The Mere At Ellesmere is a Green Flag award winning park, with a stunning tranquil lake, beautiful gardens and woodland walks. This historic piece of parkland is located on the edge of Ellesmere, a medieval market town.
Take a stroll along the promenade where you will encounter many hungry ducks, geese and, if lucky, a swan to feed! Can you see the Heron roost on Heron island? Duck feed is available from the Boathouse café or from the Shropshire Steamboat company.
The Victorian Cremorne Gardens offer a formal flower garden and a kids play park. This generously sized play area is suitable for both toddlers and older children, and includes a selection of swings, a slide, climbing apparatus, balance beams including a swinging balance beam, natural rocks to climb and a sunken ship in a sand pit. There are some seats nearby so parents can supervise the children and an ice cream van (seasonal).
Continue around the Mere and then venture away from the waters edge, heading into ‘The Crimps’ a beautiful meadow and woodland for further exploration.
Rowing boats are available to hire in the Spring and Summer months, or you can take a trip around the Mere on the Lady Katherine steam boat. Have your own boat? Canoeing, kayaking and boating is a great way to enjoy the Mere and is permitted all year round. However, a membership form will need to be completed from Shropshire County Council .
The Boathouse Visitor centre contains the Cabinet of Curiosities? Will little hands be brave enough to see what lurks deep beneath the meres waters? At the visitor centre you can also pick up leaflets containing information about guided walks.
In terms of eating out with the kids, the Boathouse Cafe located in the Vistors centre serves a range of hot and cold snacks such as sausage rolls or sandwiches, and a selection of sweet treats to eat in or take away. The Boathouse restaurant serves fresh, locally sourced food for sit down dining, either inside the Boathouse or on its outdoor decked patio overlooking the Mere and the ducks.
All areas bar the Children’s Play Park are dog friendly, so grab the pooch, pop the kids in the car, make a picnic and head to the Mere at Ellesmere for a free day out with the kids in this gorgeous setting in Shropshire.
*The park is predominantly wide, flat, and provides a number of easy access walking routes. The terrain is suitable for wheelchair and pram users until you start venturing towards the woodland area ‘the Crimps’. Here terrain becomes uneven and narrow.
*There are two pay and display car parks at the Moors and Castlefields.
*Toilet facilities found at the Boathouse Pub.
*This listing has been made based on the experiences of Clued in with kids and so therefore the content and images are subject to copyright.
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