Itchen Valley Country Park
Itchen Valley Country Park
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7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:30 PM
About
A fun day out for the entire family at this outdoor park that boasts a cafe, plenty of walking trails, orienteering course, children play areas and special events and school holiday trails. The Woodland Cafe is open from 10.30am to 16.30 every day except Christmas and Boxing Day
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Trevor J
Fair Oak, UK34 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Tried to pay for parking. Couldn't get the app to load. Moved to another parking area, paid my money, ma hone whirred for a while. Spat out an illegible ticket, machine then said. Out of order.
Lots of other people struggling to pay.
Avoid this place, to painful an experience.
Written 8 October 2023
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Janet H
Worcester, UK586 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We took our two dogs this morning for a walk round the trails. Bluebells just starting to come out. In a week or so should be glorious. Some of paths muddy but not surprising after all the rain so wear stout shoes. Go Ape situated here as well. Lots of carparking where a fee applies. Cafe opened today at 10.30. Loads for everyone to do and see.
Written 26 April 2023
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Ry Neile
Southampton, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Solo
This park has always been an amazing place for everyone, but the recent investment in traditional woodland management that has created wild hedges and boundaries is so impressive. Clearly designed an implemented by a team so passionately committed to the park we are all so proud to share. Worth a trip to the amazing work they do!
Written 25 April 2023
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Jay F
Waterlooville, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Family
I’ve been here 3 or 4 times now with my 3 and 5 year old and various other friends and family tagging along and we love it. A little unsure first time about best place to park but doesn’t really matter it all sort of leads to the same place. Lovely fun trail for the kids different each way you walk up and down and regular special guests like the reindeer sculptures.

Both playgrounds are a great size with lots of variety. Love that the cafe is dog friendly too. I can’t give 5 stars because the cafe is so expensive and the quality of the food isn’t fantastic… but the worst bit is the waiting time for food it’s so slow. They don’t warn you you’ll be standing waiting for 20 mins for chips whilst your coffees go cold and your family are waiting outside for you. That was the longest wait but it’s happened each time I’ve gone so it’s put me off ordering food. A small issue, so I just do something different to avoid irritation about the food!

Inside the cafe is an amazing woodland play area too. Simply magical. Staff are lovely and friendly too.
Written 5 February 2023
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Christine B
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
I've been visiting this park for more than 30 years. I come every day to walk the dog and sometimes cycle from home as I live a couple of miles from the park. Unfortunately the park has deteriorated over the last few years due to bad management.

My main concern is that a large area of bluebell woodland is being destroyed due to trampling. Logs are left lying around and people build camps in the area. In the past two years more than 50% of the bluebells have been lost in this part of the woodland. I understand that it's good for children to experience camp building but this should be encouraged where the tall pine trees grow as no vegetation grows in this area so nothing would be trampled.

I visited the mud kitchen with my grandaughter yesterday and discovered a bird viewing area. Unfortunately all the bird feeders were empty. All that was there was a small tray of dirty water so consequently, no birds.

I use the bike trail every day to walk the dog and spend most of the time trying to avoid piles of dog poo. Any that I almost tread in I pick up myself so as not to have to avoid it next time. Dogs are allowed off lead on the bike trail which is lovely for dog walkers but no so much for cyclists as I found the other day on my cycle around the bike trail. I came across a lady with 4 small dogs all off lead totally out of control. I almost ran over one so had to stop and almost had my ankles bitten in the process.

There needs to be more signs around the park informing people of when the park closes as there is only one small sign in the entire park and that's at the entrance gate. This is sometimes blocked by cars parking outside the gate, probably by people who may have been locked in in the the past. If you do get locked in then you won't be able to leave with your car until the next morning, either that or pay a hefty fine to be let out.

Signage on the parking meters is confusing as it leads people to believe that the park stays open until 9pm.

In the past year an area for Axe throwing has been set up. This is smack bang next to the children's Go Ape area which means large groups of children get to see grown ups flinging axes at large targets. I haven't yet walked past this area with my grandchildren as I'm not sure how I'd explain that grown ups throwing axes is okay.

Lastly, I visited the cafe yesterday with my husband and grandaughter and spent £14.95 on 2 coffees, 2 small cakes, 1 biscuit and a bottle of water. When I asked if I could have a cup for my grandaughter for her bottle of water I was told I would have to pay an extra 20p for the cup.
Written 16 October 2022
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Spearey
Basingstoke, UK104 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
Great family day out to Itchen Valley country park. We took our two children age 9 & 6 and there was plenty to entertain them.

A great play park with zip wire near Go ape and another play area near the woodland cafe. There was a play trail to follow with lots of wooden play equipment (a short distance).

We took part in the butterfly trail which was £2.50 per trail/child. The trail took about 30 minutes at slow walking pace and the children got a wooden butterfly as a prize which they could take home to decorate. They also got an Itchen Valley pencil with the trail sheet which they could keep and take home. The trail was great fun and took you through the country park, was really shady under the trees, great for a hot day!

The woodland cafe was really clean and tidy, prices reasonable and staff friendly.

Lots of places to have a picnic on the grass and also lots of picnic tables all over the country park.

Toilets were clean and tidy.

Parking was really reasonable, £4.50 for all day parking. There were rates for just an hour or 2, but we spent most of the day here. Lots of car parking spaces.

Will definitely come back and visit again soon!
Written 27 August 2022
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Beckie
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
I live fairly local and Itchen valley is a great way for letting children burn off that extra bit of energy. I don't understand the reviews saying the park isn't dog friendly because it is. The only sign stating "no dogs" is along the bridal path which is fair enough as it's for horses. The whole of the rest of the park is perfect for dog walking. It's a large area but not so big that you get lost.
Perfect if you love nature and nature photography. I regularly spot loads of birds of prey and plenty of interesting insects and butterflies.
The Cafe is fantastic and the hot drinks are always tasty. The staff are lovely, very friendly.. I noticed today they have milk alternatives.
Parking meters have been upgraded to take card payment which is always handy and you can choose which time you wish to leave. It's approx £1.70 per hour, which some say is expensive but I don't think it is as you have a clean, tidy, well presented park area with plenty of stuff to do for children of all ages. 2 nicely presented playgrounds one suited to younger children by the Cafe and a larger park up by go ape, a trail for toddlers aswell with wooden climbing and train activities. There are information boards and trail markers that you can follow. Often have days where farm animals or exotic reptiles on site for a kind of show and tell, which is always interesting. My youngest son is 11 and still enjoys spending time in the park. I've been going here since I was a child I'm now 42!
Written 16 August 2022
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Mark P
Hampshire, UK1,718 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
Visited for parkrun (every Saturday at 0900). #parkrun

Large car park but you have to pay.

Kids will love the park. Space to run around, woods, and kids activities.
Written 31 July 2022
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Jenny
Bow, UK1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
The whole park is designed for kids and school groups but dogs seemingly have to be on lead everywhere. Maybe that could be made clearer on the website. If I'd known beforehand I wouldn't have wasted the money to park for 2 hours.
Written 21 July 2022
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slp1911
Eastleigh, UK16 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
While the walks and play trail were good, it was marred by the toilets closing at 4.30, including the disabled toilet. Considering the park is open until 8.30pm at the moment this seems ridiculous and spoiled a lovely walk after school/work hours. Could only recommend going with young children or disabled before 4.30pm or risk accidents!!!

Although no entry fee, parking is expensive but free for disabled blue badge holders.
Written 28 June 2022
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