Summer bucket list 2017

A summer bucket list – what a great idea! The summer holidays are fast approaching, with my two girls, aged 6 and 4 both finishing school this Friday.  It can be difficult to find entertainment for the kids during the school holiday period.  Organisation is absolutely crucial!  Preparing a bucket list is a great way to get focused, so heads up to HodgePodgeDays who gave me this idea via her own Summer Bucket List post.

I’ll certainly be stealing some ideas from the Hodge, particularly as we’ll be holidaying in the same area at one point in the holidays – North Devon.  We’ll also be travelling to Lyme Regis and plan to do much more with our 6 week break from school.

There’s so much to around Greater Manchester, where we’re based.  I admit that I can become panicked by the range of activities on offer; can we fit it all in??  Well here goes with the list:

  • Fruit picking at a local farm.  I’m aiming for Kenyon Hall Farm in Cheshire.  I hear they still have some fruit left such as Tayberries and Blackcurrants.  We missed the strawberry season, but we did have a few in our own garden.
  • Explore Secret Stories at local National Trust site Tatton Park.  We’re lucky to have some absolutely fantastic National Trust properties around Greater Manchester.  We try to get to most of them each school holiday as they involve a great mix of learning and fun outdoor activities.
  • Visit another National Trust property, Lyme Park in Disley.  My girls love it here. On a sunny day they can potter around the stream adjacent to the main visitor centre.  We can spot if the tadpoles we saw back in May have sprouted into frogs! We’ll take a picnic and I can just lie down (a recurring theme regarding myself this summer holiday).
  • Another National Trust one – Quarry Bank Mill.  We haven’t been here for a while and there’s usually some fantastic activities inside the Mill and outdoor fun in the gorgeous gardens.
  • Spend lots of time relaxing, building sand castles and admiring the views on The Cobb, a beautiful beach in Lyme Regis on the Jurassic Coast, where we’ll be spending some time this summer.
  • Go fossil hunting on The Cobb and surrounding beaches of Lyme Regis.  We’ve never done this; I’ve never done this, even as a child.  I find myself wondering about this curiosity – how many fossils can there possibly be?  Do they run out? Become extinct?? I’m told there are fossils a-plenty and i can only imagine my girls’ reactions on finding their first hoard.
  • Visit Westward Ho! Beach in North Devon, another planned holiday spot.  Stolen from The Hodge’s bucket list, this is another beautiful spot.
  • Go crabbing.  Again an activity that we have never done before.  I’m a little alarmed by this and may in fact pass the whole activity over to my husband, being quite frightened of the pincers and such.
  • Visit the Elizabeth Gaskell House in Manchester.  Manchester has a great many Museums and we’ve been to most of them.  I was an English Literature student and enjoyed Cranford and North and South.  The House has a range of children’s Victorian-themed educational activities, so we’re definitely visiting this summer!
  • Again on the museum theme and one for a rainy day, we intend to visit the Manchester Museum.  If we can visit prior to our Lyme Regis, the Jurassic sections should prepare our girls for the fossiling ahead!
  • Visit Chester Zoo. A friend and I are planning this.  We’ve been quite a few times, but there’s always something new to see.  I love the giraffes, my friend loves the primates and my girls love the lions!
  • Eat lots of nice food.  I’m sure we’ll find many excellent eating establishments in Lyme Regis and Devon.  There are plenty of great ones in Manchester, too and it’s not always easy to find the time to try them with the children.  One we’ll definitely be trying is Vapiano in The Corn Exchange in Manchester.  We have kindly been invited for a meal and I hear they have a great kids menu.

That’s quite a list for 6 weeks and I’m hoping for good weather for quite a few of these.  Check back and see how we’re getting on.


Working Mum of two, living in Didsbury, Manchester, in a house which breeds washing, mushed up raisins and various toys in the brightest primary colours. Oh, and the odd empty wine glass.

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