We’ve been coming to Wisley since Max was really little and it’s definitely one of our favourite places to visit especially on a warm Spring/Summers day. It’s absolutely stunning and the perfect place to let your little ones run off and explore whilst you take in the gorgeous scenery. Wisley lies between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey and is just off the M25 which makes it the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of London. It’s only around a 30 minute drive which works out perfectly for us as it usually means Emmie will nap on the way there and Max feels like he’s going on an adventure, ha!
We met up with our friends Hannah and her son Grayson for a playdate, which was lovely because we hadn’t seen them in a while! They enjoyed picking up sticks, fighting over sticks, the little soft play area in the cafe and perching by the ponds playing with their cars and action figures. Max always has the best time when he’s out running around free range style. He’s such an outdoorsy kind of child and as soon as the sun is shining he’s desperate to get out and about exploring, which makes Wisley the perfect environment for him. On our first visit we were so impressed we quickly became members. For £60 you and your family get access into the gardens, free entry into 200 other RHS Partner Gardens, plus priority booking and access to the flower shows. Which I’m yet to go to but I have my eye on the Hampton Court Palace and Chelsea show!
Another thing I love about Wisley is they really cater towards children, during any kind of school holiday there’s always something on for them to enjoy. Whether it’s arts and crafts, butterflies in the butterfly house and puppet shows. This Easter break is no exception and they have something on everyday of the school holidays including a Lindht Easter Egg Hunt. I particularly enjoy heading to the big lawn area by the cafe once we’ve finished walking and exploring. We throw down a picnic blanket, get the kiddies toy cars out and a few snacks and we can relax and let the little ones play. It’s perfect because the area is nice and open so we can keep our eyes on them at all times. It’s also nice to let Emmie out of the pushchair so she can crawl around and do some exploring herself.
Once you’re done in the gardens there’s a lovely gift shop with countless amounts of books, a children’s section full of toys and a garden centre with plants and garden ornaments etc and another little cafe to grab drinks and nibbles for the drive home. If you’re after a day out this Spring definitely think about visiting Wisley, it caters for everyone from Grandparents to children and it’s such a fun day out, stress free which is what you want when you’re having a day out with the kiddies. Bring your picnic blanket, some food and a ball for the children to kick around the big lawn and you’re good to go!
Have you been to Wisley before? Is there anywhere else similar to Wisley we should visit next?