On Saturday afternoon we arrived at the pool at 1pm, only to realise that I had misread the timetable and that it didn't start until 1:45 not 12:45 like I had thought (the Summer holidays are seriously frying my brain). So, just a two minute walk down the riverside from the pool is a country park with lovely new playground facilities, and I suggested to the kids that we head off down there to kill some time before the session started.
Of course, such is my luck, it started to drizzle with rain as we got to the park, however it was a warm day and it didn't stop the kids tearing off into the playground and having some fun.
Indeed the only person remotely bothered by the rain was the teenager, of course. The other four had a great time racing around and putting the new equipment through its paces.
The park has been there for years (I've lived in this town all of my life and it has been there as long as I can remember) and it is well used by locals and tourists alike, so it is good to see that it has finally been given a facelift.
We stayed for about half an hour and then headed back to the pool, by which point a large queue had formed waiting for the fun swim. The boys spent the whole session racing along the giant inflatable in the main pool thoroughly enjoying themselves (and wearing themselves out...) while I was in the teaching pool with the girls teaching E to swim. We had a really fun afternoon and I'm definitely going to try and make it a regular thing.
I've linked this post with #CountryKids at Coombe Mill.