The summer holidays are a big deal for me, it means access to a whole load of things I can’t manage to do usually. There is no school run to work round which makes a massive difference. Plus we only have one car which my husband uses in the week but as he is a teacher, and has the whole summer ‘off’, I get the car back! I think we are pretty lucky to live were we do, there is no shortage of places to visit.. We are right in the middle of Liverpool and Manchester – two beautiful cites. We aren’t too far if we want to find a beach or a mountain – we can easily day trip to North Wales, or the Lake District or the Peak District and there are plenty of attractions near by.
As the school holidays were approaching I asked Lucas what he would like to do this summer. We made a bit of a summer bucket list but luckily for me he is happy to keep it simple. Top of the list was camping – something we were planning to do and had been talking about a lot. We are working with Millets to plan a family camping trip and I’ve booked a lovely campsite for us in North Wales for early August. We had a go with our tent yesterday and I’m really looking forward to it. The boys are so excited to be sleeping in the great outdoors which helps banish the nerves about taking three small boys away in a tent!
I’ve made no secret about the fact I love a good thrifty day out and our bucket list is full of places that are practically free – excluding the obligatory ice cream obviously! We are National Trust members which means we can visit any of their properties and it feels like a free day out to us. Speke Hall is one of our favourites and has SO much for kids including a maze, playground, adventure playground in the woods, the Childe of Hale trail and you can spot the aeroplanes taking off from Liverpool airport. Tatton Park is fantastic too, we loved visiting to check out the Roald Dahl trail and the farm and in the gardens and will be back over summer. Last year we went to Rufford Old Hall and Dunham Massey and would love to get back to them, especially has the latter has some circus events happening over summer. Then there is always the ‘50 Things to Do Before You’re 11 3/4‘ which Lucas is the perfect age to start.
We always take a few trips into Liverpool as it always has some free events going on over summer. I already wrote about some of my favourite Summer Events but it seems like there is always something happening in my favourite city. We are looking forward to a visit to the Albert Dock which has a roller disco event this week as well as beach huts and fairground rides. Whenever we are in Liverpool we always try to go into one of the museums as they always have free workshops for children – this time I want to try out the Tate. I haven’t been in there since I was a child, one of those places that’s right on your doorstep that you always take for granted.
Events are great fun but somedays I just like to go somewhere and let the boys have a good run round. When the sun is shining we try and get out somewhere local such as Crosby Beach, Calderstones Park, Formby, Otterspool Prom, National Wildflower Centre or New Brighton. We seem to visit them in each season and have a big collection of photographs from them all as the boys grown up. We also want to try Walton Hall Gardens and Haigh Hall which have had a bit of a spruce up this year.
Other things Lucas asked are fairly easy to accommodate and we filled up the rest of the list with all those little things that I sometimes forget we can do on a rainy day; making popcorn, cake decorating, cinema trips and pizza making. I’ve stocked up on a few crafty things for them, which isn’t really my thing but I’m going to try and do a little more this year. I’m more about the foodie fun – creating ice cream sundaes is something I’m looking forward to as much as the boys!
I’d love to know what you’re plans are for this summer – indoors or outdoors, I can always use some new ideas!