Forfar fun for children

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A MOTHER, who has connections with the Forfar area and grew up in the town, has listed her top 10 things to keep children entertained in Forfar.

Claire Winlow, who currently lives in Oxfordshire, was recently visiting family in Forfar and decided to list the best things online that the town had to offer.

Number one on Claire’s list is the Reid Park, she said: “I spent a lot of my childhood enjoying Reid Park. My sister and I would play hide and seek around the bushes and trees, kick around a football and even learned to fly a kite. There is a paved pathway around the park making it easy to take a walk with a pushchair and lovely views from the top of the hill. The slope makes it a popular spot for sledging in the winter when the first signs of snow appear.”

Second on Claire’s list is the Forfar Loch and Country Park and she said: “Another great outdoor area to enjoy with the family is the Forfar Loch Country Park. It has a easy flat circuit which is a popular walk. There are lots of ducks which is always fun for children and a play park close by at the Leisure Centre.”

Claire recommends the Murton Nature Reserve and Farm in third as a great day out because “it doesn’t break the bank.”

She added: “Murton Farm includes a variety of animals and rare breed poultry. Kids can also try out the adventure trail, sand pits and outdoor games. Entry to both the reserve and farm are free making it both an educational and great day out without breaking the bank.”

Forfar’s indoor soft play centre Frostys is in fourth place and she said: “Forfar has it’s fair share of cold weather and wet days so Frostys Funhouse is a great place to take the kids. It’s an indoor soft play centre with an ice theme and a dedicated area for those under the age of three.”

The library in Forfar was fifth on Claire’s list which she described as having “a lovely children’s section.”

The Meffan Museum is number six as it “brings to life the history of Forfar” and the Angus Farmers’ Market was seventh because “If you’re lucky and Wee Cooks have their stall on the day you visit, your children could get involved in a cookery lesson.”

Lochside Leisure Centre came in eighth and Forfar Indoor Sports was number nine, she said: “For a relatively small town, Forfar is lucky to have Forfar Indoor Sports where you can skate, curl or bowl. The ice rink has various sessions tailored to families. You could try the family skating session on Friday evenings. There’s even a snow babies class for 18 months to five years.”

The Stag Coffee Shop went down a treat with Claire at Number 10, she said: “If you fancy a lunch out or delicious cake, then try The Stag. The coffee shop is upstairs but there’s a lift if you have a pushchair and plenty of space around the tables if you’re meeting a group of mummy friends. It’s a lovely cosy place and family friendly with high chairs and even a box of toys. View Claire’s list on www.weekendnotes.com/top-things-to-do-with-kids-in-forfar/.