As you will already be aware, your child has a ‘Weekend Wonders’ passport card which encourages you to spend time together enjoying the simple things in life. In addition to this, we thought it would be helpful to offer some further suggestions of weekend ideas which you could enjoy exploring as a family. Please read on below to find out about some of the attractions our staff have enjoyed visiting (some may be free, other sites will charge). As always, we would encourage you to plan any visit in advance and suggest you check online to confirm opening hours and any periods of closure so that you do not have a wasted trip.
If you do visit any of the suggestions below, feel free to share with us. We have a display board in the hall which we would happily add to so you can promote your enjoyable visit with the rest of our school community.
Northala Fields, Northolt
Northala Field Park is an awarding winning green space equipped with two playgrounds, one being for under 14s, a model boating lake, six fishing lakes and three wildlife ponds. There are four artificial hills which stand out of the landscape, giving fantastic views of our local area into London. Just next to the A40 Western Avenue, the location is on our doorstep. A pet friendly area, it is a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning walking the dog. With all the open space why not take a kite or arrange a family picnic. This is definitely a place for all the family to enjoy.
Cassiobury Park, Watford
Cassiobury Park is a fabulous asset to the local area and can be reached easily by train. It has a beautiful parkland, the Grand Union canal and is packed with fun activities for all the family to make the most of the outdoors. The park has the Paddling Pool Playground, available for children up to the age of 14, that consists of: swings, zip wires, trampolines, a stone maze and different slides. For the little ones, the Cha Cha Cha Playground is suitable for smaller children up to the age of six.
On a warm day, the paddling pools are perfect to cool off in. At a small additional cost, there are bungee trampolines, a miniature railway and a bouncy castle. For refreshments, there is a small cafe offering light snacks and ice-creams. I would recommend Cassiobury Park as there is something to do for all the family!
Odds Farm Park, Beaconsfield
I would recommend a family visit to a farm. Odds Farm Park, in Beaconsfield, is a lovely place to visit. You can meet many animals in the hands-on area. Here you can stroke rabbits, feed goats and sheep, see pigs and others too. Often a real treat is to see new born animals. There is a daily programme full of fun activities and demonstrations so you can plan out your whole day. In addition to the farm animals there are acres of other adventures too, including outdoor play areas and even a giant indoor play barn. https://www.oddsfarm.co.uk
Tea at the Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge
Hidden deep within St Andrew’s Park, just ten minutes from Whitehall, is the Battle of Britain Bunker. Originally home to the RAF fighter's number 11 group, the bunker has been excellently preserved and is open to visitors year around. Take a guided tour, which is free for Hillingdon First card holders and under 18's, or stop in the cafe, run by volunteers, for a delicious slice of cake and a hot drink.
Wellington Country Park
A bit further away and with an entrance fee, is Wellington Country Park. A recent discovery for my family, this is a superb place for children to visit. Their website recommends the park for children up to eight years of age. There are a multitude of play areas, a splash park, a farmyard, a large lake to walk around, nature trails and mini golf. You can easily spend a whole day here. https://wellington-country-park.co.uk/
Little Venice, London
Take a visit to Little Venice where you can explore one of London’s canals! You can walk along Regent’s Canal and explore Rembrandt Gardens, named after the famous artist. While you are there, you can hop aboard the Puppet Theatre Barge – where you can enjoy puppet shows on the canal. You can also visit the birthplace of Alan Turing, the world-renowned code-breaker and pioneer of computer science.
Holland Park, London
Sandwiched between bustling Kensington High Street, Brook Green and tourist heavy Notting Hill and Portobello Road, Holland Park is both laid back and buzzing. It surrounds the communal gardens that inspired Richard Curtis’ film Notting Hill. This leafy neighbourhood has a historic green space at its heart. The park itself symbolises the epitome of West London living, where acres of lush green space meets the best of London’s cultural scene in the form of the open-air opera house and theatre.
Holland Park spreads over 54 acres of what used to be the grounds of Cope Castle, a large Jacobean mansion hidden in the woods. Sir Walter Cope built it in the early 17th century. He became Chancellor of the Exchequer under King James 1. Holland Park has: children’s play facilities, a sports area, a café, large areas of woodland abundant with wildlife and 22.5 hectares of gardens.
Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre
An interesting family attraction in Great Missenden, which is roughly half an hour’s drive from Uxbridge. Take a walk through different galleries, which have activities for you and your family to explore. You can also listen to tales from Roald Dahl's stories or go for a stroll through the village lanes and fields that he walked in to see the sights that inspired the author to write. There is a cafe on site, serving lunch, cakes and even afternoon tea or you can simply take a picnic. Admission is £7 per adult and £4.70 for children between the ages of 5-18. For further information, please visit https://www.roalddahl.com › museum.
At the Copas Farms you can pick fruit and vegetables which you then buy. They provide baskets and bags into which you can put the produce you pick. This is then weighed at their tills and you pay based on the kilogram charge of the respective fruit or vegetable.
Please note they do not allow you to eat the fruit as you walk around the farm. There is a charge of £4 per person and this is paid at the entry tills before you pick fruit and vegetables. The charge is, however, refunded off the produce you pick and buy.
The address is Calves Lane Farm, Billet Lane, Iver, Buckinghamshire, SL0 0LU. Calves Lane Farm is approximately ¾ mile from the A412 Slough/Uxbridge Road. Follow signs to Langley Park/Billet Lane and watch for Copas Farms signs. The Copas Farms are open on Saturday and Sunday 10 am - 4 pm.
Kensington Gardens is my favourite of all the royal parks in London and is perfect for a free family day out! These stunning gardens provide a variety of choices when you visit. You can visit the regal Kensington Palace, Prince Albert Memorial or just go for a stroll among the impressive surroundings.
If you are feeling energetic there is the Diana Children’s Playground where a huge wooden pirate ship awaits you. There is also a family trail where you will have the chance to go on an adventure with Peter Pan.
Kensington Gardens is easily accessible by Tube with the District, Piccadilly and Central Lines all going there. Please see the website for more information: https://www.royalparks.org.uk/parks/kensington-gardens
Denham Country Park
Right on our door step you can find Denham Country Park, a fantastic place to spend a few hours with the family. It is very convenient as everything is in close proximity to the carpark. The Adventure Zone is a large wooden playground that includes a sandpit. There is a brass-rubbing trail, and orienteering maps are available in the Visitor Centre for a nominal charge. There is also a pretty countryside walk of approximately one mile that takes you through a wetland meadow, a woodland and past two rivers and the Grand Union Canal. There is gentle sloping access to the Misbourne Chalk Stream outside the cafe, which is an ideal spot to go river dipping (nets are available to buy in the shop). Part of the Colne Valley, it also worth checking online to see what workshops are available for children to participate in during the school holidays. It is a great place to take a picnic or alternatively you can buy food in the café, which has a covered outside area too. https://www.colnevalleypark.org.uk/visitor-centre/
Kyoto Gardens, Holland Park
One of the most beautiful gardens in London can be found in Holland Park. The Kyoto Garden offers a unique, Japanese-style landscape which is perfect for quiet reflection and relaxation, especially after a busy school week! Kyoto Gardens is a wonderful place to develop your photography skills or even an opportunity to get the dust off that sketch book!
Horniman Museum, 100 London Rd London SE23 3PQ
A marvellous museum set in 16 acres of landscaped gardens, the Horniman has a traditional natural history gallery where the exhibits are displayed in traditional cases with no computer touch-screens in sight. There's also an aquarium, a permanent gallery dedicated to African, Afro-Caribbean and Brazilian art, and a collection of around 1,600 musical instruments, with an area where people can play some of them and a display ('At Home with Music').
The museum provides extensive facilities for families, including a nature trail, weekend workshops and a hands-on base where children can touch museum objects. Nature Base explores the natural world with exhibits including the Horniman beehive. https://www.horniman.ac.uk/