Things to do this Summer Holiday
We are now in our second week of the Summer Holidays! You may already be running out of ideas on how to keep the kids amused so, we thought we would share a few of our favourite fun days out. (and ones that don’t break the bank!)
First activity/place we must mention is Wild Wednesday at Danbury Lakes. Most popular with kids age 2-12 years old but all are welcome. Families can enjoy Danbury Country Park by making dens and mud pies, wading in the stream, splashing in puddles, kicking leaves, forest craft…every day is different and there’s always something new to stimulate the imagination and build an appreciation for the outdoors. This is run by Essex County Council so if you are not local be sure to check to see if your local council run a similar children’s event. We are so lucky to have this FREE activity on our doorstep. Our boys love these outdoor play sessions followed by feeding the ducks on the Lakes.
Great Notley Country Park, also known as the Discovery Centre near Braintree, is another fantastic outdoor Essex venue. The 100-acre open space has the longest play-trail in Essex! It is hugely popular with children and teenagers and has something for all ages. Our young boys love the water play area, huge sand pit and the giant see-saw 🙂
As you walk along the play trail you will find around every corner something new and exciting to try.
Magnificent play areas built on a covering of bark or sand. Each different to the next, and include exciting features such as climbing frames, fortes, rope ladders, tyre swings, bridges, slides and more. Take swimwear, towels, buckets, and spades with you to add to the fun! All this is free of charge with just a reasonable car parking fee that goes towards maintaining the park and protecting its wildlife.
There are so many activities you can do here including bird watching, dog walking, cycling, fishing, football, picnics, kite-flying, even bring your horse!
Sky Ropes can also be found on the site which is a fantastic high ropes adventure course. Prices start from just £4 for the junior section which is perfect for toddlers 2 years and up and bigger kids and adults can go on the larger/higher section for £10.
Weald Country Park is also another of our favourite Essex Country Parks. The Brentwood park is famous for its wildlife, including fallow deer, cattle, herons, mallard ducks and other water birds. Feed the deer with deer food from the on-site shop or bring your own vegetable cuttings!
New to the South Weald Park is the Stick Man Trail, another free outdoor activity play trail with just a fair car parking fee. Designed by leading natural play specialists Infinite Playgrounds, it brings the popular book by Julia Donaldson to life. In the story, Stick Man has many adventures in his journey to return home to his family tree.
The permanent trail is approximately 2km in length and consists of a number of climbing frames, slides, swings, Stick Man’s family tree and a giant swan’s nest. The equipment is located near the visitor centre and in locations specifically chosen to maintain the natural beauty and outstanding views within the park.
The trail will help children and their families enjoy challenging and imaginative play.
Maldon Splash Park in Promenade Park is a must this Summer! The water playground for children is open on certain dates between April and September and the charge for 2017 is £2.50 per session. If you have an Essex Pass you can enjoy 2for1 admission after 3.30pm!
Beside the Splash Park is the Galleon, a large activity feature in the shape of an old sailing ship where children can climb and slide to their hearts content. Next to the galleon, there is play fort and an aerial runway for that extra bit of excitement. And all for free!
The weather hasn’t been quite as kind to us as prior to the holidays starting but there are lots of exciting indoor days out too…
Chelmsford Museum: Free Admission. Visit Chelmsford Museum to learn about the birth of radio and the town’s industrial pioneers. Experience Chelmsford’s military history with the Essex Regiment and yeomanry collections. Set in a park with an adventure play area. Click here to watch an interesting video about the Chelmsford Museum.
Also available to book at the Chelmsford museum:
Messy Crafters: Back in Time themed craft session for pre-schoolers. Children can make some brilliant crafts to take home and treasure. £3 per child at the Chelmsford Museum.
Creative Crafters: Back in Time themed craft session for school aged children. Children can get creative, using the museum’s collections and displays for inspiration. For children aged 4 to 12 years. £3 per child at the Chelmsford Museum.
And last but not least we have to mention the White Elm Petting Farm located Bicknacre, Danbury.
Our baby clothing boutique shop is situated here, and with 3 boys under the age of 6, it’s fair to say we know this venue well! Our boys absolutely love getting up and close and feeding the different animals. A beautiful farm with lots of friendly animals (around 100 actually!) and an outdoor play area including swings, slide, sand pit and diggers.
It’s a great day out regardless of the weather due to also having a luxury indoor play barn with a soft-play area for children up to 12 years old and a separate soft play area for toddlers. There is a wide range of learning toys too, Little Tykes ride on cars, play kitchens, bouncers, puzzles and a jumparoo. Inside is also a lovely cafe with lots of yummy cake!
We hope the above info will be of some use to you and provided you with somewhere new to try this School Summer Holidays 🙂
All of the above pictures/info has been taken directly from the centres websites – please visit the companies websites to check price, availability and opening times.