As you drive into Leighton Buzzard you might notice there are signs advertising the Leighton Buzzard Children’s Trail. I’ve driven past them lots and decided to Google it one day. OMG! Turns out it’s a free sculpture and art trail especially for children.
There are 22 points to the Leighton Buzzard Children’s trail. It starts at the library – just ask at the desk for a free map and pencil. The first three stops on the trail are immediately outside the door! Top tip – if you are not able to get to the library then you can download the map from their website.
The next stop was a bit trickier to find. A couple of tips; 1) some of the art is very small. 2) look at the map – it shows you what you’re looking for most of the time. That’s how we found the mouse. As you go round you have to answer the clues and tick off the things that you find. The map is fairly easy to follow.
The kids had such a good time running around finding them all (as did the adults!). It took us about 90 minutes to find everything, but I think you could make it as quick or as slow as you wanted to really. Because it was showery on the day we did the trail we did walk quite quickly at some points.
Most of the pieces of art are in relatively good condition given that the trail has been going for a long time now. However, there are some that could have done with a bit of a refresh – stops 10 and 19 in particular.
When you have finished the trail make sure you go back to the library to claim your reward. You get a little badge and there’s a card for you to design your own picture and potentially win a prize.
What else is nearby?
If you want to make a whole day of it, part of the trail goes through Parsons Road Recreation Ground. It’s almost at the end so you can stop and have a play, enjoy the splash park or the beach. There’s also a cafe and toilets if you need them.
I was really impressed that the library has got lots of things going on so you can easily spend ages in here too. The day that we visited there was lego and duplo building, colouring and more. We quite literally stayed until we were kicked out at closing time!
Free – including the map, pencil and prize
Use the town centre car parks, including the Leighton Buzzard library car park
There are a couple of places where you can use the loo; in the library, near Waitrose and in the Parson’s Road Recreation Ground.
Maybe take a picnic and have it in the rec ground? Plenty of places to get food in the town centre.
Our review of Leighton Buzzard Children’s TRail
4 / 5 – (I think a bit higher, hubby thinks a bit lower so this is the average). The fact that this is free is really good. It’s a nice little way to spend an hour or so and it’s unlikely the kids will get bored along the way as the stops are quite close together. There are things to do to bulk the day out. I was impressed, but it’s not something you can really do more than once because you’ll know where everything is.
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