Top 5 Things To Do In The Summer Holidays

It is the beginning of week five of the summer holidays – and I am still sane – well, -ish. What have we been up to? Days out, days in, bickering, playing Mario games, duck feeding, puddle jumping, baking, celebrating, being grumpy, being happy, picnics, party teas and much, much more. Here are our top 5 things to do in the summer holidays.


top 5 things to do in the summer holidays

1- Hit The Beach

Sure fire fun for all ages, and inexpensive. Just pack your towels and buckets and off you go. We do like to splash out on a portion of chips at the end of the day though – chips taste best when you can see the sea!


weymouth beach

2- Go For A Picnic

We often take picnics on days out, but sometimes a picnic can be a day out in itself. We had a teddies bears picnic in our local park and Syd and his best friend really enjoyed it. We took the BN biscuits we were sent by McVitie’s to try, and they went down well with the kids – because the crunchy biccies with strawberry and chocolate fillings are tasty, and were popular with us Mums because the messy bit is nicely tucked away in the middle leading to less sticky faces!


teddy bears picnic

3- Visit A Museum

We love going to the museum and have a years pass to our local one – The Dorset County Museum – which means we can dip in and out whenever we fancy. The dinosaur room is the most popular with my boys. This summer we have also visited the Bournemouth Aviation Musuem, where we all loved being able to sit in the cockpits and pretend we could fly. And me and my ten year old are just back from a day out in Bristol where we went to At-Bristol and visited the SS Great Britain – both of which were brilliant fun.


ss great britain

4- Cooking

We have made cakes, biscuits, jam tarts and muffin pizza faces so far this summer. Yes, it makes a lot of mess when you set kids loose in the kitchen but it is also a lot of fun, and sometimes the results are even edible!


jam tarts

5- Go To A Festival

You cannot beat family festivals for outdoor fun. There are so many now from small local festivals to the biggies like Camp Bestival which we were lucky enough to attend. They are great for getting everyone out in the fresh air while taking in music and all sorts of other arty type stuff. And the occasional cold beer for the grown-ups of course.


campbestival smiles


 What have you been up to this summer?

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  1. August 19, 2014 / 11:36 am

    All the best things here! I must admit the beach is a fave with us too (50% of that love is down to chips!)
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  2. August 19, 2014 / 2:47 pm

    We will be hitting the coast and beach at the weekend, rather excited now as it has been a while since I went to the beach. Just hope the weather is on our side so that we can enjoy chips by the sea 🙂 fab post x
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  3. August 19, 2014 / 3:12 pm

    And that is what summer is all about! We’ve been visiting my parents in your name sake (san francisco) and doing very similar things. Enjoy what’s left of summer.

  4. August 20, 2014 / 1:30 am

    We love the beach! But of the sea is too far any body of water will do, including even a paddling pool to occupy kids & even spread joy. Though the chips by a paddling pool are nothing like the ones you have to defend against pesky seagulls. 😉
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  5. August 20, 2014 / 6:35 am

    Some great tips there! Sadly we live just that bit too far from a beach to be able to do number one as much as I’d like. I do sometimes find myself wondering just how different our summer would be if we lived near the coast.
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  6. August 20, 2014 / 6:42 am

    Sounds like a very good way to spend the summer! We definitely haven’t done enough this year and I’m not quite sure why. Maybe because of my work, maybe because of Scout camp or maybe because my kids are just at an awkward age? Who knows.
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  7. August 21, 2014 / 6:38 pm

    I love all these ideas especially hitting the seaside but I have yet to make a festival. Lovely photos too. Commenting for myself and on behalf of BritMums and thanking you for taking part
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