Summer Adventure Wish List #R2BC

26 July 2012

This week's Reasons to be Cheerful is a bit different. This week it's all about our plans for the summer!

So the summer holidays are here and hopefully Summer is here to stay and the sun will keep shining. I've been thinking lately about all the things I want to do with the Darlings over the summer. Oliver is starting pre-school in September so I feel like we have to really make the most of the next 6 weeks. After that we'll be limited to school holidays to have our adventures, plus it will be the start of the countdown to winter - not to mention Christmas and both Darlings birthdays - boo!

So I've got loads of time booked off work over the summer and we're going to make the most of every single day. Here's my Summer Adventure Wish List:

Maize Maze  //  There are mazes like this all over the country but our nearest is at Cawthorne in South Yorkshire. It's a huge maze cut from a huge field of growing maize. You get a map of the maze and a quiz to fill in as you go along. There is a team of Maze Masters that watch over you from high galleries to give you a hand in you get lost! 
Maize Maze
Nostell Priory  //  Located in Wakefield in West Yorkshire, this is an 18th century stately home with 300 acres of parkland. For the kids there are play trails, an adventure playground and hunt the mouse in the 18th century dolls house.
Cannon Hall Farm  //  A beautiful farm at Cawthorne in South Yorkshire, with a massive new adventure playground. Lovely tearooms and a farm shop. We've been a couple of times before but we definitely want to visit again.

Seaside  //  I'm not sure exactly where we'll go. There are so many lovely seaside towns to visit. We're right in the middle of the country in West Yorkshire, so we can choose from somewhere on the Lancashire coast or the East Yorkshire coast!

The Great British Seaside
Hollingworth Lake  //  A beautiful setting near Rochdale in Lancashire with an easy and relaxing 1.5 mile walk around the lake. We might even hire a rowing boat if the weather is nice.

Sundown Adventureland  //  Like Alton Towers only for children! It's a theme park exclusively for under 10's. It's near Retford in Lincolnshire which is about 1.5 hours drive for us so this will be one of our big day's out.
Sundown Adventureland
Pugneys Country Park  //  There are two lakes, a watersport centre and a cafe. The biggest lake has a 1.6 mile footpath around it, so we can have a leisurely walk round and take the Darlings bikes.
Knowlsley Safari Park  //  I last went here when I was at school so I'm sure it's changed a bit since then. It's an hour's drive away from us in Merseyside. You can drive round the safari park then, watch the Sealion show, see the keepers giving talks and visit the fairground. The Darlings love animals and I'm sure they'll love this day out.
Knowsley Safari Park
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  1. Can I come with you! Enjoy this precious 6 weeks my son just finished reception and I miss our time

    1. The more the merrier Becky! I hope you enjoy the summer with your son and have lots of lovely adventures too xxx

  2. Sounds like you have some lovely things planned :) x

    1. Yes, I can't wait to start ticking things off the list! XX

  3. Wow. It sounds like you've got lots to look forward to. My boy starts pre-school in September too. I know what you mean about making the most of the time. Have a lovely summer.


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