Here comes the Sun - A family day out
With summer just around the corner, it is time to start thinking of ways to make the most of it. Because let’s face it, you can never be sure how long the good weather will last in England. So lock up those iPads and games consoles and shake some life into your kids. Children these days just don’t appreciate the joys that the great outdoors have to offer. As a parent, it is your job to educate them. Here are a few ideas for days out that the whole family will enjoy. It definitely beats being cooped up indoors.
One of the simplest but most pleasurable things a family can do is go for a picnic. All you need is a blanket, a basket full of food, some OK weather and a nearby field. Why not spice things up even more by bringing a disposable barbecue along and having some cooked meat? While the kids enjoy their cans of pop, mum and dad could treat themselves to a refreshing drop of rose wine. Just bring a few plastic wine glasses and paper plates and you are set for a great summer afternoon.
The dads out there will probably be getting excited about all the golf events that are coming up over the summer months. There’s plenty of action on TV, with Rory McIlroy (4/1 with betfair at the time of writing) among the contender to pick up another win at the Open Championship. And there may be golf outings with friends from work. But how do you get the whole family involved in this great summer sport? Why, crazy golf of course! This is a great way to get the kids interested in golf from a young age. It’s easy to play and seriously fun for the whole family.
Britain is home to some fantastic countryside that just cannot be matched. There is nothing better than getting the whole family out on a nice summer’s day for a long walk. There are plenty of national parks that you can visit, no matter where you live. If you’re feeling ambitious, then climbing Helvellyn in the Lake District is a great achievement and not too tough a challenge. It’s one of the biggest peaks in England and the views are incredible.
by David Jones
What ever happened to the good old-fashioned trip to the seaside? Remember the excitement you used to feel as a child when you set off for a seaside trip with the family? These days, package holidays abroad are so cheap that the seaside holidays seem to be dying out. The people of Britain don’t realise how lucky they are to have such a beautiful coastline. It’s never too far to drive either no matter where you are and ideal for a day trip. England has some of the most spectacular beaches in the world, like Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire. So try and get the family out for a seaside holiday this summer, or even just a day. Let your children enjoy the things you used to love as a child, like sticks of rock, fairground rides and donkey walks on the beach.
This article has barely scratched the surface of the plethora of things that families can do in the great outdoors on a nice summer’s day. What about taking a boat ride on a lake? Or swimming in a river? Get your children interested in more sports by playing tennis or badminton, or going on an adventure course. Whatever you do, make the most of what summer there is with the whole family, and don’t even think about staying inside!