29 July 2016

20 things to do in the summer holidays

The little ladies and I wrote a list at teatime the other night of all the things they'd like to do over the summer holidays. I thought I'd share our list with you in case you're in need of some inspiration over the next 6 weeks, in no particular order here it is:

1. Go to the beach
We recently took the little ladies to Holkham beach in Norfolk where my Mr and I got engaged and they just loved it. They have been asking every day since when we can go again so we'll definitely be visiting the seaside this summer. We are off to Scarborough in August and hoping it will be sunny enough for lots of long beach days.

2. Go to the woods 
We love visiting our local woodland for a walk, some shade and an explore on warm days. There's also a play area, kids activity trail and cafe at the one we visit. Check out the Forestry Commission to find a wood near you.

3. Go to the park 
We are lucky to have several amazing country parks nearby all with different things to offer, from wonderful adventure playgrounds, to water gardens you can splash in, to feeding the ducks and excellent cake in the cafes. Best of all they are mostly free apart from parking charges. We also have a playground in walking distance and if in doubt we often head down there with a blanket and a picnic and the girls can run off some energy.

4. Visit our favourite National Trust properties 
Our National Trust membership paid for itself very quickly and it's fantastic when we're looking for something to do. Our favourites are Belton House, the Wimpole Estate and Lyveden New Bield. We'll visit all of these over the summer along with hopefully some new ones, I'd love to take the little ladies to Stowe and Anglesey Abbey. The National Trust have a fantastic booklet which you can pick up at any of their sites called 50 things to do before you're 11 3/4 with lots of ideas inside.

5. Go fruit picking 
This is such simple fun and the little ladies love it, we give them a punnet and off they go. I love that it teaches them about where food comes from and that they are in the fresh air and how keen they are to eat their pickings.

6. Visit a castle
Last summer while on holiday in Suffolk we visited a castle, the girls were amazed at its size and gradure and loved exploring it. I'd love to take them to Warwick castle and emerse them
In the whole medieval experience.

7. Go swimming
The girls are little water babies and love swimming and will happily splash around for hours. Our local pool has a wonderful toddler area with slides and bubbles and a paddling area so we'll definitely be visiting the pool along with lots of paddling pool days in the garden.

8. Go to the cinema 
Many cinemas do a pocket money showing on weekend mornings and during the school holidays. Our local cinema shows a different children's film each week at 10:15am every day for just £1.50 per person which is just fantastic value. Odeon Kids is just £2.50 per person and they're showing some great films this summer like Zootropolis.

10.  Home days, making and baking and playing in the garden 
There's a lot to be said for planned in home days and lazy mornings in the school holidays. Movie afternoons where you close the curtains and make popcorn are just the best, baking cakes or biscuits is a firm favourite in our house along with, colouring, sitting and building lego, making story baskets of our favourite books, playing in the sandpit, with the paddling pool and water table. Whatever they like doing - a mix of free play, downtime and some structured activities work best for us. 

11. Visit family 
For us family is really important, we'll make sure we go and visit grandparents, aunties and uncles, cousins and great grandparents even if it's just for a simple cup of tea and a catch up. A change of scene can be great for everyone and it's a good opportunity to distribute things we've baked or made on or home days :)

13. Go for children's afternoon tea 
Dobbies Garden Centres do a very sweet children's afternoon tea for a modest £4.95 per child. I think it's really fun and nice for a special treat maybe on a wet afternoon which there will inevitably be. We  went last week and the little ladies loved their flower shaped sandwiches, cakes, biscuits and ice cream, Miss Tib's even had decaf tea in a china cup.

14. Go for an ice cream or milkshake
The little ladies love nothing more than walking with their dolls in pushchairs or scooting into town for a milkshake or ice cream at our favourite cafe. It's such a special treat and they literally jump for joy when we suggest it.

14. Visit the zoo
Like most children, the little ladies love animals so a visit to the zoo is definitely on the cards. It's great fun as well as educational and everyone gets something out of it. If you shop with Tesco you can swap your clubcard points for tickets to several zoos across the UK (or other days out) which can make an otherwise pricey day a very affordable one.

15. Visit Bewilderwood 
Whenever we have been in Norfolk, the little ladies have picked up a leaflet for the magical Bewilderwood, an outdoor adventure in the forest with so much to do. We're heading there next week to explore all that it has on offer and will be writing a full review and filming a vlog to go with it. It looks like so much fun where both the little ladies and their imaginations can run wild.

16. Visit a theme park
Last year we went to Legoland in Windsor and it was all kinds of amazing. We've also visited Peppa Pig World in the past which was also fantastic. This summer CBeebies Land at Alton Towers is on our radar before Miss Boo gets too old for it.

17. Visit The Dinosaur Adventure Park
We went to Dinosaur Adventure when Miss Boo was two and she still remembers it. We'd love to go back as there is so much to do there and we know the little ladies would love it. There is are several brilliant play areas, a dinosaur trail, a farm and a new water play area. This is another place which accepts Tesco Clubcard Vouchers which is just fab.

18. Have friends to play
We love having our friends to play, last year we created a playroom in what was Daddy's office and there's lots of fun to be had in there with friends. Things like our play shop and play kitchen and colouring area get well used during play dates as do the big boxes of duplo and plastic animals. It's lovely for me too as I get to see a friend too and drink tea and eat cake.

19. Visit London 
We took the little ladies on an impromtu trip to London last month to see James Bay perform outside the BBC Studios on The One Show (they absolutely love James Bay). They loved the adventure on the train and with so much to do in London i know we'd have a great time. On our to do list this year are: The Natural History Museum, The Princess Diana Memorial Garden in Hyde  Park  (both free) and then dinner at Rainforest Cafe or Disney Cafe in Harrods. Children under 5 travel free on trains so now's a good time for us to go :)

20. Go to the farm
The little ladies love going to the farm and seeing all the animals, they all have their favourites and it really wears them out as they walk around the farm and play in the play area at our local one. I like that it's fun and educational for them and that they're in the fresh air.

I hope you have a fantastic summer with your littles whatever you are up to. You can keep up to date with our adventures over on my Instagram and i'll be popping some reviews up on the blog of the places we visit over the course of the summer. If there's somewhere you love and would recommend to other families do let me know in the comments below.

Happy Holidays!

Me x


  1. what a lovely family you have x

  2. Lovely ideas in there, thanks for sharing! We are currently favouring the paddling pool in the garden with friends round to play :)


    1. You can't beat the paddling pool in the garden :) the peppa pig express looks fun too! X


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