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Keep it local - Summer holiday activity ideas

20th July 2022
Keep it local - Summer holiday activity ideas

The good news is there are lots of things to do during the summer holidays that won’t involve travelling too far. And if you live on a Redrow development, chances are there’s even more on your doorstep.

We carefully choose our locations to be in great places and well-connected neighbourhoods. If what to do for summer holidays is uppermost in your mind, here are some great summer holiday activity ideas you can try.

1. Where can I go on holiday close to home?

Even if you don’t live near the seaside or in a traditional tourist town, you can still take a holiday in your local area.  Choosing a town or village you haven’t visited before or somewhere you don’t go very often is a great idea. Book yourself into a local hotel or Airbnb and see the area through a visitor’s eyes rather than as a resident. Look online for things like local craft fairs, makers markets, festivals and village fetes, or simply explore the local area. You’ll soon find it’s possible to feel a million miles away from home, even when you’re just down the road. And not travelling too far will save you money on fuel costs too.

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2. Immerse yourself in nature 

Whether you live in the countryside or a town or city, you’ll be surprised how many opportunities there are to take a local nature walk.  Throwing in a spot of pond dipping or fishing can make it even more exciting. Try googling ‘nature walks near me’ or ‘pond dipping near me’ and see what comes up. Pond dipping is great family fun as your children discover all the interesting mini beasts that live in even the smallest of ponds. Head to your nearest park, nature reserve, or even your own garden pond. Of course, make sure you have the pond owner’s permission and stay safe. 

Organisations like WWT (Wildlife & Wetlands Trust), RSPB and Woodland Trust offer lots of helpful advice on what you need for a pond dipping kit. Their websites are a good place to start your research, but here’s a list of the basics: 

  • Long-handled net
  • Sieve
  • Spoon (to get a closer look at tiny creatures)
  • White bottomed plastic tray or tub
  • Magnifying glass
  • Camera or smartphone to photograph your finds
  • Pencil and paper to make any notes

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3. Get on your bike

A family bike ride is a ‘wheely’ good keep it local summer holiday activity!  Many of Redrow’s developments include designated cycle paths which link into the local area. Some are even close to designated cycle trails. For example, the Guild Wheel circular cycle route passes close to our Tabley Green development, near Preston. It offers 21 miles of mainly off-road, traffic free, scenic cycling for all the family. Wherever you live pop ‘family friendly bike trails near me’ into a search engine and explore the results.

Organisations like the National Trust, Cycling UK and Sustrans all carry information about child friendly cycle routes on their websites. Sustrans are custodians of the National Cycle Network, a UK-wide network of signed paths and routes for walking, cycling and wheeling. Popular routes include the Bristol to Bath path, the Spen Valley Greenway in West Yorkshire and the Cuckoo Trail in East Sussex. 

 

4. Try something new

If you’ve always wanted to try a new activity and not got round it to it, then now may be the time to add it to your list of local summer holiday activity ideas. Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) have become very popular and many local lakes offer kayaks and SUPs for hire. Or perhaps you’d prefer to get yourself completely soaking wet with a spot of wild swimming? Again there are more and more organised activities on offer in lots of local places.  The Outdoor Swimming Society has a list of local swim groups across the UK on its website.  

From geocaching to pottery painting, horseback riding to star gazing, Segway riding to trampolining … just a little research will turn up endless local opportunities for family fun to fill your summer holidays. And hopefully all of them will be within a stone’s throw of where you live so you can walk there.- We like to create walkable neighbourhoods, with footpath links to surrounding parks and amenities, so if you live on a Redrow development you should be able to find lots of local fun on foot. 

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5. What is a walkable neighbourhood?

A walkable neighbourhood is one that prioritises pedestrians and makes it easy and safe to get around on foot. At Redrow we’re committed to creating developments that cater for walking and cycling. And making it easier to ditch the car is an added bonus with fuel prices rising.  Features such as village greens, parkland, nature trails and woodland walks all help to create a more walkable neighbourhood. So too do footpaths and cycleways that connect to the wider community, including local shops, schools and services. Ensuring places are easier to get around in this way can lead to a healthier, happier lifestyle.

One place that’s frequently a hub of activity during the summer holidays is your local park. Not just somewhere for children to play, they’re often the venue for special events, food festivals and music concerts. Why not head over to our guide to the 10 Best Parks in the UK for some more inspiration …