Ah , here it comes … the summer bucket list…every year I make one as I find it helps my sanity in the six weeks to have some sort of plans even if the day to day routine is relaxed.
It’s going to be bittersweet for me as it seems to be the last summer of childhood for Anais – she’s left primary school now and I am well aware next year she will be off doing her own thing with her own friends so I want to treasure this one (yes even the arguments x)
So here are our must dos , whether we ll do all of them I don’t know but I ll write them down.
1. The Big Friendly Reading Challenge 2016
This we do every year but I’m more excited this year because it’s celebrating Roald Dahl who was my favourite author as a child and made me discover a love of reading. Not only does it encourage the kids to read six books over the summer but they receive exclusive Quentin Blake illustrated cards for every book read but there are various story times and craft sessions throughout the summer nationwide. There’s also an app though at the time of writing I’ve found it to be a bit temperamental.
2. The Beach
We are so lucky living on the coast , the beach is practically on the door step and it’s quite beautiful – actual sand instead of pebbles (though we do have a pebble beach too) . Pack a picnic, some body boards for the kids to ‘surf’ , a good book and some change for an ice cream and we’ ll be sorted .
3. Forest and Farming Day
A little way out of our area but in the ruins of an abbey and across the road a stately manor house garden will be hosting it’s annual Forest and Farming day packed with vehicle displays , sheep, model boats sailing on the water, bushcraft and various stalls.
4. Teddy Bears Picnic
5. The Cinema
I love our old cinema , it’s a vintage art deco 1920s style one and this summers film is The BFG – definitely on the do list even if the trailer nearly had me in tears!
6. See a Show
7. Rock pooling
Another great thing living on the coast is the opportunity to go rock pooling in all the local rock pools .
8. Bug Hunting
9. Visit a Castle
10. Visit the zoo
Again we re so lucky to live near two amazing zoos – Howletts and Port Lympne both founded by the late John Aspinal . So many wonderful species of animal my favourite being the tigers and wolves not to mention the meerkat s !!!