Parenting

FUN and CHEAP places to go with kids this summer..

(My son and I strawberry picking at Boxted Farm)

Hello everyone! πŸ‘‹πŸΌ

The weather over the last 2 months has been SHOCKING to say the least. Hot, sunny weather every single day, not a drop of rain, England did well in the World Cup, Love Island is on, everyone is happy and in a good mood – what the hell is going on, England?! I thought summers like these were just a myth in England! Weather like this brings great opportunity to take your little ones out to enjoy the weather and have some fun family time together. Today, I wanted to write a post about a few of my favourite things to do with my son in this warm weather, based in England 😊 so, below, I’ll be listing just a few things we enjoy doing.


McLauchlan’s of Boxted Farm, Essex:

My son is getting to an age now where I sometimes have to bribe him to leave the house πŸ˜‚ but once he’s out of the house and doing things, he absolutely loves it! Last weekend, for example, I took my son berry picking at a local farm called “McLauchlan’s of Boxted Farm” in Essex. The weather was beautiful and the berries were so juicy and yummy!! It’s not too expensive either, very reasonable. Upon arriving at the berry farm, you grab a box or two and make your way around the farm picking a variety of summer fruit such as strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, redcurrants and even broad beans!

The farm is open from 9am – 6pm seven days a week and there’s no fee for picking the fruit, you just simply pay for the fruit you’ve picked at the end when you weigh it at the Farm Shop 😊 the Farm Shop also sells other fruit that isn’t currently growing on their farm along with jam and cream. Below is a link to the website if you’re interested! I definitely recommend.

McLauchlan’s of Boxted Farm


Frinton-on-sea:

This wide, sandy beach and seaside town is one of my new favourites! It’s located in Essex and it’s not too touristy or commercialised either and prides itself in being a quiet, family resort. The seaside town is a few minutes walk away from the seafront and has lots of lovely little shops and cafe’s/restaurants. The BEST thing about this beach (from a parent’s perspective) is the fact that there’s nothing on the beach/sea front that children can ask for and nothing that will distract children. I hate it when I take my son to a beach and right on the sea front there is sweet shop after sweet shop, arcades galore and ice cream vans everywhere! Don’t get me wrong, I love a seaside town to have all of those things, but not right on the seafront, mainly because otherwise all it does is distract the children all day. Frinton-on-sea has a lovely quiet and empty seafront so that the kids can play and swim on the beach for hours undistracted and my son’s full attention will be on building sandcastles and paddling in the sea instead of seeing the flashing lights and music from the arcades from the corner of his eye every few seconds and the smell of sweets and ice cream 😊 all in all, this promises a great family day out.


St Nectans Glen:

(photos taken on my trip to St Nectans Glen, 2016)

Based in Cornwall, this is nature at its finest. There isn’t much I can say about St Nectans Glen that will do it justice or truly explain how beautiful it all is. It’s truly magical. I’ll let the website do the talking and persuading (although it won’t take much persuading) it really gives you that fairy feeling, as if fairies could totally live in St Nectans Glen for real!! It’s really THAT magical. This would be great to take your little ones to if they enjoy nature.

I visited St Nectans Glen at the end of 2016 and have been desperate to go back ever since. Below is a screen shot of a page from the website describing exactly what St Glens is and what you will see and experience there, along with the link to the main website. Please check this out, I highly recommend 😊

St Nectans Glen website <– click here ❀️


Black Park:

(Above, photos of one of my many trips to Black Park with my family)

Black Park has long been a favourite place of mine to go when the weather is nice since I was a small child myself. Black Park is located in South Bucks and covers 500 acres of woodland. With free admission, and only a small fee to pay for parking, it’s the perfect place to take your kids and the dogs too. It has family friendly attractions such as a big adventure playground and Go Ape! It has a huge lake where you can feed the ducks or even take a little remote controlled boat for a spin! There are often people fishing by the lake too. With miles of woodland tracks and trails, it brings plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting. 😊 Black Park is also situated right next to Pinewood Studios and is great for celebrity-spotting due to the park often being used for movie sets such as the Harry Potter films. I can’t count on both my hands, or on the hands of all my relatives and friends, the amount of times I’ve gone to Black Park and I’ve had my fair share of picnics there as well. It’s perfect for a family day out in the warm weather. If you forget to bring a picnic or would prefer a cooked meal, that’s completely fine because there’s a lovely cafe in the park serving hot and cold food and drink. 😊

(A photo I recently took of an area in Black Park where some scenes in Harry Potter were filmed)

I hope you liked the look of a few of my favourite cheap and fun places to take my son in the warm weather. Where are your favourite places to take your kids in the summer? Comment below or head over to my Instagram (@secretlifeofananxiousmum) and tell me there! ❀️

Lots of love,

Lauren x

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