On our previous visit to Compton Verney for their Forest School (pictured at the bottom) we’d barely scratched the surface, so on Saturday we were back to see the rest!
Compton Verney is 15 mins’ drive out of Stratford-upon-Avon in the direction of Ettington. It promises a great family day out with their children’s woodland adventure play area, willow tunnels and nature trails to all-weather explorer backpacks and arty activities every school holiday.
A brand spanking new Visitor Centre welcomes you at the car park and there have been more improvements to the galleries over the winter too. A brisk walk up the gravel path through the trees planted by Capability Brown and around the lake bring you to the impressive former mansion house. The house is a perfect marriage of history (check out the incredible plasterwork cornicing!) and modern extensions. The quirky Folk Art gallery on the top floor captured the kids’ imagination, especially the handmade Morris dancer dolls.
As a place renowned for the great outdoors, it was an eye opener to find that there are rainy day options too. The Family Room is large and well equipped with games, arts & crafts, chalk boards, DUPLO, puppet show and more. We struggled to drag the kids away!
The new Chinese gallery is beautifully laid out in a modern way. It feels as though you’re stepping into the British Museum (one of our fave museums with the kids) and no wonder because it was a collaborative effort. The modern café/restaurant is very welcoming, with a good choice of food and drink, plentiful high chairs, space for buggies, baby changing and family friendly staff. We finished our day with a walk through the grounds back to the adventure playground. There are picnic tables dotted around which will be perfect through the summer months.
The £22 Family Annual Pass is an absolute steal, especially if you can bring the toddlers midweek for Tuesday’s soft play and Thursday’s Forest School.
WHERE TO GO
Where: Compton Verney, Warwickshire, CV35 9HZ
Tel: 01926 645500
For other days out ideas go to the Mumbler website