Activities for the Summer Holidays

The summer holidays are fast approaching, with most schools breaking up for six weeks around the 24th July. It’s the time of year that children love and can’t wait for, and the period some parents dread. Entertaining children for six weeks with activities that everyone will enjoy (and won’t break the bank) can be a tricky undertaking.
We thought we would give all you parents out there a helping hand by putting together a brief guide of family and wallet friendly activities that should help to keep the peace over the summer break.
Crystal Palace Park is a 200 acre English Heritage Grade II registered park that was once home to Sir Joseph Paxton’s Crystal Palace located in London– the structure that was adapted from the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park in 1851.
The park is full of great things to do and explore, and another plus is that it’s FREE!
If you have an active family the Paxton’s Heritage Trail will be great for you. It provides an interesting walk through one of London’s largest and most historic public parks. The full trail is approximately 2.4 miles in length, this is a long way for little legs so a picnic break half way round will be the perfect opportunity to have a rest.
The sites of historic interest are marked around the route by cast iron bollards with raised gold lettering and numbers corresponding to each number in their booklet, helping you not to miss the good bits. The first bollard is located outside the Visitor Centre; you should allow yourself two and a half hours to complete the full circuit.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is a unique hands-on zoo and working farm just outside Bristol set in over 100 acres of beautiful countryside and its the perfect day out for animal lovers. Unfortunately, this is not a Free attraction however Days Out Guide has a promotion on where you receive 2 for 1 on entry when you travel to the attraction by National Rail. To check out the prices click through here.
There are so many animals to see at Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, from lions, zebras and rhinos to donkeys, goats and sheep. The really cool thing about this zoo is that you can get up close and hands-on with a variety of animals.
“Hand feed Goats, Camels, Deer, Llamas, Sheep and the Pigs by purchasing animal food from our shop. Enter the walk-through aviary and feed the Chickens and Ducks. Hold a Rabbit, Chick and Guinea Pig in the Animal Village and visit the Animal Show Pens where you can stroke the Horses, Ponies, Goats, Sheep, Cows and Reindeer.”

Now, we would all be a bit silly to think that the weather is going to stay nice for the full six week holiday, so this activity is just right for the grey and miserable days where you need to stay inside.

Cineworld Cinemas are hosting Movies For Juniors, which are special screenings of a selection of animated films and live action spectacles just for £1 each. Screenings take place on Saturday and/or Sunday mornings selected Cineworld cinemas.

If you really want to get away from it all, a short break at one of Fine Individual Hotels luxury boutique hotels would be ideal. There are currently lots of special offers take a look here to find out more.
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