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…
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.