Sprout explores : Moors Valley Country Park

On Friday we paid our first visit to Moors Valley Country Park in the New Forest, for Matt’s birthday. We couldn’t have had a better day, the weather was gorgeous, there was loads to play on and we loved exploring it all together.

We picked up a map from the visitor centre and set off along the Play Trail. It’s one mile long and has nine big structures to play on. Sprout enjoyed looking out for the blue and red signs which marked the next thing to play on. The play equipment is described as “adventurous” and they definitely presented new and exciting challenges for Sprout.

Sprout’s favourite play spots were the Hawk House (above) and the Bewildernest (below).

Even inside they were wonderful. The Hawk House has a wooden living room inside, complete with armchair, bookcase and pictures on the walls. The House of Baba Yaga (below) has three xylophones to play on, two of which are inside.

After the play trail we had a spot of lunch and before we went home we visited the Gruffalo sculptures, which are in the forest picnic area. On our next visit we are looking forward to the tree top trail and exploring the forest a bit more.

Moors Valley is a brilliant family day out, lots of the paths are pushchair accessible, there are plenty of food options in the restaurant, family toilets in the visitor centre and more than enough to keep everyone entertained. Car parking costs vary greatly depending on when you visit.