After visiting the river and rowing museum, we then decided to explore the rest of the area. Just as we came out of the museum into the vast green space, there were a couple of fairground rides and the large inflatable bouncy slide, which Ay had a lot of fun sliding on (1.5£ for 6 slides). We then walked along the river Thames with the weeping willows to enjoy the beautiful sights and the boats/ canoes moving. The path is tarmac, so perfect for buggies and scooties. We also got food (1 £/pack) from the R&R museum to feed the ducks and swans, who came running to us. The sea gulls were also happy to join in the party much to Ay’s delight.
We then reached the playgrounds which are set amongst beautifully landscaped gardens. The wooden adventure playground for older children and the colourful toddler area is separate, so it may not be the most ideal for you if you have children of different age groups, but there is plenty to do and both areas are fenced.
The floor in the adventure play ground is covered in wood chips. The climbing frame is a three tiered tower with a wobbly bridge, climbing net, fireman pole, ladders, chains and slide. There is also a pretty fast zipwire, a climbing wall, swings, springers, balancing steps and a revolving tyre.
There were many other colourful bits of equipment too including playing station/ sensory equipment, tunnel, Sit in multi person sea saw (which many children were enjoying), revolving sit in discs, swings, springers, stand in revolver and spinning bucket. There was equipment for imaginative play (play fort, train, crocodile) and plenty of benches for parents to sit and watch (which is always a bonus)
There was something building on the site just across this, with miniature buildings made of sand. It looked like a model of the town to me, so it will be interesting to see when it is unveiled.
You can also do Wind in the Willows Riverside Trail, which is available from the museum and downloadable to your phone. In season, you can hire a canoe or boat to add to the fun and in the summer, there are regular weekend concerts on the Bandstand
You can easily spend a whole day in Henley.
🗺 Address: Mill Meadows, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1BF
🚘 P&D parking access via Meadow Road (£1.50 for up to 1 hour, £3.50 for 1-2 hours, £4 for 2-3 hours, £5.50 for 3-4 hours). You can pay for Parking at Mill Meadows onsite using the Pay & Display Machines or by using MiPermit. See uptodate prices and more details HERE
🚻 Toilets on site
🍕 Refreshments available. River and Rowing Museum just opposite also has a lovely cafe offering indoor and outdoor seating
🧺 Picnic allowed but no BBQs
🐕 Plenty of dog walkers around
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