Summer Holiday Activities

Aaaah…It’s been four months since my last post and as always I say to myself I’ll keep up with but as always I forget and leave it and leave it and leave it.

It’s the summer holidays and that leaves weeks and weeks of entertainment for the kids but the bonus being no teaching and going to school for the next six weeks, yiiiipppeeeee!!!

So I’ve complied a list for all those parents and guardians for fun day outs and some being free whilst others a small fee or even worst …expensive…hehehe!

These are the places I have visited and would recommend,except for the treehouse stay and the trampoline park but definitly would do those soon enough… there’s plenty more out there so feel free to explore the world!

*If there’s no link provided simply google the name in the search engine and surely something will come up.

Free:

Diana’s Memorial playground: a man-made beach with a pirate ship right in the middle of Queensway.

Queen Elizabeth Olympic park

Thames Barrier park

Regents Park

Hyde Park

Victoria park

Epping Forest

Beaches: Southend-on-sea, Camber Sands, Canvey Island, Hastings, Dover,Clacton-on Sea, Blackpool. (Free unless you count petrol money!)

Museums: Natural History Museum, Science museum, British Museum, Transport Museum. Toy Museum, Geoffrey museum, Victoria and Albert museum, Museum of London, Royal Observatory Greenwich, Maritime Museum, imperial war museums (these are all free to enter!)

*There are many more but these are the ones I’ve visited and would recommend but don’t despair the list will expand soon enough!

Low to mid cost:

Museums: (A small fee, not sure how much) ragged school museum. http://www.raggedschoolmuseum.org.uk

Emirates Air Line: low priced, cheaper if you have an oyster and are a resident of Newham. http://www.emiratesairline.co.uk/tickets-information/

Arcelor Mittal Orbit: a 178m tunnel slide in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.http://arcelormittalorbit.com

Lakeside Go-Kart: Buy tickets from Groupon worked out really cheap for a family of four. http://www.lakeside-karting.co.uk

Hollow Ponds Boating: inexpensive boat trip, take a picnic.  http://hollowponds.co.uk

Boat Cruise down the thames: tickets can be purchased from Groupon. http://www.citycruises.com/london-sightseeing/thames-circular?gclid=CKfCy87rqM4CFUJmGwodCiECzw

Kidspace: indoor play area, as wall-climbing and a small go-kart area. Located within a shopping mall so easy access to food court and supermarkets.  https://kidspaceadventures.com/romford/

Cookie Island: under 5’s indoor play area http://cookiesisland.com

Better Extreme: a trampoline park http://extreme.better.org.uk

Chislehurst Caves: travel back in time to experience the caves during the second world war. http://www.chislehurst-caves.co.uk

Ice Skating https://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/go/iceskating/ 

Bowling https://www.allstarlanes.co.uk/locations/stratford

Golf: check out Top Golf http://topgolf.com/uk/chigwell/

Go ape: a tree climbing, zip-wire experience https://goape.co.uk/days-out/trent-park

Spa Valley Railway http://www.spavalleyrailway.co.uk

Expensive:

Theme parks:Thorpe Park, Chessington, Legoland, Drayton Manor, Alton Towers, Blackpool tower, world of adventure, Diggerland.

Ripleys, Believe it or not London: a place of artefacts, it was ever so slightly boring, for me anyway. tickets can be available on Groupon. http://www.ripleyslondon.com/willard-wigan-amazing-microsculptures/

Cadbury World: Good offers on Groupon https://www.cadburyworld.co.uk

Centre Parcs: luxury lodges situated amongst the woodlands http://www.centerparcs.co.uk

Caravan Parks: Haven http://www.haven.com

Forest Holidays: a treehouse holiday https://www.forestholidays.co.uk/types-of-holiday/tree-house-holidays#.V6PBrGVJW_U

Obviously flying out to any destination that takes your fancy !

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spa Valley Railway

Summer is upon us and that means trips to organise and kids to keep busy… Spa Valley Railway is probably the closest steam engine experience you can get, unless of course your willing to fork out hundreds and experience the Orient Express, maybe one day but for now this will do.

Spa Valley Railway is in Kent, not to far from London and you can purchase tickets on offer from Groupon. We booked for 4.20pm on a Sunday afternoon, I think that was the last train for the day so the carriages were slightly dirty and tables sticky. Having said, that customer service was excellent, staff were friendly, helpful and went the extra mile to smile.

Parking wasn’t an issue, there’s a Sainsbury’s and Homebase right outside the station which offers two-hour free parking, parking restrictions are not applicable after 5 so we didn’t have to rush back. The station is old and beautiful and quite easy to locate. There is however, no area to have a picnic but the staff were nice enough to let us sit in the outdoor waiting area to have our picnic.

I would definetly recommend it, so go for it!