Over the summer we had a 3 night stay for Jamie’s birthday in the Staines/Windsor area. During our stay, we spent the day at Runnymede Pleasure grounds near Windsor. This is a really lovely park with plenty to keep everyone entertained. I am bringing you my list of 5 great things that you can do at the pleasure grounds. Quite a few of these things are free. Perfect if you’ve just spent a fortune at LEGOLAND as we had.
#1 – Play in the Large Playground at Runnymede
When we were driving around the area we were trying to spot something to do that wouldn’t cost much money. We spotted this playground from the road and thought it looked worth a visit. Jamie spent quite a lot of time here both in the morning and the afternoon. We arrived quite early so the playground was a lot quieter earlier on but it meant the amusement area wasn’t yet open.
The playground has plenty of climbing frames, there’s a slide, swings, roundabout and see-saws. Here are a few photos of the playground. Jamie loved the roundabout as he could spin himself.
#2 – Feed the Ducks and Geese
The Pleasure grounds sit on the edge of The Thames. It’s very picturesque down at the water’s edge and there are geese and ducks aplenty.
They sell bread in bags to feed the geese and ducks from the on-site café. We aren’t the biggest fans of giving them bread and have proper food for them at home. However, Jamie was desperate to feed them so feed them we did.
#3 – Paddle in the Paddling Pool
There is a paddling pool at the Pleasure grounds which is open in the summer months. Even though we visited at the end of July it sadly wasn’t warm enough to use. It does look good though and it’s surrounded by a secure fence. The paddling pool is free to use.
#4 – Take a Ride on a Paddle Steamer
We had seen the paddle steamer going up and down the Thames the day before and we knew this was something we wanted to do. Plus it was a bucket list first for us as we have ‘ride on a paddle steamer’ on our list.
The steamer can either be boarded in front of the statue of Queen Elizabeth II at the gardens. Or further down the river at its only other stop the Runnymede boathouse. It is run by French brothers boat trips. The journey up and down the river takes 45 minutes. We paid £8.50 for an adult and £5.65 for a child. You can benefit from some money off by booking online in advance. They also have family and senior ticket prices. Please check their website for running days and times as they do not run all year round.
#5 – Visit the Amusements at Runnymede Pleasure Grounds
During the summer months, they have an area opposite the playground for paid rides and bouncy castles. Great fun for the little one. Plus we were able to rest on one of their chairs, bonus!
It costs £1 for an hour in the pay and display car park or £6 for an all-day ticket. There is plenty of open space which is great for picnics. They have 2 cafes on-site and there are public toilets. It’s also a great place to take a walk along the riverbank.
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