With six weeks of school summer holidays just around the corner, you may be looking for some simple, stress-free, and budget-friendly summer fun for the school holidays. Look no further – we’ve got you covered with plenty of things to do and days out for all the family down the Daffodil line.
Take a picnic to Newent Lake
With fish and birds to see, a wildflower meadow hidden in the woods, the animals on the mini sculpture trail to discover and a play area for little ones to let off steam a picnic by the lake makes a fun, free day out. The 232 stops right by the lake, and there are plenty of shops and cafes nearby for supplies.
Ross Museum Without Walls
Download the app and take a walk through Ross, learning about the town’s rich history and seeing how town centre sites might have looked in times passed, from the 1950s right back to the 1700s. It’s free, fun and great for older kids with an interest in history. Museumwithoutwalls.uk
Leaf Activity Days in Ledbury
These free activity days on Ledbury recreation ground on 22nd July and 19th August offer loads of different things to try for all the family.
Donkey’s (and an Elephant) at Hellens, Much Marcle
Hellens and the Tearoom is open on Wednesdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays, 10.30 – 5.00pm. There is free admission to the gardens and grounds and you do not need to book in advance. Loads of outdoor space, meadows and woods, a yew labyrinth, and three gorgeous donkeys – Plum, Blossom and Daff. If you want to see inside the house and learn about its treasures and ghosts then you need to book a guided tour at hellensmanor.com. Tours are free to anyone in full-time education. Dogs and picnics are welcome too, but please be aware that the chickens are free-range!
Get out on the River
The river Wye is one of the most beautiful in the country, so how about spending some time getting to know it better this summer? Both canoe hire and paddle board hire and lessons are available in Ross – anything from an hour to a 3 or 4 day trip. More details available from Ross on Wye canoe hire.
Visit Westons Cider Mill, Much Marcle
You may not want to take the mill tour with the children, but Westons is still worth a visit, there is a great play area, you can meet the shirehorses for free, the shop has a selection of Hillbrooks ice cream, for the kids, and cider for you, and there are plenty of walks through the countryside to enjoy from the doorstep.
There are bound to be some rainy days, this is England after all! How about a film or a show? The Phoenix in Ross, the Market Theatre in Ledbury and the Gateway cinema at Labels will all have family entertinment to offer over the summer.
Even if we’re not having beach weather an indoor swim is a great way to let off some steam? The pools in Ross, Ledbury nd Newent will all be offering family sessions over the holidays.
Have you visited the library lately? You might be surprised at how things have changed, pop in and see what’s going on, there will be all sorts of free activities and workshops over the holidays.
Finish off with a Carnival
What better way to celebrate the summer holidays than with a carnival? Ledbury Carnival,now in it’s 48th year, takes place on August Bank Holiday Monday (28th this year) with a traditional procession through the town centre with floats, two stages for music, entertainers, stalls, and more. It’s a fantastic free way to round off the summer holidays.
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