Exciting, safe and enclosed play space? Check! Big green to run around and kick a ball about on? Check! On-site cafe, toilets and shop selling local produce? Check! Can you tell we love a trip out to Wigginton Park and Village Shop?
My daughter loves the name of this small village (just outside of Tring, Herts) – for some reason it always gives her a giggle. It’s not just the name though, as the playground itself is very well-liked by all of us. To start with, the play area is enclosed, with a gate to the ample car park. It’s floored with soft chippings for a safe landing, though these are a little soggy at the moment!
Within the play area there are several features that stand out – for instance, the main equipment is one long joined-up frame. From about 2 my little girl has been able to make her way along nearly the whole frame by herself, which is great for self-confidence.
It starts with everyone’s absolute favourite feature – the very cool wooden house. Brightly coloured, it has openings for windows and doors that open and shut. The kids all seem to spend an age in there, as it’s big enough for several to play in at once, and lends itself beautifully to games of ice cream stand, cafe, secret lookout and many more!
Leading on from the house is a balance beam, lower deck with ship’s wheel and lookouts, several slides, stepping bridge and rope bridge. These gradually lead up to the other end of the frame, which features a twisty slide.
There are lots of different ways to access the frame at various points, so younger children can play at the lower end, and older ones can make use of the log ladders and nets to make it more exciting. You can also run around the whole frame, and play underneath it at points too.
There are baby and older swings, several picnic tables inside the play space and some benches on the green outside. This is a lovely big space to run wild, with blackberry bushes round the edges for autumnal foraging. There’s also access to local walks from the green, and an outdoor gym on the opposite side to the playground.
Whilst we love taking a picnic, to have on the green, there’s also a cafe at the brilliant village shop. It’s run by volunteers and features wonderful local produce to buy – both gifts and basics like fruit and veg. The cafe serves hot drinks, paninis and sandwiches and homemade cakes. There is some inside seating and plenty of tables outside. There’s a toilet with baby change inside for customers.
Always known as the ‘twisty slide’ park in our house, it’s been a popular choice for a trip out since we first discovered it!