Hands down one of the most amazing country parks with one of the best activity trails !! It’s about an hour from Oxford, but so well worth the drive. Rushden Lakes is 10 min away in case this wasn’t enough on its own (but I think it is!)
The quarry play area is what you see from the car park and is brilliant on its own with a lovely sand pit (not included in the reel but will please see pictures in the gallery). Please do not stop there!!! Bribe your children or whatever it takes, but do go on the activity trail and thank me later!!
There are three trails to choose from, all well marked with arrows that Ay loves to follow now. All start from the left of the quarry play area past the jungle parcs. Ay looked at the obstacles courses on treetops and so wanted to do them, but that’s for another day. There are lots of paths up n down the hill (but you can just stay on the main track as it’s accessible and you won’t get lost), trees for climbing, birds for spotting and an area for den building but you have different play areas dotted around the “activity trail” on the walk:
🐜 Ants nest first. You can enter via little tunnels and/or climb up to the slide.
🦅 Eagle themed climbing frame with slide/fireman’s pole. There was toddler in there who like Ay didn’t want to leave
🪵 Lots of wooden Sculptures to spot
🦕 Jurassic play area with giant dinosaur skeletons and eggs.
We walked for about 1.5 hrs and absolutely loved it! Take your water bottles 👍 Watch our video HERE
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The quarry play area on the left of the carpark has an amazing sandplay with a play fort in the middle and wooden teepees around it. Three separate Climbing frames also await you, one with rope tunnel , slide, rope ladders and balancing logs, atop a small mound with a tunnel underneath, Another one with rope climbing ladder and slide and another treehouse inspired one. There was also a fourth one for toddlers
There is a lovely circular obstacle course , an interesting three person sit/stand in springer/rocker which I have never seen before and a train for imaginative play, in addition to the usual stuff (Rope swing,sit in see saw, slide, climbing wall, other swings, Sound play)
What else can you do:
🚲 Bring your bikes to explore the surfaced tracks around the woods
🌲Treetop advertures on Jungle Parc’s high ropes course, which are separately bookable (and charged)- see Website HERE
🚃 Irchester Narrow Gauge Railway Museum which includes steam and diesel locomotives, a life-size diorama of a quarry, along with many other interesting displays but is temporarily closed
⛺️ Follow the woodland trail to the den building area
🦴Follow the ironstone trail to discover the history of the park. Find the Dragline Viewpoint and the Megalosaurus skeleton in the woods.
👦Education ranger led wildlife activities for pre-school children – see the events calendar for details.
Irchester Nature Tots closed for the winter months due to the Nature Hut being unavailable
🗺 Address: Gipsy Ln, Little Irchester, Wellingborough NN29 7DL
🎟 FREE- Irchester Country Park is open all day, every day with free admission. However, the toilets have separate opening times.
🚘 £3.20 for up to 4 hours or £5.20 for up to 8 hours or £7.20 for up to 12 hours. It’s worth checking their website for updated prices
🚻 Toilets and baby facilities (right near the car park)
🍕 Cafe on site
🐕 Dogs not allowed in play areas but yes otherwise
🧺 Picnics allowed
🦽Buggy accessible for most part though some terrain will be bumpy
🗑No litter bins apart from the ones next to the kiosk
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