Things to do this summer

With summer fast approaching and the holidays well and truly upon us, my mind has turned to how to fill up the summer holidays. With this in mind I thought I would share some ideas with you and hopefully provide you with some inspiration.

Staycation

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With foreign holidays being so up in the air, we decided to book a UK staycation again this year. After the trauma of our cancelled holiday last year, we just felt a staycation would be a little less stressful. We researched coastal areas we wanted to visit and settled on Cornwall. If you pick one location and comb in the internet, you can actually find some stunning holiday homes and cottages and we managed to find something with availability at a reasonable price. Although it took some searching, it will hopefully be well worth the wait. We managed to book this beautiful looking cottage near Tintagel. With plenty included in the cottage itself, the only things we need to think about packing are clothes, sun-cream, toiletries and a first aid kit.

Being away from home, it is important to take the essentials like plasters and paracetamol with you. However, having been caught out once before – going somewhere that didn’t have a great local pharmacy – it is also important to think about bringing things like antihistamines, rehydration sachets, making sure you get your prescription medication refill, travel sickness medications, bite creams etc. With so many things to think of, using an online chemist which covers it all (including your NHS prescription) can mean you have extra time to pack the fun things and not have to run around the town trying to pick up all the essentials.

Beach Days

I love a good beach day. Whether you are going whilst on holiday or just travelling from home for the day, nothing says summer holidays without some sand between your toes. We have done the beach for a day where we just get up super early and drive down to a local beach and park up for the day. I really want to try Hayling Island as that isn’t too far from us if we leave early enough. When we go to the beach, some of our essentials include sand free towels to sit on because they fold up smaller than blankets. We have a double towel which is perfect as a mat. We also pack wind breakers, as you can never be too sure what the weather will be like in the UK, low to the ground beach chairs, a cool box with snacks and drinks, buckets and spades, a ball and some good books.

Day Trips

Other day trips which we love are theme parks, zoos, animal parks or trips into London to see the sites. We haven’t been to many since COVID restrictions but we did try Chessington World of Adventures after the first Lockdown eased. We had a fantastic time there, even with the additional safety measures put in place. If you are thinking about going to a theme park this summer, make sure you check out the website for any updates on ride and facility closures. Early ticket buying is also essential to avoid disappointment. We want to try Legoland again but I’m considering leaving this until October half term to spread the joy out a little longer then just the summer.

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A day out to the zoo always puts a smile on our faces. The children love seeing animals up close and getting to know more about them. I think one of our favourite places to visit has to be Longleat Safari Park. We have some amazing memories from there, especially feeding the giraffes and the boat ride to feed the Californian sea lions. There is so much to see and do from the in-car safari drive through, the house and grounds, as well as the main square which includes animals and a play park. If we do travel down just for the day we often decide to buy food there as it’s quite a trek from home but we find it’s quite expensive to eat here so taking a packed lunch or at least snacks are a good idea.

A more local to us wildlife park which again is top of our family days out is Paradise Wildlife Park. We have been several times and it never fails to disappoint. A well as having an eclectic mix of animals to visit, you can also get up and personal with the dinosaurs. It houses one of the UK’s largest and most spectacular animatronic dinosaur attractions featuring over 30 life-size dinosaurs. There are some great play areas for children of all ages and that also means you can sit down with a cuppa and relax for 5 minutes before continuing on with your adventure.

Closer to home

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If you’re looking for something a little closer to home, always check out your local cinema. They will often have a family film running early in the morning (around 10am) for really reasonable prices. Odeon Kids will often run films which have been shown before but, if you’re anything like me, we haven’t been out in a while anyway so any film would be great fun.

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