Let’s face it… you get to the end of the summer holidays and you’re probably a bit strapped for cash and thinking thank goodness they’re going back to school because I can’t afford another day out – however many you’ve had! However, just because school is starting again, it doesn’t mean the fun should end. September is also a great time to get out and about with those toddlers who may have not enjoyed the heavy crowds of summer but still want to get out and about. I did a scout around the South of the UK to find out what FREE activities there are for toddlers that you can head on out to in September…
Dorset – Upton Country Park
This place holds sentimental value for me as there is a commemorative bench located in the grounds here for my grandfather. However, Upton Country Park is the perfect place to take children who want to run and explore. There is no entry fee to the grounds at all – there are walks all over the park which also take you right down to look out over Holes Bay. There are wooden forts throughout and various areas to climb and play as well as gardens to explore. They do put on extra events in their children’s activity centre, though these do require a small fee such as £2.50 per child to cover arts and craft supplies etc but it’s well worth it.
Last year we really enjoyed their Halloween event where there was a Hay Bale maze, mud kitchens and pumpkin carving which we enjoyed with our lovely friend Adventures with J. A great place to visit all year round which is free if you want it to bed.
Bristol – Clifton College
After the success of their Summer School classes for kids, Clifton College are holding a Free Forest Discovery Day for parents and toddlers. On Saturday 8th September they’re holding a hands-on session in their magical woodland for toddlers to learn and explore in. Make a mess in the mud kitchen, build a secret den, toast marshmallows on the fire and breathe in the fresh air.
Meet their forest leaders and early years teaching staff who will be able to answer any questions about nursery and pre-prep education at their leading independent school. Refreshments, parking and toilet facilities will be available at the event.
Sounds like a great event where kids will enjoy being kids and getting messy!
Hampshire – Southsea Castle
I can fondly remember as a child pretending to be a princess or a king or a knight. What better way to set children’s minds racing than with a visit to a castle! Southsea Castle in Portsmouth has free entry to the castle where you will be able to Discover, Learn and Experience everything the castle has to offer.
Southsea Castle was one in a series of forts constructed for King Henry VIII, in what was the most ambitious scheme of coastal defence since Roman times.The castle was built in great haste in 1544, prompted by Henry VIII’s fears of a French attack on Portsmouth. It was said to have been designed by the King himself, incorporating the latest continental ideas on the lay-out of artillery forts.
What better way to learn about our history than to experience it ourselves!
There you have it – some great FREE days out for parents and toddlers now the big kids are back at school. Or just wait until the weekend and take them along too!
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