It seems that since I’ve had a child at school, I am always counting down the days to the next school break or inset day. It really does fly when you count down the time in this way (so maybe I should stop)?! But before we know it we’ll have another half-term at the end of the month. If you’re planning a few day trips or a bit of a staycation, then here are some things to do with the kids in Bedfordshire.
Whipsnade Zoo – Dunstable
If there are animals involved, then my children (especially my daughter) are very happy to go along. So a proper zoo is a winner with my children. Whipsnade is no different as it is full of over 600 acres of land and scenery and thousands of different varieties of animals. You can spend all day int the park as there is a lot to see and do. And if you do find yourself over there for the day, then make sure that you don’t mis out on the Jumbo Express Steam Train. A must see and the best way to see the giraffes.
Mead Open Farm – Billington
If you don’t quite fancy the price of several tickets to the zoo, then the Mead Open Farm in Billington could be a good option for you instead. It is a great place for those under twelve, I’d say. There is a soft play too, so works well for the littlest of children (and does help when it is raining outside too). Play grounds, crazy golf, high-ropes, and go-karts make it full of fun for all of the family to enjoy.
Jungle Jims Playland – Sandy
The only thing about planning a day trip or a staycation in the UK is that you cannot guarantee the weather, can you? So sometimes something to do inside is a good idea. Jungle Jims is a large soft play for all ages of children. I know not everyone enjoys a soft play, but there are lots of different things at this one. There are activities led by staff at different times each day, as well as sing-a-longs and treasure hunts. So it is a good option for a rainy half-term day.
Afternoon Tea – Wyboston
There are a lot of different places in Bedfordshire where you can get afternoon tea. You might be put off taking children, but a lot of places have menus fit for children. So you could look somewhere like Wyboston Lakes, for example. It would also work out pretty well if you were looking for wedding venues in Bedfordshire too, as that is something else that they offer.
Woburn Abbey and Gardens – Woburn
Wobrun Abbey and Gardens is, as you might imagine, a stunning abbey with lots of land and gardens to explore. The abbey itself is quite large and has 22 rooms that you are able to explore, that are full of treasures, including gold and silver. It will work best for school age children (including teenagers) rather than preschoolers, in my opinion. But as there are things to do inside and out, it means younger ones can run around and enjoy the gardens.
Have you been to any of these places? Have you got any plans for the May half-term?