Fun at the Salthouse Fields in Clevedon!
When the weather is good, I absolutely LOVE getting out and about in the local area. I love North Somerset and I love living in Weston-super-Mare. This never used to be the case. Pre-b I used to mope about quite a bit and generally whinge on that I didn’t have much to do outside of work. Now we have little b, I’ve found the opportunities endless for a nice day out in the sunshine. This weekend we took a short drive up to Clevedon. If you’re driving up or down the M5 then check out this post for all my tips on where to stop between junctions 24 and 16!
If you are in the area and the weather is good, I absolutely recommend checking the area out with your little ones. There is loads to do and you can make a proper day of it if you want.
It takes around 20 minutes to drive from Weston-super-Mare to Clevedon, using the M5 north.
Lots of free parking if you’re early
There is plenty of street parking if you are early, or a pay and display car park. We always manage to get in along the road and there are often spaces.
Right next to the car park is the children’s play area. There are two areas, one for smaller kids, and one for older. B absolutely loves the sandpit area. Be sure to pack a bucket and spade! The thing I love best about the park is that it is all gated off to dogs – no hidden surprises under the sand. We must have been in the play bit for all of five minutes before B clocked the miniature railway.
Usually the hubby goes on this type of stuff with b but he insisted I did. I’m pretty sure it was because he thought b might wet himself. So we did a loop of the railway. £3 for me and b. And then b proceeded to have a meltdown because I said “no, we’re not going on the bouncy castle”. Pants, potty training and bouncy castles are not a good mix!
We took a little walk up onto the promenade and had a look at Marine Lake. There we got chatting to one of the local volunteers who told us the water pump was specifically installed just for children to play with. How cool! What wasn’t so cool was that he explained that often the older kids bend it the wrong way and end up breaking it. The lake is completely for public use. You can go for a swim, use a dingy – basically have fun in the water. Every 6-8 weeks the water is refreshed with a high tide.
We pottered along to the arcades and b loves sitting in every Bob the Builder truck you can find. Hubby got a coffee and we enjoyed a spot of lunch overlooking the channel. B loved this because you could see all the huge ships making their way up to Avonmouth docks (I guess?!). It was a clear morning and we could see across to Wales too. After a bit of lunch and a kick around with the football (and two poo mishaps – see the potty post!) we headed back to the playground.
We spent another hour lazing on the grass and letting little man enjoy the swings and sandpit. It was lush. Another one of those “nothing” days that in the past I would have turned my nose up at. The days I now look forward to the most.
Do you have some hidden gems on your doorstep? Where do you like to go when the sun shines?