School's out for summer
So, the school holidays have officially arrived. If you’ve been wondering what to do with your children over the summer, we’ve got some tips and ideas to share, largely for those within North London and the surrounding areas (and they don’t involve soft plays!). We’re so lucky to have a plethora of free activities in the UK that fill the time and are super educational too. We will be visiting some of our favourite museums (many offer free entry for a donation which is amazing!), visiting new and familiar parks and having playdates at home and with friends. We had a think about some varied, fun, unusual and inspiring activities and days out for you to enjoy with your children over the next six weeks.
Walk through the Lavender fields
Ok, this is probably more for the parents but you’ll feel as though you’ve been transported to Provence as you take in vibrant colours and can teach your children about the beauty of nature. Last summer our children loved collecting a little bag of lavender and wild flowers. We had lunch there together and they loved being outside and found it really exciting.
Visit the play-area and farm at Hatfield House
The castle in the Bloody Hollow area is super fun and if you visit the farm it’s free entry (or £1 to enter Bloody Hollow) there’s some animals you can see on a tractor ride too. If it’s a nice day, take a picnic.
William Morris Gallery
Family day is the last Saturday of every month and is amazing for introducing children to ideas, arts and crafts. There’s a good café and park on site.
Roald Dahl Museum
Great for older children and features interactive galleries.
Park Side pick your own (Strawberry picking)
A family favourite is our local farm. Great for seasonal fruit and veg. If you’re not close to North London you can google other farms close to you.
The Waffle House, St Albans
This is an old family favourite for us and we spent many summer months enjoying their glorious milkshakes as children! While you’re in St Albans you could visit the Roman ruins too.
Golders Hill Park
A real gem within North London. Features a great zoo and a butterfly house. The café is nice too and you can buy an ice-cream to walk around the park.
The boating lake at Alexandra Palace
With giant swans or dragons this is a magical boating lake. It was tricky with the toddler (but she still loved it!). Great for older children.
A lido and outdoor swimming area
We absolutely loved visiting the Lido in Crouch End last summer. The children thought it was brilliant and this summer we can’t wait to explore more in London.
A fun trampoline arena which is great for all ages and will burn loads of energy.
A day trip or two to the seaside
Pack a picnic, beach towel and a change of clothing and take off to the seaside with your children. There are so many places within easy driving distance of London and it’s so wonderful to leave the city behind for the day. We love Whistable, Brighton and Frinton-on-sea. If you want to escape for longer than a day, we would really recommend Saunton Sands in North Devon. The hotel is really family friendly and beaches are suburb.
Family beach days and more at Lee Valley White Water Rafting centre
Huge slides and bouncy castles for the summer.
Jungle Falls adventure golf
A lovely, local crazy golf course with friendly staff.
The Enfield Food Festival
If you’re local to Enfield, the food festival takes place on the Bank Holiday weekend in August and is a lovely 2-day event at Forty Hall farm.
If you read this and visit any of the places we've suggested, please do comment and let us know how you get on. Wishing every parent out there a beautiful break; and don’t forget to stock the fridge up with a lot of good wine for those evenings when you’re absolutely knackered. We'll be doing the same.
Andriana, Maria and Angela. x