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ASD friendly activities between Lincolshire and Legoland, Windsor?

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kerpob Fri 10-Jun-11 10:30:17

Hi we are going to the Thomas Centre on hols this year which is in Lincolnshire - we're from NI so don't know this part of the world very well. We are then going to spend a couple of days at Legoland. We are going to spend another couple of days somewhere in between with our 3 DC - DS1 and 2 aged 7 with ASD/ADHD and NT DD aged 9.

Last year we got very helpful suggestions from here and went to the Monkey Forest nr Stoke (which they loved) and the National Forest discovery Centre.

Any suggestions very welcome!

zzzzz Fri 10-Jun-11 10:58:58

Mine love Cotswold Wildlife Park [though no good if it's raining as all outside]. Basically think Zoo set in grounds of old mansion. It is more spacey than most places so plenty of room to get some space, there is a little train that runs between 2 stations and a playground. We find it a very peaceful day.
There is a place that rents narrow boats out if they are sensible enough for that somewhere near Windsor, though you would have to google, I think they also do little boats [mine would freak at this but depends on your tolerances I guess].
Odds Farm is good for a wander but aimed at under 7's really.

moosemama Fri 10-Jun-11 10:59:41

We live in the Midlands, which I guess is in the middle of your plans ish?

My ds1 is 9 and has AS and his favourites locally are:

Warwick Castle. We don't go there often, as its not cheap, but you can use Tesco Vouchers and its owned by Merlin if you have one of their passes.
and
Birmingham Sealife Centre

We are also planning to go to the Space Centre in Leicester in the summer holidays. A friend of mine took a cohort of children with a variety of SNs including ASD and ADHD there last year and it was a big hit.

We went to Coventry Transport Museum last weekend and ds1 enjoyed that. Its a really good place to kill 2/3 hours, as its completely free.

The only other place I can think of of the top of my head is Conkers. Both my boys love it there. There is an interactive eco/environmental museum, a nice big outdoor play park and acres of land to explore, including a tree-top walk/bridge. We thought it was getting a bit old and tired last time we went, but the boys (ds2 is nt and 7 years old) absolutely loved it and to be fair it was a while ago, so they could have tidied it up since then.

zzzzz Fri 10-Jun-11 10:59:55

Oh if they like sliding there is also a dry ski slope in High Wycombe, I think they do sledges as well.

moosemama Fri 10-Jun-11 11:01:25

Oh and of course there's the West Midlands Safari Park near Kidderminster, which has the advantage of pleasing both those members of the family that love cuddly animals and those that like theme parks.

moosemama Fri 10-Jun-11 11:03:44

The Family Days out With Kids website is good for finding out what there is in different areas.

kerpob Fri 10-Jun-11 11:57:11

Loads of ideas there - thank you so much!

smileANDwave2000 Fri 10-Jun-11 12:48:08

space cntr leichester my ds loved it its hands on and not too noisy

Anonanonuk Fri 10-Jun-11 15:00:04

Try the Thames Valley Adventure playground which is not that far from Windsor. It is a fantastic place!!!!

It is based on a 2.5 acre site adjacent to the A4 in Taplow, near Maidenhead, the Playground is open to children and adults with all types of special need, however, mild or profound, their siblings and parents/carers.

Open Tuesday to Saturday all year round, Fridays are reserved for adults with special needs.

http://www.tvap.co.uk/

N.B. You need to book places before you go.

Eveiebaby Fri 10-Jun-11 21:10:36

Cliveden - not too far from Windsor. There are woods which lead to the River Thames and a maze and playground . It is a National Trust Property so if you google you would get more info. Paultons Park which is Southampton way so maybe a bit more further than you were hoping to travel. It is Peppa Pig themed but there is more to do as well (am hoping to take DD soon).

Eveiebaby Fri 10-Jun-11 21:14:05

Also, meant to say that it sounds like your DS's might like trains! If so Beckonscott Model Village is so close to Winsdsor. It is not a massive place you could do it in an hour but if you DS's do like trains it is all based on minature trains with a minature train ride.

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