Need Some Inspiration?
Are you, like me, attempting to organise the Half Term week ahead of us (along with everything else)? Fear not. I’ve been researching the interweb and have handpicked a few tips to share with you (not exhaustive) which may help in your plight to find something to do each day to occupy your dear littlies.
Not everyone wants or has the money for expensive day trips, so here’s information on both: FREE and paid events coming up.
Be sure to look out for links to websites for more info!
Let’s start with the FREE stuff…
The Fold, in Bransford are holding their monthly market on 28 May – 11am to 3pm. Offering local produce as well as other stalls hosting original arts and crafts. The Fold is also home to several nature trails and a cafe with locally produced food making it an ethical way to spend your day. All in all a great morning or afternoon with plenty of fun.
29 May is also a Family Gardening Day at The Fold so make sure to check that out on their website for more details, if you’re interested.
Great Malvern Food Festival: Taking place on Monday, 29 May – 10am to 5.30pm the festival brings award-winning local food and drink, a cookery theatre plus family activities to Malvern town and is one to make sure you visit. This year the festival is apparently taking place in Malvern Priory grounds.
Be sure to check out Route To The Hills ‘Historical Biscuit Making‘ event for kids whilst you’re there.
Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve, near Alfrick is home to a stunning walk taking you through old valley meadows, woodlands and an orchard. Take a picnic (rucksack a must) and stroll leisurely alongside Leigh Brook and perhaps try a spot of pooh sticks. This has to be one of our hidden treasures we love to return visit. Note: Dogs are welcome but are requested to be kept on a lead.
Pick one of Malvern’s fantastic public parks or Commons. Feed the ducks in Priory Park (check out here what’s best to feed ducks! Don’t just assume it’s bread), bring a picnic, kick a ball about, take the kids scooters, play in one of the playgrounds and at the end of playtime buy a cheeky ice cream (ok not so free but think of it as a treat and let’s face it bribery, in my case).
Clive’s Fruit Farm: With a fabulous little enclosed playground (complete with tractor!!), free range chickens running about the place (you can even help collect eggs at certain times), pigs, rabbits, an apple orchard, a great walk with lots of places to play hide n seek, plus a sumptuous cafe with inside / outside seating to grab a tea (and a slice of their yummy cake) Clive’s is a firm favourite of ours. What more do you need? They also have a fabulous farmers shop with all local produce – I can highly recommend their BBQ packs.
Worcester City Art & Gallery: If you live in Malvern why not take a train ride into Worcester (kids under 5 go free and 5-15 get 50% off most tickets). Once you get there turn right out of Worcester Foregate station and make your way to the museum. Entry is free. Kids can dress up in some of the historical costumes (or refuse to in my case), there’s an arts and crafts area for kids to play and learn about Museum artifacts. The arts gallery is possibly less child friendly but nonetheless worth a visit showcasing some great temporary art collections.
Other Events (not free but look great fun and good value)
Dymock Music Festival (Dymock village, Gloucestershire) takes place from 1pm on 28 May with a great line-up.
Croome (National Trust) is hosting ‘Become A 50 Things Croome Explorer’ trail taking place on 28 May – 10am to 4pm.
If you’re looking for something else, check out Days Out With The Kids. Including some of the following…
Arts and crafts
Looking for some arts and crafts? Perhaps make a start on Father’s Day gifts…
- Green Frog Pottery (Malvern)
- Eastnor Pottery (near Ledbury)
- Glazydayz Pottery (Ledbury)
- Cheeky Monkeys (Worcester)
- Little Acorns (Worcester)
- Malvern Museum of Local History (Abbey Gateway, Malvern town centre)
Why not take the kids swimming…
- Malvern Splash (Priory Park, Malvern)
- Lower Wick Swimming Pool (Worcester)
- Droitwich Spa Lido
- Cheltenham Spa Lido
- Malvern Hills spy mission treasure hunt
- Hunt for a geocache
- Ice Quest ice rink
- Malvern Hills Walking Festival (at a guess I’d note not all walks are child friendly)
Sources and website references: The Fold, Visit The Malverns, Knapp & Papermill Nature Reserve, Clive’s Fruit Farm, Worcester City Art & Gallery, Eastnor Castle, Malvern Theatres, Days Out With The Kids, Mello Festival, Dymock Festival, Croome Court (National Trust).