One of our good friends Jenny Maggs recently visited Boulters Lock, here’s what she thought.
I spent a lovely afternoon on a Friday during the holidays at Boulters Lock near Maidenhead which has a cafe, mini golf, large play areas and green open space great for picnics and ball games. We arrived at lunchtime when it was already busy but found there was plenty of parking, there is a parking attendant as you drive in and you pay for the amount of time you want to use (we paid £2.50 for 4 hours). We started off with lunch at the cafe http://www.jennerscafe.com where there is plenty of space to sit outside and the food was served quickly. The kids ate a mix of burgers, paninis & baked potatoes (the food is basic bit this is reflected in the prices). We then got stuck into the mini golf (£2.50 per child) which kept the children entertained for quite a while, we had a mix of ages from 5 up to 9 years and surprisingly it was not very busy which worked out well as the kids were free to play however they wished (this did include quite a few random searches for balls in bushes and runaway balls that travelled into the cafe outside). We never thought we would get them away but just the mere whisper of an ice cream had them charging out very quickly.
We then had a chance to relax and chat while the kids played football, zip wired, played in the sand pit and made the most of all other play equipment (there is a good range for all ages).
We ran out of time but next time if we had longer we would have finished it off with a walk along the canal opposite, will have to save that for next time. A really nice afternoon out, a good place to meet up with friends and if you bring along a picnic it would be an inexpensive outing.