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Summer Holiday Survival Guide


  • Author: Anne Cleaver
  • Published: 25th July 2016
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Summer Holiday Survival Guide

School’s out for the summer and the challenge over the next 6 weeks is to keep the children occupied and busy. We have all heard a grumpy child wailing “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do” so start planning now.  

Pack up a picnic and take the family to the Butser Ancient Farm and enjoy delving into our ancient past in the South Downs.  The farm, with its stunning location of steep slopes and views towards Chalton has thought provoking displays of life from the earliest famers to the arrival of the Saxons; all ages will enjoy a day at the farm and leave with a deeper knowledge of how our ancestors lived in those ancient times. The staff have planned a busy summer with plenty of events and workshops and you won’t want to miss the LiDAR Project exhibition, showing how laser scanning has been used to discover the history of the South Downs at ground level. There will be interactive displays to enjoy but hurry as it ends on Sunday 31 July.   http://www.clanfieldonline.com/14/912/butser-ancient-farm- events

On your bike? How about taking the children for a ride on one of the many off-road cycle trails in Hampshire?  You won’t be worried about the traffic and they can enjoy exploring the countryside. Queen Elizabeth Country park has a 10-mile trail with a shorter route for young children. http://www3.hants.gov.uk/cycling/cycle-trails.htm

Enjoy a good book. If you don’t fancy the outdoor life, then head for your local library. Libraries are great places to stretch the imagination, enjoy activities with the children and explore new learning opportunities for all ages. The Big Friendly Read has started in every Hampshire Library and is free to join for any child between the ages of 4 and 11 years. All they have to do is read (or read with you) 6 books over the summer and they will collect cards, stickers and a medal.  Thousands of children across the nation take part in this challenge so you don’t want to miss out.  Do you have children slightly younger or older who love books and want to join up?  Go along to the library and ask the friendly staff – I’m sure they will squeeze you in! http://www3.hants.gov.uk/srchants16 

Have you got any great suggestions for great days out that you want to share with us? 

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