Family Days Out: Wilbarston Park

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If you’re a fan of the outdoors then wrap up warm and head to one of the many free play parks around the county, including Wilbarston Park.

With jackets, hats and gloves on, my three-year-old daughter Ruby and I headed out for some free fun and adventure at the park in Wilbarston.

It’s just a ten-minute drive for us from Corby, so we didn’t have far to go.

When you enter Wilbarston, you’ll see the park on your right.

It’s next to Wilbarston Village Hall so we parked at the car park here (which is free).

There’s no pathway to the park, so you’ll need to walk over the grass to get to it.

The play area itself isn’t huge but there’s plenty to keep little ones entertained – such as swings, slides and climbing frames.

And if you have any older children, there is a large enclosed football/basketball court next to the park.

Plus the views here are fantastic – you can see for miles around!

First up was the swing. Ruby did want to go on the ‘baby’ swing but it was covered in mud so we had to give that a miss and go on the big ones instead.

The main area of the park is filled with grass and there were lots of molehills, hence the muddy swing.

So it may be a good idea to bring a change of shoes and/or clothes – it depends on whether you mind getting a bit dirty!

For the next half an hour Ruby climbed the climbing frames and sat on the little rockers, having plenty of fun.

But I must say we had to finally admit defeat as it was just a little too cold to play outside any more!

Although a relatively small play area compared to some others, it was worth the visit and I will certainly bear it in mind in the future when I’m thinking of somewhere to take the kids for a bit of outdoor fun.

And I can imagine that when the warmer weather makes an appearance, it’ll be the perfect setting to enjoy the fab views from the park too.

However, I would say that the maximum age the park is suitable for is six or seven as older children may get a little bored – although there is the large court next to it, which I mentioned earlier.

But the key thing I think it’s important to remember is that the park is free – and there’s not much family fun you can get for free these days!

Where to find it

Wilbarston Park is situated on the right just as you enter Wilbarston (if travelling on the A427 from Corby).

It’s tucked back from Wilbarston’s Village Hall and there’s parking available here too.