Bank Holiday Ideas

31 May

I have been taking a break to spend time with the family this weekend, but if you are stuck for ideas on this miserable bank holiday, then here is a copy of my post today on the British Mummy Bloggers website.

Just when you thought that British Summertime had arrived, the good weather fairy packed her bags and went away for the weekend, leaving us with grey overcast skies and drizzle that seem to be mandatory for every Bank Holiday.

Add a couple of children into the mix, and you may by now be wringing your hands with despair at what to do. Do not despair. If you live close to London, then you are spoilt for choice, and most of the ideas below are free, or can be managed even on a tight budget.

I would recommend avoiding the usual suspects like the Science Museum and The Natural History Museum. Instead, spread the net a little wider and you can find a whole host of places to go, that wont break the bank.

One of my favourites, The Horniman Museum is in South-East London. It is to my mind, a scaled down version of The Natural History Museum. It has huge grounds for the children to run around in, and they even have a covered glass conservatory with chairs and tables that you can eat your packed lunch at. And its FREE.

The RAF Museum at Hendon is another great day out. Loads of room for the children to run about, and lots to see and do.

If you prefer a central location, then you could do worse than a visit to the Tate Modern. Although it gets busy, the sheer size and scale of the place means that there is room for the children to run about. And afterwards you can stroll along the riverside, or go for a boat ride if you are feeling up to it.

Another favourite haunt of mine (not the children) is The Wallace Collection. Although the kids may not enjoy it so much, it’s a stones throw from Carluccios in St Christophers Place, and Selfridges, so you can bribe the little ones with pasta or a trip to the toy department after your visit.

Many of the London Attractions offer a 241 deal if you travel by train. Look for the offers on DaysOutGuide.

Another of our favourite days out is a trip to Box Hill. We take a packed lunch (usually eaten in the car) then wander through the woodland looking for ‘The Gruffalo’ . The OH makes Gruffalo noises (!) and the children spend ages checking behind trees and bushes. We never find him, but the children don’t seem to mind!!

If you cannot be bothered with a packed lunch, there are a plethora of meal deals on offer at the moment. Have a look at the vouchercodes website for this weeks best deals.

If you fancy a splurge and want to dine out in style (with toddlers in tow) then look no further than BabyDinesOut. This stylish restaurant reviewer, has done all the work for you, with toddler in tow, so have a browse and take your pick.

Finally, if you just want to snuggle up at home, then roll up your sleeves, and get baking with the kids. Have a look at my site for some fast food ideas, or check out MyDaddyCooks if you want a video demo too!!

Have a great Bank Holiday!!

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2 Responses to “Bank Holiday Ideas”

  1. Little M's Mami May 31, 2010 at 12:21 pm #

    Thanks for these! I think we are heading over to the Battersea Zoo today. Close to home and less ££. I loving your quick recipes. I am horrible in the kitchen (husband does all the cooking) so I may just have to surprise him with one of these! Have a great bank holiday and speak soon!
    Maria and Little M x

  2. Baby Dines Out June 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm #

    Thanks so much for the mention! You’ve got some great suggestions here – and not just for the Bank Holiday but any weekend with tots in tow. x

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