Spring is finally here! Now’s the time to get your boots out and explore the great outdoors. Whether you’re up for fun activities with your kids, or want tips for your first camping trip, we’ve got plenty of ideas to keep the whole family entertained this bank holiday.
Camp in the wild
Getting away from daily stresses and spending quality time with friends and family; just a few reason why camping is so popular. Campsites like Castle Ward (Cambridgeshire), Wicken Fen (Strangford) and Beryl’s Campsite (Devon) are ideal for children, with plenty of wildlife to see and lots of space to run around and play games. The adults can discover ancient woodlands, enjoy a delicious meal surrounded by beautiful gardens, or take a stroll along one of the many walking trails. Wherever you go, always pack a reliable pocket knife, a multipurpose tool, a reusable bottle and a portable USB charger, which will come in handy for everyday activities and even emergencies.
Arts and crafts are a great way to stimulate your kids’ imagination. Anything to do with painting, glueing and generally making a mess will get your kids excited. It’s also an easy way to get the family together and create long-lasting memories. Before the fun begins, ensure you have child-friendly equipment ready. For those who want to get their hands dirty, take the creativity outside to create bug rocks, sand animals or tin can wind chimes. The only limit is your imagination!
Scale new heights
With a bit of know-how, climbing with your kids doesn’t have to be scary. Most importantly, make sure you are climbing in a supervised environment. And always wear a helmet. The Lake District has some great activities to offer; places like Gorge Scrambling at Stickle Ghyll is specially designed for beginners, and children as young as six. At Fell Foot Park, you can climb trees using ropes, knots, and even hire rowing boats. All the outdoor activities can be tailored to your family’s needs – making it as easy or as challenging as you like.
Go on a farmyard adventure
Swap the zoo for a farmyard adventure. Most large towns have urban farms, offering fun activities for the whole family. You might even meet new-born lambs, calves and piglets. Plus enjoy pony rides, animal feeding and petting. All this outdoor fun can make you hungry, so remember to take a packed lunch. Go for insulated flasks and food canisters which are specially designed to keep your drinks and food piping hot (or cold!) throughout the day.
Cycle through the countryside
Pack a bag, grab your bike and go on a ride. You don’t have to travel far to discover all the breathtaking scenery that the UK’s countryside has to offer. Many places, including Kendal offer cycling guides like ‘5 do-in-a-day rides’ on country lanes, which are just waiting to be explored. So, where will your next adventure will take you? Head over to our social and share your ideas with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.