16 August 2015

Planning The Summer Holidays Around The Great British Weather

Every year we plan our big days out. Trip to the coast, walks down the canal, fun at the park. Frolicking around the garden and spending as much time as possible keeping cool by jumping in and out of the pool, trying to escape from the heat wave of the summer months. 

Why? Why do we do this?

Every year without fail, 'oh yes, the weather will be great and we'll be out all the time'. No, we are British, since when has the weather actually been nice in the summer. It. Just. Doesn't. Happen!!!

It's actually those last few weeks of the school year that the best weather comes and puts us under false pretence that this weather is here to stay, that we will finally get 6 full weeks of sunshine and a summer to dream about. 

But it doesn't...

So now we need to plan for a fun filled 6 whole weeks knowing that, for the most part, the weather will be rubbish and at best mediocre. 

And I don't mean setting up the Playstation or having Frozen on loop (oh gosh, I still have nightmares about that film. Let it frigging go!), I mean things that will entertain the kids, educate them and having them going to sleep knowing they've had a great day. 

So what can you do?...

Great British Bake Off - Children Style
You know, I know it, everyone knows it. Great British Bake Off is back for another series of cake, cake and more cake. Now is the best time to get out the scales, don a funky apron and get baking with the kids. 


Every week when it's on, figure out one of the bakes that you think you could master with the kids in tow and get down to business making your own version. Could you be this weeks master baker?

Super easy to do and cheap too as most items are pantry items that you'll most likely already have and it teaches your children a great life lesson of crafting their own culinary masterpieces whilst giving some great binding time between parent and child too. What's more, you get to eat the results... Win, win!

Visit Local Attractions
Now I can't talk about what it's like in your area but here in Yorkshire we have some great attractions. Places that are not only fun for kids but are educational too and will help your children to learn historical facts and see artefacts too whilst escaping from the rain.

We have visited York National Railway Museum a few times and are planning a summer jaunt there too in a few weeks. They are home to over 300 years of history and over a million wonderful objects.


The Great Hall houses some of the biggest locomotives and there is an indoor mini train for children to ride on and, if the weather cheers up at all, there is also a steam train which can take you on a small ride on the tracks for a few pound.

A must visit for train enthusiasts.

For historical photography and cinematography fans, there is the National Media Museum Bradford which is home to over 3.5 million items of historical significance. The UK's first IMAX theatre is there, the science of light gallery is a must see and there is a games lounge where you can learn about old games.

A lovely day out learning about the wonders of television and films.

The Royal Armouries Leeds is a wonderful place. It displays over 8500 objects throughout its six themed galleries and there is also an outdoor Tiltyard where live shows take place. Seeing all the history of weaponry The Hall of Steel is a stunning feature of the museum and can be viewed from every floor.

A truly wonderful place to marvel at beautiful weaponry and learn about how and why it was used and how things have changed since then.


If you live in or around Yorkshire then make sure you visit some of these attractions as you wont be disappointed. If not then I'm sure there are some fantastic museums and educational venues near by you which your children will love to check out.

So, make sure that you keep busy in these holidays. Even if the weather is rubbish, you can do a spot of baking indoors, pop to some museums that are fun and interactive or just don your wellies and get out there in the rain. 

22 comments:

  1. I love York was hoping to go with the kids at some point this summer

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  2. It's such a good idea to explore locally. We have several National Trust properties near us that I've been meaning to get to for years. Perhaps this holiday will be the one we actually make it happen.

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  3. I live in York and never get tired of going to different places. Great City

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  4. There is always much more than you think to do in your local area on rainy days. York looks great fun x

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    1. I can't wait to get out and explore more places x

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    1. Thanks, have you visited any of these places? :-)

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  6. I love the idea of having a GBBO for kids! Going to try that myself!

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    1. It keeps them entertained and you get a yummy dessert too :-)

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  7. Thanks for these, I'll be checking them out next time I'm in Yorkshire.

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  8. York is great, to be fair anywhere in Yorkshire is good. I'm originally from Sheffield.

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    1. I agree, must get further afield and check out some new places though x

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  9. Originating from York, I know there is lots to see and do there, but I recommend Knaresborough and Whitby. Ive spent many a happy day in those places and thoroughly recommend!

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    1. Thanks for the tip. Will put them on my list of places to visit x

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  10. Were going to York at the end of August so thanks for all the reveiws definately will be visitng some

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  11. Great post, I love York and Yorkshire, there are so many amazing things to see and do. I haven't been to the armouries in years, I do remember it being mahoosive and taking yonks to look around! Love the idea of the bake off too! Thanks for linking up to the #'bestandworst hope you'll pop over again. X

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    1. The Royal Armouries is huge and has some amazing artefacts to look at. The boys love it there x

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