How to Survive the School Summer Holidays
Your 6-week Guide to successful Family Holidays
Our team at I Spy Camping is pleased to offer you the benefit of our experience, both as parents and as travel experts to bring you a 6-week summer holiday guide. We hope our ideas will help you to get the most out of your childrens' summer break without breaking the bank!
Prior research and preparation
1. Your Family Holiday
Review I Spy Camping for the latest camping holiday prices and availability. In particular, check out our recommendation for the best value family holiday this summer. A 2-week break at Les Sables de Cordouan in the Charente Maritime, costs just £805 (includes 30% discount) for the whole family staying in an fully-equipped mobile home that can sleep up to 6 people and starts on Saturday 13th of August.
2. National Trust
Become a member for just £47 (normally £88.50) for the whole family (latest offer of 12 months for the price of 9 plus 30% cashback from Quidco.com).
Week 1 (25th to 31st July)
Tool your children with sponges, old towels, water, etc and set them to work cleaning their bicycles. You'll be surprised how much fun they will have doing this and prepares them for their up and coming summer holidays.
Then mark out a safe bike route, the distance you should aim for is important to really engage them, so aim high and plan plenty of breaks along the way - our experience shows that a child can at least match their age for distance in Kms. So if your youngest child is 5 yrs old plan to go for 5 kms. If your children are older, request they plan the route for the whole family to take.
If you have joined the National Trust then now is the time go exploring, take a picnic (NT recently released their top 10 UK picnic spots), take part in one of the many activities organised by the National Trust for children and let them run free in adventure playgrounds.
Camping in your own tent or in Camping Pods. Visit http://www.campingpodsuk.com to see find your nearest campsites with camping pods, with a 2 day stay costing less than £35, it is a great way for the whole family to enjoy time together.
Week 2 (1st to 7th August)
Your holiday in France is less than 2 weeks away and now is a good time to start building the excitement. Help your child make more friends and have fun asking for things in France by given them short introductory lessons in French; before you disappear..., you may not have come across Glovico. Glovico's French-native teachers charge only 7€ per hour and can teach your child French within the comfort of your own home using Skype (Free internet telephony service).
2 or 3 lessons before your holiday should give them enough confidence, vocabulary and phrases to help them greet other children and introduce themselves - you may also learn some of the lingo yourself.
Just because it is called a 'school holiday' doesn't mean they shouldn't have the chance to learn something new and with so many museums, galleries, castles in the UK, there is sure to be one or two close to home.
The Daily Telegraph produced a good list of 50 free places to visit, including The National History Museum, Baconsthorpe Castle, The Tate Modern and Dolphin Watching.
Visit the Olympic Stadium for free courtesy of Greenwich Council. During the hour-long bus trip, you can see the major venues including the Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre taking shape and learn about the environmental and community programmes running on the Olympic Park. Call the booking line on 0300 2012 001.
Week 3 (8th to 14th August)
Go Ghost hunting. The National Trust has listed all their properties that are said to be haunted... and there are many to visit right across the UK
Continue building the excitement by preparing for the car journey there and back. Use sites such as Activity Village to print out games, colouring templates, word puzzles to do whilst travelling and if you really want to support your child's language skills try Up to Ten.com
Week 4 (15th to 21st August)
At last! The big day has come, you are away on holiday
Week 5 (22nd to 28th August)
Away on holiday
Week 6 (29th August to 4th September)
It's Showtime! The majority of quality campsites in France will put on extravaganzas at some point during your stay, especially catering for children. Now ask your children to recreate their favourite show from their holiday at home. They could dress up or make their own costumes.
Use your National Trust passes to take part in one of the Wild Child events happening this summer.
So there you have it, our guide to successful family holidays; you will wonder where the summer went! Let's just hope the sun comes out more often than not.