Top Parks to Visit This Summer Holiday In and Around OldhamJuly 10, 2020
Similar to the rest of the year, this year’s summer holidays may feel a little different, with restricted plans, cancelled holidays and most importantly the children have already been at home since March anyway!
One thing that never changes though is the feeling of getting some fresh air and having some fun family time in the great outdoors. That’s why we’ve decided to share some great local parks for you and the family to go and enjoy together.
This beautiful country park in Royton is just a 15-20-minute drive away from our school grounds and is the perfect place for an outdoor family adventure. There’s 48 hectares of park land secluded by towering trees so there’s plenty of space for children to burn off some energy! When it’s time for a recharge there’s a café available to stop for a drink (and maybe an ice-cream too!). There’s views of the Manchester Plain and the Pennine Hills which make the perfect opportunity for a family photo.
Known as the biggest and best park in the North West, it’s worth making the 20-minute car journey to Heaton Park to simply experience the magnificent 640 hectares of parkland. However, if you’re looking for a little more for the children, Heaton Park definitely doesn’t disappoint as it also has three full sized football pitches, a boating lake, a land train and even an animal centre – which we hope to see re-open over the coming weeks. It’s free admission into the park and parking starts from £1.50 all day.
If you’re looking to make a day out of it, Poole’s Cavern is certainly worth the hour car journey. Located in the Peak District National Park, Poole’s Cavern is known as the ‘First Wonder of the Peak’ and allows you to explore the marvellous natural subterranean world. There’s lots of fun history to be learnt here and there’s a beautiful woodland walk to the hilltop viewpoint of Solomon’s Temple.
If you’re looking for something a little closer then Alexandra Park is just a 20-minute walk away from our school, and even has free tennis courts… just make sure you bring your racket and balls with you! The park has wide paths running through it which is great for those children learning how to ride their bike or simply wanting to scoot through the park. You can download a walking map here.
Lots of our local parks have restrictions due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so be sure to check out their retrospective websites before making the journey there.
We can’t wait to see what you get up to during these well-deserved summer holidays!