Our summer bucket list 2019

July 23, 2019

With the summer holidays less than 24 hours away, I thought it might be nice to sit down and ponder about the days and weeks ahead. How we will fill them with activities, playdates and adventures. Although we don’t have any grand plans, especially for not for heading to foreign shores. We will be making the most of what we have locally and across the UK. 

We’ve always done a day on, day off philosophy when it comes to the school holidays. Originally to coincide with my working days so that I could complete activities with the children on the days I was at home. Nowadays we still do this, however, now it is so that we have recharged our batteries and completed chores at home so that on the days we are out we can enjoy them to the fullest.


  • Pokémon Go – It’s fair to say that both Roo and Tigger have been gripped by Pokémon Go recently. Which gives us the perfect opportunity to get out and about to explore the area. Walking helps hatch eggs, as well as discovering new gyms and new Pokémon along the way. 
  • Trampoline Park – Whilst we might have a trampoline in the garden. It’s not quite the same as heading off to the trampoline park. You can gain so much more height on their trampolines plus they have lots of fun sessions available across the summer. 
  • Bowling – We bought a Spree book through the school recently and it’s full of different discounts. A couple of bowling alleys are included in there so we’re hoping to enjoy a couple of trips to knock down the pins. 


  • Granny’s coming to visit – Something that started when Roo was little and I had to work throughout the summer was her trip to stay with Granny for a week or two. Over the years, Tigger has joined in on the fun, even though I don’t need the summer childcare they love visiting Granny. This year, Granny’s week off coincides with Roo’s summer performing arts workshop so Granny is coming here to visit. 
  • Sleepover fun – School holidays are the perfect time to have a sleepover or two with friends. Enjoying films, games and lots of munchies. With no school and nursery to get up for, it doesn’t matter too much what time they eventually fall asleep (although 3am might be pushing their luck). 
  • Movie dates – Between Meerkat Movies offering 2 for 1 on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Plus our local cinemas reducing their ticket prices to £5 for the Odeon and £4.99 for the Vue. It’s a great excuse to catch up on all the latest blockbusters (do they still call them blockbusters? Or am I very much out of the loop?). 


  • Butlins – We’re hoping to get a last-minute deal to whisk the children away to Butlins for a few days. From the very first time, we visited they have loved all the different activities and entertainments available. Between the Skyline Pavilion, fairground and swimming pool they could be occupied from the moment they wake in the morning until they reluctantly go to bed at night. 
  • Glamping – I have to confess that we are not much of a camping family. Despite Mr Boo and I each doing our fair share during our teenage years. Glamping, however, feels like that compromise between getting back to nature without having to give up too many home comforts. 
  • Pensthorpe – This is one of those paces we often drive past yet have never managed to squeeze in a visit. This summer we will visit! 
  • Beamish – One of the places I used to visit as a child on school trips. It still hasn’t lost its wonder and having visited a couple of times with the children, it would be lovely to take What The Dad Said with us this time. I can’t wait to see the recent additions to the open-air museum, plus hop on and off the trams and buses. 

Making the most of our Merlin Annual Passes

We are lucky enough to have family Merlin Annual Passes, although these run out at the end of August. So we intend to make the most of these across the summer holidays. With trips to SEALIFE Centre Great Yarmouth and Hunstanton SEALIFE Sanctuary. With hopefully bigger adventures over to LEGOLAND Windsor, Chessington World of Adventures and Thorpe Park too. Plus a trip to London to make the most of the different attractions found on the South Bank. 

What are your plans for the summer holidays? 


  • Lianne July 24, 2019 at 11:16 am

    Sounds like you have some fab things planned!!
    We love Butlins, so much for the kids to do!!

  • Caroline Cutress July 24, 2019 at 11:46 am

    Love the ‘day on, day off’ philosophy – that’s a really helpful idea!

  • Elizabeth July 26, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Wow, you guys really start your summer holidays late, don’t you! Our kids go back to school mid-August – they’ve already had nearly four weeks of holiday already! 🙂 Super bucket list ideas, these! We’ve moved house, so our summer has been spent unpacking and decorating, lol!

  • Stephanie Merry July 26, 2019 at 9:20 am

    I love the idea of a summer bucket list – bowling would definitely be on mine. I’ve not been bowling in years! x

  • Lucy Howard July 26, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    It sounds like you have some amazing plans. I would love to go glamping. Maybe next year. Hugs Lucy xxxx

  • Natasha Mairs July 27, 2019 at 10:19 am

    sounds like you have lots of fun things planned. We went to watch the Lion King yesterday, also on our list is theme park, trampoline park, lots of walks, geocaching, bbq and visiting all the local parks.

  • Jess Howliston July 27, 2019 at 10:30 pm

    It sounds like you have lots of fun planned for the summer holidays! We are off camping (our first proper family camping holiday!) and I have to admit I am pretty nervous but I am sure it will be fine! We love Butlins too and have seen some great last minute deals even in the holidays so hopefully you can grab one of those! Have a fab summer xx

  • WhatLauraLoves July 29, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    We’ve been fans of Pokemon Go for a couple of years now but I’m loving Wizards Unite at the moment! xxx

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