California Country Park’s brand-new play area is now open.
Due to very popular demand all bookings until 17 May are now full. However, please come and enjoy the new facilities outside peak times (before 10am and after 4pm) without a booking.
We will be reviewing our need for our booking system beyond 17 May ahead of the next set of government restrictions lifting. If required we will continue to run the booking system and will release further dates.
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You can also still book online to enjoy Dinton Pastures play park.
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About our play area
The new play area contains two distinct spaces – the Sensory Garden and the Wild Wood – as well as swings, hammocks and a large trampoline.
The Sensory Garden is designed with younger children in mind, although most of the equipment is suitable for a range of ages and abilities, including a variety of imaginative water play equipment. It provides a space where children can investigate and discover their world through creative play or test their physical abilities in more active play.
The Wild Wood is designed to physically challenge older children and teenagers. It includes three different tree houses of varying heights and level of challenge wrapped around existing pine trees. There’s a rope and pole agility course climbing pyramid and a zip wire, as well as sound cushions and carved woodland animals at ground level to add interest for younger children.
Throughout the play area, natural elements such as logs, boulders, water, timber and the trees help create a space that connects children to nature and provide a sense of wellbeing.
The play area includes a range of inclusive and interactive equipment – including a spinning disc, swings, musical chime walkway and a trampoline that are suitable for wheelchair users.
Additional seating has been created, for parents and carers as well as visitors using of the paddling pool. Other improvements to the café, public toilets and car parks were completed in preparation for the new play area earlier in the year, including a changing places facility for disabled users.
The play area is designed to have year-round appeal for local families and their children. Accessibility has also been improved with new surfaced paths to the paddling pool, café and toilets. It was built by our partners Green Play Project.
Where is the play area?
The children's play area is located near lake front and café. There is a circular path around Longmoor Lake providing easy access for pushchairs. The play area is also just a short walk away from the orange bog and heathland, which forms part of our Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) status for the park.
Boardwalk and laid paths provide easy access across the bog. Interesting wildlife such as sphagnum mosses, springtime orchids, adders, and silver studded blue butterflies can be found here and on the heathland.
Play area booking – Frequently asked questions
Why is there a booking system during peak times?
A booking system is in place to ensure social distancing can be maintained keeping both staff and visitors safe during the pandemic.
What are the peak days and times?
Weekends and school holidays 10am-4pm. Entry times are 10:00, 11:15, 12:30, 13:45 and 15:00.
What happens outside of these peak times?
The play park will remain open outside of the ticketed times.
Outside of these peak times we ask parents and guardians to decide to enter the play area based on how busy it is. If it looks busy, it is; walk on and visit another time.
If you visit on the morning of a ticket day, we will blow a whistle prior to the start time of our first ticketed entry time slot and everyone already in the play area must vacate.
Will the peak times get extended?
The ticketed entry days and times are likely to change to reflect the demand. We will amend the system to ensure social distancing can be maintained within the play area.
Are tickets free or will there be a charge?
Tickets are free of charge.
How long is each play park session?
Tickets will provide entry for up to one hour of play.
At the end of your session time, you will hear a whistle. This is the end of play time and all children and adults within the play area must leave via the exit gate promptly so we can get the next group of people in.
There will be a 15 minute window between sessions to clear the play park before the next timed session enter.
Can I book tickets back to back?
Please do not book back to back slots, otherwise we will not be able to accommodate all of the children and families needing to use the facility. If you book back to back sessions you will still be required to exit upon the ‘time up’ whistle and will be refused entry on to the next session.
How many tickets can I book?
You can book up to six tickets, per session. We request that tickets are only booked for people from the same household.
How many people will be in the play park?
The play area will be restricted to 100 children per hour.
Do I have to book tickets for accompanying adults as well as children?
All children using the play equipment require a ticket for entry into the play park; This does not include parents. Parents are invited to supervise from within the play area and do not require a ticket. We would kindly ask that only the direct parents / guardians of the child/ children enter the play area in order to maintain good social distancing within the vicinity. There are plenty of tables and chairs in the neighbouring café and lakeside to enjoy.
Can I cancel or amend my booking?
Unfortunately we do not have the staff capacity to amend or cancel bookings, so only book what you know you are going to use to save disappointing other families.
How early do I need to arrive for my play park session?
We ask that you arrive at, or just after, the time of your booking, but no earlier, to prevent any queuing for that session.
Will I be guaranteed car parking?
The ‘Stay at Home’ guidance has been replaced with ‘Stay Local’ and the government is asking people to minimise travel where possible. This means you should avoid making unnecessary trips and combine trips where possible.
If you do need to drive to us, there is unfortunately no way to reserve car parking spaces for play park bookings. We advise you to arrive with ample time to find a parking space. You can then enjoy the Country Park before heading over to the play park at your scheduled time.
If you have booked a time in the play park but are unable to find a car parking space, we apologise for the inconvenience and suggest you re book for another, perhaps quieter, time.
Please be aware that we do not condone parking in the neighbouring highways or along the country park driveway.
Will I need to wear a face covering whilst in the play park?
We strongly suggest that supervising adults wear face coverings whilst in the play area and adopt social distancing from others outside of their household group.
Good handwashing is essential before and after play, either at our public toilets or when you get home. Please also use the hand sanitiser stations provided.
Can I socialise with other parents in the play park?
You can now meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households (a household can include an existing support bubble, if eligible).
Are dogs allowed in the play area?
Unfortunately we do not allow dogs in the play park or paddling pool areas.