I’ve got a lovely guest post today about getting out with the Family whatever the weather. We always do our best to get out in all weathers, but sometimes it is hard to get motivated.
Breathe in that sweet-sweet fresh air. It’s so lovely isn’t it? You need to get the family outdoors every now and then, but you might be asking yourself “where?” We have some great suggestions for a day out that’s kid-friendly.
Stuck in the time before First World War, Beamish is an interactive and no-frills experience of what it was like to live in that era. The whole village is run on a restored tram service, so you don’t have to wear out your legs, if you don’t want to. This half term, Beamish is moving to the Second World War era – you’ll be able to meet Land Girls and Air Raid Wardens.
You can expect Catch Home Guard parades, 40s music, and lindy hop dancing!
So you might not be able to afford a horse. That’s okay! You can give them the whole experience in one day. Many riding centres offer ‘own a pony’ sessions, which involve lessons, grooming, and tack cleaning. Don’t wear your Sunday best as you’ll probably be elbows-deep in horse muck when you clean out their sheds.
We’re talking fish and chips, sandcastles, and sticks of rock. Portrush and Portstewart Strand’s Blue Flag beaches are packed with fun things, such as surf lessons and sea safari. Whatever the weather, you can’t leave without an ice cream from Morelli’s.
Pirate Day In Hastings
Whip out that black eyeliner and bandana, it’s time to shiver your timbers. Hastings goes pirate-crazy every year with sea shanties, swordfights, and re-enactments. Tag along with the Grand Parade down to the beach where a massive group of pirates gather to make the skull and crossbones.
Jump on board a safari vehicle for a wild animal experience with a difference – this is the closest you’ll get to the real African thing on any family days out. Aspinall is particularly spectacular with its conservation efforts, and you can see anything from gorillas to big cats in their grounds.
If you ever visit Edinburgh, you’ll wonder how anyone could leave without going around the castle. Based on an ancient stronghold, wars have been fought here for thousands of years. You’ll be able to see the Stone of Destiny or ‘clach-na-cinneamhain.’ It was last used by Elizabeth II in 1953 for her coronation. In 1296, the stone was captured by Edward I and was built into the wooden coronation chair.
The Stone of Destiny was subsequently stolen in 1950 by Scottish students, who accidentally broke the stone in two. John Josselyn was one of the accomplices, and although English, went to the University of Glasgow and was a Scottish Nationalist. Interestingly, Edward I – who stole the stone for the English chair – is Josselyn’s 21st great grandfather.
The police reclaimed it from Scotland and then it was returned in 1996, as a gesture, on the condition that it was returned to Westminster for coronations.
Where are your favourite day trip destinations?
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