Don’t let the name “art gallery and park” put you off Compton Verney, Warwickshire. It is a lovely place for children which remains under the radar due to its name I think and does not get the credit it deserves. We went for the woodland tribe event (more on that in our post HERE) but were pleasantly surprised by the wide range of activities on offer here.
We started off by visit to the adventure playground which is situated just to the right of the carpark. It has a nice obstacle course, swings, pretty fast zipwire and opportunities for den building. We also looked at those in the forest school with envy (it has gone on our list of things to do!) but headed to the little labyrinth (which Ay still has no clue what to do in apart from running around or hopping in).
Just on the side is the temporary art installation of small houses (little village) created by internationally-acclaimed artist Morag Myerscough. The colours are cool and vibrant and children were having lots of fun playing hide n seek in there 🙂
We then went around for a walk in the Garden, around the lake and meadows (with loads and loads of sheep) before reaching the imaginative play ground. There were individual sandpits within wooden boxes ( unfortunately they were closed off when we visited on 5/8/2022) and lots of real life wooden planks/bricks/logs for imaginative play! Ay had fun building while I soaked in some vitamin D.
There are marked paths to the Bee Village, which has been created with the help of Warwickshire Young Carers. Sustainability was a major aim for this project; the bee hotels were produced using plywood and paint left over from building Morag’s Village, and the flowers – more than 250 of them in total – were made from waste plastic bottles collected by the young carers. Its quite cute!
Colourscope is just by the house and is charged seperately . We had been in it before in Waddesdon Manor but had another go today as it had discounted price for members (no way would I have paid the full price of 25£ if I am honest). In case you have not been, these are giant, walk-in structures with many interconnected chambers, filled with colour and light, originally created by artist Peter Jones in the early 70’s. See translucent red, blue, green, yellow and opaque grey, all coming together to create mixtures of colours that you may not be able to name. Musicians perform throughout the chambers, responding to what they see and how the environment changes and evolves. Some of the colours are quite vibrant and can make you feel dizzy, so if your migraines are triggered by. colour, avoid it. Same goes for photosensitive epilepsy
We then visited the galleries for the first time but could only manage just one as it was almost closing time. The discovery centre for kids was open (which is a first again since covid!). There are lots of colourful sensory materials in the theme of the Summer Of Colour! You can build towers, experiment with light, create a colourful artwork or dress up and do a puppet show!
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🗺 Address: Compton Verney CV35 9HZ
🎟 FEE applies- Day Ticket £18.70 per adult including a Gift Aid donation. £17.00 excluding Gift Aid.
Children (aged 0-18) FREE (please see WEBSITE for updated prices)
-50% off for Art Fund members/NHS on day passes/ 19-25 Year Olds
-Tesco Clubcard redeemable against Day ticket or Membership
My money saving tip: Annual “local pass”, costs 16.5£ pp, giving FREE entry to the Park and selected family activities, while kids upto 18y go free.. Despite the name, you don’t need to be a “local” to qualify, so it is well worth it if you plan to visit more than once (it will cover the cost!) Unfortunately they have now stopped the local pass. The annual membership costs the same for everyone now
🚘 Free parking
🚻 Toilets and baby facilities near the entrance
🍕 Light refreshments available
🐕 Dogs allowed with clear code of conduct
🦽 Buggy accessible
🧺 picnic allowed
We also recently visited Spectacle of Light at Compton Verney, Warwickshire, which was a spectacle indeed!If you think something needs updating on this post, please contact us HERE