FTwtK Awards – Best Outdoor Day Out

Just one of the categories in the Free Time with the Kids Awards 2020. Here are the nominations for the best outdoor family days out in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Oxfordshire and Hertfordshire. Have a look at all the nominees and vote for your favourite by clicking the link.

If I have already visited one of the shortlisted attractions then I’ll put a link to the review below. For places I’ve not managed to see yet I’m hoping to visit as many as possible over the next few weeks and I’ll add the reviews as I do. In the mean time I’ll add links back to their website.


Best outdoors family days out | Buckinghamshire | Bedfordshire | Hertfordshire | Oxfordshire | Free Time with the Kids

Black Park Country Park. Wexham, Buckinghamshire

AKA the Forbidden Forest! As well as a huge woodland there’s a lake and amazing play areas. Sit on the deck overlooking the the lake and watch the world go by, There’s also GoApe on site. Click here to read my full review.

Knebworth House. Stevenage, Hertfordshire

In addition to the house itself there’s Fort Knebworth, an incredible looking adventure playground, dinosaur trail. formal gardens and maze. It’s also a popular (and famous) concert venue. You’ll find their website here.

Waterperry Gardens. nr Wheatley, Oxfordshire

Family friendly gardens just outside of Oxford. There’s acres of gardens to explore, a rural history museum, playground and regular trails and activities. Full review coming soon. Visit their website for opening times and prices.

Wendover Woods. Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Recently completely re-developed it’s now home to a unique play trail, including play fort and separate toddler’s play ground. Brand new cafe with all-new toilet facilities is now open. There is usually a themed trail, orienteering, bike riding and loads of walks. You can read my full review by clicking here.

Lee Valley Regional Park. Hertfordshire

A huge parkland covering parts of London, Hertfordshire and Essex. There’s pretty much every activity imaginable available somewhere on site. A particular highlight is the sculpture trail (find out about that here)

Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum. Oxford, Oxfordshire

Technically two attractions in and near Oxford. The Arboretum is a lovely family walk in beautiful surroundings (including wandering peacocks). The Botanic Gardens have walled gardens and glasshouses as well as a huge variety of plants. All right in the heart of Oxford. Find out about both sites here.


Now you’ve seen all the shortlisted attractions in this category of the Free Time with the Kids Awards click the link below to cast your vote. You can vote in as many or as few categories as you like. Don’t forget to tell all your friends about the awards so they can choose their favourites too.

For the nominees across all categories have a look at the main Free Time with the Kids Awards 2020 page.


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Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with out three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch contact@freetimewiththekids.com or get in touch via Facebook