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How to Spend This Summer with Your Family

How to Spend This Summer with Your Family

With warmer months just around the corner, we can finally look forward to switching up our lifestyle to make the most of those long and balmy evenings. Taking a gentle, relaxing stroll and finding a quiet spot to pick up a book are just a few of our favourite pastimes during the summer, but with children out of school for the holidays it can be difficult to find enough activities that keep the entire family occupied in the sunshine.

From day trips spent exploring the great outdoors to kitchen table doing arts and crafts, we’ve picked out a few of our much-loved ideas on how to make sure the summer holidays are fun-filled and educational.

  1. Thanks to child-friendly picking farms around the country, you can get your fruit and veg straight from the source whilst introducing children to new food groups as you bask in the warmer weather. Through high season months like July many farms, offer berries, beans, carrots, courgettes, beets and mange tout, to name a few. There’s also often a farm shop nearby, which provides the perfect place to lunch and indulge in fresh produce.



  1. If a big day out with friends and their children is on your agenda, visiting a museum is a fantastic way to ensure that the entire group is kept enthused and active. Many museums accommodate families by introducing special activities during the summer holidays. One of our favourite museums to visit is the V&A Museum of Childhood in London. With its adorable collection of teddy bears, a display of Victorian doll houses big enough to outdo most first-time buyers and enough toys to prompt nostalgia from every generation, this is a museum will charm adults just as much as kids.


Image: V&A Museum of Childhood

  1. A bike ride through the countryside is a wonderful option for keeping the entire family active. Whether you choose to cycle a short distance, or a longer route to enjoy landmarks and sites, there’s lots of options around to explore. For creative enthusiasts, we’d recommend visiting a craft shop before your journey to decorate your bikes for the occasion – don’t forget to keep hydrated too.


Image: Nely-Bluehortensia

  1. The British weather can let us down a little too often for outside fun, but taking activities inside for children needn’t be adverse. From time to time packed weeks can take their toll, and if your children are feeling sleepy there’s no better time to snuggle up as a family on the sofa and watch a good film. Settling down for a few hours to re-charge your batteries will help keep spirits high (and provide a much-needed rest for adults too), so opt for a sumptuous sofa just like our Canterbury collection.


  1. Visits to the seaside are always joyful days out for the whole family. From long walks and fish and chips on the beach to spending a few too many 2ps in the arcade, a sunny day by the sea will feel like a mini holiday for all. The UK’s coastline is full of natural beauty and provides many hot spots to enjoy the fresh seaside breeze. Make the most of your day out and plan ahead by taking a look at the National Trust’s pick of the best coastal walks in the UK.


Image: Cornwall Cam

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