Lockdown rules have now been somewhat eased, woohoo! ‘As of 4th of July you will be able to stay overnight away from the place where you are living. This includes staying overnight in a second home or a holiday home. From 4 July, premises such as hotels and bed and breakfasts will also be allowed to open.’ Read more here – www.gov.uk
With that in mind we have highlighted some great ideas for you and your loved ones to stay safe and really enjoy the summer!
Firstly, are you road ready?
Travelling rules are becoming more and more relaxed, meaning you and the family can travel further afield. If you are planning to travel by car to explore new areas, then you should make sure you’re prepared.
You don’t need to be a mechanic to make sure your car is safe and efficient. Check all your fluid levels, tires for tread depth (1.6mm is the legal minimum), any bulges and obviously make sure they are inflated to the correct pressure. If you are unsure of how to do this safely, consult your owner’s manual or check out Halfords free car check! All cars should be in a roadworthy state and we recommend booking your car into a garage if it’s been a while.
Hotels and holiday resorts may indeed be reopening, but they will have to pass the government’s 5 point test. The best options is to find a campsite as these will find it easier to adhere to the rules, be quick though! They’re booking up quickly!
The Lake District
Located in Cumbria on the Northeastern corner you will find the beautiful Lake District. With over 2,000 square kilometers of natural beauty it boasts an ideal picturesque holiday location.
It’s not only the beautiful surroundings that draw holiday makers annually though, the abundance of activities available makes it great for the whole family! From relaxing one day to adventuring on a cruise on Windermere to hiking the breathtaking mountains, there is something for everyone.
Top Activities to keep the family entertained in The Lake District:
- Brockhole on Windermere is a great place to check out! They offer a huge range of activities to keep the whole family entertained, from Kayak tours on the lake to tree top zip lines! There even a café serving local produce that supports the local economy!
- Go Ape, Grizedale Forest – This is great for all age ranges, from thrill seekers to the young would-be explorers. There are multiple courses to choose from!
- South Lakes Safari Zoo – Again, great for the whole family but safer for the toddlers! Whether you want to hand feed giraffes and kangaroos or see tiger, lions, leopards, and more big cats!
- Ravenglass and Eskdale Steam Train – This is great for a few hours of relaxing scenery and mountain views! They even welcome dogs!
What’s better than a seaside trip? As soon as us Brits see a hint of sunshine we will rush to the seaside (please remember social distancing rules). Cornwall possesses some truly lovely locations fit for any purpose. There are loads of campsites positioned all around Cornwall as well as a plethora of quaint B&Bs, fun for all the family! From fresh fish and chips, true Cornish pasties to Cornish ice cream you’ll easily be able to keep the family well fed.
Top Activities to do in Cornwall for the whole family:
- Check out beautiful blue waters and sandy shore of Fistral Beach! Located just ½ a mile to the West of Newquay there is plenty of amenities nearby such as restaurants, hotels and cafés.
- Flambards Theme Park – Due to reopen mid-July – exciting for children who enjoy thrill seeking rollercoasters to family friendly rides, you’re bound to find something suitable for your tastes. There are even some great indoor attractions for a more historical encounter, taking you back to experience the Blitz or even explore the Victorian Village.
- Eden Project – A wonderful visit not just for the horticulturist’s out there! There are also play areas as well as a sky bridge and zip wire!
A truly picturesque location with lots of stunning villages to explore. At over 2,000 square kilometers it covers Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Wiltshire, Warwickshire and Worcestershire giving you a huge area to explore or set up camp!
Family Friendly places to visit in the Cotswolds:
- Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens. Covering 160 acres it contains a diverse range of species in a beautiful setting. It’s a great opportunity for you to teach the kids more about wildlife!
- You can also find Burford Caravan Club Site just around the corner, which is a beautiful part of the Cotwolds for family walks and picnics. If you don’t have all the camping gear, check out Wolford Wood for some Glamping!
- Cotswold Water Park – The activity list here is huge! From aerial adventures, archery, angling to wilderness skills and paintballing! The also offer a huge range of watersports from wakeboarding to kayaking! This is place is a must on a sunny day!
As the scouts say, ‘be prepared’
Planning is key for a safe and fun break so make sure you plan by taking note of the following:
- Local Lockdowns – This can change daily, so make sure you check out the government’s official website in case your planned destination gets put on lockdown.
- Plan your route – Get out the map book or check a few different navigation apps for the best route. Factor in local events to make sure you journey is safe and efficient.
- Book in advance! – This is obvious, but don’t assume you can just turn up and expect to find accommodation, chances are you’ll be turned away and the family won’t be happy.
- Stay Safe – Through the excitement of exploring and adventuring it can be easy to forget the rules. Remember social distancing is still enforced. Remember to bring face masks and antibacterial gel to be safe.
- Most Importantly, Have FUN! – As long as you follow the rules you can still have fun and give your family that much needed break!
Does your child like to wonder off? If so then make sure you check out our range of Safety Wristbands! The perfect answer to make sure if they do wonder off, you can be contacted. They can also be customised to alert to any medical conditions or requirements, or how to get in touch with you if your kids go walkabout!