Family Days Out – The Great Outdoors
In the penultimate chapter of our five-part series for family groups, we take a look at the great outdoors.For family groups looking for a day filled with fun, laughter and smiles, Brenda Watkinson brings you a selection ranging from adrenalin fuelled rides and historical adventures to days out getting close to nature.
Located on the Kent and Sussex border, Bewl Water is the largest stretch of open water in the South East. It is open all year and with its many leisure activities from fishing to cycle hire and dining in The Boat House Bistro, perched on the water’s edge it’s a popular location for a multi-generational family day out.
Bewl Water also offers Boat Package Trips on board The Bewl Belle, a 70-seater pleasure cruiser. Passengers can enjoy a tour of the lake, or disembark or board at one of three purpose-built jetties at Hatheralls Bay, Ferry Point or Seven Pound Creek, meaning walkers don’t have to commit to tackling the entire 12.5 mile path around Bewl Water.
A series of packages are available, including coffee and cake, lunch or afternoon tea, or a cruise around the lake followed by lunch at the Boat House Bistro.Puzzlewood, in the Forest of Dean, is a unique and magical forest with a mile of meandering pathways and over 200 steps set in 14 acres of woodland. Family groups will enjoy exploring this wonderland of deep ravines of moss covered rocks to discover tree and rock formations.
Around 30 minutes from Junction 48 of the M4, Pembrey Country Park is one of Wales’ top attractions.
With its award winning golden sandy beach, dry ski slope, toboggan ride, crazy golf, pitch and putt, train rides, adventure play area, equestrian centre and a variety of nature trails, there’s something to offer the whole family.
Once the site of a Royal Ordnance Factory, the area has now transformed into pleasant parkland comprising some 520 acres of grassland and woodland adjacent to the eight-mile stretch of Cefn Sidan beach.