There seems to be a few more play parks popping up around our area and my kids are happy to be park testers!! This visit is to the new play area at Alver Valley Country Park in Gosport.
We turned up on a very chilly January morning about 10:30. There is a large car park which was pretty much empty at that time, and by the time we left at 12pm it was about half full. From here you can venture out into the countrypark too. We tried to find this one weekend when it first opened, but we went to the wrong side, however it was a lovely countrypark to explore.
We drove around the correct side this time, you want the West Car Park which is along Cherque Way, Lee-on-the-Solent PO13
Don’t forget your change for the car parking, I was lucky I had a little bit and a friend for 20p!!
The car park is right next to the play area, with the smaller play area for smaller kids here and the larger one to the left of this sign. Perfect if you have different aged children.
What I LOVE about Alver Valley Country Park Play Area is that it is great for older kids. I have a 13 year old son and twin girls who are 8 years old. Most play areas are suitable for the 8 year olds but not the oldest one. Not with Alver Valley Country Park!
Some of the things were even too hard for my 8yr olds which was great for my son as he can be challenged then.
You can see the metal monkey bar things going from the floor up onto of the castle, I watched some teenagers having a go at this one! Some with success and some not! Great that they are challenged too. As well as a huge zip wire, climbing walls and massive slides.
Talking about massive slides, look at this slide area!!
It’s HUGE!! And they loved it! Some were very fast or a bit rough so make sure you tell them to fold in their arms and legs so they don’t get caught! Mine learnt this lesson pretty quickly!!!
So even though there was some things there that my 8 year olds couldn’t do, they had so much to do still. The 13 year old was happy and they were happy. Perfect park!!
However you may have noticed it was pretty wet and muddy. I don’t mean just a little bit, I mean sinking mud, you can see by my daughters walking boots (thank goodness they wore them that day!) however they really could have done with wellies. If you have little ones dress them in a all in one, and clothes you don’t care getting muddy!
They had installed rubber play area stuff under the play equipment but you needed to get to these areas! The only way was through the mud!
We had two fall over in the mud, and they were both going down this massive hill. Which is great fun to climb and they loved being able to look out over the park like a Meerkat!
Dispute the mud mine LOVED this park and playing with their friends. I would happily go back again, and I am looking forward to a summer outing with a picnic as there are some nice grassy areas that when dry will be fine to sit on whilst the kids are playing.
Take a look at what Alver Valley Country Park has to offer as well as the park, it is full of wildlife areas, paths to explore and I am sure we will be back.