Family days out in August
PUBLISHED: 15:28 17 August 2014 | UPDATED: 15:28 17 August 2014
Running out of ideas on how to entertain the kids until school starts? Here’s some great ideas for rain or shine, courtesy of the National Trust
The National Trust is not just about its historic houses and formal gardens, although these are certainly worth a visit too.
This summer, the organisation has developed a programme of activities, offering some days out with a difference that offer amazing memories at surprisingly little cost.
Back by popular demand, the Trust’s ‘50 Things to Do Before You’re 11¾’ is now in full swing. It gives children the chance to connect with nature and challenges them to complete a list of
50 activities, from climbing trees to making daisy chains and skimming stones.
Sissinghurst Castle, near Cranbrook, is running ‘50 Things Fridays’ every Friday in August from 1-2.30pm to help families get a different activity ticked off the list each week. Or head over to the White Cliffs of Dover for some bird spotting and coastal walks.
Scrapbooks are available at all participating National Trust places for families to record their progress.
Local planners, showing the best places for the activities are also available at: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/southeast.
Young story fans can enjoy several activities this summer. At Chartwell, Winston Churchill’s Westerham home, and nearby Emmetts Garden, the charming world of Beatrix Potter will be brought to life with trails and adventures around the gardens and woods throughout July and August (£1 per trail, no need to book).
If you want teddy to join in the fun, bring him or her along to Ightham Mote near Sevenoaks, where a Teddy Bears’ Picnic will take place on 28 August from 11am. Bring a picnic and join teddy themed trails and family activities. Pre-booking not required, normal admission charges apply.
Anyone heading over to South Foreland Lighthouse in St Margaret’s Bay, Dover on 16 August can find out what it’s like to be a lighthouse keeper during an unusual day of activities, including communicating by semaphore, writing a weather report and building lighthouse models. No pre-booking required, places £5 per child.
Another day out of the ordinary at the lighthouse is 21 August, when spying will be the order of the day.
A secret spy session will offer clues to follow and codes to crack. An exciting new-look spy trail launches this summer, with prizes for all participants (£3 per trail sheet). No need to book in advance.
The food (and drink) of love?
Smallhythe Place in Tenterden has become synonymous in recent years with top-quality music and beer, with its annual festival taking place every August.
At this year’s festival, which takes place on 30 August (11am-11pm), attendees can sample different beers and ciders, while enjoying live music and BBQ food. There’s even a wine tent for those who prefer a different kind of tipple. n
Tickets cost £10 and should be booked on 0844 249 1895.