As the weather was nice this morning we decided that instead of going to our usual singing group we would make the most of the weather and headed out to The Wolseley Centre with a friend and her daughter is a week younger than Boo.
It is a great place, and we only explored a small part of it today, but we were there for a good couple of hours and even had a little picnic in a lovely secluded garden with benches and a swing. There was a lovely walk, which was partially boarded which followed a river filled with ducks, geese and even a couple of swans! As we crossed over the bridge Boo stopped to look out in to the water.
And a huge swan even came over to say hello!
The short walk we took was lovely and the paths were nice and even and wide perfect for a toddler walking with reins like Boo, or a pram. Even the boarded parts of the walk and the bridges were wide and were railed so that it was safe for Boo to walk with her reins.
There were lots of benches dotted about, which was nice as the girls liked to have a little sit down (and the mummies needed it too!)
The ducks were nice and friendly (obviously expected bread) and came over several times to say hello. The geese were less so and came over to us just to hiss at us, which was a little bit unsettling but Boo didn’t seemed phased though I was glad she was on reins.
We also saw a cute little white duck who was very friendly and so tiny compared to the other ducks.
I think Boo would have tried to stroke this duck if it had let her get any closer!The boarded part of the walk was great at the views were great, lots of interesting plants and trees for Boo to look at. And she was fascinated with the water.
The boarded part of the walk also had lovely wooden sculptures of of fish in the railings which had wooden sticks attached meaning you could get quite a musical noise but hitting the wooden body of the fish and the metal fins. How lovely!
We also saw a lovely wooden snail which Boo had fun sitting on. There was so much to see and do even on this short walk, which would have been maybe a 15 minute walk at normal adult pace. I can;t wait to go back when Boo so we can explore different parts of the Wolseley Centre. The walk could be shorter if you wanted as there were several shortcuts back to where we parked the car.
We sat and ate out sandwiches near this fantastic sculpture, but at this point my phone started to play up and sadly this was the best photo I could get of it. It is lots of otters playing in water and it really was fantastic.
After lunch it was time for a quick play in the water which was trickling over one of the bridges, the ducks even came to say hello too!
Parking is free and there was a decent size carpark but I can imagine on weekends and in the school holidays there would probably not be enough space. They do ask that you provide a donation for parking for the upkeep of the Wolseley Centre. There is so much more to do at The Wolseley Centre and from the look of things today there are renovations being done there to improve the existing facilities for the summer.
A really great place and it’s great for Boo to see so much wildlife up close, and all of the different flowers and trees, we got muddy shoes and had a great time, and even the weather played ball and it didn’t start to rain until we were in the car on the way home.
Definitely worth the visit, and I think we will be spending a lot of time there in future. I can’t wait to see how beautiful this place looks in the summer and the autumn because it sure is pretty in the spring.