Chatter, Day Out Review

Day Out Review: Staunton Country Park

This is a review of our day at Staunton Country Park, in Havant, Hampshire. This is a fairly photo heavy post, as I really want to show all the things we saw and did today. All information included in this post is correct to the best of my knowledge at time of posting. 

Today, Matt and I took Ezra to Staunton Country Park. It’s only a short drive from where we live, and relatively cheap, with Ezra being free due to being under 3, we only had to pay for us two (£8.50 each plus £2.50 all day parking, but they do take that off of the price you pay for the ticket in). We also bought a bag of animal feed to take round with us, which was 75p. As a side note, the place is as disabled friendly as a country park can be, walkways are wide, doors are push button to open and there is plenty of disabled parking. 

We headed up there just after it opened (it’s open 10am – 5pm) and took a picnic and drinks with us. We parked up and were greeted by this really nice older gent who was letting all the visitors know there are two sides to see, but you had to cross the road to get to the other part, but we were not able to do that today as Ezra got too tired out. He was such a lovely man, and really represented all the staff we dealt with, as there were all lovely. 

We went round to see all the animals. Ezra took great delight in feeding the animals, particularly the goats and sheep, although he did keep trying to put the little food pellets in their noses! The animals were really gentle and friendly and definitely knew that humans coming round means food! Some animals cannot be fed, but there are signs up telling you that, but other than that you can feed the animals freely.

Feeding the goats at Staunton Country Park
Feeding George the sheep

There are plenty of handwash stations, well stocked with soap and hand towels and a fair handful of toddler step stools at each one so even the little ones can reach to wash their hands after feeding and/or handling the animals. 

Ezra loved seeing the ‘quack-quacks’, mostly because there were three ducks playing together and quacking loudly. He also liked petting the Shetland pony, looking at the cows, pigs and donkeys and the fish in the glasshouse. 

Looking at the pig and the piglets

As we made our way around the animal area, Ezra was excitedly running from animal to animal. In his excitement, he tripped on the gravel and grazed his arm a bit. We came up to the play park and of course, he wanted to go in and play. So Matt took him to play while I went to the little cafe to see if they had any plasters, just to cover the cut to keep foreign matter out. Luckily they did, and the staff were really nice about it, didn’t even charge me, it seemed to come straight out of their box behind the counter too. 

The play park itself was great. It really catered for kids of all ages. Ezra loved it. There was a tractor, a pirate boat, many slides and swings and bouncy see saws and bucket spinners. There was so much to do. Ezra was so upset when we made him leave for lunch. 

Captain Ezra playing on the pirate ship
One of the slides at Staunton Country Park

Just outside the play park is a courtyard full of picnic benches (and the cafe I mentioned is just off here). We picked a table and sat down for lunch. After lunch we went back past the animals and headed for the greenhouses through the walled garden. Not many flowers were in bloom at this time of year, but when they are, it’s beautiful. 

We went into the greenhouse.  Tropical sounds are played, animal and insect noises. It is so hot and humid in there. We looked at the little fish and walked around and looked at the plants. 

Exploring the greenhouse

After leaving the greenhouse, we headed over to the little sensory garden. It’s so cute. Ezra really loved the wooden xylophone and the drums and kept flitting between them! It’s in a nice secluded area away from the animals and play areas and there’s a little picnic bench there too. 

Little drummer boy
Playing on the wooden xylophone

We then went on to explore the hedge maze. Ezra loved running ahead and picking which way to go. It wasn’t overly complex, it was enjoyable and easy to solve but enough of a challenge for younger children. Ezra wanted Matt to carry him out once we’d got to the centre of the maze. 

Heading out of the hedge maze
Out of the maze

Ezra was getting very tired by this point so we decided to head home after having a little look in the shop on the way out. The park actually have people with learning difficulties work there, growing plants and helping out. It’s something they are very proud of and I like how inclusive they are. 

There was still the soft play barn to explore, donkey rides to have, the other side of the park to see and much more. It was well worth the money. If you are ever in the Havant area, it’s definitely worth stopping in. The variety of things to do and see means that this is somewhere we will be returning to time and time again. 

See you next post!

Jazz

Chatter, Introduction, Uncategorized

Saying hi

Hi everyone!

My name is Jazz and I’m in my mid twenties. I live in Portsmouth, UK and I work for a bank as a consultant. I’ve been in a relationship with Matt since 2008 after we met through mutual friends at college. Together we have a beautiful son, Ezra, who was born on 6th December 2014. 

Here on my blog I will document my life as a mum, my experiences, reviews of products and places and voice my opinions. To start with, post uploads are going to be pretty irregular until I work out a posting schedule. I will post at least once a week. This blog is primarily going to be mum/family life oriented. You can expect to see posts about days out, toddler groups, craft activities which may be with or for a child, items and products I’ve bought that I want to share good or bad experiences of and topical posts. I will also post some hints and tips on how to save money and how to manage your finances, bargain buys and brilliant deals I’ve found. 

I enjoy crafty activities, and feeling the satisfaction of making something. I have recently started to crochet and I like to make canvas art. I regularly paint my nails and like many people, I am attempting to lose weight and get healthy. These topics may feature in future blog posts!

I enjoy documenting my life as I think it’s fun to share experiences and even to reflect back on things. This year I am completing the #365positivethoughts challenge, where you post a positive thought every day for a year, which I am currently doing on my instagram @jazzsalmon

So, that’s a brief introduction to me. I hope you enjoy my blog. 

See you on the next post!

Jazz