With the Cotswold Baby and Toddler Show less than 3 weeks away, we thought it would be nice to share a little bit about our fabulous venue's amazing surroundings!
The Pittville Pump Room is set in Pittville Park, the park is only a short walk from town and it has so much to offer! As well as the huge, main play area, there are expansive lawns, perfect for picnics and games, a boating lake, a smaller play area, a waterfall and stream to splash in! There are plenty of picnic tables and benches dotted around if sitting on the floor isn’t your thing and a total of three food and drink outlets, so wherever you set up camp, you wont be far from a fresh cup of coffee!
On the Pump Room side of the park, the crowning glory is the play area. Completely renovated in 2016, there's a water play zone, a variety of swings, slides and climbing equipment, plus mini trampolines and a music area. Next to the play area, you will find a food and drinks kiosk and public toilets, including a baby changing room. There is also a Changing Places facility behind the snack kiosk. Away from the play area, there are lawns perfect for picnicking, playing ball games or relaxing in the sun, there is also a small lake where plenty of ducks hang out. Heading towards town, you will find Central Cross Cafe where you can sit down (tables and picnic rugs available) for food and drinks or grab things to take away, there are also some spectacular trees for climbing and exploring in.
If you walk away from the main play area, over the footbridge and under the underpass, you will find yourself on the boating lake side of the park. If you're at home on wheels, there's a skate park for you to enjoy and there are tennis courts available too.
Head to The Boat House Cafe to enjoy a snack or drink or to hire a rowing boat, then take in the views and wildlife from the water. For land lovers, walking a circuit of the lake is packed with fun opportunities too! There are some great climbing trees just outside the cafe garden, pontoons perfect for feeding the ducks or fishing (permits can be obtained from the Boathouse Cafe but please ensure that you have the relevant license from the Environment Agency too ). Continuing round, there's a waterfall to explore, an outdoor basketball court, play equipment (including a wooden assault course suitable for older children and adults) and a smaller, contained play area that's great for toddlers and young children.
So whether you're sending older children off to the park while you shop and enjoy the show, or you fancy making a day, Pittville Park has got plenty to offer you. Watch out for a separate post letting you know the best places to eat and drink while you're in the park (spoiler alert, wherever you pick, you won't be disappointed)!