The Country Park is free to visit all year around and the Medieval Village is free daily from 10am to 12 mid day.
It is still the school Easter holidays here so we were expecting lots of children and families so were pleasantly surprised to find the large, free car park almost empty. We headed off to the village across a wooden boardwalk with an excited Bear shouting "Ducks! Ducks!" at every bird he saw.
|Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village Entrance|
|The boardwalk to the Medieval Village|
The boardwalk is raised a foot or so above boggy ground therefore Bear wanted to step off every step or so to explore. Although in the picture it looks a long way it is only a few minutes walk. It is perfect for buggy's or wheelchairs and is off limits to dogs and cyclists. Throughout the Park there are little detours leading to viewpoints with explanation boards.
The Medieval Village is very small, a perfect size for a toddler to explore. All the buildings are thatched and furnished as they would have been in 1350. It was as if people still lived there but had gone out for the day.
|A Medieval cottage|
|Inside the Reeves cottage. Where's Bear?|
|Here he is!|
|Bear is supposed to be looking for pigs. Not splashing in muddy puddles.|
|Bear thoroughly explored the pig pen but was disappointed that he didn't find any pigs.|
|Shh! Shh! A peasant is fast asleep.|
|Look! I found a pond.|
|Bear had a quick run around|
|What's down the well? Water and money.|
|Let's see if I fit in the stocks. No, too little.|
|View across one of the lakes|
|Bear enjoying a snack in the café after his busy morning.|
Although the Medieval Village is very small Bear thoroughly enjoyed his little adventure and there is so much more to do around the lakes. Walks, bicycle rides, picnics, birdwatching to name a few.
Would Bear go again? Definitely, but when he's a little older. There was a lot of open water that prevented Bear from running freely around the village and park.
They have events in the Medieval Village when people dress as villagers and demonstrate the crafts of the time. I think that would be wonderful to see. Please check Cosmeston Lakes Country Park and Medieval Village website for details and opening times.
Have you been to Cosmeston? If so, what was your favourite part?
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