For six years I have frequented playgrounds. Playgrounds in Sussex, Cheshire, Norfolk, London, Cornwall, Spain, Dorset – motorway service stations (there is actually quite a good one at Beaconsfield services by a lake). I am now well and truly over it.
The first half hour is great, I love seeing the joy on their little faces as they run around from activity to activity. I push them on the swings, I monitor the ridiculous vertical drops that the climbing frames have on them really really high up. Then I try to encourage us all to go for a coffee, this bit I like the most (biscuit bribery usually works here as long as we agree to come back to the park).
My criteria for parks is quite strict. Not too close to a main road, I don’t want us to have the noise of too much traffic if possible. There must be toilets nearby, there is nothing worse than your little one announcing two minutes are you arrive that they need a poo and there are no toilets. Good coffee is essential, this is a deal breaker for me, if the cafe sells crap coffee I choose another park.
Living in Sussex since having the kids my favourite parks have been Hove Park, St Ann’s Well, Littlehampton Beach playground, Splashpoint, Worthing and the playground on Brighton Beach with the ginormous paddling pool. By baby number three, even those were boring me, another day in the park.. yawn yawn yawn.
On a mums and dads Facebook group recently I spotted a chat about the best beach playgrounds and this one in Peacehaven came up. I had never been to Peacehaven, knew nothing about it but thought I would go and see what all the fuss was about. I’m glad that I did because the playground was incredible. Designed by very clever people at The Big Parks Project have a little look at what they started with.
The playground was very quiet both times that we went (amazing for us), that is probably because the weather was very windy and cold. I have to get the boys out of the house whatever the weather (for all our sanity) so it didn’t phase me and we just wrapped up. The coffee was okay (could be better), the food was a lot cheaper than Hove Park but actually that really doesn’t bother me when the surroundings are so beautiful.
Check out this park in Peacehaven – it is really unbelievably beautiful and my very favourite park in Sussex. I have fallen back in love with the joy of taking kids to the playground.