As you know, I love a cheap family day out and in 2019 we have been on so many. Now that the year is drawing to a close I thought I’d put together your favourite reviews of the year. I plan on reviewing many more free and cheap days out in Bucks, Beds, Oxon and Herts next year so make sure you subscribe to the website to keep up to date with the latest reviews.
No1. Wendover Woods, Wendover, Buckinghamshire
Wendover Woods, including the play trail and the Shaun the Sheep Glow Trail has consistently been one of the most popular reviews on the Free Time with the Kids website. The refurbishment work has been completed now and the new cafe is open.
No 2 – The Escape Rooms at the Works, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire
The escape rooms at The Works in High Wycombe only opened a couple of months ago but the review shot straight into the top ten! We did their Harry Potter themed escape room and it was so much fun! It’s an in-depth escape room experience with so many elements to it but the kids were more than capable of solving the clues with us.
No 3 – Stay and Play Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
The opening of Aylesbury’s newest soft play was very eagerly anticipated so when it opened recently there was a huge buzz around it. We got to try it out a couple of days before opening and it’s my new favourite soft play. It’s surprisingly big and has got some brilliant features you won’t find anywhere else in Aylesbury. Make sure you also check out the Arcade upstairs – it’s an old school amusement arcade including 2p machines.
No 4 – Wiggington Playground, Nr Tring, Hertfordshire
The newly refurbished playground at Wiggington nr Tring is awesome. It’s not entirely all weather as it’s wood-chip flooring but there’s a little house, loads of slides and even a climbing wall. There’s free parking on-site plus a cafe which sells epic home made cakes.
No 5 – Halton Camp playground aka the Helicopter Park, Wendover, Buckinghamshire
This little gem of a park was found thanks to a random google maps search! I spotted what looked like a massive target on the ground and it turned out to be this place. They have not one but two helicopter playframes. It’s got all weather flooring and on-site parking which are both real bonuses. Off the back of this review I was recommended to check out the Pirate Park nearby, which is another epic playground. Residents of Wendover, you are very lucky!
No 6 – Lynx Playgym, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
This review may well have been popular for all the wrong reasons. It’s one of the very few bad reviews on the website. I really don’t like giving them, but I really do feel like this place has gone downhill recently. I also have some genuine safety and maintenance concerns. It’s such as shame as Lynx Playgym used to be one of my go-to rainy day activities when the boys were small.
No 7 – The Children’s Play Village, Warwick
Yes, I know the Children’s Play Village doesn’t technically fall into the “top cheap family days out in Buckinghamshire” category but it really is an easy journey up the motorway and well worth the drive! We’ve been a couple of times now and it’s become something of an end-of-holidays tradition. We’ll be going back at the end of the Christmas holidays and I cannot wait. It’s a whole street dedicated to dressing up and role-playing. Oldest child is nearly 10 now and he still loves it!
No 8 – Cutteslowe Park and Splash Park, Oxford
The hottest day since the dawn of time (well, nearly) had us all running for cover. We chose to cool off at the free splash park at Cutteslowe, Oxford and loads of you loved it too! As well as the splash park there’s a miniature railways, several playgrounds and loads more. I highly recommend it, whatever the weather.
No 9 – The Lookout Discovery Centre, Bracknell, Berkshire
Again, this is slightly off patch but easily do-able as a day trip. As well as the amazing discovery centre itself there’s also an incredible woodland playground right outside. It’s STEAM heaven for kids of all ages, although I was not a fan for the lookout tower at all. You shouldn’t be able to climb up something that wobbles that much!!
No 10 – Green Dragon Eco Farm, Quainton, Buckinghamshire
I’ve said it quite a few times, Green Dragon Eco Farm is my favourite open farm. It has a great balance between facilities, number of animals and price. There’s not the amazing indoor soft play extravaganza you’ll find at the much more expensive other local open farms, but it does have good facilities. I’ve also always found the staff to be amazing and they’ve got a new wildlife zone that opened this year.
Cheap family days out for 2020
I’ve got so many more cheap family days out I’m planning on reviewing in 2020 and I cannot wait to share them with you. As always if you think there’s somewhere I should be visiting then just get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure you join the Facebook chat group as well – you can share your suggestions on there as well.
I’m Vicky and I am a mum of three living in Aylesbury. I set up Free Time with the Kids to review free and cheap family days out in Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, mainly because I kept forgetting all the fabulous places that were recommended to me!! I love getting out and about with the kids (and hubby of course) and we have adventures all over the place. My reviews tell you all the things you need to know about the family days out and activites we’ve done such as how much it costs, if there’s parking, toilets and if there’s a cafe or if picnics are allowed. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch email@example.com or get in touch via Facebook