The boys and I were in Millbridge last week and we came across this gorgeous little play area (Gascoyne Park) that I just have to share!  Now, it is quite small, so not suitable for large groups, but great for a little play with a few children.

Gascoyne Park features two areas.  There’s a grassed area with a bbq (perfect for that summer afternoon get together) and then there’s a little playground comprising of a sandpit and some great imaginative equipment.  You can see all the fun in the photos below.

A secret sand playground located in Millbridge Private Estate in Eaton - perfect for rock hunting and nature walks.

Grassy bbq area on one side

A secret sand playground located in Millbridge Private Estate in Eaton - perfect for rock hunting and nature walks.

Unique sand based playground on the other!

A secret sand playground located in Millbridge Private Estate in Eaton - perfect for rock hunting and nature walks.

A secret sand playground located in Millbridge Private Estate in Eaton - perfect for rock hunting and nature walks.

We even saw some South West Rocks!  So it would be a great place to take your rocks to hide and seek – lots of little hidey places.

A secret sand playground located in Millbridge Private Estate in Eaton - perfect for rock hunting and nature walks.

no smiles … I’m staring at my rock!

One of the things we loved was that after we were finished playing in the sand, we were able to head down the steps and go for a nature walk along the paths that run along the back of the houses.  We even walked up to Cadell Park.

We saw a little creek which the boys were so fascinated with, as well as some beautiful mushrooms growing out of the trees and lots of birds.  Haze thought it was perfect fairy hunting weather and we were able to have lots of imaginative play looking for fairies as we strolled along.  My 18 month old could walk along the path but it was easier to wear him.

A secret sand playground located in Millbridge Private Estate in Eaton - perfect for rock hunting and nature walks.

A secret sand playground located in Millbridge Private Estate in Eaton - perfect for rock hunting and nature walks.

A secret sand playground located in Millbridge Private Estate in Eaton - perfect for rock hunting and nature walks.

There are no toilets here as it is a small play area, so the closest public toilets would be Cadell Park.  There is also only room for 4 cars to park on the roadside (and they are often taken up by residents), so it’s definitely not a group play area, but you could also park at Cadell Park and walk along the footpath to get there.

This little playground is located on Gascoyne Circle in Millbridge Private Estate.


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