This week we found ourselves having to run a number of errands in Northampton so we decided it would be a good time to check out a Northampton park’s picnic potential.

AbingAbington2ton Park is about five minutes drive from the centre of Northampton and has one of the biggest play parks we’ve been too. The play equipment features everything from climbing frames, slides and swings to our favourite the wobbly jeep. As it was the summer holidays there were also some bouncy castles and inflatable slide. These were payable, £2 for seven goes on the slide which Tinki was very happy with.

The park is massive so there is plenty of space for picnics and a game of Frisbee. Away from the hustle of the  play area is a lake with swans, ducks and moor hens they seem pretty friendly and are clearly Abingtonused to being fed by those visiting the park.

There is a trim trail which is great for older children featuring monkey bars, stepping stones as well as some air walkers and dip bars. There is a map of the trail you can download from the Northampton Borough council website.

There is also said to be a museum, band stand and café on the park site but we never found them I think the might be across the road but I was unable to drag Tinki away from the park long enough to explore.

The post code for the park is NN3 3HN parking seems to be only on the road which is great because its free but not so great if your not so confident at parallel parking. My only other concern was that the toilet facilities weren’t great, in fact the smell of drains stopped Tinki from using them!

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