I was really excited when I heard about the Skillscape
, Ready for Ten's brand new facility allowing parents to share their insider knowledge of great parks, playgrounds and sports pitches.
We love finding out about as many parks as possible, so that we never get bored. Armed with a dogeared A – Z, it’s surprising what you can find right on your doorstep from wild and wonderful nature reserves, to bright and modern playgrounds. The beauty is that no two parks are the same, so build up your knowledge of your local green spaces and you’ll never be stuck for somewhere fun and free to visit.
Getting back to nature can be just as much fun. What could be better than climbing trees or scrambling over fallen logs, looking for beautiful leaves, pond dipping, bug hunting
, or just dangling your feet in a stream on a hot day. One of my favourite places to visit as a child was Himley Park
near Dudley, where there’s not a playground in sight, but plenty of running and rolling around to be enjoyed.
As well as getting to know your local area better, seeking out parks when you’re on your travels gives you a totally different perspective on the area you’re visiting. Find out where the locals go, get chatting and you might get some other insider tips! Last year we went to Broadway in the Cotswolds with relatives and found this brilliant playground
with amazing views. On a recent trip to London I found fabulous Coram's Fields
Where are your top parks and playgrounds? Please share your favourites on the Skillscape.
* Here are some of the Ready for Ten team's favourite spaces:
Beacon Park, Lichfield
Clarach, near Aberystwyth
Queen's Park, Edinburgh
Check out the brilliant Parklover blog.