I don’t know about you and your fam but my lovely men aren’t much for exploration of local parks in the winter months; much like bears they tend to hibernate inside and then emerge when the crisp goes from the air and the days are brighter. The summer holds so much more for us in terms of the great outdoors but I have been determined to get my little soldier out into the wild and run free. So last weekend we went for a springtime explore of our local ‘Stanley Park’.
It is a little gem hidden in the midst of a road choc’a’block with houses but once you enter it is a veritable wonderland. Gosport is not the greatest town in Hampshire and has a lot of stigma surrounding it, but I am (sometimes) proud that I live here and grew up here as there are some amazing sights, heritage and culture on offer if you know where to look.
Stanley Park is amazing all year round and is kept beautiful for picnics, dog walking, frolicking in the belly of nature and playing games. It was a great excuse for me to take my new camera out for whirl too!
The little man adores a run around and he was incredibly entertained by the meandering paths, trees and bushes.
My favourite part of Stanley Park is the little wonderland that is tucked away in the corner of the park; walk through he flower adorned archway and step into a courtyard stunningly kept and abundant with coloured petals and swirling greenery.
It seemed it was the little mans favourite area of the park too as he kept doing circuits and ending back here!
The park also backs on to a lovely family pub, restaurant and hotel which is a great place to chill with your beverage of choice in the summer sunshine. Next to this is the sea… so why not make a day of it and end up with and ice cream walking along the promenade.
Gosport is certainly not as bad as it is made out to be, there are some definite diamond in the rough (yes yes I know, too many Disney films… if that is even possible)