The Forest Of Marston Vale


I'm sure if you’re a regular reader you will know we love nothing more than getting out and exploring new places. One of our favourite places to visit is the forest of Marston vale, it isn’t far from us, and it’s a place we love to explore. It is so peaceful there, and Emily loves to be outdoors. Every time we have visited we have found something new that we didn’t know was there.
At the heart of the Forest of Marston Vale, the Forest Centre, and Millennium Country Park offer a fantastic, natural place to enjoy the great outdoors on your doorstep. The multi-purpose facility has something for everyone – whether you are looking to grab some lunch, have a nice quiet walk, or go on a bike ride. It has a lovely lakeside café bar; which sells a variety of tasty meals, cakes and snacks. It also has an outdoor playground, which Emily absolutely loves, and the centre is fully wheelchair accessible. It Is open all year around for both avid outdoor explores, and those simply seeking a nice slice of cake – I’m hoping to go back and test out the afternoon tea soon, it looks amazing. There are always events and activities happening at the forest centre, and they have a lovely farmers market once a month which we love to check out.

You can explore the 225 hectares of woodlands, lakes, wetlands and grasslands via the 17km of different trails – from mown paths to surfaced routes – and discover the amazing wildlife of the wetlands nature reserve and peaceful sensory garden on foot, bike or horse.

I was so happy to get out of the house, and go exploring with Emily. We found a beautiful opening in the lake, and Emily was able to see all of the boats on the lake, she actually stood there for a good 20 minutes just watching the boats. She was so happy there was a boat with a purple sail! We did visit the lake last year, but Emily wasn’t quite old enough to take it all in and actually explore. This year she was able to walk around Stewartby lake, and explore some of what Marston Vale had to offer. We found lots of blackberries that were just waiting to be picked, we were a little gutted that we didn’t have a tub or something as they would have made the perfect filling for a crumble. She did however pick a few, and she was also fascinated by the wind turbine. We stopped by the outdoor playarea for a picnic, it was also the perfect opportunity for me and Sam to grab a hot drink while we watched Emily play.

I thought I would share some pictures of our day out, and I would really recommend my local friends and readers to head on out to the forest centre and have a good explore.

18 comments

  1. 225 hectares of woodland and lakes sounds like our idea of heaven! I don't think we have anything like that nearby. We do have woodlands too, but nothing like the Forest of Marston-Vale.

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  2. Gorgeous photos! It looks lovely there and definitely somewhere we would love to explore. Emily looks so adorable! I love the photos of her jumping in puddles and the one of you together, you both look so happy! x

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  3. this does look good - all that land to explore! We have only got fairly small parks like this near us. My daughter would love the muddy puddles too!

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  4. What lovely photos! I love the Wetlands at the Forest of Marston Vale, followed by something nice in the the Lakeside Cafe :)

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  5. Fab photos I think I need to make a trip there as I don't think its that far for us to get to.

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  6. Isn't it great when they reach an age at which they can explore! Looks like you were all having a great time.

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  7. Bless her she looks like she's having so much fun. It really looks a lovely place to visit x

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  8. This looks like such a fun place. Glad you had a lovely time x

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  9. Looks like an interesting place to explore. What a lovely lake and great children's play area too!

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  10. Gorgeous photos lovely. This is my kind of place to visit with the boys, you just can't beat woodlands and nature on a day out. There's so much for them to explore and it looks like Emily and has super time. I love that the playground is in keeping with the natural environment around it xx

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  11. This looks just like our kind of adventure!
    Some lovely captures too :)
    Glad you enjoyed your day x

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  12. Lovely photos!
    We have been spending lots of time walking round forests and making the most of the nice weather.

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  13. It's great that you live so close to something like this. It's great for the kids to be able to explore things like forests when they are young.

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  14. Such an amazing place to have close to you and I love the puddle stomping pic x

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  15. This place sounds perfect for a day out and picnic. And I am always a sucker for anywhere that does afternoon tea. Your photographs are stunning. It looks beautiful and Emily definitely seemed to enjoy jumping in the muddy puddles. Hugs Lucy xxxx

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  16. Love a bit of puddle jumping with the kids - must go out and get some blackberries and make some muffins

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  17. It's so important to have the fresh air and to wander around. Such a great place to be near to and your photos look lovely - lots of happiness!

    Alina | The Fairytale Pretty Picture

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  18. aww she looks like she had so much fun! nothing better than getting muddy in puddles! x

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