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We’re going on a bear hunt with a free family day out at Wepre Park and Ewloe Castle.

We’re going on a bear hunt with a free family day out at Wepre Park and Ewloe Castle.

Address: 108 Wepre Park, Connah’s Quay, Deeside, CH5 4JR

As we enter the fifth week of the Summer holidays, its time to get a little more conservative with the budget and so we decided that a trip to Wepre Park and Ewloe Castle was long overdue. Located near Connah’s Quay in Flintshire, this ancient woodland spans 160 acres and contains numerous features of interest in the park, and helps families get some much needed fresh air.

However….We are going to hold our hands up, we lost all 12 children to the fantastic play area the instant we arrived at Wepre Park. There was no way the six mummies were going to be able to go off to explore yet. There is a large range of facilities which makes the barked play area suitable for all ages with swings for toddlers and older children, slides and climbing apparatus for all, see saws, rockers, balance beams, structures for the kids to go round and around, and a huge fabulous climbing structure with large slide for the older children. Adjacent to the play area there is also an outdoor gym, a skate park, and if you come out of the play area back near the car park, there is plenty of green open space to play some family ball games.

Play facilities for both bigger kids and toddlers at Wepre Park. 

After a little persuasion we convinced the kids that we could go on a bear hunt and go for a splish splash splosh in the brook. There are plenty of places to get down to Wepre Brook to allow for a splash or for a spot of pond dipping to explore what mini beasts lurk in the water. Our pack just enjoyed getting their wellies on and splashing as hard as they could. They also really enjoyed watching the water cascade down with a quick visit to the waterfall. Other kids (not in our party) ventured down into the rock pools below the waterfall. On the day of our visit it rained both before and during our visit. As a result, the area does get quite muddy, especially by the water so we would recommend taking the wellies and a spare change of shoes. The clued in kid decided it would be fun to sit in the water whilst hunting for ‘treasure’ so maybe a spare set of pants would be a good idea too!

Hunting for treasure in the brook and having a good splash about. 

Onwards with the bear hunt through the woods we go. The shallow depressions scattered throughout the woods are abandoned coal pits dug in the early 1880’s. Older kids (not in our group) seemed to be having a fantastic time climbing the rocks and exploring the nooks and crannies pretending that they were caves…. The perfect hiding place for our little ones bears. However, our bear hunt had to have a ‘rain check’ as the heavens opened so off to the visitor centre we go for lunch. Our advice for when it rains is to wear shoes with good grip. As mentioned, it got particularly muddy and slippery…. lots of mud for the bear hunt but not so good when one of us literally went flying down a hill and ended up covered in it!

The area by the brook is pram and wheelchair friendly due to the walkway. There are several access points to the brook (and the mud). 

Near to the visitor centre is a picnic space or if you purchase food from the centre, there is also indoor and outdoor seating. The centre serves a selection of sandwiches, cakes, ice cream and some pies, plus snacks and drinks. There are toilet facilities but we didn’t see a baby change area. However, we were being pulled in every direction by several children all wanting different things so we may have simply missed this.

Behind the Visitor Centre you’ll find the remains of what was once the well tended formal garden of Wepre Hall and the perfect space for a picnic. Look out for the Pet Cemetery, and ‘Rector’, one of the Fremes’ family dogs, who was ‘shot’ in March 1890 because he ‘ate without stint lamb without mint’!

After another stream splashing session we resumed the trail in Wepre Park and embarked on a tale of war, skirmishes and beheadings with a trip to Ewloe Castle. The signs outlining the history of the castle are presented in both Welsh and English and show you how the castle would have once looked hundreds of years ago. Built by the powerful Welsh Prince Llewelyn, Ewloe castle today currently stands as a ruin, but once stood as an impressive fortress, built as a deliberate statement to the English invaders that Ewloe Forest belonged to the Welsh.

Kids of all ages seemed to love climbing the walls and imagining what each ‘room’ was used for. 

The castle is a great place to let older children go off an explore this impressive stonework, climb the steps and imagine what life would have been like long ago. However, due to the steepness of the steps and the drops that can follow, you aren’t likely to be able to give the toddlers free reign. They may require lots of support ascending the castle steps. Again due to the steepness of the steps, unless you have a sling you may find it tricky to carry a babe in arms up and down. There is no pram and wheelchair access to the castle.

A nice picnic spot by the outer walls. 

Finally, back towards the car park there is a large lake called the Rosie Pool, great if again you fancy taking a net to do some pond dipping or even a spot of fishing. Just pick up a permit from a local tackle shop. Fish include Carp, Tench, Bream, Roach, Rudd, Ide, Eels and more. We remember this being a great place to use the nets and observe the critters who inhabit the lake on a school trip many years ago. 

With all sorts of interesting nooks and crannies to explore a trip to Wepre Park and Ewloe castle is a fantastic choice when looking for a free day out with the kids in North Wales. Its free to park so take a picnic and enjoy some quality time together. Other than the odd ice cream, it won’t cost you a penny! Better yet, you can take the dog too and the café even serves doggy ice cream and provides them with drinking water. Worried about the mud after a recent downpour? Embrace it. Its much more fun on a muddy day! 

There’s plenty of picturesque spots to admire as you explore the woodland.

This review is based on our own experiences and are our own opinions.

 *We therefore can not guarantee that your experience will be the same as ours and this article should be treated as a review and not a recommendation.

*All information is correct to the best of our knowledge. If there are any inaccuracies, please contact admin@cluedinwithkids.co.uk so that this can be amended.

*We were a group of six mummies and so we are confident that this represents a factual and unbiased review. 

*The bear hunt is our own idea and is not a trail for you to follow in the woodland. 

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