A day out at Trent Park

days out at trent park

What better way to escape the hustle and bustle of central London than by surrounding yourself with beautiful woodland and swinging through the trees? Head north on the tube, taking the Piccadilly Line to the end of the line and you will be just a ten minute walk from Go Ape at Trent Park. And as far as locations go, it couldn’t be more different to the capital. Make the most of the epic 120m zip wire, high ropes and Tarzan swings. It is also home to one of Go Ape’s infamous skateboard zip wires – think skateboarding but while flying through the air. But once you’ve had your fill of the treetops, what is there to do in Trent Park? Here’s a few of the best places to go.

Where to go?

Chickenshed Theatre

If you fancy incorporating a spot of culture into an otherwise activity-packed trip, how about the theatre? This theatre started in the humble surroundings of a (vacant) chicken shed, and today offers a truly innovative and enjoyable experience. Take your pick from the schedule packed with anything from short solos and musical recitals to full-blown theatrical performances.

What to do?

Go for a walk in Trent County Park

Trent County Park marks the point at which the city changes into the countryside. Take a stroll around the 413 acres and marvel at the rolling hills, ancient woodland, beautiful lakes and dramatic historical sites. The park is also home to the Wildlife Rescue & Ambulance Service (WRAS) which is dedicated to helping sick and injured animals. But if a gentle stroll is not action-packed enough for you then the park also offers ample opportunities for bike rides, horse-riding or a quick round of golf. Trent County Park has remained virtually unchanged over many centuries, which adds to its charm – as does its resident ghost that is said to haunt the park’s Camlet Moat.

Where to eat?

Chez Tonton When hunger strikes, it’s just a short walk to New Barnet where you can head for Chez Tonton, a traditional French restaurant. With a menu that changes daily and a comprehensive wine list, Chez Tonton has been serving French fare to local residents for more than 20 years. Eating here is a delightfully authentic experience with French staff, checked tablecloths and Edith Piaf playing in the background. Expect a friendly welcome and a relaxed atmosphere. Open for lunch and dinner, it is the perfect place for you and your friends to re-fuel.

And something for a rainy day?

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture

You’ve been monkeying around in the rain, but now you want to dry out a bit. Head to the Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA) and take in the collections of textiles, wallpapers, design, magazines and more of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The museum is part of Middlesex University and you’ll need to call ahead of your visit.