Jeskyns Park Kent – Blowing away the cobwebs

jeskyns park pond

I really enjoy the period that goes between Christmas and Back to School it’s kind of a lull that pretty much you can ‘do as you please’. Yesterday I sat on the sofa pretty much most of the day and watched films, dvds and ate – still leftovers!

Today, dad has gone into work for the day and there is glorious sunshine out there even if it is a bit blowy.

jeskyns park

The morning was spent cleaning, I changed beds, vacuumed, dusted and polished. I watered the Poinsettia before she loses all her red leaves, in fact I watered all the plants in the house much to their delight and the last task for today is the dreaded ironing which has been accumulating recently as I concentrated on ignoring it.

jeskyns park sculpture

But with two little people bursting with energy the only way I could tackle the ironing pile without a million interruptions was to exhaust them, right? So I took them to Jeskyns Park Kent with their scooters.

Jeskyn’s Park opened up about 10 years ago and from flat fields, woodland is now starting to grow thanks to the Forestry Commission. There are many trails for dog walkers, cyclists, walkers and orienteering too all can be found on the Jeskyn’s page, today we wanted to let off steam.

jeskyns treehouse

I love that walking through Jeskyns Park you can find many works of art in the midst of nature. there is also a tree house to play in, a pine cone pit and a sandpit with a fabulous wooden play area.

jeskyns park

The landscape at this time of year is barren but beauty can still be found everywhere. What excited us most today was the Gruffalo trail which we haven’t yet completed. Guess what we’re doing on Sunday? We’ve talked a lot about the Gruffalo on Mari’s World, we even went to see some Gruffalos being carved out of wood.

jeskyns gruffalo trail

There is an activity pack in the cafe that costs £2 and includes a foraging bag, activity leaflet and sheets, pencil and sticker.

Without following the trail we discovered letters in trees, found habitats of various characters and silhouettes too.

jeskyns adventure playground

We stopped to play at the adventure playground and the girls loved it. There is climbing, balancing, jumping, stepping stones and a sand pit too.

jeskyns park playground

Jeskyn’s Park is a very popular place to walk dogs, there are designated areas to let your dog off the lead for a good run around and other areas where they must be kept on a lead. As we came away from the park Bessie asked,

So will we be getting our dog on the last day of January Mummy?

Looks like the moment of our dog ownership is getting closer.

I’m linking up with Fiona’s Country Kids today over at Coombe Mill Blog.

jeskyns park poles

All photos taken on my iPhone 4 as I forgot my camera!


  1. January 5, 2015 / 10:53 AM

    What a great looking place to scoot and blow away the cobwebs, that treehouse looks brill!

    • January 6, 2015 / 7:47 PM

      The girls love it Em, takes me ages to get them off to move on

  2. January 5, 2015 / 10:57 AM

    Oh it looks like a wonderful place to blow off steam – and you have just reminded me that our local equivalent has a Gruffalo’s Child trail on until February – must make sure we go on the next sunny weekend day!

    • January 6, 2015 / 7:48 PM

      The kids love a trail and the Gruffalo is such a great story that it always makes a good trail to follow – enjoy!

  3. January 5, 2015 / 10:58 AM

    Oh it looks such a lovely place and so empty (that’s how I like i|!)

    • January 6, 2015 / 7:49 PM

      It will be interesting to see how it grows over the next few years as they have planted woodlands which are already on the move.

  4. January 5, 2015 / 11:09 AM

    Those photos are amazing, especially just from iphone! This looks like a terrific place to go. I also love the time between Xmas and going back to school. Wish it could continue on…

    • January 6, 2015 / 7:50 PM

      Mind you the silence at home today was really lovely, no squabbling, no shouting and a lovely peace – until 3pm that is!

  5. January 5, 2015 / 11:22 AM

    What a fabulous place. Amy would love it there. The weather was so horrible here that we had to take her to softplay twice within three days. She was just full of energy and I was worried about her swinging from the ceiling light otherwise….

  6. January 5, 2015 / 11:48 AM

    Looks like a great park. You must have had lovely weather (even if cold) to get all that good light with just your iPhone. It all goes too fast here but we have a birthday in between Christmas and New Year too. Feels like ages since we did The Gruffalo’s Child trail can’t wait until there’s a new one out to explore.

  7. January 5, 2015 / 2:38 PM

    Looks a great place to blow the cobwebs away

  8. January 5, 2015 / 2:51 PM

    Wow that looks like a fantastic park!

  9. January 5, 2015 / 3:12 PM

    He he so excited about your new dog to be! This looks lovely and your energy for housework never ceases to amaze me. Haven’t forgotten that ironing lesson at Panasonic HQ :) x

  10. January 5, 2015 / 4:43 PM

    I love your photos and this looks like a great place especially on a sunny winter’s day! Happy New Year!

  11. January 5, 2015 / 5:17 PM

    Fab pictures and really good to get out and walk on beautiful sunny days.

  12. Mammasaurus
    January 5, 2015 / 5:30 PM

    It’s just the best time of the year to blow out the cobwebs and get outdoors isn’t it? Lovely photos Mari xx

  13. January 5, 2015 / 5:55 PM

    A great place to blow away those cobwebs, looks so lovely there. I could do with that today xxx

  14. January 5, 2015 / 7:37 PM

    Wow it looks awesome. Perfect for getting some fresh air and exercise after the Christmas indulgences!

    We’ve been out for a few lovely walks round our wood over the past week, you can’t beat it!

    Happy new year to you and your lovely family. x

  15. January 5, 2015 / 8:11 PM

    This looks like the perfect place for adventure and burning off all of that pent up Christmas energy!

  16. January 5, 2015 / 8:18 PM

    Awww, that looks amazing! It is Forestry Commission? they really are my favourite places for a day out. x

  17. January 5, 2015 / 8:31 PM

    That looks like such a great place to have a day out; very open and spacious. You can’t beat a good walk to blow away those webs x

  18. January 5, 2015 / 11:40 PM

    Looks like a great park, and not developed too much either, think that gives it added charm.

  19. January 6, 2015 / 10:32 AM

    What a lovely place to go and visit x

  20. January 6, 2015 / 1:44 PM

    It looks like you guys had a wonderful day!
    What type of dog are you getting?

  21. January 6, 2015 / 3:27 PM

    It’s always great to get out and about this time of year. It looks like a great place to visit :-)

  22. January 6, 2015 / 4:44 PM

    What beautiful pictures and wow that blue sky is amazing. I love having a dog, Alvin has completed our family

  23. January 6, 2015 / 5:16 PM

    What a great day out , I love being in the open air xx

  24. January 7, 2015 / 12:16 AM

    You know it is a day just crying for you to be out enjoying it when an I phone 4 makes the photos look like a DSLR! Those clear blue skies look wonderful and I love the look of the park. I want to introduce some nature fact sheets like the ones at the park here around our lake. The design of these looks perfect for us, I’m pinning them for reference. The dog is beginning to sound inevitable! Thank you for linking up with me for Country Kids

  25. January 7, 2015 / 12:27 PM

    Great photos from your phone! Happy New Year!

  26. January 8, 2015 / 10:05 AM

    My girls would love it there. We did a Gruffalo trail last year and it was a great afternoon :)

  27. January 8, 2015 / 1:43 PM

    What a lovely looking park. Mine would love the tree house and the gruffalo trail

  28. January 9, 2015 / 1:45 PM

    I love your photos, who cares if they are taken on an iPhone – my kids love our local country park as there is so much to see and do

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