We all know the feeling; leaving work on Friday knowing you are heading into a Bank Holiday weekend and the sheer elation you feel.
The possibilities are endless! A spa day with the girls, a cheeky night away with your other half, or even a wild night out and the now all too familiar two-day hangover.
Then you remember. Children. Suddenly, the appeal of an extra day off disappears.
But don’t despair! This Bank Holiday (which, by the way, leads into Half Term in case you’d forgotten and need to arrange emergency childcare. There’s great prosecco in M&S for buttering up grandparents), enjoy some fantastic days out in your local area and around the UK.
True to form, the team at the National Trust has come up trumps with activities for children young and old at properties around the country. With the (hopefully) good weather, there is a distinct nature theme running through these activities.
Become a gardening champion at Fountains Abbey, North Yorkshire, plant pumpkin seeds at Winchester City Mill, Hampshire, or even go on a bat walk at Morden Hall Park in London.
Best take a change of clothes for the children – we’ve found anything with a ‘nature’ theme tends to need it.
Alton Towers and CBeebies Land
Although the idea of a park filled with the characters of your early morning wake up calls (generally those with the aforementioned two-day hangover), CBeebies Land is a great location for young children to play, explore and let off some steam.
With the added bonus of the adult’s playground that is Alton Towers, a water park, adventure golf and a tree top quest, make sure you invite the extended family so you can dump your children with them allow them to spend quality time with your children while you enjoy the rides.
They have fantastic offers on short breaks and park tickets, be sure to book in advance – and soon!
A trip to any English Heritage site is a step back into history and this Half Term, they will not disappoint. If you’re looking for a fun day out for the whole family to enjoy, yet learning something about our past, this is definitely where you need to be heading.
Visit Dartmouth Castle where young smugglers and sea dogs can take part in musket drills and other dastardly deeds. Or experience the skill and speed of knights on horseback at Beeston Castle. If the Victorian era is more your style, visit Witley Court for high-jinx including equestrian entertainment and falconry displays.
On your doorstep
No, this isn’t a new activity craze!
Be sure to check out activities and events in your local area for some great half term fun. Leisure centres, theatres, local charities and even shopping centres are known to host some of the best entertainment so be sure not to miss out.
Keep an eye on council websites and social media for details of the smaller events.
Whatever you get up to, have a great Bank Holiday weekend and Half Term. And if you do go out, be sure not to mix your drinks…