The summer holidays can be a daunting prospect for parents. Not just because of finding childcare for six weeks, but for parents of babies and toddlers too. All of your normal classes and activities stop, and everywhere just gets busy. Really busy.
Don’t despair though, we’ve put together a list of handy hints and days out around Salisbury to ensure you can enjoy a great day out without having to share with a thousand other people.
If you live in the South, there’s a high chance that you’ve either already visited, or at least heard of Paultons Park and its most famous resident – Peppa Pig World. The summer holidays may not seem the ideal time to visit, but actually there are some good hacks to at least minimise the queues.
Arrive at the park opening time and head straight to Peppa Pig World before the crowds build. Go on the busiest rides first and leave exploring the other areas for later. If you can, avoid visiting on a very sunny day as these will be busier. The rides are open in all weathers and there are plenty of indoor attractions.
Longleat has been a favourite location for generations and boasts a large range of wild animals as well as lots of other exhibits. If you don’t fancy giving your car to the mercy of the monkeys on the safari trail, you can book a bus trip instead. It takes about 90 minutes to go round and is an extra cost per person. Head to the Guest Services booth as soon as you arrive at the park and book your tickets. Head to the bus stop a good 30 minutes before it departs so you can stow your pushchair and get good seats.
If you’re looking for a more gentle animal encounter, head to River Bourne which is a working farm and also has a farm shop. There are cows, pigs, goats, donkeys, sheep and chickens plus beehives. There are nature trails which take you around the farm as well as to the river, and you’re provided with animal and plant spotter sheets.
You can get up close and personal with a range of farm animals at Cholderton Charlie’s, which is a registered rare breeds farm. There’s plenty to do all day with animal activities, tractor-trailer rides and nature walks, and you might even get a glimpse of some more wild animals. There’s also an indoor playbarn, cafe, tree top trail and plenty of play equipment around the farm.
As part of the National Playday scheme, Salisbury City Council will be hosting a free event on Wednesday 1st August in Churchill Gardens, Salisbury, SP1 2HS from 12pm-4pm.
Salisbury City Council are also hosting a Picnic in the Park on Wednesday 29 August in Victoria Park, from 12pm until 4pm.
Whilst it may seem that the world and his wife (and kids) are where you want to go during the summer holidays, with a bit of planning you can still enjoy a fun day out with your kids around Salisbury. Even if you’re visiting somewhere on the hottest day of the year or a Bank Holiday weekend, you can think ahead. Eating your lunch early or late means you can enjoy the attractions whilst everyone else is busy munching. Or embrace the British weather and have fun jumping in muddy puddles!