Fermyn Woods Country Park, Brigstock

by - August 23, 2018

Fermyn Woods is open all day, every day (the cafe and toilets have their own opening times). Parking prices as of Summer 2018 are as follows:
£3 for up to 4 hours
£5 for up to 12 hours
It might be worth knowing that the pay and display machine is not located in the car park but next to the cafe. This was a real pain for me as I was by myself and didn't know whether to make Millie walk to the machine and back again or leave her in the car. I decided to leave her in the car but didn't realise quite how far I'd parked from the cafe so ended up doing a really speedy (and slightly panicked) walk to and from the machine.

Millie and I began our trip with a walk as I could see that the park looked really busy. We took the easy access 'Skylark Nature Trail' but didn't walk too far as it suddenly got quite hot. Fermyn Woods sometimes have quiz trails which you can pick up from the Skylark Cafe (£2 per sheet). They offer various activities for children and families throughout the year (booking is essential) and more information can be found on their Facebook page by clicking here. 

After our walk, we nipped to the Skylark Cafe for a drink and some cake. The cafe has a very reasonably priced children's menu, four wooden highchairs but it is a bit of a squeeze between the tables if you had a pushchair with you. The cafe has some puzzles on a table and some children's books on a shelf. They also have a small area with a play kitchen, beanbags and a few toys like bead mazes and shape sorters. It's lovely that the cafe have tried to offer some toys to keep the children entertained. Everything felt like it needed a good clean though and there weren't very many toys despite a decent-sized shelving unit.

The toilets can be found near to the cafe and offer a drop down changing table with a strap. 

Outside of the cafe is a small playground area called 'Tot's Corner' which has a sandpit (it was fenced off when we visited), wooden equipment to sit/play on, small wendy houses and some chimes but unfortunately no beater to play them with.

Fermyn Woods Country Park have two larger playground areas. One area has a large wooden trim trial, an amazing-looking wooden fort and two slides. Millie was too little for this area so we didn't go over there as I didn't want her to be disappointed that she couldn't access it. I must apologise that I haven't taken any photos of it (you can see a little of it in the background of the first and second picture below). The area we played in was a large enclosed area with a rope swing, toddler swings, zip wire, spring rockers, climbing equipment, slides and a sandy area. There was so much equipment that it kept Millie busy for aaaaaaages.

Millie and I had a really lovely time at Fermyn Woods Country Park and were able to spend a long time here as there were so many things to do with beautiful walks, various play areas and nice cake from the cafe!

0300 126 5933
Open all day, every day.
The toilets are open from 8:30am to 5:30pm daily (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day).
Opening times for the cafe can be found by clicking here.

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