We LOVE May.
Mother Nature has most definitely got a spring in her step and everything is so deliciously green which means lots of days outdoors with the kids. There’s also two bank holidays to make the most of too which both Hector and I love because it means an extra day with Ste. With a three day weekend in store there’s plenty of hours in the day to pack in an exciting activity or two; we thought we’d share what we’re getting up to this weekend.
With a four (Molly) and a three year old (Alice), the Bank Holiday is our great excuse to get out exploring. We have finally finished most of the house so there is no long list of DIY to plough through. Weather permitting we will be heading to the Stick Man Trail in the Wyre Forest. The girls love the story and these trails are a great way to while away a few hours running through woodlands and generally having childhood adventures. You can find the trails all over the country. We will also most likely take a trip to The West Midlands Safari Park. It is only 10 minutes from our house so we get there early to beat to crowds and have a lovely time spying all the animals. There is the cutest new baby rhino that I am so looking forward to seeing, utterly adorable. Oh, and there will probably be a BBQ or two; it is a bank holiday after all.
We’re hoping to visit The Conservatory at the Barbican on Bank Holiday Monday, the perfect hidden tropical oasis in the heart of the city and only half an hour away from us here in Kent. Bertie’s middle name should be curious at the moment, and I know she’ll just love exploring through tropical plants and spotting the exotic fish swimming lazily in the ponds. My botanical obsession will no doubt be fuelled a little further, too!
Leo turns three this bank holiday so it’s bouncy castles and lots of cake in the garden for us! We also did boring house stuff last bank holiday so it’s only fair that we spend this coming weekend doing lots of fun things instead as a trio before baby no 2 arrives…
We’ll probably be heading to The Lost Gardens of Heligan over the Bank Holiday weekend. It’s always a lovely day out, the gardens are so varied and there’s just so much space to run around in! Plus we can take the dog, which is always essential for our day trips AND the cake is good too. On our last visit in February the daffodils were out in full force, so I’m looking forward to seeing how many more flowers and plants have bloomed. There are activities on for older children, but at the moment 16 month old Elle is happy with looking at the animals and running off in the opposite direction to where we’re walking 😉 If anyone is coming down to Cornwall for half term I’d highly recommend it.
Hector is now 19 months and is obsessed with animals to the point where I think he’s going to burst with excitement whenever he spots one. It’s super endearing and something which will very much form the theme of our bank holiday adventures. Being Midlands based, logistically we’re pretty much in easy reach of quite a few big attractions so we’re spoilt for choice really. Like Lottie we’re considering The West Midlands Safari Park or possibly The Butterfly Farm in Stratford as an alternative which I adore and given his fascination with the creatures I know he’ll like too. Plus there’s always the option then to walk by the river with an ice-cream afterwards weather permitting.
If we’re feeling incredibly brave then we might venture to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor which I’ve heard good things about from friends and family. It all depends on the weather and if we can bear to face the inevitable crowds…I know Hector will be in his element amongst the trains and rides though.
One of Lyra’s favourite toys at the moment is her Jellycat Bashful Monkey, Mr Bananas. (She’s just turned two). As such we’re going to take her to the Monkey Forest in Staffordshire. Hopefully the sun will shine and we can pick up some posh chutney and Scotch eggs from Brown and Green and have a picnic in the nearby Trentham Gardens. There’s also a fairy trail and a barefoot walk which will no doubt be a hit, and to get my retail therapy fix I plan on popping into the Yellowstone Art Boutique.
Hopefully we’ve given you some inspiration on what to do with your own littles this weekend. There’s so much to do! Perhaps you’ve got other delicious adventures planned…why not tell us all about them in the comments box below…
Stick Man Trail and Fairy House Images by Lisa Carpenter Photography.