There's a small theme park near Melton (Twin something or other), various play areas around the Water, Rockingham Castle is great and there's Burghley House but he's probably a bit young for the actual house, gardens are nice though. Oakham and Uppingham are nice towns (I grew up in Oakham) but there's not a lot in terms of "attractions". Oakham Castle is quite interesting (I got married there) but it depends on your three year old IYSWIM!
thanks Kate .. we are staying in Oakham so its good to hear that is nice. I have found Twin Lakes Park near Melton but will def look at Rockingham Castle .. I think a castle will be right up his street!
I spent many a happy afternoon playing soldiers with my brother around Rockingham. If you can travel a bit further Belvoir Castle has events on during the summer, medieval jousting tournaments etc. Also concerts in the bandstand in the park in Oakham on Sundays-plenty of room for kids to run about and a small playground. We may be up to see my mum next week so if you see a woman with three manic dds it could be me
excellent! Is it far to Belvoir Castle? My ds is turning into a real little boy, mad about castles and guns (the things they learn at nursery!) .. so he might enjoy jousting! He is also animal mad and I noticed there is a cattle market in Melton one day a week which might be worth a quick visit. We are staying at Barnsdale Country Club in Oakham ... do you know it by any chance? They have a pool so I am hoping for a bit of chill out time too.
My brother used to work at Barnsdale. It's a lovely setting right by Rutland Water. I looked around it for my wedding reception but eventually settled on Normanton Park on the other side of the lake. Belvoir is probably about 45 mins drive but it's a long time since I last went. In terms of animally things Twycross Zoo is not all that far away.
will def give Belvoir a go then as ds can handle 45 mins drive ... I just hate driving for hours with a moaning min and only manage to spend a few hours somewhere. Will look into Twycross Zoo as well .. thanks so much - I will keep my eye out for a woman with 3 dds!