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We look forward to welcoming you this summer. To help you make the most of your holiday with us, we have put together a guide with a variety of activities with all ages. Feel free to spend your time relaxing in your lodge, and around the park but if you want to venture further afield then this guide is for you!

Day 1: Local Exploration

Morning: Local Exploration

  • Fuel up. After waking to bird song in your cosy lodge or treehouse, enjoy a delicious breakfast. Local pastries from Ellesmere or sausages on the BBQ, the choice is yours.
  • Woodland Walks. With the dog or without, take to our woodland walks to stretch your legs and immerse yourselves in the beautiful, peaceful surroundings in which you are staying.

Afternoon: Ellesmere Mere and The Mere Park

  • Picnic at The Mere: Pack a picnic and head to The Mere, a stunning lake in Ellesmere. Enjoy your lunch surrounded by serene views and plenty of wildlife. Or you can enjoy some lunch at The Boathouse pub which perches right on the Mere shoreline.
  • Boating: Rent a rowboat or pedal boat and take to the water for a fun family adventure.
  • Children’s Play Area: Let the kids burn off some energy at the play area, which features swings, slides, and climbing frames.

Evening: Dinner and Relaxation

  • Local Dining: Have dinner at one of the family-friendly pubs in the area. Our favourites are The Red Lion, Ellesmere, The Boat Inn, and The Cross Foxes, both in Erbistock. 
  • Game Night: Return to your lodge for family game night. 

Day 2: Outdoor Adventures and Local Attractions

Morning: Chirk Castle

  • Chirk Castle: Start your day with a visit to Chirk Castle, about a 20 minute drive from the park. This magnificent medieval fortress offers a fascinating glimpse into history and the beautifully landscaped gardens are perfect for the kids to explore.
  • Children’s Activities: Check out the castle’s summer holiday activities, such as treasure hunts and interactive historical displays.

Afternoon: Shropshire Sculpture Park

  • Lunch: Have a packed lunch or grab something at a local café before heading to Shropshire Sculpture Park, the UK’s largest metal safari park.
  • Sculpture Trail: Wander through the sculpture park, where children can marvel at the large, imaginative sculptures. The trail is perfect for a leisurely family walk.

Evening: BBQ at the Lodge

  • Barbecue Dinner: Take advantage of the barbecue facilities at Woodland Park Lodges and enjoy a family cookout. Let the kids help with setting up and preparing their own skewers or burgers.

Day 3: Fun at the Farm and Indoor Play

Morning: Park Hall Countryside Experience

  • Park Hall Farm: Drive to Park Hall Countryside Experience, a farm park about 15 minutes away.
  • Hands-On Activities: Enjoy activities such as feeding the animals, tractor rides, and pig racing. The interactive play areas and exhibitions will certainly keep the children entertained.

Afternoon: Indoor Play at Crazy Knights

  • Lunch: Have lunch at the farm’s café or bring a packed lunch.
  • Crazy Knights: Head to Crazy Knights, an indoor play centre in Oswestry. The play area features slides, ball pits, and climbing frames, perfect for letting the kids have some indoor fun while you relax with a coffee.

Evening: Pizza Night and Movie

  • Homemade Pizza: Make pizzas together in the large open kitchen. Let each family member create their own pizza with their favourite toppings.
  • Family Movie Night: Wind down with a family movie night. Choose a film from our DVD selection in reception, or if your lodge has a Smart TV, make use of our superfast WiFi and stream your favourite films. 

Day 4: Nature Trails and Farewell

Morning: Ellesmere Canal and Whixall Moss

  • Canal Walk: Start your day with a peaceful walk along the Ellesmere Canal. Enjoy the picturesque views and watch the boats navigate the locks.
  • Whixall Moss: Visit Whixall Moss National Nature Reserve, a unique peat bog habitat teeming with wildlife. The boardwalk trails are ideal for a family nature walk.

Afternoon: The British Ironwork Centre

  • Lunch: Have lunch at a local café or picnic at Whixall Moss before heading to your next adventure.
  • British Ironwork Centre: Spend the afternoon at The British Ironwork Centre, where children can marvel at the incredible metal sculptures, including the famous Knife Angel. The centre often hosts family-friendly workshops and demonstrations.

Evening: Farewell Dinner

  • Farewell Dinner: Enjoy a final dinner at a nearby pub, all our favourites are listed in the information book on the coffee table in your lodge. Reflect on the wonderful memories made during your stay.
  • Packing: Return to your lodge to pack up and prepare for departure the next morning.

We hope this itinerary helps you make the most of your stay with us. Have a fantastic summer holiday in Shropshire!