Guest blog from Sue Taylor – digital editor of Camping and Caravanning Magazine
School’s out, so now is the perfect opportunity to enjoy quality time with your family. But keeping the kids entertained during the holidays isn’t easy and can be costly too. If you’re staying at home, the internet is a good place to start. Check out your local council and tourist information center websites for information about what’s on in your area. Local leisure centers and museums usually hold special holiday events, so check your local newspaper for details.
Get the kids outdoors too and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. You’ll be amazed at how your children will love messing about in Mother Nature’s playground. Get them to be creative and use their imaginations to build dens, make rope swings, build sand castles and explore the countryside around them. Get on your bikes or take off on foot to explore local parks, woods and nature reserves. All of these simple pleasures have little or no cost but the rewards of spending time with your family will give you a lifetime of priceless memories.
Many organisations including the National Trust offer a plethora of half-term activities from Georgian Geocaching and story-telling to early spring walks and kite flying. Check out the website for details www.nationaltrust.org.uk. With English Heritage (www.english-heritge.org.uk) your youngsters can be a Roman soldier for the day, try archery and shield painting or meet dastardly pirates. Or enjoy some nose to beak encounters with the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust (www.wwt.org.uk).
If you’re planning to pack up the car and travel further afield, why not enjoy a family-filled camping break. You would have to be pretty hardy to pitch a tent in February and if you don’t own a touring caravan or motorhome, how about trying a self-catering holiday property, comfortable holiday caravan or rustic chalet? You could even go glamping in a camping den or pod. Some 24 of The Camping and Caravanning Club’s Sites are open at half-term, some offering a choice of self-catering accommodation. You’ll find details on its website at www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk. Consider our Teversal and Thetford Forest Club Sites that offer endless opportunities to explore acres of local woodland. Meanwhile Ravenglass in Cumbria offers access to Muncaster Castle and fantastic walking and cycling, and Chertsey Club Site in Surrey is just a 30-minute train ride from London and its many attractions.
Thank you to Sue for her guest blog, to find out more about great ideas and places to visit in your camper or caravan, visit her website www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk