Five things to do with your dog during the Easter holidays
The Easter holidays are fast approaching, and you're probably wondering what to do to keep the kids and the dog amused while they're off school.
Here are my TOP FIVE dog friendly things to do in Leicestershire and Northamptonshire:
Easter Egg Specials on the Northampton & Lamport Railway
The Northampton & Lamport Railway is a great place to take the kids and dogs are welcome on the platforms and trains (excluding the buffet car). Open 20th - 22nd April for their Easter Egg Specials, where every kid will get a creme egg to enjoy!
Even better - after your train ride you can explore the beautiful Brampton Valley Way, a 14-mile linear walk between Brampton and Market Harborough along the route of the old railway line.
Rover tickets: Adults £5.20, Children £4.20, Family ticket £16.20
Lyveden is an incomplete Elizabethan lodge and moated garden, situated in beautiful Northamptonshire countryside. Lyveden is also the perfect starting point to explain the Lyveden Way, a circular walk through the surrounding woodland towards Wadenhoe and back through pasture fields.
Dogs are welcome in all areas of Lyveden except the Cottage Tearoom, but water bowls are available in the tearoom garden. It's also worth noting that livestock are frequently grazed in and around Lyveden.
Lyveden is holding a Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt over Easter Weekend (charge of £2.50 per person applies in addition to Lyveden entry fee (£8 adults, under 18s free).
Kelmarsh Country Show
Kelmarsh Country Show is set in the grounds of Kelmarsh Hall, with plenty to see and do for all the family including the Red Devils Parachute Display Team, Reenactments, Traditional crafts, Have a Go activities, Chudleys Gundog Championships, Falconry displays and much more!
Dogs are welcome but should be kept on a lead and be courteous to other visitors. Advance tickets from £13 per adult & £6 per under 16.
Foxton Locks is a great place to explore with some beautiful towpath walks along the longest set of staircase locks in the country. There is an onsite museum where you can learn more about the history of the locks and the Inclined Planes, and a small cafe at the top where you can buy ice-cream. The two pubs situated at the bottom (Bridge 61 Pub and Foxton Locks Inn) both welcome well behaved dogs.
Boat Trips run from Foxton Bottom Lock on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from April to October (weather permitting), and last 30 minutes with no need to book. Adults £4, children £3 and dogs go free!
Bradgate Park & Orienteering Trail
Bradgate Park is located just off Junction 22 of the M1 and is a great place to explore with 834 acres of woods and heathland. You can also spot the local wildlife including the resident red deer and fallow deer. Dogs are welcome at Bradgate Park but must be kept on leads or under effective control in the park. There are also orienteering trails around the park and maps can be purchased at the Newton Linford cafe.
Free entry, parking fee applies.
What are your plans for Easter? Let me know about your dog-friendly ideas in the comments!