Bloggers’ Summer suggestions

Summer flowers

Are you ready for the Summer holidays? Are you??

We still have a fair bit of planning to do.  Not to mention all the deadlines that need to be met, before school is out and this freelancer goes nocturnal (ie caffeine-fuelled computer sessions at dead of night, after a day of entertaining the children. Sound familiar?)

So, this month’s arts and culture round-up is going to be a romping gallop through a few posts that caught my eye over the last month. They all include great ideas for keeping youngsters happy over the next six weeks or so. I’m hoping you’ll find something to inspire you; the posts certainly gave me some ideas.

First up: Summer’s the perfect time for family days out, and Mums Do Travel wrote about Hever Castle in Kent, which is high up on our to-do list.

JuggleMum shared some of the historic family activities taking place at Hampton Court Palace, in Richmond.

The Purple Pumpkin blog visited Chelmsford Museums and Gardens in Essex, which seem well worth a trip for people interested in natural history and geology.

Over on the Pigeon Pair and Me, I’ve shared a list of 46 things to do in London for culture-loving families.

If do find yourself in the capital for the day, you might want to follow Happy Homebird‘s example and pause for rest (and a play) in one of the capital’s historic community spaces, like the Red Cross Garden in Southwark.

Parentshaped‘s correspondent in the south went to see Fishy Tales at the Polka Theatre. The show has now closed, but the company, Hand to Mouth Theatre, are touring across the UK over the Summer.

A Modern Mother went to Giffords Circus, who are touring locations across the UK. Her verdict of the show? A big ‘bravo’.

Nelliepompoms saw an outdoor performance of David Walliams’ Mr Stink, at Glanusk. Heartbreak Productions are touring the show over the Summer.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time is playing at the Gielgud Theatre until next year, and if you want to see it this Summer, check out the Mum v Kid review by Jen and ‘an enthusiastic 11 year old’, here on the BritMums blog.

Harry Potter geeks can, like CharlieMoos and her family, find out more about the sweets and treats that characters scoff in the books, at a special feature in the Harry Potter studios.

Lovers of the good old-fashioned Summer blockbuster can visit Shrek’s Adventure, a new attraction by the Thames in London. Chelsea Mamma wrote about it here.

And, if by some miracle you do get a minute to yourself to curl up with a book, check out two posts by 38to39 – one on Jeanette Winterson and Ali Smith at the Brighton Festival (I’m dying to get started on Smith’s How to be Both), and another on William Shaw’s detective novel, A Book of Scars.

What will you be doing this Summer?

This was originally published on the BritMums blog.

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