Summer Days at Bradgate Park

5 Aug 2018

Living in the East Midlands means we're surrounded by beautiful British countryside and one place we're lucky to live quite close to, is Bradgate Park. I've always been a country bumpkin at heart, even when I lived in London for University, I missed living in the countryside and I'm glad we're bringing our little girl up surrounded by such natural beauty.

A review of family friendly Bradgate Park
A review of family friendly Bradgate Park
A review of family friendly Bradgate Park
A review of family friendly Bradgate ParkA review of family friendly Bradgate Park
Bradgate Park is one of those places we go to when we want to spend a good few hours of a morning or afternoon just exploring and enjoying the beautiful setting. Managed by The Bradgate Park Trust, which looks after Bradgate Park and Swithland Wood and all of it's beautiful wildlife, it's open 7 days a week to the public, for free (minus car parking charges, if you decide to park there). It's home to Leicestershire's largest wild red and fallow deer herds, which is a huge draw for visits all over the Country and one of my personal favourite aspects of visiting.

There are plenty of walking trails to follow and you'll always see ramblers or even runners taking advantage of the serene setting. For those of you who want to visit for a more relaxing day, there is an unmarked road which spans the entire length of Bradgate Park from one entrance to the other, perfect for prams and strollers, bikes and trikes, wheelchair users and dog walkers. You can always go off of the path, too, which we like to do, to let Willow explore.

If you want to make your trip educational, there's also the on-site visitor centre, which is next door to the Deer Barn, which is a lovely little tearoom that serves hot and cold food and drinks. The visitor centre shares the history of Bradgate Park, set up almost like a mini museum and lots of things to keep curious little minds occupied and interested.  There are also events throughout the year, including open-air theatres groups, walking talks and activities for your littles to get involved in, to name just a few of the exciting events that take place all year round at Bradgate Park.

We love taking a little picnic with us and settling down on the grass to people watch and of course, seeing how many beautiful deer we can spot. Willow loves walking through all the long wavy grass and seeing how many ladybirds and little flowers she can spot among the growth and we love how serene and calm it always feels, no matter how busy. When she's older, I know she'll love splashing about in the little brooks scattered about and trying her hand at fishing like the other big kids. It really is just a really lovely place to spend time together as a family, we're truly lucky to have such a beautiful place nearby.

Have you been to Bradgate Park before? Or perhaps you have somewhere like Bradgate Park local to you that you love visiting? Let me know - we're always looking for new places to explore!