One of my favourite things to do with Jasper, come rain or shine, is to get outside and get some much needed fresh air. I’ve always said I want my children to be outdoor kids; making mud pies and going on bear hunts; I picture my boys racing their bikes while my girls stomp around in their tutus and wellies.
Sure this dream may do nothing for my need to keep them clean but hey, I’d do anything to not raise a child that would rather sit on their iPad than play outside till the street lights turn on.
One of our favourite places to go when we need some fresh air is Royal Victoria Country Park in Hampshire. It’s somewhere my parents took us when I was younger and it’s always my top choice for Mama and Jasper days; family trips and baby dates with friends.
Now this isn’t any kind of collaboration, it’s somewhere I have a real love for and would recommend to anyone in the Hampshire area. It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut of local play parks and soft play centres but all of us have wonderful country parks scattered around our doorsteps and I think it’s so important to explore them and make lasting memories there.
Victoria Country Park is set alongside the Western shores of the Solent, so not only do you get to explore the fields and forests of nature but you also get some fresh sea air and the chance to throw pebbles in the water.
We have a kind of routine when we go there, depending on how much time we have and as long as you park in the right place, it’s all free!
Parking on the sea front before the entrance we like to watch the waves and boats go by. We throw pebbles and spot interesting shells while I get an overwhelming sense of calm being so close to the water (of course the calm is short lived when Jasper makes a step too close to the edge!)
Opposite the seafront is Sophie’s duck pond; there are more seagulls than ducks most of the time but theres a really cool black swan with red eyes and you can cross a rickety bridge to get ready up close.
Once you go into the park, which is free entry, there are fields and forest trails; play parks, beautiful buildings and even a mini railway that will take you around the park.
It really is so beautiful and we could spend all day there, having picnics and ice cream in the Summer and cosying up in the cafe in the Winter months for hot chocolate and the most amazing soup I’ve ever tasted!
Where’s your go-to place to take your kids? Or even just for you?
If you’re in the Hampshire area I’d definitely recommend heading over to Victoria Country Park and if you have any places you think me and Jaspy would love to go please let me know!
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