Family Days Out Round-up: A summer of fun

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

Photo credit: asife, Shutterstock

Photo credit: asife, Shutterstock

Hello and a warm welcome back to the Family Days Out Round-Up.

Apologies if you missed us in August but I had so few submissions to the round-up that I thought it would be best to wait until we had all gathered our thoughts, got the kids back to school and breathed a sigh of relief that the school holidays were over?.. for another 6 weeks at least.

I for one thought the summer holiday?s were over far too soon and we didn?t get half of our summer holiday list done, but we had a good stab at it anyway and had some fabulous days out and made memories that will last a lifetime.

The summer is festival season and there are family friendly festivals by the bucket load and it seems like many of you enjoyed all they have to offer. We didn?t have to head too far to find Camp Bestival which was four days of fun. We spent the majority of our time in the Dingly Dell, Mummy Fever got to meet Jess Glynn, The Joy of Five captured the essence of the festival perfectly and Tattooed Mummy thought it was Out of This World.

Travel Loving Family paid a visit to Livestock Festival, Coombe Mill enjoyed Boconnoc Steam Fair, we had a fun good time at the New Forest Fairy Festival and on a fairy theme MummySphere enjoyed an enchanting Fairy Walk at Audley End.

Ask children where they want to go over the summer holidays and invariably there is a theme park in the list somewhere. The Places We Will go headed to Twin Lakes Theme Park, two birthday?s were celebrated at Peppa Pig World; Happy Birthday Amelia from New Young Mum who celebrated turning 3 with Peppa and friends and Parker from Emily and Indiana who turned 1 who celebrated at Paultons Park with his sister.

Drayton Manor was also a hit, with Charlie Moos enjoying everything the park has to offer and Hollybobbs catching up with friends at Thomas Land. Still on the Thomas the Tank engine theme, Mrs Savage Angel enjoyed a Day Out with Thomas on the Watercress Line.

Also on this magic summer list is the zoo. Emily and Indiana enjoyed seeing the animals at Howletts Zoo, Bubbablue and Me got up close and personal with the Penguins at Cotswold Wildlife Park, Hex Mum combined a visit to Banham Zoo with some Pokemon Go, Keep Up with the Jones Family did the Zebra Trail with Marwell Zoo and Frugal Family got up close to the fish at Brighton Sea Life Centre.

Visiting the capital was top of the agenda for many families and with such a plethora of activities to keep the kids entertained I can see why. Adventures of Adam enjoyed The London Eye, London Aquarium and the Natural History Museum. Bubba Blue and Me took a river cruise along the Thames, Big Family Little Adventures enjoyed Shrek?s Adventure, A Moment with Franca had fun at Ripley?s Believe it or Not and Life at the Zoo went on a mission to find free things to do.

Keeping the kids brains ticking over was order of the day for some. Charlie Moos visited the National Space Centre with her very own Tim Peak and then headed to the Robin Hood Festival for a bit of historical fun with My Gorgeous Boys. On a historical note we got to meet the Henry VIII with the Tudors on Tour, much to Isaac?s delight, Practically Perfect Mums educated her brood at Bristol cathedral and Mummy from the Heart enjoyed a visit to Battle Abbey.

The (mostly) good summer weather also saw lots exciting aeroplanes take to the sky and perform some impressive manoeuvres. Travel Loving Family enjoyed a day out at the Royal International Air Tattoo, Messy Blog enjoyed the American Air Show at Duxford and we enjoyed Meeting the Fighters, also at Duxford.

The weather also made it perfect for getting out and about in the great outdoors. Buckets of Tea headed for Great Orme overlooking Llandudno, Boo Roo and Tigger Too took part in a scavenger hunt in Great Yarmouth,  had fun at Fritton Lake and enjoyed at stroll along the promenade at Hunstanton Beach. The National Trust always put on great events during the school holidays and didn?t disappoint with Blog Bay Bee paying a visit to Stourhead, Family Travel Times visited the stunning Lost Gardens of Heligan, Bubba Blue and Me riding carriages at Arlington Court, The Gingerbread House exploring Avebury Stone Circle, Maflingo exploring Clumber Park, The Life of Spicers enjoying the natural beauty of Lulworth Cove and Nine to Three Thirty having an adventure in the National Forest.

For those families wanting a bit of adventure over the holiday?s, Pink Oddy braved Hang Loose at Eden Project.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a post to be included in the round-up, I tried to include everyone. If you have a post you would like to add to the summer holiday round-up, please add it to the linky below and remember to tweet your links to @Chelseamamma for inclusion in next months round-up.

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About Kara Guppy

Kara is a busy mother of 6 children aged between 2 and 22 and lives in Dorset. The family love to be outside and live by the motto “Collect Moments, Not Things”. We can often be found leaping in muddy puddles, climbing trees, collecting seashells or hurling ourselves off cliffs down ziplines, and all for fun of course. Kara loves to blog about her and the family’s adventures and can be found at, and sharing videos of her days out on her YouTube channel. She can also be found on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, G+, Vine and Pinterest.

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