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!
On the high street in Pangbourne is one of my favourite places to take the children, Pangbourne Library. It is very well run and so neat. The most simplest process to apply for library cards which gives you access to borrow 15 books at a time.
There is a range of books for children and even for some hobbies and cooking. Should you wish to search for a particular title, you can do it all online and even reserve the book. Your cards also gives you access to all the other libraries in Berkshire. You are also apply to access the internet with computers in the library and can also use the printer for a minimal fee for assistance with CVs, school projects or like me printing off an amazon bar code 😉
They also have local activities with arts and crafts with the elderly, story time for the toddlers, and reading competitions during the summer. Inside are also loads notices and pamphlets for things available around the area that one can attend like shows, fetes, events etc.
Extremely polite, efficient and well looked after, definitely a place to visit.
You can visit their website for more information on whats on and their opening times.
Pangbourne childrens playground and recreation area
One of my favourite places to go to is the Pangbourne Recreation Ground. It is a beautiful large green space stretching over about 8 acre’s of land. It is right by the River Thames adjacent to the Adventure Dolphin Centre. My favourite place is to take my pictures with the beautiful view of the Whitchurch Bridge running over the River Thames. It is truly something out of a magazine.
I love going with the children, a picnic basket, blanket and some balls to play footie with my kids who love the openness and are able to run free with such a picturesque setting. It is usually filled with couples, families, young and elderly some with their dogs, others jogging or playing games and others fishing once the season starts.
It gets even bigger at watching the various boats big, small, cruisers, barges going past all very eager to wave at us on the grass.
In the top corner of the recreation grounds by the sports hall is a gorgeous childrens playground equipped with a rubberised bark flooring enclosed so that children don’t run out. There are swings, rope swing, a climbing frames for toddlers and older children, a witches hat, rockers, a pirate play boat, monkey bars and a fireman’s pole.
Outside the gated play area is yet another large playing field which is often used for football training, games but also a great space for other ball games, frisby or kites. There is a fabulous zip line, basketball and football nets, tennis courts and a nice walk along the Thames River. Truly something for everyone.
There is free parking available at the Pangbourne Recreation Area itself which is accessible via a narrow (almost hidden) access road at the end of Thames Avenue (gates open 8am – 8pm). Here there is toilet facilities which are open between 8am-6pm. Alternatively there is a Pay and Display car park nearby if needed just off the Whitchurch Road B471 .