Family Friendly Wineries in England

Winey Kids visiting Denbies in the UK Image © Winey Kids
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By Winey Mum

England might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think about grape-growing and winemaking, but there are some hidden gems worth a visit and even better – you can enjoy them with your kids!

The UK has really embraced the concept of wine tourism, providing some great ‘add-ons’ to the visitation experience. Whether it’s a walking trail around a vineyard, a Landrover-towed train ride, or simply great tasting experiences, the UK has it all.

The Winey Family focussed on three vineyards close to our heart on our most recent visit to the UK, the Winey Dad’s home county of Surrey, my patch of Gloucestershire and my heritage of West Yorkshire.

Wine wise, keep an eye out for English Sparkling White wines – especially the Denbies Greenfields NV which has won gold in several international awards and matches perfectly with long, leisurely English summer evenings in the garden! From the west country, we enjoyed the 2014 Three Choirs Vineyards Bacchus, with hints of true English elderflower and nettle!

We know there are heaps more great wineries to visit – so please feel free to add recommendations in the comments! We’ll no doubt add to this list on future visits to the UK!

Denbies Wine Estate, Surrey

The kids loved the Vineyard Train at Denbies

We were so impressed by the amount of family fun that could be had at Denbies Wine Estate in Surrey, UK!

Family friendly casual dining (with pick and mix kids lunch boxes), a vineyard train tour, amazing gift shop, art gallery, beautiful views, farm shop, garden centre and more! We even enjoyed a quick taste of their delicious bubbles!

Denbies Wine Estate finely demonstrates the art of wine tourism! We popped in for a quick lunch and ended up leaving hours later!

Three Choirs Vineyards, Gloucestershire

Enjoying a paddle tasting at Three Choirs Vineyard

Nestled in the Gloucestershire countryside and boasting 30 hectares of beautiful vineyards, Three Choirs Vineyards is recognised as one of the largest commercial wineries in England; along with being the first English vineyard to be awarded a Gold medal at Vinexpo in Bordeaux, France.

And we’re pleased to report that we spent an AWESOME hour at their cellar door, as a little family of four! The Winey Dad and I shared a paddle tasting of 5 English wines and we all found a cosy little gazebo in the grounds with beautiful views (and good shelter with those grey clouds!). The best parent friendly feature of this winery was the Vineyard Walk which had little info boards all the way around, giving a great learning experience. I even had a moment to myself to enjoy a glass of wine whilst the Winey Dad took the Winey Kids off on a walk around the trail.

There’s a restaurant and accommodation on site but we didn’t check either of these out. There’s a lovely lawn outside the restaurant so there’s every chance it could be survivable as a family to dine there, but perhaps check first!

Thanks Three Choirs! Love your work!

Holmfirth Vineyards, West Yorkshire

Fun for the family at Holmfirth Vineyard

You might think that the “Last of the Summer Wine” television series was the only connection to wine in West Yorkshire in northern England? Well, being the pros that we are at finding vineyards wherever we go, we found Holmfirth Vineyard & Restaurant!

It was a sunny but very chilly day when we visited but that didn’t stop us enjoying the STUNNING views from this amazing English winery! We weren’t sure what to expect on arrival but enjoyed a lovely lunch (whilst it was a relatively ‘fancy’ feeling restaurant, our Winey Baby had a high chair and enjoyed a sandwich with wedges from the main menu and the Winey Kid loved a prawn cocktail from the starter menu) and general admiration of the SPECTACULAR Yorkshire views.

On a warmer day, this place would be AMAZING to sit out on one of their many outdoor seats to enjoy lunch with a view and a glass of wine whilst the kids tumble down the hills (note: best only for those steady on their feet – not ideal for new walkers or unsteady walkers) where there was even a sandpit with its own little diggers.

Next time you’re in England, head north and pay them a visit. Tell them Winey Kids sent you!

Oh, and feel free to visit Hirst Lane whilst you’re in the area, named after my great great great grandfather, Joseph Hirst who was born in 1776 and lived in the area his whole life until he died in 1859. Wonder if he’d even heard of wine?!

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Published: 24 Nov 2017

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