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Ryton Pools Country Park

Posted by Nikki on July 31, 2017.

Ryton Pools Country Park

If you’re looking for somewhere to go during the Summer, Ryton Pools has lots going on! With something suitable for every age, plenty of play equipment and paths you can ride along for miles and daily activities to keep you busy.

We headed out to Ryton Pools this morning knowing that the weather could turn at any minute but we decided to give it a try! Ryton Pools is a 100 acre park with great facilities including two play areas, toilets and plenty of bike riding paths to explore!

We have a ten year old, 8 year old and four year old and Ryton is one of the best places we’ve found that suits all the ages.

If you’re planning to head there you’ll need £3.50 in change to get in through the barrier, this is for all day parking.

Once you’ve parked your car you can head to the visitors centre where there are activity packs for all ages for £2 each, on completion of the packs the children receive a badge. There is also a cafe & toilet facilities here.

There are two trails to complete at Ryton Pools this Summer, the first is a Pirate themed, Cursed Coin Trail, perfect for smaller children due to the length. The children get to stamp a card when they pass certain parts of the trail and play on lots of different equipment such as a pirate ship and a sand pit!

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The second activity pack is jammed full of fun for slightly older children with word searches etc. Again, £2 and worth doing if you’re looking for something to keep the children focussed.

There are two playgrounds at Ryton Pools, the first is a Pirate Cove with loads of play equipment to climb, swing & jump on. See the pictures below.

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A short walk past the stunning lake is the second playground. This one much larger with a huge slide and zip wire and again climbing equipment. Some more pictures below, apologies for the gloomy-ness of them, it was a grey day, but as you can see, we still had all the fun!

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We always spend a long time in this playground letting the children explore. Afterwards we went off on a scooter ride along the long pathways, picking blackberries on our way round.

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If you visit Ryton on a Sunday or a Bank Holiday Monday you’ll find the miniature train, which you can take a ride on too!

Rides commence on Sunday 2nd April and run from 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm and then continue on all Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoons until Sunday 24th September, subject to weather conditions.
£1 per ride, with accompanied children under 3 free of charge.

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Other facilities at Ryton Pools include a cafe, loads of picnic benches throughout, bike hire and an ice cream van.

Here’s a What’s on Guide for this Summer:

Saturday 22 July to Thursday 24 August

Secret Garden Summer Fun Trail at Ryton Pools Country Park

Follow the secret garden trail around the park. Complete your trail sheet and collect your prize. Fun for all the family. Collect your sheet from the Visitor Centre during opening hours.  

  • Cost: £2.00 per child

Monday 31 July

Secret Garden Painting at Ryton Pools Country Park

Come and join the Rangers to collect some berries, leaves and seeds and begin pounding, grinding, mixing and straining. Then have a go at painting a magical secret garden with your natural paints. You’ll be amazed how many colours we can make. An event for children aged 3 years and above, who must be accompanied by an adult. Under 5’s will need extra supervision during this activity. 

  • Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: £3.50 per child
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

please see the website here and have a look at the listings below:


Tuesday 1 August

Young at Art at Ryton Pools Country Park

‘Wonderful Landscapes’. Art with local artist Rosemary Hobson from Young at Art Kenilworth. All equipment provided. Suitable for children aged 7 years plus, who must be accompanied by an adult. Some work will take place outside as well as in the Education Centre so please remember hats and sun cream. 

  • Time: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: £3.50 per child
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

Wednesday 2 August

Toddler Trundle at Ryton Pools Country Park

A weekly event for the tiniest of tiddlers! Leaf fun, stories, mud pies and collecting treasures will be amongst some of our activities designed for the smallest naturalists. After the walk and activities, head back to The Courtyard Cafe for refreshments (extra cost for refreshments, exclusive reduced-priced Toddler Trundle menu available). A quarterly programme is available from the Visitor Centre, giving activity details for each week. 

  • Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre Courtyard
  • Cost: £2.50 per toddler (excluding refreshments)

Wednesday 2 August

Secret Garden and Fairy Felting Workshop at Ryton Pools Country Park

Come and learn the wonderful craft of felt making with felt artist, Ursula Westwood. Create a picture of creatures that come out at night at Ryton Pools. Have great fun making your pictures with felt made from soap and wate! Choose your design from the images provided. All resources and material supplied. Visit www.ursulawestwood.com for more information about felt making.

  • Time: 10:30am to 12:30pm
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: Adults £20.00, Children £10.00, Adult & Child £25.00
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

Wednesday 2 August

Birds of Prey at Ryton Pools Country Park

A regular event for our programme, with local birds of prey experts. Meet the birds, see them fly and learn about these amazing creatures.

  • Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm (approximate times)
  • Meet: Jo’s Garden
  • Cost: FREE! – but donations welcome towards animal welfare charities

Wednesday 2 August

Ryton Young Anglers at Ryton Pools Country Park

Angling tuition sessions to be held on Wednesday in Warwickshire’s school holidays, in conjunction with Leamington Angling Club. Come along as many times as you wish and learn the essentials of good angling and a little about the species in Ryton Pool. Suitable for beginners or those with a little experience; no equipment required. 

  • Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Meet: Ryton Pools Car Park
  • Cost: £6.00 per child, per session
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

Thursday 3 August

Fairy and Elf Adventure to the Magic Kingdom at Ryton Pools Country Park

Come and make a magic willow wand and discover what things the naughty goblins have been up to in the woods! See if you can find the key to the magic kingdom and use some wishing magic to see if the fairies are about in fairy forest. and event for children aged 3 years and above, who must be accompanied by an adult. 

  • Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: £3.50 per child
  • Booking is essential: telephone 024 7630 5592

Monday 7 August

Summer Ponds at Ryton Pools Country Park

Ever wondered what lurks beneath the water in our pond dipping pool? How many different beasties can we find? Learn about newts and frogs, plus look for beetles, nymphs and other pond life that amphibians feed on. An event for children aged 3 years and above, who must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 5 will need extra supervision doing the activity. Equipment provided. 

  • Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: £3.50 per child
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

Tuesday 8 August

Young at Art at Ryton Pools Country Park

‘Tall and Small’. Art with local artist Rosemary Hobson from Young at Art Kenilworth. All equipment provided. Suitable for children aged 7 years plus, who must be accompanied by an adult. Some work will take place outside as well as in the Education Centre so please remember hats and sun cream. 

  • Time: 1:30pm to 3:00pm
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: £3.50 per child
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

Wednesday 9 August

Toddler Trundle at Ryton Pools Country Park

A weekly event for the tiniest of tiddlers! Leaf fun, stories, mud pies and collecting treasures will be amongst some of our activities designed for the smallest naturalists. After the walk and activities, head back to The Courtyard Cafe for refreshments (extra cost for refreshments, exclusive reduced-priced Toddler Trundle menu available). A quarterly programme is available from the Visitor Centre, giving activity details for each week. 

  • Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre Courtyard
  • Cost: £2.50 per toddler (excluding refreshments)

Wednesday 9 August

Birds of Prey at Ryton Pools Country Park

A regular event for our programme, with local birds of prey experts. Meet the birds, see them fly and learn about these amazing creatures.

  • Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm (approximate times)
  • Meet: Jo’s Garden
  • Cost: FREE! – but donations welcome towards animal welfare charities

Wednesday 9 August

Ryton Young Anglers at Ryton Pools Country Park

Angling tuition sessions to be held on Wednesday in Warwickshire’s school holidays, in conjunction with Leamington Angling Club. Come along as many times as you wish and learn the essentials of good angling and a little about the species in Ryton Pool. Suitable for beginners or those with a little experience; no equipment required. 

  • Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Meet: Ryton Pools Car Park
  • Cost: £6.00 per child, per session
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

Friday 11 August

Rockets and Teddy Parachutes at Ryton Pools Country Park

Have a go at designing a pop bottle rocket. Make fins and a nose and decorate it before you fill it with water ready for launch. Join in the countdown and see how far your rocket flies. Bring along your teddy and also have a go at making it a parachute. A family event. Suitable for children 3 years and above, who must be accompanied by an adult. Under 5’s will need extra supervision during the activity.

  • Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: £3.50 per child
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

Saturday 12 August

August Wild Evening Out at Ryton Pools Country Park

As dusk falls, join in the hunt for nocturnal wildlife. Start off by pond dipping to see what’s lurking in the murky depths, followed by shelter building in the wood. A break around the campfire with jacket potatoes and hot chocolate will be followed by bat detecting, before finishing off the evening checking our moth traps. Bring your own potato filling and dress for the outdoors. Suitable for children aged 3 years and above, who must be accompanied by an adult. Under 5’s will need extra supervision with these activities.

  • Time: 7:00pm to 10:00pm
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: £10.00 adults, £5.00 concessions
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

Monday 14 August

Summer Ponds at Ryton Pools Country Park

Ever wondered what lurks beneath the water in our pond dipping pool? How many different beasties can we find? Learn about newts and frogs, plus look for beetles, nymphs and other pond life that amphibians feed on. An event for children aged 3 years and above, who must be accompanied by an adult. Children under 5 will need extra supervision doing the activity. Equipment provided. 

  • Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: £3.50 per child
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

Tuesday 15 August

Young Bushcrafter at Ryton Pools Country Park

Fun Bushcraft session led by two of the Rangers. Activities include fire lighting, whittling, cordage making, location games and shelter building. This session will include a campfire baked potato, handmade dough sticks, popcorn and marshamallows. Parents wanting to join in on the baked potato feast can at a cost of £2.50 per adult. Suitable for children aged 7 years and above – please bring your own potato fillings and a drink.

  • Time: 10:00am to 1:30pm
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre
  • Cost: £10.00 per child
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

Wednesday 16 August

Toddler Trundle at Ryton Pools Country Park

A weekly event for the tiniest of tiddlers! Leaf fun, stories, mud pies and collecting treasures will be amongst some of our activities designed for the smallest naturalists. After the walk and activities, head back to The Courtyard Cafe for refreshments (extra cost for refreshments, exclusive reduced-priced Toddler Trundle menu available). A quarterly programme is available from the Visitor Centre, giving activity details for each week. 

  • Time: 10:00am to 11:00am
  • Meet: The Visitor Centre Courtyard
  • Cost: £2.50 per toddler (excluding refreshments)

Wednesday 16 August

Birds of Prey at Ryton Pools Country Park

A regular event for our programme, with local birds of prey experts. Meet the birds, see them fly and learn about these amazing creatures.

  • Time: 11:00am to 1:00pm (approximate times)
  • Meet: Jo’s Garden
  • Cost: FREE! – but donations welcome towards animal welfare charities

Wednesday 16 August

Ryton Young Anglers at Ryton Pools Country Park

Angling tuition sessions to be held on Wednesday in Warwickshire’s school holidays, in conjunction with Leamington Angling Club. Come along as many times as you wish and learn the essentials of good angling and a little about the species in Ryton Pool. Suitable for beginners or those with a little experience; no equipment required. 

  • Time: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
  • Meet: Ryton Pools Car Park
  • Cost: £6.00 per child, per session
  • Booking is essential – telephone 024 7630 5592

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