BalsallCom.Com’s newest team member Claire Turner offers parents a selection of child-friendly ideas to while-away those summer holiday hours:
The summer holiday is here, the weather forecast is interesting, so what is there to do in and around Balsall Common?
Lavender Hall Park is a popular choice and there is a teddy bear’s picnic there on Wednesday 31st July from 11am-2pm and a Fun Festival on Wednesday 14 August from 11-3.You don’t have to travel too far to try out a wide range of other parks. If you’re looking to cool down why not try the Memorial Park in Coventry and its water playground, or splash about in Leamington’s Victoria Park or Warwick’s St Nicholas Park.
A great day out for plane spotters can be had by getting the train from Berkswell to Marston Green, then heading into Sheldon Country Park, down the hill and round the corner is the end of Birmingham Airport’s runway. There aren’t any facilities there so you need to take any food, drink etc that you need.
There is a fantastic new woodland adventure playground at Umberslade (slightly different location to the farm that has been there for a few years). It’s lovely and shady and great to explore. You can go for the day or even camp overnight. There are nature trails, a low ropes, and a commando course. They have a website at umbersladeadventure.com and Facebook page facebook.com/UmbersladeAdventure for more information.
The playground at Abbey Fields, Kenilworth, has recently more than doubled in size, and is more fun than ever including a big sand pit. Why not combine it with a swim? The outdoor pool is a brilliant although busy option when it’s scorching outside.
If the weather isn’t too good indoor options include play barns, the cinema, swimming, and library visits. The nearest play barns are Jam Jam Boomerangs near Coventry airport, Cheeky Chimps in Warwick, and Tiny Terrorz in Olton.
Cineworld in Solihull does a Movies for Juniors showing every day at 10am. Tickets are either £1 or £1.50 per person for adults and kids. They aren’t the latest films but a big saving on the usual price and a chance to catch up on films you might have missed or want to see again!
Balsall Common Library is running the summer reading challenge again. Read 6 books over the summer to receive rewards and stickers.
Our local council organises various events and activities as found on their downloadable Activities pdf file.
Nearby councils, Coventry and Warwick have plenty going on too. Find out more at the following pages:
Kenilworth Castle has a full programme of summer events http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/kenilworth-castle/events with regular updates on Facebook https://en-gb.facebook.com/kenilworthcastle as do the National Trust at their local properties including Baddesley Clinton, Packwood House and Charlecote Park. Search for events at http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/whats-on/find-an-event/
These are just some of our ideas. Let us know your favourite local activities in the comments below or via our Facebook and twitter accounts.