The summer holidays are coming round fast and we are sure many parents are already wondering what to do to fill up the time and keep the children entertained; and also what will make great days out for the family. When our children are off nursery and school we love to mix up the time by doing craft activities at home, having water fights and ice-cream with their cousins in the garden, going to local parks with the scooters and having dinner outside. We also love to do some of the activities below and we promise you that you will all have lots of fun together without spending a fortune. 

  1. Strawberry picking at Parkside Farm.  Best to call the evening before to check there is enough to pick in the morning.  It’s a lovely farm and you can also take a little snack to eat afterwards.  www.parksidefarmpyo.co.uk
  2. Hatfield House.  A real gem of a place with great markets on certain weekends, lovely little shops in the Stable courtyard and a lovely little farm.  The children can go on the tractor to see the animals and there is a fantastic play area next to it.  Tickets entitle you to a tractor ride and entry to the Bloody Hallow play area.  Under 3yrs go free. http://www.hatfieldparkfarm.co.uk/
  3. Have a picnic (Trent Park or Forty Hall are both great if you’re in Enfield).  Order your picnic from the fabulous Food Gatherer for a real fresh treat and take one of our Hammam towels to double up as a picnic blanket.  Perfect and stress free way to enjoy the day.  Both have a coffee shop if you prefer. http://trentcountrypark.com/Welcome.html  http://www.fortyhallestate.co.uk/
  4. Visit the farm at Forty Hall.  Children go free which is great (adults £2) http://www.fortyhallestate.co.uk/about_forty_hall_estate/forty_hall_farm
  5. Park Road Lido, Crouch End.  When the weather is hot this Lido is fab!  Check out other lido’s in London too on this link http://www.timeout.com/london/sport-fitness/park-road-leisure-centre
  6. The William Morris  Gallery.  A fantastic day out for all the family (takes place on the last Saturday of each month).  The children had a great time making pencil cases on the last visit. http://www.wmgallery.org.uk/learning/families
  7. Roald Dahl Museum. Just brilliant for bringing the stories to life http://www.roalddahl.com/museum
  8. Den making at Oak Hill Park or Monken Hadley Common http://www.oakhillparkcafe.co.uk/ http://www.monkenhadleycommon.net/
  9. South Bank Beach and skateboarders http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whatson (or Brent Cross has an urban beach this year and may be closer to home for some of our customers http://www.thebeachbrentcross.com
  10. Coram’s Field.  Has a city farm and in the play area there is a paddling pool for the summer http://coramsfields.org/
  11. Ice cream at the Science Museum. http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/visitmuseum/Plan_your_visit/eating/shake_bar.aspx
  12. The Butterfly House at The Natural History Museum http://www.nhm.ac.uk/visit/whats-on/programs/nhm/sensational_butterflies_exhibition.html?date=12.07.2015 . Or if you are close to St Albans there is a lovely little Butterfly World http://butterflyworldproject.com/ and you can drive to the Waffle House after for a lovely lunch http://www.wafflehouse.co.uk/st-albans/ 

 

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