Moggerhanger Park is a Grade 1 listed Georgian Historic House set in 33 acres of parkland and woodland in Bedfordshire. The house itself is used for functions, events and weddings, and during the summer months they do paid tours. But if you want to explore the grounds it’s completely free and its free to park. I took my 3 year old son in March 2019 to explore.
Where is Moggerhanger Park?
Moggerhanger Park is in Bedfordshire about 25-30 minutes from where we live in Milton Keynes. The best postcode is MK44 3RW. It’s not too far from Frosts Garden Centre in Willington and is easy to get to via the A421 then A603 from MK. There’s lots of parking. Dogs are permitted on leads. They do say on their website that NO PICNICS are permitted on the grounds. So just bear that in mind if you visit. I wasn’t aware until we came home but it’s worth knowing. We did take food with us, but it was so quiet when we visited, we saw very few people working there. I imagine given that a visit to the park is free they want you to spend money in the cafe.
What’s at Moggerhanger Park for children?
From the car park my 3 year old son and I took a walk into the woodland area. It’s pretty with huge trees, and in March when we visited, there were lots of daffodils which made for some pretty pictures. In the woods we found a couple of trees with fairy doors and several dens which had been previously built. There was also some bunting up, and some signs about decorated rocks which had been hidden – although we didn’t find any. My son mostly enjoyed playing in the dens. Out of the woods we arrived at the play area. There’s a big wooden climbing frame with slide, a smaller one with slide, baby swing and a low wooden boat type frame. My 3 year old was fine with the bigger climbing frame but would have struggled if he have been a bit younger. The equipment is fun but is looking a bit tired.
What else is at Moggerhanger Park?
There is beautiful walled garden which we walked around and had a good look at the plants that were growing. We also walked around the grounds of the house. We saw lots of squirrels – so many in fact they made my son jump when they saw us coming. There’s a big cafe which is very bright inside with comfy sofas and lots of books for children to read which we loved. They do serve both food and drinks and there’s a number of picnic benches inside.
So is it worth a visit to Moggerhanger park?
If you’re local to Bedfordshire then yes, it’s worth going on it’s own as it’s completely free to visit, and it’s got a great cafe so is ideal to meet up with friends and children – allow a couple of hours for your visit – it’s not a whole day outing. On a beautiful day it’s an alternative and relaxing place to visit. If you’re in MK like us, or live a bit further afield then it’s somewhere different to try and as local explorers we love to do that, but you might want to combine it with a couple of other places to make the most of your petrol money. On the day we visited my son was more than happy just to go there, but if I was visiting with my eldest son and wanted to make the most of our journey I’d probably take them for a visit to the Forest of Marston Vale ( MK43 0PR – parking charges apply) and the parks on the Wixams estate (MK42 6AE)
Also worth knowing, to add something extra to your visit, during Easter 2019 on 6th – 22nd April – they have an Easter bunny trail on which is £1.50 – solve the clues to get a chocolate treat. If you’re reading this article after then then check their events page for cheap activities.
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