With schools breaking up for summer at the end of July, many parents will be worrying about how to organise summer activities for the next six weeks, especially when you consider that most days out cost at least £10/per child coupled with the rising cost of living and the worst inflation in 40 years.

Fret not… we’ve put together a few ‘budget friendly’ suggestions for fun outdoor activities that both families and individuals can enjoy: 

Bodiam Castle – 23 July to 31 August – Free entry for National Trust members

Get a glimpse of mediaeval splendour while exploring the archetypal 14th century moated castle. Compete with your friends and family to tick off activities in the challenge card, try mini jousting, skittles, quoits, building bricks tower, dressing-up, taking an armour demonstration, listening to the amazing story tellers, getting to know more about the wildlife at Bodiam or joining a craft workshop.

If you’re planning on spending some quality time with your pet, dogs on short leads are welcome in almost all outdoor areas as well as the Castle View café. 

Bateman’s – Free entry for National Trust members

Bateman’s is the perfect location for outdoor theatre, poetry reading, story-telling and games galore such as in croquet, mini wheelbarrow races, wellie hoopla, noughts and crosses as well as giant dominoes. There are also workshops where visitors can create their own watercolour painting with watercolour artist John Wiltshire (Sunday 10 or Saturday 16 July). Make memories with your loved ones while immersing in the wonderful scent and spectacular beauty of the garden.

Dogs on short leads are allowed in almost all outdoor areas.

Sheffield Park and Garden – Free entry

This is a perfect location for all family members to enjoy summertime together. Get adventurous by arriving by steam train on the Bluebell Railway, which operates regularly from  East Grinstead to Sheffield Park station. The garden and facilities are just 10 ten minutes away from the station up through the parkland.

Get ready for Kwik Cricket on Wednesdays during the holidays, participate in the Summer Sketching Trail (21 Jul to 1 Sept), let off steam in the woodland play trail in Ringwood Toll, organise a perfect picnic day in a picturesque resting spot at the heart of Sheffield Park as well as discover the history and tranquillity of Walk Wood. 

For families that prefer to stay indoors, here are some suggestions:

  • Create a mini garden/vegetable patch
    In the midst of a cost of living crisis, what better way to save costs by planning a garden full of beautiful flowers that you can use to decorate the house, or watching edible plants growing everyday? For families expecting or having small children, gardening is an excellent way to promote sensory development and develop important motor skills.
  • Re-organise, declutter your home
    What’s a better time to freshen up your living space than summertime? Disposable stuff your family don’t use anymore, donate good condition items to charity and create sessions where you can create DIY decorations with your loved ones. Tackle small areas at a time and set a goal so that your family can work towards it.  For items that will be used for winter such as big coats, or heavy machines, furniture, etc. contact Cube Self Storage for bespoke and climate-controlled storage with flexible rental terms. 

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Summer is an ideal time to get out and visit local attractions, or simply stay inside and enjoy the peacefulness of your home. Whatever the choice, with some effort, there are plenty of ways to have fun and make life-lasting memories.