From award winning attractions to a picnic in the park there are many choices when taking children out for the day. Holiday time can be the ideal opportunity to discover amazing places and find out new things. We have been doing our own research this summer holiday and have come up with our top tips for great days out with kids.
We set one of our team members Emily and her family the task to find some family friendly days out and review them. Her criteria was quite broad but must include:
- A day for the whole family including grandparents
- An attraction that is within 30 minutes of a Group Stays property
- An arts or cultural day out
- A day out for less than £10
Day Out Number 1
Day out number one saw Emily and her extended family got to a local National Trust property for a morning of exploring and an afternoon of music. If you are not familiar with National Trust properties you may be surprised to find out that there are hundreds dotted about the country. A membership can be obtained if you would like access to all of these throughout the year. This property had plenty to do for all ages.
Grandma and Grandad walked the gardens and visited the coffee shop and garden centre while the kids explored the woodland and collected sticks, as children do! A treasure hunt style task in the house kept the children entertained when the heavens opened! The music event in the afternoon was free to members of the public and a really fun and friendly afternoon.
Look out for special events at National Trust properties at the properties near your holiday home for a really great day out. Properties such as Fuzzy Orchard and Quantock Barns are very near National Trust properties and have room for the whole extended family.
Day Out Number 2
Emily was spoilt for choice when it came to finding a day out within 30 minutes of a Group Stays property. After a little bit of research she decided to take a trip to Dartmoor Zoo with her son. You may have heard of Dartmoor Zoo - it was the basis for the film 'We Bought a Zoo'. Dartmoor Zoo is rather like being on a farm rather than a zoo, very little glass surrounds the wide range of animals. Emily's son enjoyed the talks by the volunteers especially when they were feeding the bears and he had a personal tour around the walk through paddocks where he saw cranes, goats and even a friendly fallow deer called Mr Pickles. Great restaurant and facilities, informative and friendly Dartmoor Zoo was an absolute hit! Check out the lovely Oak Tree House which is 30 minutes away.
Day Out Number 3
Arts or cultural days out are wonderful for getting children interested in something a little different. A trip to the local museum to look at the wonderful rooms full of great interactive exhibits and larger than life elephant and giraffe opened eyes and started a huge range of questions. Emily combined this with a storytelling of a childrens book at a local theatre. Live performances do not need to cost the earth and most towns and cities have small independent theatres so it is worth having a little look at the local 'What's on' information for the nearest town if you are looking for a totally different day out when you stay in a Group Stays property.
Day Out Number 4
Challenge number four a day out for £10! Easy peasy, take a trip to the beach! The car was packed and a quick drive to the local beach. £5 was used to pay for parking for the day and a day of building sandcastles, swimming in the sea and collecting shells was enjoyed by all. The remainder of the money was spent on an ice cream for the way home. Days out need not cost the earth. Take a small packed lunch to reduce the cost further and avoid the temptation to spend money on hot meals and expensive drinks. Properties near a beach include Wringworthy Cottages, The Beach House Exmouth, Ocean Golf Villa, Arallt, Kippys Cottage, The Beach House.
Have a look at our wonderfull range of self catering holiday properties and choose your next stay. All of our owners are always happy to advise you on places to go and things to do during your stay, they want you to have the best time possible. Do contact them via the contact owner form on the property listings with any questions that you may have.
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