This week our son had a day off school because of teacher training. I was really hoping the weather would be nice so we could get out of the house for a few hours and burn off some of his energy. Despite the gloomy looking skies in the morning, I decided to risk it, so off we set for Coombe Country Park in Coventry. We packed wellies and rain covers just in case!
Anyone who lives near Coventry I am sure will have visited Coombe Abbey on a school trip. Coombe Abbey itself dates from around the 12th century, although parts of the building were added at a later date. Although the building is now a luxury hotel and park visitors are not allowed in, it still looks very regal.
Coventry City Council maintains the grounds and at this time of year they looked wonderful. There's a kids' park at the entrance to the grounds and it is really well equipped. It was really quiet when we visited during school hours and we had it to ourselves for a short while. It's suitable for all ages of children, from walking to around 12 years old with different zones for different ages and activities.
Although the park was a bit damp, we spent 15 minutes having a play on the wobble boards and swings.
Once we'd finished, we headed off for a walk around the grounds. Although the air was damp and there were plenty of puddles around we spent a lovely couple of hours walking round in a loop and stopping to look at the birds, ducks and squirrels. We must remember the duck food next time!
Our son really loved all the colours of the leaves. He also enjoyed collecting acorns and conkers that had fallen off trees. We stood under a tree where conkers were literally falling off around us! Our daughter enjoyed the fresh air too, and loved looking around at everything from her buggy. I loved all the questions the country park inspired from our son, he was asking why some trees had been cut and were on the ground, why squirrels were searching for acorns and why the leaves turn a different colour in autumn.
We loved our morning out and both kids came home tired but happy (me too!). I'm sure our son learned a lot by us all taking time to get out in the fresh air and look around the park.
I was really impressed with how well the grounds were kept and we all loved the autumn colours. We'll definitely be visiting again soon.
Linking up with Country Kids from Coombe Mill for this post.