There’s nothing worse than wasting the summer holidays cooped up inside. With the sun (surely!) shining it’s the perfect excuse to get out and about, discovering parts unknown. The National Trust Wales has put together a few family-friendly day-out ideas that will get everyone exploring the great outdoors of Wales. Embrace your wild side with a summer holiday scavenger hunt Tredegar House bursts into life over the summer months with long grasses, towering trees and open lawns setting the scene for young explorers to tackle a nature scavenger hunt. Perfect for solo adventurers or groups big and small, you’ll need to bring your best seeking skills to the gardens at Tredegar House if you hope to crack the code and gain entry into the mansion house. Pick up your first clue at the visitor reception and embark on a trail rivalling the infamous scavenger hunts led by Evan Morgan and Lois Sturt, whose antics earned them the title of the original ‘bright young … [Read more...] about Looking for some family-friendly fun days out for the summer?
Summer fun day ideas
The weather may be telling us summer's nearly over, but there's still two weeks of school holidays to come. From dino experiences to kids' characters and live board games to beaches, here's our up to date guide for what to do this summer holidays across Kent: JURASSIC WALK, FREMLIN WALK, MAIDSTONE There's a roar-some week in store at Fremlin Walk in Maidstone from Monday, August 19, when dinosaur fun of varying kinds stomps in to the shopping centre. There will be a dino trail with clues hidden around the centre and beyond, for a chance to win £200 worth of vouchers.There's also a selfie spot, dino colouring at Five Guys and a fossil dig and the chance to find dino eggs in the bandstand area on Tuesday, August 20, Thursday, August 22 and Saturday, August 24. There's also dino storytelling on Tuesday, August 20, and the chance to meet a life size raptor - with a friendly paleontologist - on Friday, August 23. There will be free face painting on Fridays too. To find out more click … [Read more...] about Dinos, slime and animals: summer fun on the go
Six weeks. Six weeks! It's a long time to keep the kids entertained isn't it - and there's still four weeks to go! It's okay when the weather is good and you can just open the doors and let them outside to play all day on the trampoline, messing about with water, bikes, all the other paraphernalia clogging up your shed! But I think we can all agree that the summer of 2018 was exceptional and it's not every year we are going to be blessed with wall-to-wall sunshine day in, day out. So it's not a bad idea to have a few suggestions for rainy day activities up your sleeve because it doesn't take long before you've all got cabin fever! Here's our top tips for how to stay busy in what we optimistic types call 'liquid sunshine'. Time Line Rainy day ideas to entertain the kids 1. Write a Christmas or birthday list using catalogues for inspiration.Okay, it's a bit early but if you give your kids a catalogue they can flick through and start writing lists, perhaps even cutting out the pictures … [Read more...] about 13 rainy day ideas for entertaining the kids this summer
Childcare costs can be crippling for families, especially during the school holidays. Make sure you are maximising the financial help available to you, such as the Tax-Free Childcare scheme which 1.5 million families qualify for but only 250,000 are claiming. Eligible parents who sign up receive 20p from the government for every 80p they put in, saving you up to £2,000 per year per child – more if your child is disabled. So if your annual bill is £6,000, you would only pay £4,800 of that. The scheme covers children up to and including 11 years old, meaning it can be used for after school care and summer holiday cover, with registered providers. You can also pay into it year-round, to spread the cost, but any unused cash placed in the pot can be taken out (minus the government top up). For families who earn under £40,000 and receive Universal Credit, you may be able to claim back up to 85% of your childcare costs, which amounts to £646 a month for one … [Read more...] about Free summer holiday days out for the whole family
PUBLISHED: 05:30 21 May 2019 Oliver Sullivan Miriam Beard, Paloma, Heston and Louise Crouch are looking forward to Suffolk Day Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN Archant With just one month to go until this year's Suffolk Day, we take a look at the events celebrating what makes the home of Ed Sheeran, John Constable and Griff Rhys Jones so great. Local residents are encouraged to organise a Suffolk Picnic for the big day. Picture: CHARLOTTE BONDFrom parades to festivals and even a world record attempt, this year's Big Weekender is sure to be packed full of fun for all ages while showcasing everything that makes our county so amazing and loved by residents and visitors.In its third year, the latest instalment of the county celebration spans an entire weekend, kicking off outside Felixstowe Town Hall on Friday, June 21 and running until Sunday, June 23.Organisers hope the weekend of fun gives the opportunity for more businesses to host events and encourage more … [Read more...] about More than 50 ways to celebrate third annual Suffolk Day