Bowood is a country estate in Wiltshire close to the town of Devizes. It is really well signed and has tons of free parking.
This was our third visit having visited twice in previous years and it was just as much fun, this time round.
Bowood is home to one of the best adventure playgrounds in the UK. It was recently ranked third I believe.
It has a full scale pirate ship, aerial walkways, scramble nets, near vertical slides, a trampoline, zip wires, boat swings, a sandpit, and a sheer "death slide" amongst other things.
There is loads in the playground to cater for all ages and so much equipment that even on a very busy day it doesn't get too crowded. There is also lots of seating in this area so its perfect for a picnic.
Close by there is also a soft play tent for children up to ten set over two levels with various obstacles, a slide and a ball pool.
The estate also boasts a "Tractor Ted" themed play area with pedal go karts, a tractor you can play on and a barn with farm animals in it such as horses, pigs, sheep, guinea pigs, chicks, goats etc.
Also on the estate is Bowood House which is worth popping into, as it has amongst its collections, Napoleons death mask, Queen Victoria's wedding chair and the room where Joseph Priestley discovered oxygen. The boys highlight however was a taxidermied rug of a lion which they found fascinating. I just felt sorry for it !!
In front of the house are the formal gardens which are lovely and beyond that there is over 100 acres of parkland to enjoy including a lake and boat house and various follies.
The playground is the main reason that we have returned to Bowood and I cannot recommend it highly enough.Each time we have visited we have been at Bowood for the entire day.
On site there are a couple of cafes, gift shops and a resturant too.