It seems like summer is throwing out the last of its heat. So with that in mind I thought I’d tell you all about the Ruislip Lido in case you fancied a little beach break.
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The problem with London is that there isn’t really any coast around us. Given that it’s a mainland city that’s not surprising. But I really fancied a day at the beach without the lengthy drive.
After all a two-hour drive with a toddler to get to the coast and a two-hour drive back just isn’t anyone’s idea of fun. I need support for journeys that long!
So with a little bit of research I came across the Ruislip Lido.
It’s a water reservoir that also has an artificial beach and most importantly a free car park!
It’s a bit of a walk to the beach from the car park so I decided to bring along the micro scooter to keep Little London on track- which was a great idea.
Before you berate me, normally I would have him in his scooter helmet because I do value the safety of it. But the day we visited was unbearably hot and I know he doesn’t go fast on his scooter because I’ve instilled the fear of danger into him.
So under my careful watch I decided to forgo the helmet because he was already starting to sweat.
Once we arrived at the beach it seemed like many families had the same idea as us as it was packed.
But if you keep walking further on past the main stretch of beach with the climbing frames and play equipment, you’ll come to a smaller beach area which is more secluded and also has a bit more shade.
The lake personally isn’t ideal for swimming, but try telling a toddler who is watching other children that he can’t go into a lake.
It used to be a swimming lake with paddle boats and more. If you watch Cliff Richard’s music video of The Young Ones, you’ll see it back in its hey day.
So I let him paddle really near the edge and refused to let him go further than that.
I was all up for him playing on the sand though, and I brought some stacking cups with us for him to build sand castles with.
Before heading back to the car I let him spend some time in the water splash park.
Really it was my attempt to shower him down and remove any lake residue from him. And he loved it. He enjoyed running in and out of the water jets that would come on at random intervals. I loved it because the water was clean 😉
But don’t just go to the Ruislip Lido for the beach as the rest of the park is worth checking out as well. There are some great grass stretches to enjoy picnics and some cleaner fun without the water and sand.
With the number of people at the beach it became quite an unsafe atmosphere because I couldn’t just let my son play without me having to literally stalk him, otherwise I would have lost him.
As I was solo parenting that meant no climbing frames or park play because of the conditions. There were older more boisterous children and it just wouldn’t have ended well if I’d let Little London participate. Although if you have older kids it would make the perfect day out because they don’t require that kind of hazard watching.
But on a less busy day I could see how the beach and play zones are well equipped to entertain younger children.
Ruislip Lido doesn’t make up for the coast, but for the kid that really wants to go to the beach and the Mum that really doesn’t want to drive to the edge of the country this is a mediocre compromise.
On a less busy day it’s probably a great compromise.