Category: Kids Outdoors
Want to get the kids off their devices and into the fresh air? Here’s my pick of the best local heritage properties, gardens and grounds.
National Trust options
At Stowe Landscape Gardens (above) near Buckingham, there’s a fun take on their kids’ trails with different choices for kids to make: will they pick the naughty path, the path of goodies or choose to be a hero?
For once we’re out of the starting blocks earlyish on Half Term, and rather than an exhaustive calendar of stuff to do, plus lots of scrolling through this and that, we’re scaling it back and really curating hard so that you can clearly see the very best in courses, day out locally, day trips away, adult stuff to do (nothing X-rated I’m afraid *sniff*) and suggestions for rainy days. All the top tips will be up on the blog in the next few days AND also accessible from the KIDS drop down menu at the top under the Half Term category.
I think it’s fair to say that when Blenheim Palace decides to do something, it does it with bells, whistles, fanfares and a whole lot of style. This is the first year that the estate has created an illuminated walkway, picking up on a trend that’s been happening for some time at the likes of Waddesdon Manor and Westonbirt Arboretum, and they’ve done a fantastic job of it.
Your intrepid correspondent (me, in case you’re wondering) was one of the first to walk the hour-long path that takes guests down the back of the palace, over to the boating lake, up through the Capability Brown-designed grounds and finally to the lakeside lodge where Father Christmas is hamming it up until 2 Jan, and even though I did it solo, it was massively enjoyable.
Time to polish up your double toe loops and triple Salchows – or, um, maybe just try and stay upright? Outdoor ice rinks are starting to pop up all over the place so here’s my round-up of the best places to skate in Bucks, Oxon and beyond.
I wrote this last July, but I’m running it again to give you a good flavour of what these Longridge Activity Days are about because my kids aren’t booked on until next week and you’ll want to know about it before they get booked out!
Why didn’t I do this before? Last week I sent my son on a Activity Day to Longridge, 5 minutes from the centre of Marlow, and he had the time of his life.
Wahhhh! I’ve left it totally last minute yet again to book the mudlets into holiday courses and out of my hair. Why, why, why do I always do that? If you’re as disorganised as me, fear not, because I’ve done a last-minute trawl of cool courses, camps and other childcare-masquarading-as-fun options to help ease your way through the Summer. It’s a bit of a scratch list so if you have any suggestions of things you’ve booked kids into or know of, please do add in the comment box below.
I’m a dedicated Glastonbury lover from the *ahem* comfort of my sofa – I had an awesome front row of Chris Martin for starters, and let me tell you, the toilet facilities are way better. But whether you’re a namby-pamby glamper like me or a hardcore roll-in-mud and wet-wipes-at-dawn music-fan, here’s the Muddy Guide to the best festivals due to amp-it-up in Bucks, Oxon and beyond over the next few months.
Uh-oh, I have a feeling this list will be highly contentious… We’re so lucky to have the most incredible number of bluebell woods in Oxon and Bucks, so I’ve drawn up this list really as a prompt as the blubells don’t last long and the May Bank Holiday is nearly here – a great opportunity to go and enjoy the view. If you think there is a horrific omission, a crime against nature no less, let me know and I’ll put it on the list!
Into the final straight for this week and galloping towards some fun. Giddy-up!
Flower workshop, The Quince Tree, Sat 5 March
Show your mum how much you appreciate her at this floral workshop, where you’ll create a beautiful floral display in a vintage container to take home as a gift (no gentlemen – crysanthyms from Esso aren’t going to cut it). Kids are welcome, but under 13s need to be accompanied by an adult.
You’ve booked the panto, and taken the kids to visit Santa, but – ah – have you broken your wrist in time for Christmas yet? Here are the best venues for sliding, gliding, wobbling and hopefully not falling on ice.
Windsor on Ice, Alexandra Gardens, Windsor, 28 Nov – 3 Jan
Watch with awe as Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip perform their famous take on Bolero around at this local ice rink.