“Family is not an important thing, it’s everything” – Michael J. Fox
This little family of mine are my absolute world. They are everything I’ve ever dreamed of and more. I cannot even begin to tell you how blessed I feel and how unbelievably thankful I am for these beautiful souls.
Scott works incredibly hard to allow me to only have to work part time. This means I get three days a week being “Charlotte the professional” and four days a week being “Charlotte, AKA Amelie’s Mummy”.
It’s the best of both worlds and also means I’m still paying my keep! Ha! No but seriously having my own little bit of pocket money is fab for all those little necessities like filling our home with fresh flowers of course!
This does mean however that we get just one day a week to spend together as a family, it’s not completely ideal but it works for us.
We make sure that week in, week out we’ve got something gorgeous planned to make sure we’re getting the absolute most out of our family days together.
Growing up my parents would always have something fun planned for when the weekend came. Whether it was just a trip to the park with a pub lunch or full day trip out to the zoo, they always made sure my sister and I were getting our healthy share of fresh air. Well as fresh as Surrey air can get!
It was within these weekends some of my most cherished family memories were made. Stories that I still talk to my Husband about to this day, places that I’ll still call my Dad up just to reminisce or to ask for directions to that old train station we once visited.
I’m all about nostalgia. I wouldn’t say I live in the past, but I do allow my mind to go back in time now and again just to simply be totally engrossed in those blissful moments. I find myself now as a parent, trying to recreating some of those fond family memories with my own little family.
Creating new stories of our lives for Amelie and Baby Ryder No.2 to tell their own children about. It fills us with so much joy spending uninterrupted, quality time with each other.
Don’t get me wrong we love cosying up at home, but love nothing more than embarking on a new family adventure.
So without further ado here are my top ten favourite family spots you’ll find us at this year:
1. Wisley Gardens
Right at the heart of Surrey lies these stunning, secret gardens. There is honestly so much beauty to explore, there’s a little soft play and cute cafes selling the yummiest chocolate cake! It’s rich, floral setting also comes in handy for
some cute photo opportunities too!
2. Wyevale Garden Center Weybridge
This sweet little garden center has everything you’ll possibly need for a family afternoon. There’s an small indoor soft play as well as an outdoor play area for warmer months. Throughout the year their working farm opens up to visitors and showcases their very popular “Pick your own”. Ranging from Strawberries to pumpkins, with a homemade ice cream parlour too, it really is good hearted, delicious fun!
3. Saville Gardens
Set within a beautiful lake, Saville Gardens boasts the perfect picnic spots. With benches dotted around the outskirts of the lake and lots of open space, it makes for a well spent family afternoon. There’s a park, complete with its own sand pit for the littles and a newly refurbished restaurant overlooking the gardens serving delightful dishes.
There’s also the option of entering Saville Court botanical gardens too. We had the pleasure of strolling around them on New years day. It’s beauty is breathe taking! There was also an old fashioned merry go round and an adorable sweetie cart too. Be sure to check out their website for this year’s up and coming events.
4. Great Cockcrow Railway
We’re so happy we found this little gem last year as I have to say it was one of my fondest memories of the summer. Cockcrow is home to miniature steam engines that you can actually ride on! The tiny trains take you on two choices of journeys where you’ll see greenery galore. Believe me when I say you may need to hold on tight, these trains go faster than you’d imagine!
5. The Lavender fields
This has to be one of the prettiest places we’ve ever been to! Rows upon rows of gorgeous, fragrant lavender dancing in the breeze. It really is as picturesque as it looks and at just a £1 entry per person it’s a savvy steal of a day out!
6. Bird World
Before Amelie was born Scott and I decided to visit Bird World in the hope that all the walking around would put me into labour! It didn’t, but what it did do was have us imagining bringing our little family here, and that’s exactly what we’ve done. There’s all sorts of beautiful birds here, as well as a farm to walk around, a penguin feeding experience to see and the prettiest flamingos to admire.
7. Lego Land
It goes without saying that Lego Land Windsor is up there with the greatest family days out! There really is fun to be had for all ages. Here you’ll find it’s famous model Lego village, a splash park, shows and attractions and of course heaps of rides for all ages.
8. Runnymede Park
By the time Summer’s here we’re itching to hit the outdoors to cool off and Runnymede park is the place to be for exactly that. There’s a little outdoor paddling area, a swing park, gorgeous picnic space right next to it’s picturesque Thames and seasonal activities going on all summer long. It’s a great place to take the whole family to!
9. Welcome to the Jungle, Woking Park Play Area
Just right outside Woking’s Pool in the Park lies a jungle themed wonderland!
There’s a pirates ship, massive slides built into the ground, multiple sandpits and a little area for tiny toes to splash. A fun and free afternoon of fun in the sun.
10. Windsor Great Park
We’re very fortunate to have one of the prettiest of parks just around the corner. Windsor Great Park, also known as ” The Queen’s Gardens” boasts idyllic countryside scapes. Fields filled with deer and wildlife, you’ll often spot a horse or too as it’s a very popular riding destination.
Enter and venture left until you stumble across a game of bowls in the summer, a sweet park and ice cream stop or turn right to stride all the way down until you reach Windsor Castle itself! This walk is absolutely not for the faint hearted, so if you do turn right be sure to have your hiking boots on and your stamina at the ready!
So there you have it, ten beautiful UK destinations the whole family can enjoy!
Happy memory making.