Perrygrove, as JB will attest to, is a wonderful place. After two hours of riding the trains, running around the woods and the play areas, I had to drag him, kicking and screaming back to the car.*
The main attraction is the 15″ gauge railway, and the trains that run every weekend, and every day during the school holidays. The journey snakes around ancient woodlands, and lasts about 20 minutes. It is a great way to introduce your young children to the beauty of trains, as I found out the hard way. Fear not, you can ride the train as many times as you like between 10:30 and 17:00.
This year they have introduced an extra day to the weekly calendar, with “Toddler Tuesday’s”+ which runs up until the end of October. Here your toddlers can enjoy the day at their own pace, without the hustle and bustle of lots of older children, while they are at school.
The 3/4 mile track runs through four stations, that all lead to lovely woodland walks, the bluebells dappled in sunlight, gave me a great sense of adventure and escapism. I can only wonder at how amazing this must be for JB.
Taking the train all the way to the final station, ‘Foxy Hollow’, you will find a wonderful picnic area, and an under cover play area complete with rope bridges, and climbing frames.
It took me a while to get the wee fella, to leave all this fun behind, but with the promise of something even better he reluctantly followed, and boy, he was not disappointed!
Here at Perrygrove they have a treetop village, and it is nothing shy of amazing for the little ones. Complete with rope bridge and slide, it’s even accessible for prams and wheelchairs.
It’s a bit of a tight squeeze in places, for adults running around after their toddlers, trying to take photos, but luckily I’m a little shorter than your average bear. Luckily my feet can just reach the floor!
Other great little ways to entertain the young uns, incude the ‘treasure hunt’. Follow the clues to find the treasure boxes, dotted around the stations and woodlands. Or maybe they’d like to try there hand at building a den in the woods. Or run around the indoor village and explore the secret passages.
One word of warning if you plan on coming here to Perrygrove, have a hearty breakfast! Trust me, you’ll need it!
Fancy a birthday party for your cherub, and all their friends? Or maybe you’d like to get married on the train? Perrygrove will go out of their way to accommodate you, just click the link and get in touch. They will be happy to help.
King of the Wild Things is a series of posts about the wonderful places your children would love to visit in the Forest of Dean. Check out other posts in the series by clicking the following links.
* Please be aware, I am actually using artistic licence here. There was no dragging, kicking, or screaming involved, just a little whining that we had to go home for dinner.
+ Please note, “Toddler Tuesday’s” run a diesel engine, not a steamy. But if you’re here come the weekend, or during the holidays, and you keep your ticket, you will get 10% off your entry, and enjoy a day on the steam engines.