5 Things To Help You Plan the Perfect Bank Holiday

Does your Bank Holiday Weekend look a little different since becoming parents? Long gone are the quiet mornings in bed or extended lazy brunches. But would you really trade in your 5.30am wakeup call from your little angels? After all, the early start does mean you can get a lot done over the long weekend…

We’ve put together a few family-friendly ideas to help you plan a great Bank Holiday Weekend…

1. Fun For all the Family

For many, theme parks are very nostalgic places. Bringing up childhood memories of long summer days and family trips out! A great way to spend the extra ‘weekend day’ for kids (and the big kids). Thorpe Park (Surrey) and Alton Towers (Staffordshire) are great for families with older children or a mix of ages. Legoland (Windsor) and Diggerland (Devon, Yorkshire, Kent and Durham) makes for a fun day out for young families. Paultons Family Theme Park (Hampshire) and Gulliver’s Kingdom (Derbyshire) is ideal for those with toddlers. Here's a list of some top theme parks in the UK to give you a little inspiration.

2. Get Out and About

Make the most of the last long summer weekend this year and head outside, if the weather holds out. You can’t beat a long summers walk (wearing the kids out) and a picnic in a park. Pull out all the stops with these tasty kid-friendly picnic snacks.

3. Green-Fingered

Gardening, like many of us, may be something you put off every weekend as there’s plenty of other things you’d prefer to do with your precious 2 days off. However, a 3-day weekend is the perfect opportunity to get those jobs ticked off. You can even get the kids involved by getting them to create a fairy garden or getting them interested in growing vegetables.

4. Always Have an Indoor Backup Plan

The cinema or bowling is a fool-proof backup plan. As this summer has shown, the English weather is far from predictable so having a few plans on the back burner is a necessity this Bank Holiday. There are some great kids’ movie’s such as Angry Birds 2, The Lion King, Toy Story 4 (if you haven’t already seen it) or the new Spider-Man for the older kids. Alternatively you could recreate the movies in the comfort of your living room.

5. If All Else Fails – You Can Always Rely on the National Trust

The National Trust has hundreds of places for you to explore as a family. Their website allows you to easily filter by location, type of place you’re looking to visit and facilities. Many of the properties have children’s playgrounds, kids’ activities and picnic areas or cafes. The National Trust also have a great section on their site called ‘50 things to do before you're 11 ¾’ where all the great kid-friendly places are listed in one place for you!


Will you add any, or all the above, to your plans this Bank Holiday Weekend? Whatever you end up doing we hope you have a fun-filled 3-day weekend.