Biggar Park and Leadhills train in tops for tots

The Pond in Biggar Public Park in 1928 - almost 90 years later it is still popular with parents and toddlers.
The Pond in Biggar Public Park in 1928 - almost 90 years later it is still popular with parents and toddlers.

Looking for bats at the Falls of Clyde and sailing a paper boat at Biggar Public Park pond feature on a list of the top ‘30 Things to Do Before You’re 3’ in Lanarkshire.

The list of activities was compiled by parents, for parents with toddlers, to showcase the best free activities on offer for youngsters, and several Clydesdale locations feature in it.

It was put together as part of the Scottish Government’s PlayTalkRead campaign.

Free stories, songs and rhymes at local library Bookbug sessions topped the list as the most popular activity.

The selection will be used by parents and carers looking for enjoyable, free ways to spend time with their children.

Welcoming it, Clydesdale MSP Aileen Campbell commented: “The list does a great job of bringing together playing, talking and reading activity ideas in the area.

“Minister for Children and Young People I have responsibility for our Play Talk Read campaigns and so am really pleased this list has a really local feel for me.

“Children can be given the best start in life through these activities.

“As a mum, I know how important it is to find activities which help our little ones learn and have fun.

“And there are many activities on the list I have already enjoyed with my bairns – the falls of Clyde, the narrow gauge railway at Leadhills, the miniature train at Strathaven and the pond at Biggar Public Park.

“It’s great to see so much of Clydesdale featured on our top list.

“What is also really lovely is to see how much value parents and carers have for the swing park at Lanark Loch given the effort put in by so many mums, dads, grandparents and carers to create this beautiful and fun-filled space.

“With regular Bookbug sessions at local libraries and excellent outdoor spots, Clydesdale is clearly perfect for free family activities. Whether it’s playing on the swings at Lanark Loch or reading stories in Strathaven Park, there’s something suitable for all the family.”

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