Need some inspiration for summertime fun (or anytime fun ☺)? Check out our A to Z guide of ideas to fill those long summer days and see how many things you can tick off ☺ before the Summer is out.
Arts & Crafts – if you’ve got crafty kids then these Oglee Poglee’s workshops that are running throughout the summer sound fab. Plus they’re a bargain at £7 per child and £6 per additional sibling. ‘Like’ the Oglee Poglee facebook page for daily craft inspiration ☺
Bike rides – There are loads of great cycling routes in the Chilterns. The Cycle Chilterns website includes some suggested family rides including Wendover Woods, Phoenix Trail, Ashridge Estate & The Grand Union Canal. Pack a backpack with water, snacks, and drinks and off you go!
Cooking – Our kids attended a cooking class last summer and they absolutely loved it and still talk about it now – click here to see cooking classes over the summer.
Day trips – A few years ago we went to the Cotswolds for a week and during our stay we went along to the Cotswold Country Park & Beach. It has the largest inland beach in the UK, boat and kayak hire, bouncy castles, crazy golf, a climbing wall, adventure playgrounds, open water swimming, cafes, wonderful lakeside walks, and much, much more. This is a fantastic day out and offers excellent value for money as under 3’s are free. This really is worth a day trip.
With the Big Smoke on our door step, a trip to London is another great day out. VisitLondon.com is the official visitor guide for London and has lots of information including Best Museums for Kids, Family Days Out for £50, Family Restaurants, London for Teenagers + lots more.
Plus make sure you also check out the Day’s Out section of Chiltern Chatter ☺
Flicks – Every Tuesday at The Empire Cinema in High Wycombe it’s Sav£rday Tuesday with tickets from £4.50. There are also cheap Kids films at the Empire Cinema (High Wycombe),Vue Cinema (Watford) & Cine World (High Wycombe).
Geocaching – Go on a modern day treasure hunt with Geocaching. This free activity enables kids to explore the great outdoors and enjoy the thrills of discovering hidden treasure! More info here. Or join the Pokemon Go craze 🙂
Hedgehogs – If your kids love animals then they will definitely want to visit Tiggywinkles Wildlife Hospital in Haddenham, the first and the world’s busiest Wildlife teaching hospital. This is a lovely place and well worth a visit to support such a worthwhile charity. When we went we saw a variety of animals including: red kites, deer, rabbits, tortoises, hedgehogs and a variety of birds. There is also lovely play area (with ride ons) & picnic benches. More info here.
Ice cream – Summer time means ice cream time ☺ if you fancy treating the kids, then pop along to Filippettos, a lovely little Italian deli in Little Chalfont which serves up a mouth watering Galeto (voted ‘best ice cream’ by Time Out London). Or if you want to make your own, and don’t have an ice cream maker then frozen bananas make pretty fabulous ice cream. If you freeze a banana until solid, then whiz it up in a blender or food processor it gets creamy or a little gooey, just like ice cream. You can then experiment by adding in different ingredients (strawberries, raspberries, nutella….). We have made a few and one of my favourites is Banoffee Ice Cream ☺ Enjoy!!
Jump aboard the train – Every Wednesday and Sunday in August, Buckinghamshire Railway Centre, will be running Steaming Days, during where you can ride a carriage behind one of the centre’s full-size steam engines. Other regular attractions include rides on the centre’s miniature railway, the chance to sort mail in the travelling post office, and the visitor centre (housed in a former station), where you’ll find a royal dining coach from 1901 once used by Churchill and Eisenhower for secret war meetings. Click here for more info. Also check out Bekonscot Model Village, click here for more info.
Kew Gardens – Kew Gardens is a magnificent World Heritage Site covering 300 acres. Pack a picnic and head to Kew for a lovely day out. It’s worth checking out the Kew Garden’s website to help you plan your visit.
Legoland – This is a fantastic day out for both kids and adults. As it’s the holiday’s it’s going to be busy, so make sure you read our insider tips 😉 to getting the most out of your day ☺
Madame Tussauds – a trip to London will be extra special with a trip to Madame Tussauds, ‘meet’ your favourite stars from the big screen, music legends plus there’s a new Star Wars area featuring 16 of the most famous characters. More info here.
Natural History Museum – Enjoy a perfect family day to London’s Natural History Museum to see the Whales Beneath the Surface exhibition. Dive through one of the world’s most compelling evolutionary journeys in this family exhibition. More than 100 specimens from the Museum’s collection will be on display together for the first time, from parts of a colossal blue whale to a small harbour porpoise. Explore whales, dolphins and porpoises’ extraordinary adaptations to their underwater environments, and learn how they are similar to us. Travel back 50 million years to the beginning of the evolution of the whale. See how whales became sociable, aquatic mammals, some of which can communicate over vast distances.
Outdoors – Cooking over a campfire, sleeping under the stars, letting the kids run wild & enjoying natural free play – what more could you want from a family holiday? If you don’t want to venture far, local campsites include Swiss Farm in Henley on Thames (read reviews on Chiltern Chatter here) and Town Farm Camping nr Tring: Plus see our camping holiday check list here.
Pitchup.com is a fab FREE website where you can search for all types of camping and caravanning in the UK and Ireland. Plus have a gander at their brilliant blog. Post include: The Wheelie big Pitcheup.com guide to family bike rides, Summer Holiday Ideas and Mickey Mouse-ing about: top French theme parks.
Pick your own – This is a great day out with the kids, especially if it’s sunny ☺. Larger PYO farms offer a wide selection of fruit & veg including raspberries, peas, beans, sweetcorn, plums….Click here for the low down on where to go locally.
Queen – Windsor Castle is one of the oldest occupied castles in the world. Attractions include the famous St George’s Chapel, burial place of ten monarchs (including Henry VIII), the lavish State Apartments, and the world’s most famous dolls’ house, created in the 1920s for Queen Mary, complete with electric lighting and flushing toilets. Family Saturdays, held every Saturday throughout the year, feature an exciting roster of child-friendly events. Click here for more info.
Reading – Children’s reading can ‘dip’ during the long summer holidays. The annual Summer Reading Challenge helps gets three quarters of a million children into libraries to keep up their reading skills and confidence.
The Summer Reading Challenge, which is completely free, aims to encourage children aged 4 to 11 to read six books during the long summer holiday. There is a different theme each year and this year’s theme is Record Breakers.
Children can read whatever they like – fact books, joke books, picture books, audio books – just as long as they are borrowed from the library. Every time your child finishes a book they get stickers and rewards and there’s a certificate & medal for everyone that that complete all six books. More information can be found here.
Swimming – Chesham Open Air Swimming Pool have summer swim season tickets on sale now which means you can make the most of the summer months and keep swimming right up to half-term. The pool has plenty of sessions such as adults only, lanes, general swim and inflatables, so there is something to suit everyone.
Tree Top Junior – Go Ape – This is a great adventure experience for all abilities. It’s a really fun & exhilarating day out and a fantastic way to spend time as a family! More info here.
Umbrella – fingers crossed there won’t be many wet days but if there are, there are loads of fun indoor activities to keep the kids entertained including bowling, soft play & trampolining and the cinema.
Vouchers – The school holidays can get expensive, so if you’re planning a trip to the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre Or Chiltern Open Air Museum make sure you print off the 2 for 1 vouchers we have on Chiltern Chatter here and here.
Water – Cool off in the River Chess, great for both paddling (the river is very shallow and flows gently therefore it’s very safe for kids to splash around and play) and as a pretty picnicking spot. We’ve also compiled a list of places to cool off and take a dip! Have a look here.
X is for eXplore – The outdoors are your playground in summertime, and that means you get to put on your explorer’s hat and discover something new every day. If you do discover somewhere new please share it with us. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org 🙂
You time – we all need a little ‘me time’ so offload the kids to one of the summer clubs and camps running this summer and sit back and relax ☺ Click here for more info.
Have a wonderful summer ☺