Schools out for summer….

With the summer holidays fast approaching I’ve been looking up ideas of things to do with the kids over the holidays. We always go out and about and there are plenty of things and places to go that don’t cost much if anything. The beach is always a winner with our boys , pack up a picnic a few toys and away you go. Another winner is Streamvale farm or Rose park farm and last year we went to The Ark open farm which they loved. Antrim castle gardens is great and we would go up there every week or every other week. The gardens are lovely and the boys can cycle all the way from castle gardens into the Lough. Or they so love the jcb park at the junction it’s only £1 and they can drive round on the ride on tractors go in the sand or in the park. They also enjoy a day down to picky park in Bangor. Another great place we would go to regularly is Carnfunnock park in larne. We always park at Drains Bay and walk over, the boys love walking over the rocks and collecting stones. The park is great and there are also trampolines,a train, bouncy castle, crazy golf and lots more. It has lovely gardens and walks and plenty of picnic or BBQ areas. Another place I would like to go over the summer which we haven’t been to before is Eden pottery in Newtonards. I think the boys would love to make their own piece of pottery.

So I have looked up a few what’s on guides and have found a few events that I think sound like fun , are family friendly and don’t cost a fortune if anything at all. The first is mid to east antrim borough council. Click here to find more details and events.

Saturday 7th July- 10am-5pm- Carrickfergus castle- Dinosaur at carrickfergus castle.

Saturday 14th July- 2pm-4pm- Ecos Park Ballymena- Art in the park.

Monday 16th july- 2pm- Carnfunnock country park larne- Art in the park.

Monday 16th July- 6.30pm- 8.30pm- People’s park- lets go fly a kite

Tuesday 17th july- 7.30pm-9pm- Portglenone Marina -pop up play

Wednesday 1st August- play day across borough- 11am-1pm- marine gardens carrickfergus- wet and wild

-11am-1pm- peoples park ballymena- family fun day

-2pm-5pm- Carnfunnock country park,larne-funky sports.

Monday 13th August-Friday 17th August- 10am – 12- Carnfunnock country park, larne- 5 day childrens creative writing workshop (8-12 year olds, £25 per child)

-Thursday 16th august- Sunday 19th August- Galgorm Castle golf course- NI Open family event

They national trust properties are great and we have just purchased a national trust membership so we hope to get plenty of use out of it this summer. Members get in free to many of their events but a number of their events are also free for everyone. I have selected a few that appeal to us. Click here to find out whats on in the National Trust this summer.

Thursday 12th july- castle ward- 1pm-5pm- Pirates picnic

Thursday 12th and Friday 13th July – mount Stewart- 11am-4.30pm – teddy bears picnic

Saturday 14th July – 2pm-4pm – butterfly safari ( booking essential, other dates available)

Friday 3rd August – Cushendun- 10am – 12- woodland craft skills (free)

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th August – Downhill Demense -12-5pm – kite festival

Saturday 11th august – white park bay – 10am-12 – Go wild with the rangers (free)

Sunday 12th August – Spring Hill – 11am-4pm -family fun day

Monday 27th August – Crom – 1pm – 5pm – cruise the lough

Whatever you are doing have a great summer!


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