Going for a playdate with a friend somewhere new is always so much fun – as well as the joy that comes with spending time with a friend, there is also the thrill of discovering new places to play. One new place that we’ve discovered thanks to meeting up for a playdate is Pinner Memorial Park.
Pinner Memorial Park once used to be part of the West House Estate. West House, which now houses the café and the Heath Robinson Museum, was once home to the grandson of Lord Admiral Nelson and Lady Hamilton. The park itself has a large children’s play area, a bowling green, an aviary, duck pond and a quiet “peace garden”.
The weather wasn’t the best for an outdoor playdate – cold and a bit drizzly, but the girls weren’t going to let a bit of rain hold them back – and on the plus side, it meant that playground was much quieter than it would have been otherwise. It also meant there was no competition for the swings (the best bit of the playground) and as these were ones that went nice and high, the girls were in no hurry to try something else. Needless to say, my arms got a very good workout that day!
The playground was fabulous – there was so much to do – the only slight disadvantage being that it was so large that if the girls had gone in completely different directions, it wasn’t so easy to be able to keep an eye on both – but thankfully they (mostly) stayed together.
There were “binoculars” to peer through, a wobbly bridge to cross and a grassy slope that was much more fun that the slide next to it. I’m sure the girls could have spent hours happily playing in the play area but as Jessica was starting to go very blue thanks to the cold, we headed over to the café to warm up over some lunch, stopping briefly on the way to look at the budgies in the aviary.
Having warmed up again, we bought some duck food and headed outside to feed the ducks and chase the pigeons. I think the pigeons got most of the duck food but the girls had a wonderful time feeding them.
Once the ducks and pigeons had all been fed, we headed into the trees where there were branches to swing on, sticks to climb and a little natural den to hide away from the cold wind in.
Pinner Memorial Park is a little out of the way for us, but we had such a fabulous time there and will look forward to hopefully going back again soon.