Visit to Lydiard Park

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

Lydiard Park in Swindon, Wiltshire is very popular with local families, and a really lovely place to spend time. It is the perfect environment for kids to play in and explore; the site is beautifully maintained, and, as the seasons change, there's always something different to see, however many times you have visited before.

 

Lydiard Park is a beautiful historic estate on the western edge of Swindon, owned and managed by Swindon Borough Council. There has been a deer park, manor house and church on this site since Medieval times. The current grade I listed Palladian house was remodeled into what we see today in 1740., and is set along with the beautiful Georgian walled garden in 260 acres of parkland.

 

Lydiard Park in Swindon, Wiltshire is very popular with local families, and a really lovely place to spend time. It is the perfect environment for kids to play in and explore; the site is beautifully maintained, and, as the seasons change, there's always something different to see, however many times you have visited before.

 

Like many country estates, Lydiard Park was requisitioned by the military in 1943. It was used as an American army hospital, housed German prisoners of war and the Home Guard used the fields and woodland for training and target practice.

 

Lydiard Park in Swindon, Wiltshire is very popular with local families, and a really lovely place to spend time. It is the perfect environment for kids to play in and explore; the site is beautifully maintained, and, as the seasons change, there's always something different to see, however many times you have visited before.

 

Entry into the park itself is free, dogs are allowed in the grounds and the park is a lovely destination for a walk, run or bike ride. There are BBQs available to hire in the summer, a cafe and tea rooms on site, and lots of picnic spots. There are also some great kids play areas, which I didn’t photograph due to the number of other people’s kids playing there, and a Jungle Parc aerial adventure tree top course on site.

 

Lydiard Park in Swindon, Wiltshire is very popular with local families, and a really lovely place to spend time. It is the perfect environment for kids to play in and explore; the site is beautifully maintained, and, as the seasons change, there's always something different to see, however many times you have visited before.

 

On this occasion we visited just to walk the dog, have a play and a picnic lunch, and to see if we could forage any fallen pine cones and needles for a project we have in mind, but in the past we have paid the entry to look around the house, which has some beautifully restored State rooms that you can visit. As part of the entry to the house you can request to look at the church. This is particularly fun, as they provide you with the giant, ancient key, and you get to go and open the church up yourself, which makes it all seem much more of an adventure.

 

Lydiard Park in Swindon, Wiltshire is very popular with local families, and a really lovely place to spend time. It is the perfect environment for kids to play in and explore; the site is beautifully maintained, and, as the seasons change, there's always something different to see, however many times you have visited before.

 

Lydiard House opened to the public in 1955. Over the decades the parkland declined, the lakes silted up and many of the historic features were at risk, so in 2005, with the aid of a heritage lottery grant, the house, parkland and walled garden were all restored.

 

Lydiard Park in Swindon, Wiltshire is very popular with local families, and a really lovely place to spend time. It is the perfect environment for kids to play in and explore; the site is beautifully maintained, and, as the seasons change, there's always something different to see, however many times you have visited before.

Lydiard Park in Swindon, Wiltshire is very popular with local families, and a really lovely place to spend time. It is the perfect environment for kids to play in and explore; the site is beautifully maintained, and, as the seasons change, there's always something different to see, however many times you have visited before.

 

For part of the year, this large herd of Irish Cob Ponies graze at Lydiard Park. They are the loveliest horses, and are really happy to receive a treat and pat. This year, we were told, is non breeding year for them, although we still spotted a couple of adorable foals.

 

Lydiard Park in Swindon, Wiltshire is very popular with local families, and a really lovely place to spend time. It is the perfect environment for kids to play in and explore; the site is beautifully maintained, and, as the seasons change, there's always something different to see, however many times you have visited before.

Lydiard Park in Swindon, Wiltshire is very popular with local families, and a really lovely place to spend time. It is the perfect environment for kids to play in and explore; the site is beautifully maintained, and, as the seasons change, there's always something different to see, however many times you have visited before.

 

Lydiard Park is very popular with local families, and a really lovely place to spend time. It is the perfect environment for kids to play in and explore; the site is beautifully maintained, and, as the seasons change, there’s always something different to see, however many times you have visited before.

 

Lydiard Park in Swindon, Wiltshire is very popular with local families, and a really lovely place to spend time. It is the perfect environment for kids to play in and explore; the site is beautifully maintained, and, as the seasons change, there's always something different to see, however many times you have visited before.

Lydiard Park in Swindon, Wiltshire is very popular with local families, and a really lovely place to spend time. It is the perfect environment for kids to play in and explore; the site is beautifully maintained, and, as the seasons change, there's always something different to see, however many times you have visited before.

 

For more fab days out in Wiltshire check out our posts exploring Barbury Castle and our day out at Avebury.

 

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12 comments

Thomas J April 22, 2016 - 3:44 pm

Looks like a beautiful park! You should go visit Châteaux de la Loire. I’d personally recommend Chenonceau, not only for the castle itself but also the park and especially the (little) farm!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders April 23, 2016 - 2:12 pm

I’d love to take the kids to the Loire Valley, such a beautiful part of France 🙂

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Julie Downes October 7, 2015 - 9:02 pm

Looks like a great to place to keep going back to. Like the idea of having the key to open the church too! #letkidsbekids

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Sarah October 7, 2015 - 10:10 pm

The key is amazing – makes it feel such an adventure letting yourself in 🙂 Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment x

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Let kids be kids October 7, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Looks like a beautiful and fun place to explore for everyone.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

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Sarah October 7, 2015 - 1:50 pm

It is a real favourite place of ours – we go at least weekly when the kids are off. Thanks for having us on #LetKidsbeKids

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Chloe September 6, 2015 - 7:18 pm

Oh you’ve just reminded me I need to get some pine cones for some sensory boxes/autumn crafts!!
Lydiard Park is so beautiful. It looks so peaceful and those foals are so cute! It’s so lovely to go somewhere where there is such a big open space to explore for the little ones. It sounds like a great place to go back to again and again. Thank you so much for linking to #whatevertheweather x

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Sarah September 6, 2015 - 9:23 pm

We really do love it there 🙂 Thanks for having us on #whatevertheweather

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Jenny Eaves September 2, 2015 - 5:06 pm

It looks lovely! An interesting history as well. I wonder what happened to the family who living there before it was acquired or wartime? I love the idea of the giant key to open the church, that would be very cool, a proper adventure! Great that you can visit for a walk in the gardens for free too!
Thanks for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

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Sarah September 2, 2015 - 5:30 pm

It really is lovely, and the key is amazing – we are convinced it must have magic powers! Thanks for having me on #Whatevertheweather x

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Coombe Mill August 27, 2015 - 11:12 am

Lydiard Park sounds like a lovely place to go and explore with the kids, I bet they love each new adventure you have there. It’s lovely that they’ve got the open space plus areas for younger and older kids to explore and dogs are welcome too. I’m sure the kids had so much fun running around and making the most of the space to let off steam. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids.

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Sarah August 27, 2015 - 3:09 pm

It really is a lovely place, and a bonus that you don’t need to spend a fortune while you are there (although the kids usually still try and get me to spend on something!) Thanks for having me on #CountryKids

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