It’s the school summer holidays and every single year we end up just sitting around the house barely doing anything so this year I sat everybody down and asked them places they would all like to go to. Obviously we have a large range of ages so finding things to suit everybody can be quite tricky but between us we managed to come up with a list of places to visit. As we visit each place I will pop a review of them up on my blog so you can see if you would like to visit them yourself.
The exotic zoo is a small zoo with a variety of animals in Telford Shropshire. Set in a local garden centre it is like a hidden gem. These guys do some fantastic work and even go into local schools with the animals to teach the children all about them. We have already visited this place so please check out our review.
Carding Mill Valley is a favourite of ours for a relaxing day out and picnic. It is only a few pounds for the car park and then you are free to explore the stream, Climb the hills , find the waterfall. There is also a lovely little coffee shop which make the most amazing hot chocolates on the planet!
One of the more expensive places we plan on visiting over the holidays. Originally we were going to go to Alton Towers but we quickly realised that Drayton Manor would be better for all of the children as the smaller ones could enjoy looking around the zoo whilst the older ones could enjoy all of the big rides. They do a deal of 4 people for £80 , under 2’s are free. 2-3 year olds are £7 and 4-11 year olds are £24.50. so it will cost us over £100 for this day out which I feel is actually really expensive considering the amounts of time you spend queuing, however the children have asked to go and have never been before so I will save to take them
Barmouth has a beautiful beach and the kids absolutely love a good trip to the seaside. We tend to take a picnic with us to save money on food and drinks and just enjoy relaxing and playing on the beach with a ball. You do have to arrive super early if you wish to stand any chance of parking your car though. Most people I know just jump on the train however we will be driving. It’s been a while since we visited but I’m pretty sure there is a little funfair there too.
I have never personally been here but I’ve heard amazing things about the place. It’s a water park with all sorts of fun things to try out. I remember when I was a child my friends always talking about going to Waterworld but never actually going myself so this one is more my addition to the list than the kids. There are flumes, rapids, toddler areas. Head on over to their website to see more.
Wonderland has been part of my life since I was a child. I remember going there excitedly looking at all of the houses and remembering all of the fairy tales. It was also Harry and Ellie’s favourite place to go when they were smaller. You can go inside many of the houses and see all the different parts of the fairy tales from the old woman who lived in a shoe to Snow White. There is also a maze for you to try to navigate your way round, a soft play area and a small fun fair area. Under 2’s enter for free. Adults and Children are £9 unless you prebook online then they knock a pound of so its just £8 each , there is a cafe if you wish to buy food or you can take a picnic and enjoy it on the large picnic area.
We are quite lucky in that we live right by a massive Town Park , it has so many different things for the kids to play on and they have recently added a water park and aerial ropes course to it too. In the last couple of weeks they’ve also added a new activity of Disc golf too. Please note if you plan on visiting the park whilst most of the things are free to use you do have to pay for some of the bigger activities. The is plenty of car parking but there’s a car park charge.
I’ve never been to the Ice-cream farm but after many recommendations from family and friends we are going to give it a go. It is Free to enter but you have to pay for some of the activities once you are inside.They have special play passes that you can purchase for these places. There are many different play areas suitable for a range of ages. I have been told this is definitely a place worth visiting so once we have been I will make sure to tell you all about it
When I was pregnant with Bethie, Gareth and I decided to visit the monkey forest and we had a great day. Although we quickly realised that the kids probably would have enjoyed it more than we did. There were a few cheeky monkeys changing the times on the dials for the shows which I found hilarious! The monkeys walk right in front of you and get very close. There are also activities and a park area for the kids to enjoy alongside the monkeys.
Adults £8.50 Children 3-14 £6.50 and under 3’s are free
We are extremely lucky to live very close to the beautiful Ironbridge. At the bottom of Ironbridge there is a beautiful park area called Dale End park with huge areas of grass for you to have a picnic, the river severn and a very small play area for the children. You do have to pay for parking unless you go after 6pm. We like to take a picnic and let the kids just run around.
So there you have it, that’s what we have on our to -do list for the holidays, what do you have planned? And if you have any other ideas of places we can go feel free to tell us, all ideas especially if they’re free are welcomed!
- All prices are taken from the websites of the places at the time of this being written.