School Summer holiday inspiration

Posted on July 16th, 2019

Bournemouth Beach, DorsetIt’s that time of year again, the school Summer holidays are almost upon us and while children are counting down the days until they have 6 whole weeks of freedom from the classroom, parents may be wondering how to keep the kids entertained for so long!

Sometimes it can be hard to think up new and exciting forms of entertainment each day, especially those which don’t break the bank so we’ve tried to put together a list of activities to inspire you this Summer.

 

Take a seaside trip – Kids love the beach! Pack up a picnic and get some lovely sea air for the day. Enjoy digging in the sand, paddling in the sea and maybe even a fairground ride or two!

Go fruit picking – This is a brilliant activity for children and adults alike and there’s nothing like a lovely punnet of freshly picked strawberries to enjoy afterwards!

Visit a park –  you may be a regular at your local park but how about looking for other parks in your area? Children (well, the younger ones at least!) can be surprisingly easy to please and seeing a new set of play equipment fills them with excitement. Or stick to your local park, meet up with other friends who have children, bring a picnic and each bring a toy or activity such as a cricket set, a football or a frisbee.

Go for a walk – while this idea alone may not over inspire kids, there are many ways to encourage a good old walk. For example, try a woodland nature trail; write a list of items to spot along the way such as a certain type of leaf, a squirrel, a bridge…the list is endless!

Go to a farm park – UK farm parks have alot to offer for a family day out and generally feature both indoor and outdoor activities,  along with options to either buy lunch there or bring your own picnic.

Make ice lollies – If you’re constantly getting asked for yet another ice lolly, why not make your own healthy ones and get the kids involved. There are so many yummy combinations you could make; here’s one idea we love: chop up a variety of fruit (we like strawberries, mango, and blueberries), add to lolly moulds in layers and fill with coconut water or fruit juice. A refreshing treat and an activity at the same time, win-win!

Baking –  This is something children always love and it doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, some simple biscuits which they can decorate are sure to put a smile on their faces. An added bonus is that it’s quite a calming activity and teaches them about weights and measurements at the same time. Shhh just don’t tell them they’re learning! 

Visit a theme park, zoo or museum  – while these kinds of attractions can sometimes add up for a family, once or twice throughout the holidays they can be a great treat and easily provide a full day of entertainment for all. Some will offer certain discounts, such as a percentage off admission or free admission for a child with a paying adult. A quick internet search will bring up these types of offers; vouchers can also often be found in tourist information leaflets in a local leisure centres or hotel receptions, for example. Also, a surprising number of UK museums are in fact free to enter and will only ask for a voluntary contribution towards its upkeep.

Visit a splash park or outdoor pool –  Kids love splashing about in water and on a hot day, this is a great activity to keep them cool.

Visit a water park – These are often associated with holidays abroad, however, the UK does in fact have a number of indoor water parks which can be enjoyed whatever the weather.

Hopefully this has given you some ideas for the upcoming break but if you feel the whole family needs a complete change of scene, it’s not too late to book a last-minute cottage! Visit www.remarkable-holidays.com to search for current availability.

However you choose to spend the holidays, we hope you have a fantastic Summer!

Why book your 2019 Summer Holiday now?

Posted on November 11th, 2018

Bournemouth Beach, DorsetWe may only be in Autumn and many of us may not have even given Christmas much thought yet, so why would we be even thinking as far ahead as next Summer? Here at Remarkable Holidays, we believe that now is the ideal time to start making plans for Summer 2019 and here’s why:

The most obvious reason is availability. Summer is undoubtedly the most popular time for holidaymakers to get away in the UK so there will be more competition for dates in this season, especially in the school holidays where parents of school-aged children are restricted to certain weeks. Also the reverse of this is true for people who wish to holiday in the Summer months when the weather is more likely to be favourable but will not be accompanied by school-aged children. These people will more than likely want to avoid paying the school holiday premium; so may be restricted to June, early July and early September. Basically, the sooner you book, the more choice of properties and the larger the selection of dates you will have to pick from! Not to mention getting your dates up early on the work’s holiday calendar!

While some people love nothing more than a snowy day or sitting by a roaring fire, for others it’s all about sun, sea and sand. If you fall into the latter category, getting your Summer holiday booked will give you something to count down to and help you through those Winter blues!

The further in advance you book your holiday, the more time you will have to research the area you are visiting, local attractions, and any events that may be taking place. Obviously there is nothing wrong with exploring once you reach your destination and taking things as they come, but with a little forward planning you can really make the most of your holiday and avoid missing out on something you would love to do or see. You may also find while talking to people about your upcoming holiday, some may have visited the area you are staying in and may suggest some must-see attractions or hidden gems. Also, once you have decided on any activities you would like to do it may be worth looking into whether it is possible to book in advance or online as sometimes this reduces things such as entry fees, which for a family can really mount up.

So don’t miss out on your perfect Summer holiday cottage and book today!

Summer 2015 – Keep the kids happy

Posted on July 22nd, 2015

The summer holidays are upon us and with weeks of kid’s activities and entertainment to organise, it can sometimes be a bit of a challenge. Here are a few tips to help you out no matter what your budget is and no matter what the weather is like.

Build A Den
Inside: With the supervision of a parent or guardian, kids could use pillows, bed sheets and a few chairs to build their very own den.
Outside: Again with supervision from a parent or guardian, children can use old or hard wearing bed sheets and (if you have one) a washing line to drape the sheet over.
Kids will love having a den in the garden or in the living room, as they can escape reality and enjoy a good book or come night time, a spooky ghost story.

Teddy Bears Picnic
Inside/Outside: A few sandwiches, some carrot sticks, a yoghurt, an apple and a nice cool drink all laid out on a blanket makes the perfect setting for a teddy bears picnic.
The guests of honour will of course be your child’s teddy bear(s) and they will need a plate setting out just like everyone else. Taking a meal away from the usual setting of the dining table can really stir your child’s imagination, and who knows this might be your chance to introduce (or re-introduce) healthy snacks to their diet.

Treasure Hunt
Inside/Outside: Create a map which will lead your children to hidden treasure (individually wrapped sweets) that has been stashed away in your home or garden, but only after they have solved your riddles and followed your clues.
Kids will love the adventure and you can even have some fun with the map, add in some clues that are educational to get their brains into gear even though they are not in school.
From everyone here at Remarkable Holidays, we hope you have a fantastic summer!

Hottest Day in 9 Years!

Posted on July 1st, 2015

Today (Wednesday 1st July 2015) is the hottest day recorded in the UK for 9 years and the hottest July day ever recorded in the UK. Temperatures reached a toasty 36.7C (98F) at London’s Heathrow Airport to claim the records.

Kew Gardens, near Wimbledon came close with a temperature of 35.7C, Aviemore in the Scottish Highlands recorded 28.5C and Swansea in Wales came in at 21.8C.

But all of these pale in comparison to Sunday 10th August 2003, the hottest day ever recorded in the UK, when temperatures got up to 38.5C in Faversham, Kent.

We cannot guarantee the weather, but you can use our website to search for a UK holiday cottage. Search today!