Wednesday, 16 July 2014

What to do in the Summer Holidays?

Its that time of year again when the kids are home and you have to find something to do with them!  Yes it’s the school 6 week holidays. 

So what do you do with them over the holidays? Well, we thought we would let you know of some of our favourite UK destinations that may help give you some ideas.

Amber, one of our walking boot fitters, loves North Yorkshire, in particular Richmond: 

“It is a beautiful part of the country with something for all the family.  The town has a bit of a buzz to it so that you do not feel like you are in the middle of nowhere, but at the same time there is enough countryside to make it feel a world away.  There are some fabulous walks in the Yorkshire Dales and hours can be spent exploring them”.

An interesting fact; the Alt-Berg factory is based in Richmond.  This is one of our main walking boot manufactures and they still have full operations here.  It is definitely worth a visit to get a feel for the love that goes into these great boots.

Carol, one of our clothing experts, has recently been to the Campsite Devon Cliffs and believes south is the way forward:

“The whole coastline around there is natural and untouched.  It is therefore stunning, with the dramatic cliffs dropping down to miles and miles of golden sand”.

For the keen walkers amongst you this area is part of the Jurassic Coast that makes up the South West Coastal Path.  This gives a slightly more challenging coastal walk but does allow you to get away from the tourist crowds and admire the sea views from different remote areas.  This is great for family walks as the coastline can be taken in bite size chunks that are perfect for all abilities.

If the beach life is for you then the miles of sandy beach at the bottom of the dramatic cliffs is where you will want to be.  The beach is big enough so that you can have plenty of space to enjoy quality family time without feeling squashed out by the other beach users.

Russell, another of our walking specialists loves to go walking, and suggests the Elan Vally. 

It is one of the areas of Wales that caters for all levels of walking, as well as loads of mountain biking.  All the main walks start at the visitor’s centre and head of from there.  This means they are well signposted and easy follow so only basic map reading is needed.  However there is also plenty of areas for the more adventures out there to go and explore.

“A must see is the Nant-Y-Gro-Dam which became famous thanks to the Dambuster Bouncing Bomb.  This dam was used to test the bomb during its design and with out it the Dambusters raid would not have happened”. 

It is also in a beautiful area so if the historical pull is not enough for you we are sure that the pictures area will.

For those of you who cant get enough of the ski slopes, Robin one of our boot fitters and also a Ski race coach and instructor, has in the past spent summers race coaching in preparation for the following winter.

“Summer is where the basics are consolidated and new equipment is tested.  For a long time in the UK this was done on the Dry Ski Slopes, of which there are still over 50 throughout the country.  However there are a growing number of indoor snow slopes which provide more natural and better training facilities.”

You don’t have to be a racer either.  Facilities such as Tamworth Snowdome, Xscape at Milton Keynes and the Snow Centre at Hemel Hempstead provide a wide range of snow-related activities during the holidays, including beginner ski lessons.  Get ready for that first winter holiday!

Away from the snow Robin takes the family to St Andrews with hills nearby for waking and great beaches of Chariots of Fire Fame.

Many More…. 

So there are a few ideas to get you started on things to do over the summer holidays.  Hopefully this will help you plan a fab 6 weeks with the kids.  But if you need a few more ideas we will post a few more later in the month

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