Danson Park: Feeding the squirrels

danson park

We’ve had some pretty bad weather this Christmas holiday sometimes being stuck indoors all day or going out only to go back indoors in a supermarket, shopping centre or house.

So when we had one good day predicted we decided to make the most of it and pulling on our boots and getting the monkey nuts from the cupboard we set off to Danson Park in Bexley.

squirrel danson park

It’s only 15 minutes up the A2 for us but I often forget about it being there so I was very grateful for one of my twin mums putting forward the suggestion for a meet up.

danson park

There’s something about the crisp winter air that puts colour in everyone’s cheeks and the beautiful sunshine did us proud shining constantly in a brilliant blue sky, that alone was enough to put the smiles on our faces.

squirrel feeding

Of course the recent bad weather meant that the squirrels were VERY hungry, I’ve never seen them so bold, coming to our hands to collect the nuts at some points. It also meant the ground was waterlogged and very muddy.

danson park playtime

Danson Park is an enormous green space with a boating lake, restaurant and a fantastic play are for children to play in too.

danson park play area

The fields stretch for miles and in the summer there are water fountains for the children to play in and plenty of areas to eat a picnic. There’s also an annual festival which has even seen the likes of Rowetta … you know Rowetta from the X Factor? No? I can’t remember her either but if Wikipedia says it then it’s good enough for me.

A well worth visit at any time of the year and if you do go, take some bread with you for the hungry ducks and geese on the lake too.

I’m linking up with Country Kids and apologies for the time and date on my photos – new camera and only just sussed out how to take it off! I suppose at least you know I wasn’t lying, we really did go there this week ;)

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


  1. January 3, 2014 / 8:52 AM

    That looks gorgeous, and you had sunshine too! :) Happy 2014 Mari! xx

  2. January 3, 2014 / 9:43 AM

    Lovely to see you making the most of the small amounts of sunshine we’ve had. Looks like a lovely place – you are lucky to have a place like this so close to home.

    • January 3, 2014 / 8:27 PM

      Yes and we should go there more often as well, it’s so lovely. Happy new year to you

  3. January 3, 2014 / 11:17 AM

    This is near me :) it really is a lovely little place to visit! X

  4. January 3, 2014 / 11:34 AM

    Oh we have plan to do something like this tomorrow (fingers crossed for the weather) love the photographs, it looks like a fab day.

    • January 3, 2014 / 8:33 PM

      Thanks for the photo compliment, I’m trying hard to get better and really enjoying the process

  5. January 3, 2014 / 11:43 AM

    This looks like a lovely park Mari. And a wonderful opportunity to get the kids out in the fresh air – mine have been cooped up with cabin fever for the last 4 days!

    • January 3, 2014 / 8:36 PM

      They needed to get out and they were a joy later on in the day, refreshed and ‘tired’ by fresh air. Perfect end to a perfect day

  6. January 3, 2014 / 11:44 AM

    We haven’t feed squirrels for years – in fact I don’t think Kit and Oz ever have – unless you count the little grey blighters which run along our fence and nobble the birds bread!

    • January 3, 2014 / 8:37 PM

      Ours may have been the grey blighters and they were so bold! The girls were so amazed they came so close and took the nuts from their hands

  7. January 3, 2014 / 12:59 PM

    Lovely photos, children and adventure playgrounds, you can’t go wrong as long as the rain stay off!

    • January 3, 2014 / 8:37 PM

      Yes I’m so glad we went when we did as today has been awful again

  8. January 3, 2014 / 2:14 PM

    looks like a lovely place to go for a fun family day out!

    • January 3, 2014 / 8:38 PM

      Yes you are right and we’ll be visiting more often this year

  9. January 3, 2014 / 2:29 PM

    Love the squirrel pic, and yes, I know Rowetta. Even travelled on a train withe her once ;)

    • January 3, 2014 / 8:39 PM

      Get you travelling with Rowetta!

      I love that squirrel pic too, it came out so well! #luckyshot

  10. January 3, 2014 / 2:43 PM

    I actually liked the date and time on the photos! Made it more real. That park sounds fabulous and was a nice day to go (between storms). x

  11. January 3, 2014 / 3:20 PM

    We have lots of trees around us and lots of squirrels (or squizzels) as my youngest likes to call them but I never think to feed them! Eek … note to self!

    • January 3, 2014 / 8:40 PM

      Pick up some monkey nuts in the supermarket next time you’re there and take the kids, they’ll love it

  12. January 3, 2014 / 3:50 PM

    great squirrel shot! I can never get close enough to photograph the little dudes x

    • January 3, 2014 / 8:41 PM

      That took quite a few shots and a great zoom too ;)

  13. January 3, 2014 / 5:01 PM

    Looks like a lovely trip out, and a great idea to get feeding the squirrels, too.

  14. January 3, 2014 / 6:09 PM

    Oh you found some sunshine! I’m craving some fresh air so I can join in with Country Kids – cabin fever here :)

  15. January 3, 2014 / 7:07 PM

    What great photos! We have squirrels in our garden and I absolutely love watching them hop about and play…they are such sweet animals!

  16. January 3, 2014 / 7:16 PM

    What a great adventure. We love going looking for squirels :) x

  17. January 3, 2014 / 7:54 PM

    Looks a great park – I shall remember this next time we feel like a random trip out :)

  18. January 3, 2014 / 8:13 PM

    It is great to get out and enjoy the nice weather when it arrives isn’t it – looks like a lovely place to explore with children

  19. January 3, 2014 / 8:15 PM

    We love visiting the squirrels on our way to Tigger’s nursery, I was actually surprised to see them still out and running around.

  20. Louisa
    January 3, 2014 / 8:26 PM

    What a fab trip. We have lots of squirrels in the forest near us but the constant rain has made the paths into bogs so we have been housebound.
    I love your shots of the squirrels, however did you get them? Whenever I try the little critters have scooted off before I’ve taken aim!

  21. January 3, 2014 / 8:35 PM

    That park looks brilliant and I love feeding the squirrels – Isaac on the other hand is more fond of chasing them!
    Looks like you all had fun!

  22. January 3, 2014 / 9:02 PM

    I find it hard to get the energy up for a good old country walk but when I do I am always grateful. Love your pictures, as I totally adore Danson park. I’ve only ever been to it in the summer for all the water spouts.

  23. January 3, 2014 / 9:21 PM

    This park looks beautiful – I might just try and get there one day, as I don’t think it’s dreadfully far from us. We went to a shopping centre today and I regretted missing the sun!

  24. January 4, 2014 / 11:51 AM

    What a lovely day! I absolutely LOVE squirrels, too. A few years ago, before Sausage was born, Husband and I were walking the dog and I declared that all squirrels should henceforth be named ‘Terry’, after the great Terry Nutkins, so we’re the family who can be heard wandering through the woods exclaiming “Look, there’s Terry! Oh, and there’s Terry!” :-)

  25. January 4, 2014 / 12:12 PM

    That looks like so much fun – a great way to get out and about x x

  26. January 4, 2014 / 4:33 PM

    Cuteness – I love squirrels. Looks like you had a lovely day :) I am planning to get out with the camera a lot more from now on, so hope to join in Fiona’s linky a lot more in 2014!

  27. January 4, 2014 / 5:00 PM

    What a great place – and it’s very near where we stay when we visit friends in London so you’ve inspired me to give it a try! Glad you all had fun :)

  28. January 4, 2014 / 7:03 PM

    You had a lovely clear and dry day for your outing and how much fun for the children to be together. It sounds like you were very welcomed by the squirrels and the playground looked fab – I love the photo of the queue on the climbing net. Happy New Year to you all and here’s to lots more outdoor fun in 2014, thanks for linking up and sharing.

  29. January 4, 2014 / 11:20 PM

    Looks like you had a really great day and it’s a lovely park to rediscover.

  30. January 4, 2014 / 11:58 PM

    Great photos! I love the squirrel!

  31. January 5, 2014 / 5:50 AM

    Even though they appeared quite bold how cool to feed the squirrels. Looks like a great park for kids to play in.

  32. January 7, 2014 / 9:59 AM

    This looks such fun. We have a regular amount of squirrels in our back yard so will be gettin some monkey nuts asap for them. That park looks great too* lovely post (found u through a retweet from actuallymummy ) ;)

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