Perhaps the most remarkable thing to have happened at Haigh Country Park in recent years was a huge homecoming show by local favourites The Verve.
Of course, I say ‘remarkable’ with the rose-tinted spectacles of someone who still thinks Urban Hymns is a classic album worth listening to. Say it quickly and 1998 doesn’t seem like that long ago, either.
Take a stroll around Haigh Country Park today, however, and you’re unlikely see Richard Ashcroft and his erstwhile band mates. What you will see is Haigh Hall, a sizeable stately home which can be booked for weddings; a play park; 18 hole golf course; miniature railway; and a collection of walled gardens and pretty pools.
Things are slightly quieter in the winter months when the railway doesn’t operate but that shouldn’t deter you from visiting for a circular stroll on decent enough footpaths which will fill a couple of hours.
There’s a nice cafe serving hot meals, teas and coffee too.
Getting there: Haigh Hall and Country Park
(Don’t forget some coins for the car park pay and display)
Website: Click here
Verdict: Enjoy a cup of tea in the cafe while dad tries to work out where the stage where he saw The Verve play was.