Roam around the Mendips this summer and enjoy a well-deserved break
Roam around the Mendips this summer and enjoy a well-deserved break
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What’s on for children this summer around the Mendips?

What to do over the summer with the children?

The summer holiday is stretching out in front of us.  Weeks of fun, freedom and sunshine beckon.

The long holiday can be longed for and dreaded by parents in equal measure.  Children are tired and need a break from routine, and we don’t need to do the school run.  For mums and dads who have to work however, childcare can be a headache.  Entertaining the children is a challenge, as well as an expense.  But it doesn’t have to be that way!

We can’t help with the work juggling bit but Live Mendips has got a selection of fun activities here around the Mendips.

Don’t feel you need to set up something to do everyday, however.  A few duvet days and less routine will give them the freedom to make their own fun until the squabbling that ensues drives you out to the nearest park.  Take a look at our what’s on page for loads more ideas.

Cinemas are great for the odd rainy day.  The BFG and Asterix and Obelix: The Mansions of the Gods are both released on Friday 22 July – both have good reviews.  If you don’t mind older releases then Hengrove cinema and the local Odeons in Weston and Bristol do cheap kid’s clubs for little more than a pound during the holidays – check their websites for details.  Set up your own home cinema with DVDs from the library and some popcorn for a chilled out treat.

Teaching your children how to fight might be a strange way of starting the holidays but we couldn’t resist sharing this with you.  Squire Stage Combat are teaching Jedi stage fighting at the American Museum. Use aikido bokken (wooden swords) to recreate the opening fight scene from Star Wars: Episode V— The Empire Strikes Back.  Booking essential £10 – to register call 01225 820866,

Drop into one of Blaise Castle’s Holiday Family Fun each and every Wednesday to explore their collections and exhibitions through creative and hands-on activities for the whole family.  Every Wednesday during the summer holidays.  While your there if the weather is good why not talk one of the short walks around the estate?

The Bristol giant is back for one day on 30 July.  Celebrate the Blaise Castle giant story with the a fair which returns after a break of over twenty years!  Explore the stalls, activities and take a ride on a vintage funfair.

If your scurvy crew like dressing up as a pirate – what child doesn’t – then head to Tyntesfield from 1 – 7 August.  Plenty of piratical fun, normal admission fee applies.

Hunt for a bear at the Colston Hall this summer on 18 August.  “We’re going on a bear hunt. We’re going to catch a big one. What a beautiful day! We’re not scared.” An immersive retelling of the beloved children’s story with a few added twists and turns – a great intro to live music for little ones.

The Mid-Somerset Show on Sunday 21 August  is the only one day agricultural show in the South West with free entry for pedestrians. A fantastic family day out near Shepton Mallet with something for everyone from dog shows and cheese tasting to livestock displays and crafts stalls.

The egg summer school showcases a production every year.  If your child has am dram leanings then The Hound of the Baskervilles performed by thirty children should inspire them for only £8.50 a ticket.  for children aged 11+.

A cast of just five actors present every single one of Geoffrey Chaucer’s timeless tales in under two hours!  Join the pilgrims at the Bishop’s Palace where the players promise burnt bottoms (not the audience’s), chickens and plenty of jokes.

Why not share a few of your favourite holiday activities with us?  We’d love to hear from you.