Baggeridge Country Park is a tranquil gem on the edge of the Black Country. It was formerly the site of Baggeridge Colliery and part of the Himley Estate that belonged to the Earls of Dudley, but it has now been transformed into a family haven, 150 beautiful acres of country park land.
When I was asked by Think Money to write about a great budget day out in Staffordshire, I immediately thought of Baggeridge. Quite simply, it appeals to all ages. It has a lovely children’s adventure playground and park area, complete with a large sandpit. You can purchase a bucket and spade from the tearooms on site for just a couple of pounds ad kids have a great time making sandcastles.
There are other activities at Baggeridge that will delight children. In summer mini golf, large inflatable slides and a miniature railway that is operated by volunteers, are all available most weekends. These activities carry a small fee, with the railway a donation.
The beauty of Baggeridge is all the open space, for walking, for playing, for relaxing and for enjoying picnics. We always take a picnic to Baggeridge, but there is a lovely tearoom that stocks ice cream, sandwiches and hot and cold drinks. We stocked up with extra cold drinks and an ice cream before we took a walk around the park, heading up to the look out point which has fantastic views across the Midlands.
The other big attraction of Baggeridge is some fishing pools that are just perfect for pond dipping. You can buy a fishing net from the tea room for just £2, we got two and enjoyed catching a few tiny fish.
Baggeridge Country Park is a perfect Staffordshire day out, where you can spend as little or as much as you want to. Take a picnic or enjoy the tearoom, take a football or buy a fishing net, the choice is yours, and with parking just £2.70 all day, you could do both.
*This post was written in collaboration with Think Money as part of their travel guide.