For a great family day out, Dinton Pastures is a great destination. With an awesome playground, lakes perfect for cycling or talking a dog for a walk and a cafe serving hot food and drinks, there’s plenty to pack in to a day out.
Dinton Pastures Playground
Dinton Pastures playground is brilliant. It spreads out over a huge area and is filled with lovely wooden equipment. For younger children there are swings, slides, a big sandpit and lots of interesting things to climb over. We liked the giant’s chair and the next of huge wooden eggs. For older children, there is very adventurous climbing and a fantastic fort with various tunnels and chambers. There are several picnic tables or grassy areas to spread out a rug.
Dinton Pastures Lakes
There are several different tracks around the lakes, ideal for biking and dog walking. We chose the Black Swan Lake loop (1.8 miles) and spotted lots of interesting ducks and swans. The path was flat so excellent for biking but did have some bumpy sections where the path had been resurfaced with rough gravel.
The Dragonfly Cafe is open from 8.30am and serves a good selection of hot and cold food, coffee and ice creams. This includes all day breakfast as well as a children’s menu including lunch boxes. There is plenty of indoor seating as well as lots of outdoor tables in the garden.
Dinton Activity Centre
Dinton Activity Centre is situated by the Black Swan lake, a 15 minute walk away from the car park and playground. It offers a range of watersports including pedalos and kayaks and is open Monday to Friday. Check out the Red Kite Days What’s On page for information on events and Red Kite Days classes and holiday clubs page for more information about courses for children.
There is a dedicated car park onsite. Parking is quite expensive (£1.50 per hour up to maximum of £6) but there are no entrance charges.