With the last half term of this academic year upon us, it is time to start planning activities to keep the children entertained come rain or shine. To give you some inspiration we've compiled some fresh ideas to help relieve the monotony that school breaks can bring.
When the weather is good there's nothing quite like getting outside and eating al fresco. This activity can actually run across two days if you let the children be part of the picnic preparation the day before. From cupcakes and cheese straws to sandwiches and sausage rolls, the whole family can spend a day making homemade culinary creations which can be consumed the following day.
To top your outdoor adventure off why not invest in some new picnic paraphernalia? Mountain Warehouse has it covered with items ranging from picnic mats to mugs, and with many on special offer now's a great time to shop.
Knowing how unpredictable the British weather can be it is always good to have a wet weather plan up your sleeve. Kids love getting messy so stock up on glue, glitter, card, crayons and more at WHSmith. While you're at Bethel Square pop into Beacons Crafts and browse their array of handmade goods and gifts to inspire the imagination.
It's never too early to update the garden toys in preparation for better weather. Why not visit The Works this weekend as they are stocked with a host of fun things children really love. From bubble machines to boules sets and padding pools to pick up sticks - you can even grab a summer read to relax while the children enjoy their new array of activities.
Need a bribe to keep the children focused on not driving you up the wall? Or maybe you're planning to reward them during the week for being so well-behaved. Perhaps you just want to have some fun time with the children? Whatever the reason, why not bring them to The Dutchess for an afternoon outing. With crepes, waffles, cakes and ice-cream on offer there's something for every sweet tooth. Just don't tell the dentist!
For more information on how to find us go to our Visiting page. We look forward to welcoming you and all the family this May half term.