Children at Broadstairs Folk Week

Walking on Sunshine

So we have a few more days until the summer holidays start for us (I have to work INSET days so don’t finish until Thursday lunchtime *sad emoticon*), but this hasn’t stopped me daydreaming about all the fun we can have this year now I have a nearly schoolchild and chatty toddler!  This is how I’m planning we’ll spend our first official school summer holidays. Of course, I’m hoping for mainly sun and fun, but organised fun can be good can’t it?!

Week One

My sister and her husband are driving my parents down from London on Monday and some friends are joining us for lunch, so a good start to the holidays!  As next Friday is Bear’s 2nd birthday, the celebrations will probably begin at that point and we’ll have a busy week, culminating in a party with some of our/her friends a week Saturday.  My mum has mentioned a day trip to RHS Wisley for their Scarecrow Trail which looks fun (although I still have Wurzel Gummidge nightmares about scarecrows so will need to get past that first!).

Children at Broadstairs Folk Week

Broadstairs Folk Week

We also have the wonderful Broadstairs Folk Week in week 3 which offers lots of free and brilliant entertainment, including the brilliant Hobby Horse Club for children every morning.  The girls are going to love it this year as they enjoyed a bit of dancing and lots of picnics in the clifftop gardens last year, but we know so many more people and they’re both bigger and more confident which will make it a wonderful experience for all of us!

Our home town also has an annual Water Gala day which has aerial displays and lots of beach fun, and our Town Team has organised the Broadstairs Proms, three family friendly evenings of music and entertainment at the bandstand which we’ll definitely be at.

All of which takes up a good chunk of the holiday without us even having to think, so here are some of the other adventures I’d like us to have:

I’d love to take the girls strawberry picking as we have lots of places nearby and I used to do this as a teenager to try and earn money for a holiday to Ibiza.  It wasn’t very lucrative and will be much more fun with the girls!

We definitely need to have a day trip to France as we live just 20 miles from Dover which is just 30 miles from France.  London on the other hand, is 80 miles away, but we’ll go there too – to see family, some museums, hang out in Hyde Park and maybe revisit the Olympic Park in its new guise.

Tiger in zoo

Zoo visits will be high on our agenda

I’d like us to have some family cinema outings, perhaps try bowling, and swimming at a nearby leisure centre which has slides and a wave pool, visit Dover Castle and go to at least one of the nearby zoo’s.  We’ll have picnics and walks, paddling in the sea and making the most of all of the fun that our local area has to offer.

I’m planning a girly day with Bunny to buy her new school uniform and we’ll have lunch out together and perhaps some cakes or ice cream (which is bound to feature a lot in the coming weeks!).  I’d also like for us to go to a family-friendly festival – at the moment I’m debating this weekend’s Lounge on the Farm which is local or the child-focused Lollibop festival later in August which is uber-convenient on the high speed train.

Finally, I’d really love us to have a proper family holiday, perhaps camping somewhere or even head to France or perhaps Germany.

And with that exhausting list, I hope we have enough energy (and money) to make it through.

What are your plans? Are you free-ranging your summer or do you have lots of plans too?  I’d love some recommendations of other things we should try.  Can you tell I’m excited?!