Wellington Country Park, set in Riseley in England’s rural Berkshire, has a wealth of attractions from the animal farm and miniature railway to many other child-friendly activities. Step out of the park and into your hotel by booking your stay nearby with Culture Trip.
Green spaces have become even more precious since the pandemic, and Wellington Country Park has 350 acres (140ha) of greenery in which to play. Scattered around this sprawl of coniferous and deciduous forest are animal enclosures full of friendly farmyard critters, adventure playgrounds and woodland trails guarded by model dinosaurs. Stay nearby and kids can beat the rush to the swings, and get in early for other fun family days out like the ruined Roman city at Silchester.
Behind a dignified Georgian facade, the Wellington Arms is part of the historic Wellington Estate, named for the boot-wearing Duke who stamped his identity all over this part of Hampshire. Many come for the food – with superior pub meals created using top-notch local ingredients, served indoors or out in the pub garden – but the rooms are just as appealing, with historical elements but a smart, modern attitude, best expressed in the stylish metro tile-lined bathrooms.