School break up for us in Hull is in two weeks time and I'm busy preparing teachers end of term gifts and planning things to do to keep the kids from strangling each other for the full 6 weeks!
We love days out to the coast or a little picnic in the woods and it keeps us busy as my kiddies get bored very easily!
Here are 5 places we will be visiting in the summer holidays.
1- Humber bridge country park. Hessle.
This is a great little day out, Its a little nature park situated underneath the Humber bridge. We pack a picnic basket up, take a walk around the area and have our dinner in the play area down by the Foreshore.
The kiddies can play skimming stones in the River then we take another route back to the car. If you have a dog there is a big lake in the middle of the wood and its all dog friendly unless your dog doesn't like other dogs then it really isn't the place!
2- North landing, Thornwick bay, Flamborough.
This is one of my favourite places to visit in the u.k! It really is beautiful and my kiddies love it! My little boy takes his crabbing net, bucket and spade and we can spend hours exploring the rock pools and caves!
There is a little café and pub at the top of the cliffs to enjoy a nice ice cream for the kiddies and a cheeky alcoholic beverage for the adults, with stunning views I could sit up there for hours! There are lots of little walks along the cliff tops if you don't want to go down onto the beech and there all pretty safe walks, some even pram friendly!
3- The deep and Hull Marina
Our kids love The Deep and its basically a free day out for us, Once you pay to get in you get a annual pass for 12 months. You can pick up a leaflet at the front desk and it tells you what's on for that day, everything from dive shows, penguin feeds to touch and feel sessions!
There are two large tanks and I mean LARGE! then a few little ones, the large tanks are the new homes of the sea turtle and puffa fish!
After walking through the aquarium there is a little soft play for the kiddies to have a run around and then finished off with an underwater lift! As you exit there is a big café with everything from sandwiches to hearty meals all at a reasonable price and if you get there before the rush you can get the table over looking the Humber!
If you didn't want to eat in the café they have a little picnic area for you to eat your own food, we usually take a little picnic and have it on the Marina which is a 5/10 min walk from the deep, on a nice day it really is beautiful and with the new renovation of Humber street it really is worth a visit around there!
4- Sewerby Hall & Gardens.
Sewerby Hall is located on the East coast around a mile from Bridlington. It really is a beautiful place and our children love it. As you walk into the park there is a little woodland walk in Bluebell wood. My boy loved trying to find all the fairy doors!
There is so much to do and see, you do need a nice day as its all outside apart from the house!
My kiddies favourite things from the trip was the zoo, (My two love penguins) The house, Putting green and the beautiful flower gardens.
My boy loved the putting green, it is 18 holes and its only £1 for a child! Opposite the green is home to a few garden games, table tennis, giant connect 4, giant noughts and crosses and lots more. The kiddies loved playing around with them.
The rose garden has a "snow white" theme on at the moment with little scenes set up throughout the garden its really beautiful the smell of the roses is amazing and I could sit there all day!
Inside the house you walk around and visit all the rooms and there are little play and dressing up areas for the children which is ideal in a place like this as they usually get bored very quick! They was also a bug hunt going on when we went. Joseph had to spot all the "bugs" in each room and match it on the sheet to which room the bug belonged in. He really enjoyed it and it got him interacting with the other children that was taking part too.
For our dinner we had taken a little picnic and sat outside the house on the seats to eat it, there are little picnic benches all along the cliff top and near the bowling green. If you wanted something a little more special they do an afternoon tea in the Orangery of the house, this looked amazing and I think the hubby needs to treat me and take me one afternoon! There is also two little cafes to grab some food or just to sit and have a cuppa whilst the children play on the green/in the park.
Joseph loved it here so much he has asked to come for his birthday!
5- Diggerland Castleford.
We went to Diggerland Castleford this weekend and my little boy absolutely LOVED it! It wasn't as big as we thought it would be but there was so much to do!
First section was the little tikes section which is for babies/toddlers Alice loved it in here as she is obsessed with cars at the moment so she really enjoyed the little trike ride along cars! especially the dinosaur one!
Also in this area there are some little sand/water pits and little truck toys that they can play around with, and some coin operated cars (only £1) and its a good amount of time that you can ride it for, Joseph loved this even though he is a little older at 5.
The rest of the park was more suited to my little boy, although Alice was just over the 90cm so she could go on a few of the diggers with one of us. Joseph loved everything in this park and there was so much to do, If your child likes diggers its the place to go!!
There are a three main digger type rides were they have to operate the diggers, this one pictured above is the one were you have to knock all the skittles down....He did better then me, the guy running it had to explain how to do it...TWICE! There is one with bricks that you have to dig out of a pit and another were you use the diggers to hook ducks on and get them all out of the big pots of water. He loved these so much he went on them twice!
The mini land rovers was also a big hit with Joseph anything that he is driving by himself gets a big thumbs up from him, they was around 3/4 things like this at Diggerland.
My tip for anyone visiting Diggerland is to take some change there are lots of little additional rides that are £1 it is worth it and they do get a long time on them for the money.
Also make sure you check out the soft play, we didn't even know it was there until we was leaving the park and it was great and totally empty! yes empty!!
We had a great day out and will be going back for sure!
So that's my 5 things to do in the holidays whilst the kiddies are off, We love a day out and it also stops my children from strangling each other!
What are your plans for the school holidays?
Thanks for reading.