The summer holidays have begun, the fun has started and we found the perfect way to kick start it with a visit to Donnington Castle, Newbury
We love simple activities and free places to visit in the summer holidays as we feel they often produce the most amount of fun. Donnington Castle was a perfect example of this…simple childhood fun.
We have never been befor, despite being only 15 mins away, so when a friend suggested meeting there for a picnic I jumped at the chance. It’s on our summer holiday bucket list too!
There really isn’t much there. Just walk up a small hill to the castle ruins at the top. The main tower still exists, but the rest is just walls of ruins. On the tower you can see the small windows and there is a gate across the walkway through the tower. It is fascinating to look at. I love trying to imagine how these places would have been years ago with people living there.
There is grass to run around, walls and stones to walk along, sit on and climb, as well as trees to climb. This was amazing for the children and sparked some wonderful imaginary play. Apparently I was a servant…hmm, unfortunately I think that sounds about right?
The children ran around in the sunshine, played, climbed, balanced and had loads of fun.Climbing the ruins at Donnington castle
It was great to watch the children play like this, completely naturally, with nothing but their own imagination, friends and open space.Play at Donnington castle
My friend and I sat chatting in the gorgeously hot sun (there isn’t much shade up there), observing the beautiful view and countryside, relaxing and enjoying the way the children were playing. We both spoke about loving the way the children played here and the perfect example this was of basic childhood fun.Play at Donnington castle
It is a fantastic place for a picnic, which we all enjoyed together, before reluctantly having to head home.
This really does sum up our week…packed with childhood fun from crabbing, beach visits and walks, to playing in streams and crafting…we love it!