13 sunny family days out in and around Northants that have been adapted to enjoy safely

The county has lots to offer as the weather improves and the need to be outdoors where social distancing can be implemented remains

Saturday, 1st August 2020, 11:59 am
There are plenty of fun outdoor days out for kids within the county.

As the sun beams down on Northamptonshire, many of us are wondering what to do to keep the kids entertained this weekend.

With the need for social distancing as important as ever, outdoor family fun days are a great option, especially as many attractions have adapted their business to make sure fun can be had safely and inline with the Covid guidelines.

Across the county there are plenty of great options including parks, farms, stately homes, strawberry picking and more that families can enjoy responsibly.

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The children's farm has implemented a pre-booking only policy where customers can pick a 10am-1pm or 1.30pm-4.40pm slot. Staff have full PPE and the indoor play area remains closed.

From Mini Meadows in Welford, to the nature trail at Rushden Lakes, there is something for everyone, no matter how old your children are or how far you want to travel.

And for those who want to venture a bit further, there are also some great options just outside of the county too.

Below is a list of 13 great family fun days out and how they have been adapted to fit the current Government guidelines. All attractions ask that visitors adhere to the social distancing rule.

The two connected parks give families plenty of space to walk and cycle. The play area in the country park is open, as is the cafe for takeaway only.
This idyllic setting is perfect for a more chilled day out. The toilets are open and so is the cafe for takeaway only.
Set on 750 acres of land, this is the place for you if your kids need to burn off loads of energy. The play equipment, outside toilets and refreshment kiosk are open and the car park is available from 7am until 7pm. Some features remain closed for now.
To visit this attraction, tickets and a time slot must be pre-booked as capacity has been reduced. The play area and toilets are open but the shop remains closed.
The petting zones have recently been reopened and the barrel rides, outdoor play area and restaurant are in action. Visits must be pre-booked and there will be limited access to shelter on rainy days.
There are currently only three rides open at the theme park, but the huge outdoor play area is open, as are the cafe and ice cream parlour.
If you're happy to travel, the safari park is a great day out. The foot safari and outdoor play area are open and staff are taking on an increased cleaning routine. Pre-booking is advised. Photo: Woburn Safari Park.
The nature trail is a relatively short wooded walk perfect for little legs. It is lined with wooden sculptures and there is a great play area.
Strawberry picking could be a great way to get the little ones to eat more fruit and an easy activity to do while social distancing. There is also a fun Maize Maze on site. Just check the farm's Facebook page before you go as sometimes strawberry picking is suspended to let the fruit grow.
For the thrill-seekers, Gulliver's is operating temperature checks and pre-bookings to reduce capacity. There are hand sanitising stations dotted around, staff have been specifically trained and customers are asked to wear face coverings.
One to cool everyone down. The attraction is pre-booking only for 45 minute sessions, to ensure reduced capacity. No changing rooms will be open and only one adult is allowed per paying child.