After much anticipation the summer holidays are finally here. Kids up and down the country are rejoicing at being free from lessons for a few week; and parent are wondering what to do with them. If you are one of those parents, looking at the weeks stretching out and wondering what to do with the kids, we have some help at hand. The Snaptrip content team has put their heads together for you and come up with a family friendly bucket list. Whether your kids are 4 or 14, these 5 options should provide some fun inspiration to get the kids out and about on holiday this summer. How many will you tick off between now and September?
1. Go on a hill top adventure
It is a satisfying feeling standing on top of the highest point for miles around. The UK is covered in hills great and small that have been encouraging people to their summit for years. Where possible choose a clear day so you can see as far as possible. Below we have three suggestions to get you started but any hill will do.
- Snowdon: This mountain is the highest point in all of Wales, and alone this makes it an attractive choice. However what makes it even better is that there is a railway to take you all the way to the top. If you’re children are a bit older they might enjoy the challenge of walking up, but if you still have little ones the railway offers the chance to still revel in the view.
- Ditchling Beacon: A trip up Ditching Beacon will have you standing at the third highest point in the South Downs. This might not be the most impressive accolade but it is a beautiful walk and has the added bonus of a road with parking right at the top. A walk here can be a great way to encourage older kids to get outside but with tots at least you can still admire the view and enjoy the fresh air.
- Arthur’s Seat: A stone’s throw from the centre Edinburgh, Arthur’s Seat is a popular Scottish vantage point. A lovely choice for a day out, this point offers impressive views over the city. Unfortunately it is not as accessible as the other options but it is a lovely spot to walk up to with slightly older children. Maybe even pack a kite!
2. Swim outside
Wild swimming is an increasingly popular pursuit. If you want a taste of the freedom taking a wild dip can offer, summer is probably the best time to give it a go. Obviously make you you take all the necessary safely precautions, and remember to bring extra warm clothes afterwards; even on a hot day kids can get chilly. From lakes to Lidos the UK has plenty of places to swim. Below are some suggestions to get you started.
- In the sea at Kynance Cove: This gorgeous cove can be found on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall. With it’s impressive views and soft sand we can see why it is popular with holiday makers. There is a steep 10 minute walk to the beach and a lovely cafe if you need refreshments.
- In the Lido at Pells Pool: This freshwater Lido is an absolute gem of Lewes in the South Downs, and can understandably get busy on a hot summers day. If is however worth battling the crowds for. At 50m long it is a large pool and there is also a lawn, a children’s paddling pool and a cafe. Unheated, except by the sun, this is a great place to experience swimming outside swimming without tides and waves to contend with.
- In the lake at Windermere: Windermere is the largest natural lake in England and has some great spots for swimming if you know where to look. It’s size attracts open water swimmers attempting the 18km swim across. However, as a hub of the Lake District it can get busy with boat traffic. The beach by Wray Castle is a particularly nice spot for a quiet paddle.
3. Spot the local wildlife
It has been said time and time again that spending time in Nature is good for adults and kids alike. This summer spend some quality time with the kids spotting the local wildlife. Animals are lots of fun to look for, and it’s a great chance to learn a bit more about the amazing range of critters that live on this isle. This could be as simple as a trip to the park but for the more adventurous here are three top spots for getting your nature hat on.
- Holkham National Nature Reserve: Found on the Norfolk coast, this Nature Reserve is the largest in England. This preserved area offers a range of habitats were many types of wildlife can be found. Norfolk is a popular spot with birdwatchers and this coastal spot is no exception. Look out for: birds, butterflies, dragonflies and beetles.
- Cairngorms National Park: This large National Park in Scotland is one of the best places to go looking for wildlife. 25% of threatened specifies can be found within the Cairngorms along side other more abundant species. Keep your eyes peeled for: eagles, deer, wildcats and red squirrels.
- The Lizard Peninsula: The Lizard Peninsula includes the most southerly point in the UK. Its comparatively warm climes and wild coastline offers a home to a wide range of critters. Coastal walks offer the chance to spot dolphins and seals off the coast; closer to land look out for: butterflies, choughs and ravens.
4. Eat a meal outside
Some of the best things about summer are the long days and warm sunshine. Take the opportunity this holiday to pack up a meal and head out into the fresh air. If you’re the impulsive sort you can get your fix of al fresco dining in the garden, but with a a little forward planning you and your family can take outside eating to the next level. Here are three ideas to try this summer.
- Picnic in a National Park: In the UK we are lucky to have 15 National Parks to choose from. Not only that but there are miles of AONB’s, Heritage Coastline and parkland to enjoy too. Whether you get adventurous or stick to a classic sarnie, there are some simply lovely spots to choose from. Picnic up Snowdon to hit numbers 1 and 4 in one go!
- Fire up the BBQ on a beach: What could be better than enjoying a barbecue with sand between your toes? Make sure you check you local beach before you go as a few ban barbecues, and of course alway take everything away with you. Disposable ones are easy but portable reusable ones are available too.
- Enjoy afternoon tea by the sea: For those that want the joys of eating in the fresh air but without the trouble of packing supplies this might be the answer. The British coast is dotted with lovely little cafes. This summer why not stop by and enjoy a cream tea with the sun on your face and the wind in your hair.
5. Help the planet
There’s much concern at the moment about the state of the world, and depending on the age of your children they might feel worried too. During the holidays why not channel this constructively into helping your local environment. Even if your little ones aren’t worried it can still be a nice way to spend time together and make a positive difference to the world.
- Clean the beach: Attention has been drawn recently to the amount of plastic and other rubbish than ends up in our oceans. To combat this many beach run litter picks. This is possibly better suited to older children who are less likely to put rubbish in their mouths!
- Look after the birds… and the bees: Although we may travel to parks and nature reserves to see the animals, it is amazing what can be found in the garden. There are many way to encourage the birds and bees, from making a DIY bird feeder to planting purple flowers like lavender.
- Take a car free journey: Although most of us would find it hard, if not impossible, to not drive, there are usually small journeys where we can do with out. This summer why not inspire the kids with swapping the car for bikes the next time you go to the park or maybe walk to the shops. This can be a great way to encourage kid to get active too.