Friday, 21 June 2019

Parks with Cafe's in Northamptonshire

A friend asked my advise on which park to take an 8 year old with a café I gave a few suggestions and it's inspired this guide.

My park guide has over 100 places to visit which range from basic to all singing & dancing Parks & Playgrounds in Northamptonshire however this guide is going to focus just on those with café facilities so us parents/grandparents/carers etc can treat ourselves to a cuppa (cake optional!) whilst the kids tire themselves out.


Stanwick Lakes

Café Solar is open every day (from 10am to 4.45pm March to October and 10am – 3.45pm November to February) and serves hot & cold food.  There's also an indoor play area called The hideaway.  The Skyloft Coffee lounge is on the mezzanine and in a quieter location.  Finally The Lakeside Terrace is perfect for sunny days.


Castle Ashby
Small tea room but lots of outside seating (some under a large canopy) Also a play area with plenty of seating & kiosk which serves drinks and some snacks. To enter the gardens there is an £8.50 per adult charge, £3.75 for children and under 5's free.


Abington Park
Aptly named The Park Café (need to double check opening times - found a couple of different ones online)



Racecourse
Umbrella Café Saturday 9am - 5pm Sundays 11am - 4 pm Closed Monday and Tuesday open Wednesday to Friday 11.00 - 13.00 enjoy cake, snacks and drinks and enjoy the artspace.


Bradlaugh Fields
The Barn only open 3 times per week.  Wednesday 9.30 to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 9.30 to 11.30am.  Tea, coffee and snacks served.
Stay & Play sessions are most Thursdays 9.30 to 11.30am £1.50 per family.


Radlands Skate Park/Beckets Park
The Outpost Cafe is next to the skate park 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday. The Ark Cafe boat is also based here.  Open Thursday to Sunday 10am to 4pm (11am Sunday). This is a vegan cafe by day and events venue by night.




Hunsbury Hill Country Park
The Drovers Return Café open 9am to 5pm 7 days a week.



Salcey Forest
Grounds Café open 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday and till 5.30pm Saturday & Sunday.

Sywell Country Park
Pump House Café open 10am to 5pm 7 days a week.
There is also a tots soft play area inside (small charge applies).

Brixworth Country Park
The Willow Tree Café Monday to Friday 10am to 4:30pm (hot and fresh food is served until 2:30pm) and Saturday, Sunday and School Holidays 10am to 5:00pm (hot and fresh food is served until 3pm).

Irchester Country Park
Quarryman's Cafe open 7 days per week.

Fermyn Woods Country Park  
Skylark Café opening time vary March to 4th November 10.30am to 4.45pm

5th November to February weekend 10.30am to 4.45pm and weekdays 11am to 3pm closed from 4pm 23rd December to 11am 2nd January.

Barnwell Country Park 
The Kingfisher Café. The cafe is open daily from 10am to 5pm.
Over Christmas the café will be closed on 24, 25, 26 December, and 1 January.
Rushden Lakes
There is an array of food outlets ranging from cafe's to restaurants.  Something for everyone after the nature walk and play area.

Fineshade Wood
Grounds Cafe Summer Hours (February to October) Mon-Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm Sat-Sun: 9:00am – 5:30pm Winter Hours (November to January) Mon –Fri: 9:30am – 4:00pm Sat-Sun: 9:00am – 5:00pm

East Carlton Country Park
Open all year and offers light meals, hot and cold drinks and ice-cream.

Wicksteed Park
Carousel Coffee shop, Peacock Cafe and Idea's Cafe but there is also fish & chips, burgers, pizza etc.  It is free to use the park & wander around (parking is payable).

Daventry Country Park
Reservoir Cafe 9am to 5.30pm daily except Christmas Day.



Just outside the 'Shire but worth a trip

Harrold-Odell Country Park
Dragonfly Cafe open daily from 9am to 4pm (5pm through the summer holidays). Breakfasts are served until 11.30am, light lunches until 3pm.


Rushmere Country Park
Tree Tops Cafe open daily 10am to 4pm (April to September till 5pm) snacks, hot and cold food, supporting local suppliers of quality produce using fresh, local ingredients (House of Coffee, Maynard's Dairy Ice Cream, Lickalix whole fruit ice lollies)

Emberton Country Park
Grounds Café Summer Hours (February to October) Mon-Fri: 9:00am – 5:00pm Sat-Sun: 9:00am – 5:30pm Winter Hours (November to January) Mon –Fri: 9:30am – 4:00pm Sat-Sun: 9:00am – 5:00pm



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