Days Out & Events

Parking: There is a small amount of parking available at the church adjacent to the site.

Please be aware: Waterproof footwear is recommended.

Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.

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PARKING
The car park at Housesteads Roman Fort is operated by Northumberland National Park. To support their endeavours in protecting our National Park, there is a charge to park in this car park. A standard £4.00 applies to all of their car parks along Hadrian’s Wall. This means that when you pay once, you can then explore the rest of Hadrian’s Wall using their car parks for no additional cost. For details about all of Northumberland National Park’s car parks along Hadrian’s Wall, please call 01434 611675. The fort lies uphill from the car park (a fairly strenuous 10 minute walk on steep gradient). A disabled car park is available. Please ask at the visitor centre for directions to this car park.

FOOD AND DRINK
Sandwiches, snack foods, ices, hot and cold drinks are available from the gift shop.

PICNIC AREA
You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on the site.

SHOP
The gift shop is attached to the museum and sells Roman themed souvenirs, snacks, hot and cold drinks.

TOILETS
Male and female, including baby changing in the National Trust toilets.

DOGS
Dogs allowed on leads (restricted areas only), assistance dogs welcome.

MUSEUM
A fascinating collection of Roman finds can be seen at Housesteads, some returning to the fort for the first time in hundreds of years. See Roman altars, dedication stones, jewellery, tools and weapons, which all give us a snapshot of life 2,000 years ago.

EXHIBITION
The museum at Housesteads has undergone a transformation. Explore the story of the fort through dramatic film footage of the stunning World Heritage Site and CGI recreations of the original Roman buildings. See what it was really like to live on this hilltop fortress of Vercovicium, the Roman name for Housesteads which means 'place of the effective fighters'.
Younger visitors can meet 'Felix', a character of the fort who will guide them around the museum.

FAMILY FRIENDLY
BABY CHANGING FACILITIES
Baby changing in the National Trust toilets.


PLAY AREAS / ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND
Big, five-acre fort - plenty of space for children to run around and play.
PUSHCHAIRS ALLOWED
Yes

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A small, maturing mixed woodland. Local people were involved in the development of the wood and continue to be interested in its management. Much of the planting was done under the Woodland Trust’s 'Woods on Your Doorstep' project. The wood provides an interesting visual contrast to the surrounding agricultural land.

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Langdon Hill has 2 main areas: One Tree Hill and Westley Heights.

Facilities at Westley Heights include:

Gravel Hill and Hall Wood car parks open 24 hours
2 car parks open from 8am to dusk
access to footpaths at all times
natural play area
toilets with disabled access
a picnic area
The main car park is off the High Road, Basildon, SS16 6HU:

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Langdon Hill has 2 main areas: One Tree Hill and Westley Heights.

Facilities at Westley Heights include:

Gravel Hill and Hall Wood car parks open 24 hours
2 car parks open from 8am to dusk
access to footpaths at all times
natural play area
toilets with disabled access
a picnic area
The main car park is off the High Road, Basildon, SS16 6HU:

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Cockington Court is one of Torbay's favourite destinations, combining history with present day through a thriving craft centre and a popular programme of events. The site enjoys a growing reputation as a regional centre for quality arts and crafts. 

Set in an award-winning country park a mile away from the seafront, Cockington Court is an historic manor house with over twenty craft studios, tea rooms, walled art garden, tudor rose garden, contemporary art gallery and a popular children’s play area.

Cockington Court is managed by TDA as a craft centre, visitor attraction and creative business space. The country park itself, Cockington Country Park, is managed by Torbay Coast & Countryside Trust.

Our Kitchen Gallery has a growing reputation in the arts world as a contemporary gallery space of regional significance, having showcased work by artists of international acclaim as well as emerging local talent.

Discover artists and craft makers at work in their studios. Watch the glass blowers create amazing works of art, hear the blacksmith clinking at his forge, and smell the delightful aromas of the delicious chocolate being made by the chocolatier.

Open daily, free admission

10am-4pm October-March and 10am-5pm April - September
Studio times may vary, please contact the maker before planning a special visit

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Wat Tyler Country Park offers 125 acres of stunning parkland in the heart of the beautiful south Essex marshes in which to relax and explore.

Excellent amenities for a great family day out for all ages.

Wat Tyler Country Park is just outside Pitsea town centre 2 miles east of Basildon and 10 miles from the M25.

Parking on site is free of charge

 

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Batsford is home to one of the finest botanical collections in the country and is run by the charitable trust, The Batsford Foundation.

The Arboretum is planted on a south facing slope which means visitors get to see our magnificent tree and plant collections from an unusual angle, as well as the stunning views of the Evenlode Valley beyond.

At 56 acres in size, Batsford is an intimate and romantic place to visit, with interest all year round from the first snowdrops of spring, right through to the outstanding autumn colour in October and November.

Batsford is also home to a beautiful new wooden visitor centre where you'll find the Garden Terrace Café, Gift and Garden Shop and the Plant Centre within the walls of the Victorian kitchen garden.

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We love dogs!

Unlike many attractions, we recognise our four legged friends are part of the family and therefore a big part of your day out which is why we welcome dogs at Batsford. All we ask is you keep them on a short lead at all times and make sure you clean up after your pet.

Dogs in cars

Please make sure you never leave your animals in your car even in winter to make sure they don’t suffocate. We reserve the right to enter any car containing a dog which is in distress so please be responsible.

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Benfleet Creek  in Essex 'Dog Friendly Walk' 

From Benfleet Station to Leigh-on-Sea - 

1 h 25 min (4.2 mi) Each way

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This particular walk is popular with cyclists and runners - but you can see far enough ahead to pop your dog back on lead if need be!  

Hadleigh Castle overlooks the path and can be reached by taking a short detour up the hill. Just beyond this is also the Olympic Mountain Bike course.  Please note that parts of this walk can be muddy or wet after heavy rain.  

Stop at the fishing village of Leigh for lunch…there are fish and chip shop, the cockle sheds and several dogfriendly pubs with a K9 watering hole to stop at and take a breather before heading on towards Southend - or in our case - heading back!

Dogs are allowed on the beach at Leigh-on-Sea out of season - between October through to April 

Please Note: Access at Benfleet is via a gated private road which is sometimes locked by the residents.  

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The Donkey Sanctuary has an incredible 5,800 donkeys in their care. There are 500 at Sidmouth waiting to meet you!

Donkeys love to meet new people and you can discover their unique characters and stories. 

Admission free (donations welcome)

Family fun • Dog-friendly • Bike-friendly

The Donkey Sanctuary in Sidmouth, Devon is open 365 days a year, and is set along the beautiful and historic Jurassic Coast.

 

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CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR

Please remember that they are a working farm and many of their walkways are grass so bring footwear suitable for the weather.

Much of your time will be spent outdoors so please plan for every eventualilty with our great British weather. Wellies are ideal on wet days and sun hats and sun cream on hot sunny days.

Don't forget to pack appropriate layers of clothing to help keep you warm if there's a nip in the air.

 

FEEDING POLICY

They ask that you do not feed the donkeys as it encourages them to expect food from everyone and fingers can look deceptively like carrots to a donkey!

Kindly pass any treats to staff who will ensure they are distributed to the donkeys at feeding time.

 

NO SMOKING POLICY

Smoking is not allowed in any areas of high fire risk. Please take notice of all "No Smoking" signs around The Donkey Sanctuary.

 

DONKEY ASSISTED THERAPY

They offer donkey assisted therapy to hundreds of local school children with additional needs.

If you know someone who would benefit, then call the team on 01395 573009.

 

VOLUNTEER - GET INVOLVED

If you have some spare time and would like to become more involved in their work, find out what volunteer opportunities they have available.

 

WEDDINGS

They are a registered venue for weddings. For more information or to arrange a visit, please visit their weddings section and see how you can fall in love with their venue.

 

ADOPTION DONKEYS

Visit the adoption donkeys and make a friend for life. There are special Meet the Groom sessions running every morning and afternoon which offer a chance for you to hear all the donkeys' latest stories and get to know these delightful characters better.

Just pop in to the Visitors' Centre when you arrive to find out more.

 

FACILITIES

Gift shop (9am - 4pm daily)
Restaurant/refreshments
Picnic areas
Car park
Toilets/baby changing area
Nature Centre
Wild Sanctuary
Maze
Walking trails
Treasure hunts
Guided tours
Group visits (prior booking)
Coach visits (prior booking)


ACCESSIBILITY

Disabled car parking spaces
Disabled toilet and hand washing facilities
Ramp/railings leading to gift shop
Seating along walkways
Wheelchair available for hire (request in gift shop)
Wheelchair access in main areas and along walkways
Restaurant and picnic tables accommodate wheelchair users

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The Blackwood Arms Walk A beautiful 4 1/2 mile Burnham Beeches walk, featuring a convenient stop at The Blackwood Arms.

This is a circular wallk and can start and finish at the Blackwood

Littleworth Common, Burnham Beeches, South Bucks, SL1 8PP

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Cotswold Wildlife Park is set in 160 acres of parkland and gardens and is open every day (except xmas day) from 10am.  It is the UK’s largest zoological collections and most exciting gardens. Millions of visitors in that time have discovered here the beauty and diversity of the natural world.

The Park relies totally on our visitors and receives no outside help from any other sources, so your visit is vital to all the staff and the animals here. It also enables us to support a thriving education programme, numerous endangered species breeding programmes and several vital conservation projects in the wild.

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Dogs on a lead

Dogs may be brought into the Park provided that they are kept on a lead and under adult control at all times. Dogs may not be taken indoors or into the Bat Belfry, Reptile House, Children’s Farmyard and any areas with free ranging animals. Please clean up after your dog and ask at the Pay Desk for a poop bag.

 

 

 

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An old favourite visited by thousands of dog owners every year is the beautiful Elvaston Castle located in the village of Elvaston, which is set perfectly between Derby and Nottingham.

This was a real favourite of ours when we used to take Bella for a walk and she loved nothing more than the opportunities she got to explore while she was there. And with Spring having arrived there's no better place than Elvaston Castle to see this season in all it's glory!

To give you a bit of a background to start, the estate was opened in 1970 and was one of the first country parks in England. Today both the buildings and gardens are registered as being of special architectural and historical interest so there’s a great deal to see while taking in the surroundings.

Elvaston W2SAt the heart of the estate lies Elvaston Castle, a gothic revival masterpiece (not open to the public unfortunately) designed by James Wyatt in the early 1800s based on the original house dating back to 1633. Just to walk around the castle itself and take in the stunning design is a real must when visiting.

With stunning woodland walks it's a haven for birdsong and hearing the rustling of wildlife, so really is a peaceful way to escape the day to day grind. Some days you will pass a few people on your travels, but if like us you like the early morning walks, it's at these times when you can feel like you have the whole park to yourself and your K9 buddy!

If you like nothing more than a good couple of hours walking, we know that can make for thirsty work, so when it’s time for a tea break for you and water break for your doggy, there is a tea room situated just behind the castle with plenty of tables and chairs outside to be able to sit down and take a load off.

So whatever the season or occasion there is always lots to see and do in and around the park and what more perfect place to spend time with your furry friend!

This walk was submitted by Chris from Petstay Derby

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The remains of the largest castle in Devon, in a stunning setting on a wooded spur above the rushing River Okement. Begun soon after the Norman Conquest as a motte and bailey castle with a stone keep, it was converted into a sumptuous residence in the 14th century by Hugh Courtenay, Earl of Devon, much of whose work survives. After the last Courtenay owner fell foul of Henry VIII in 1538, it declined into an allegedly haunted ruin. There is a riverside picnic area and beautiful woodland walks nearby.

It's also a great place for bird lovers with regular visiting species and in spring and early summer you can enjoy a variety of seasonal wild flowers, which adorn the meadow, woodland and motte.

Don't Miss The audio tour that brings the castle to life • Stories of ghostly happenings 

Facilities

Free Parking • Toilets • Picnic Area • Shop • Dogs on lead welcome • Family friendly

 

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