If you’re looking for your next family day out, St Nicholas Park in Warwick could well be the one.
I’d never heard of the place, but a friend had posted some photos of their trip and it looked like so much fun. On a whim we decided to throw a picnic together and head off on an hour’s drive to try it out for ourselves. The power of social media, eh?!
We made a little three minute video of our visit to the park, but if that’s not your thing read on…
St Nicholas Park, Warwick
This beautiful green space is right in the centre of Warwick, pretty much next to Warwick Castle so you could easily spend half a day here and the other half there or exploring the town. We chose to relax and spend the day at the park itself. There’s plenty to occupy the little ones and best of all, it’s free to visit.
We started our visit to the park by hiring a green dragon pedalo. As you do, right?! If that’s not your thing you can also hire a duck, swan or flamingo pedalo, as well as a boring row boat or canoe. We hired ours just before lunchtime and there were only a few people in the queue. However, by about 1pm onwards the line was quite big, so take advantage of a short queue if you can.
It cost us about £15 for half hour (you can pay on card), including a cute little life jacket for Nova. Luckily the pedals are on a bar so if like us, one of you needs to wrestle your child from clambering into the river, the other can keep the boat moving!
After a few minutes of pedalling (thanks Jay!) you spy the famous Warwick Castle. A few minutes in the other direction and you have the company of the ducks and swans who gather at the embankment hoping for picnic scraps. It’s a really pretty, easy, fun way to spend thirty minutes. It doesn’t sound like much time but when you’re trying to keep hold of a 17-month old it’s plenty of time!
Nova’s hat made it in (and back out) of the river, but thankfully he didn’t. Those swimming lessons he’s had since he was two-weeks old have a lot to answer for!
We chose to picnic underneath a really pretty blossom tree in the shade, but there are loads of spots to choose from. Lots of people were camped out by the playground or along the riverbank, whilst a few dared to brave the queues for seats inside the cafe and on its terrace.
The walking distance from the car park is quite easy – 5/10minutes – and the park is very flat, so I think it’s worth bringing your own picnic.
Nova: Hat (Primark) | Tiger top (Tesco) | Trainers (old Clarks)
Me: Knot wrap (Lush – they have way more in stores) | Shirt (super old DP)
There’s a big playground for the little ones (and bigger ones) with pretty decent stuff. The floor area is covered in woodchip, so you don’t need to worry too much either.
Nearby there’s also a small amusement park that’s aimed at younger ones, with things like a train, spinner cars and generally garish colours and loud noises to suck them in. The queues were really big when we visited and despite only glimpsing the train for a few seconds Nova repeated ‘choo, choo mummy’ for at least half an hour, so venture to this area at your own risk!
You’ll also find mini golfing and an outdoor pool in the park. See, I told you it has lots to offer!
Parking at St Nicholas Park
We lucked out with the weather. It was blazing hot for an early April Sunday. However, this meant that everyone else seemed to have the same idea as us. The official car park was rammed, so we followed the signs to the nearby Myton Fields car park. It’s literally a field next to the river and costs a few pounds for a couple of hours parking. It’s super easy.
All in all, a visit to St Nicholas Park in Warwick is a perfect for a low-cost family day out. If it’s a sunny day be prepared for the crowds near the playground and car park, but it’s big enough for you to lose them like we did. Have fun!
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St Nicholas Park (official website)