The Easter school holidays are looming, talk in the playground turns to plans. Junior Jet Ski Club, Father and Son DJ’ing lessons or a week-long family Forest School break? No? Nor me. They are winning at school holidays their Facebook posts will ensure that you know that. I want to help you become a parenting ninja, but without the expense or stress of competitive family recreation. We live in a wonderful part of the world, let’s make those magical memories that are the stuff of childhood and, ahem, social media!
Here we go. Amberley Open Air Museum and Heritage Centre has regular steam train rides, an Electricity Hall, vintage Sussex bus rides and fascinating technology centre (Sinclair C5 anyone?), plus, there are numerous family activity days. You can make a wheel, drive a traction engine, ride a vintage bus or take a ride on the steam train that takes people round the open air museum. It is well worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page as they frequently run special events such as industrial train days (including rides) and vintage car displays.
The people who run the centre are very knowledgeable and often in period costume, do ask lots of questions and do take up the chance to drive a steam train on Father’s Day!
Equally edifying is a visit to Devil’s Dyke by bus, car or bike. There is a glorious 3-mile walk around the dyke that offers amazing views, fresh air and the joy that is The Royal Oak at Poynings, famed for their summer barbecue and vast garden this is a smash hit with families.
We’ve done industrial history and fresh air, now for an English country garden. I cannot express strongly enough the sense of arch “Dadness” that National Trust membership gives me. I’m a regular at Petworth House and Nymans Gardens. These are safe, beautiful places in West Sussex for little ones to run around. All of them will put on seasonal children’s activities and picnicking is encouraged at all National Trust sites. Annual membership gives a family of four a monthly visit at £2.31 per head. Go weekly and that’s 57p per person! I hope that this piece has given you some ideas to hold your head high in the playground and pimp that holiday “Faceboast” post.
If the weather is not on your side there is a “crafty” alternative for the nimble fingered creative type of child. Aimed at 7-15 year olds, Jane Hartley’s sewing and felt making workshops are very hard to beat in terms of value for money and fun! Over Easter holidays classes are running on April 10th and 11th, book soon to avoid disappointment.
Jane’s vast experience of teaching craft techniques to children make her the ideal tutor to get your kids crackling with creative ideas. These classes fill up quickly so do reserve your place by contacting Jane on 07594189987.