Beale Park Pangbourne

Situated along the River Thames, between the lovely villages of Pangbourne and Lower Basildon in Berkshire, England is a 30 acres outdoor wildlife park called Beale Park.  It has a wonderful collection of small exotic animals, farm animals, birds, landscaped gardens and lovely children play areas all with a splash pool.

 

Beale Park was formed by Gilbert Beale in 1956  who decided to give this beautiful 350 acre, Thames-side park land to ‘the people’ by converting it from private farmland into a non-profit making, charitable trust.

Some of my favourite animals that can be found there are are the South Africa iconic blue cranes, meerkats for the fellow saffas, and the jumping ‘duikers’.

   

My other favourites was the wallaby, some gorgeous macaws and parrots and even some reindeers! Yes really reindeers!

     

Theres also some cheeky monkeys, racoons and fun playing lemurs!

 

They also have some bee hives with a little outlook and some educational fun facts about bees which is great in teaching the importance of keeping bees safe.

A truly great day out for the whole family for animals, walks, picnics, adventures and making memories.  Each ticket also includes a free train ride which takes you through the whole park and is great for adults and kids!

Here’s a link to their website for more information 😉

www.bealepark.org.uk

 

Reading Farmer’s Market

Today I went to the farmer’s market in Purley on Thames, at the Barn in Purely on Thames and was honoured to meet such a friendly and passionate farmer who gave myself and my children the most sweetest and freshest carrots to try! They were scrumptious in deed and was so amazing to support local farmers! His name Duncan and is 4th generation of a line of farmers! Something so close to my South African heart! The moment he heard my Saffa accent, he offered me some amazing gem squashes and explained how he supplies a few of the local safe shops around the area even going on to Bristols, Aylesbury and Swindon.

So if you ever in the area, please support the locals! He is at the Barn in Purley on Thames once a month on a Saturday, however can also be found in Great Knolley Street, Reading, on the 1st and 3rd Saturday.  He’s also at Mccarthy Glen in Swindon on Sundays!

 

Fresh veg, affordable prices and friendliest service!

 

There are loads of other vendors for the freshest eggs, meats, honey, pastries and breads.  Theres also some lovely hand crafted items.  I decided on a chicken and bacon pie and brownies for our dinner! Delicious!

Theres also a lovely play area which the kids enjoyed and lovely open spaces and jungle gym! A great day out for the family, and supporting local businesses! Bosh and WiN!