you are looking for something to do this weekend why not see if there is a great forest near you. Visit the Forestry Commission website.
Our parking, lunch and cycling was provided for us.