Here's the first of my blogs, where I aim to give local people and families, as well as those visitors to to the Weymouth & Portland area idea's, places to visit and things to do on a budget.
In this first instalment I will list two of my favourite places where, as a family you can enjoy some fantastic family time in a nice environment which the children can also enjoy.
As the old saying goes "The Best things in life are free" and within our fantastic part of the world there are so many amazing and beautiful spots to visit which are free. So in no particular order here are the first two of my favourites:
Lodmoor Country Park - Weymouth
Close to the Beach and tourist attractions of the Sealife Centre and Sandworld, Lodmoor is often overlooked as a place to visit.
With good gravel and concrete paths all around the park it is still good to walk around in wet weather whilst also being disabled and buggy friendly. There is also an outdoor green gym with various exercise apparatus for adults situated around the park. There are also Maps around the park so you can get your bearings easily.
There is great park for the youngsters too in the shape of a Large Wooden Ship as well as various other play apparatus for the kids.
There is plenty of grass area's for a picnic's with some tables dotted around as well as some points for BBQ's and bins for rubbish.
It is also a safe place to walk a dog, so perfect if you want to tire your animal out along with your children. Children can also safely ride their bikes round here too.
There is also a small train (an additional cost) which travels around the park, throughout the summer months which can entertain the little ones even more.
Next too the Train Station is a small hut that sells Ice Cream's and other refreshments.
To extend your walk further you can also venture over to RSPB Nature reserve which I haven't actually done, but is all Wheelchair friendly with an additional 2.5km walk with hides for viewing.
Lodmoor hosts a number of Free events with this weekend being Air 107's Party in the Park Music and Family Festival.
Parking is available in the big car park outside the Sea Life Centre off of the Main beach road, but this can work out quite expensive. Alternatively you can park for free down Grove Road or by the side roads from Weymouth Rugby Club as there is a nice path from here to Lodmoor. For you foragers out there, this path also has an abundance of Blackberries during the summer months so a nice free treat.
Other paid for attractions within the Lodmoor area: All walking distance from the Park
9 Hole Golf Course
Sea Life Centre
Various other rides, Go Karts, Slide...
Sandsfoot Castle - Wyke
Always a fantastic place for a family Picnic and place to visit. Parking can be limited at busy times but if you can find yourself a spot within close proximity it is free.
The best bet is too ride your bikes or walk along the tarmacked Rodwell trail which extends from close to town, all of the way to Ferrybridge in Wyke Regis, which then if you are really feeling fit joins onto the Portland Beach road which has a cycle path.
The Castle itself is a ruin but in recent years it has been stabilised with a wooden walk way all around which means you can walk inside and is great for the youngsters to have a look in.
The view from the gardens and Castle is stunning to say the least with a fantastic panorama of Portland and the Breakwater.
The top part of the gardens is well maintained and has ponds with fish, and benches to sit and enjoy and a nice little cafe too. For a picnic the lawn by the castle is lovely and a nice spot for the children to play with a nice bank perfect for roly polys.
For more information on Sandsfoot and the Rodwell trail visit http://www.sandsfootcastle.org.uk/
Well that's the end of my first blog but please keep your eyes out for more updates and free places to visit at www.larasbargains.co.uk
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