We love taking the girls out for the day, somewhere Mia can run around, get some fresh air and feel like I’m doing something towards my goal of keeping fit! Last Easter half term we met my mum at Sherwood Pines which is part of Sherwood Forest. It’s about 30 minutes’ drive from our house and halfway for both us and mum to meet. It also means it’s not too far for the girls to sit in the car for before they start moaning!
Sherwood Pines has always been somewhere we went as children with our bikes so its lovely to be able to take my children there now! Its popular for mountain bikers as it has fab cycle tracks and Mario takes his bike there pretty much once a week to go and cycle round. As well as the bike tracks, Sherwood Pines is also home to Go Ape which is basically an assault course set high up in the trees! I have never done it but it’s something we said we might do on our next date day/night!
Over the last couple of years, we have taken Mia to do The Gruffalo Trail as she is a huge fan of the book! It was great to follow the clues round to find The Gruffalo at the end and if you downloaded the app, the scenes came to life in front of your eyes! However, we were a bit sad when we went just before Christmas to find The Gruffalo trail had been taken down. I heard that it had recently been replaced so we were really happy to go in the Easter Holidays and find that it is now the Zog trail!
We picked up a reasonably priced trail pack from the visitor centre and set off on the trail! You fill in the trail sheet on the way round the trail and one of the best things about it is that you don’t have to do it all on the way round, there are activities to do in the café afterwards meaning the fun’s not all over straight away! Mia was very happy to find Zog right at the end and as the trail is only a mile long, we still got a nice walk without Mia even realising it!
The great thing about Sherwood Pines is that even on busy days like bank holidays, as the park is so big, it really doesn’t ever feel busy. The large carpark means that there is always a space to park (unlike other nearby parks!) and there are lots of places to sit outside and have a picnic when it’s sunny! An adequate play area for the little ones means it’s a great day out for everyone to enjoy! I would recommend popping it on your to-do list if you’re in the area!
Have you visited Sherwood Pines?