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School’s out!

School’s out, so it’s time to get ready for the summer holidays. From shire to shore there are plenty of places to fill the days full of fun for the whole family.

Below are a few of our favourites…

 

Jimmys farm

Jimmy’s Farm in Ipswich is a fantastic place to take the family for the day. It offers an array of activities, from petting the animals to building dens in the woods to learning to fish in the pond. There will also be an array of kids’ activities happening every day throughout the summer holidays from 24th July 2014. Be sure not to miss the Sausage and Beer Festival where the Joules team will be out and about.

Visit http://jimmysfarm.com/ for more information

 

Fruit farm

Hendrewennol Fruit Farm is a fabulous place for family fun. Re-launching this year the farm is open all summer long for fruit-picking fun in the sun and classic country adventures. There is a new children’s play area with bales of hay to jump around in as well as a tea shop which promises the best Welsh cream tea for miles around. In July they open their Maize Maze where families can follow trails and crack quizzes as they wind their way around. A-mazing.

http://www.hendrewennol.com

old hall

Washington Old Hall hosts its Nature Nuttery and Build a Nature Habitat workshop every Monday of the school holidays  (6 dates between 21 July 2014 and 25 August 2014, Washington, Tyne and Wear) This is a free event where kids can investigate bugs and creepy crawlies helping to build a bug hotel in the gardens of the twelfth century manor house.

http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/washington-old-hall/

catle

Hever Castle in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, is hosting a number of Summer Jousting Tournaments on various dates from 19th July to 31 August. Families are invited to marvel at the event which begins with a procession headed by none other than King Henry VIII followed by a thrilling display of traditional sword-fighting, chivalry and glory.

http://www.hevercastle.co.uk/

 

science museum

Science Museum – South Kensington - There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket. Interactive galleries bring to life first scientific principles and contemporary scientific debates. http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

 

lickey hills

Lickey Hills and Sculpture Trail – Birmingham Take the kids on nature trails and guided walks or play in the adventure playground. Introduce the children to art via impressive sculptures which include the beautiful hermaphrodite Spirit of the Woods. http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/lickeyhills

 

letterboxing

Letterboxing on Dartmoor – Dartmoor Similar to orienteering, letterboxing is a great way to discover the spectacular scenery of Dartmoor. Letterboxes are hidden around the moors famous Tors (massive granite features) and can be found in cracks and crevices between the rocks. A box normally contains a stamp and a visitors book so take a notepad and some ink (included in the letterbox) to claim evidence of your findings.

http://www.dartmoorletterboxing.org/

 

little joule collection

Our new collection is perfect for any family adventure

Shire to Shore

Established in the fields of Great Britain, Joules can be found all across the land. From Shire to Shore we will introduce you to beautiful towns and cities that we love. This week Louise, our store manager from Joules of Harrogate, gives us a guided tour of this beautiful and historic spa town.

 

Harrogate - shire to shore main

Things you may not know about Harrogate…

Harrogate has been named the happiest place to live in Britain for the second year running and will be the starting point for the Tour De France in July of this year.

 

Explore Harrogate…

Harrogate - Valley gardens

In the centre of town, with free entry to all, you can wander through the beautiful Valley Gardens and discover a fantastic childrens play area suitable for tiny tots and older more adventurous children. When the sun is shining you will find lots of children playing in the outdoor paddling pool. Your visit to the gardens should always be finished off with a delicious Ripley Ice-cream.

 

Harrogate - Great Yorkshire Show

 

Be sure to visit Harrogate in July and you can pop along to the Great Yorkshire Show showcasing everything from showjumping to over 5000 of Britains finest cattle , it’s a great day out for all the family.

 

Harrogate - Turkish Bath and spa

A trip to Harrogate wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Harrogate Turkish Bath and Health Spa one of only seven which remain from the 19th century.

 

The best place for a nice cup of tea and a slice of cake

Harrogate - Betty's Afternoon Tea

Harrogate is home to one of the World famous Betty’s Tea Rooms. A trip to Harrogate would not be complete without afternoon tea here.

 

Harrogate - Shire to shore

Louise and the team at Joules of Harrogate look forward to seeing you soon.