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What shall we do today Grandma?

grandson imageArticle by Lynne Gray

It’s that time of year with grandparents step in to help with grandchildren over the long summer holidays. Lynne shares her experience of spending her special time with her grandson:

I recently read a report in The Independent on things to do with your children/grandchildren during the school holidays.  The report was called ‘The 10 Best days out in the city’ and showcased different activities in different cities.  The costs to enter these attractions, ranged from free to adult £30, children aged 10+ £24 for Go Ape in Trent Park.  I know these places have to pay their way, but £108 for 2 adults and 2 children for a day out is ridiculous.

My grandson, Finlay, is 6 and these school summer holidays, he’ll be here for two days a week.  Six is an age of curiosity and fearlessness – a dangerous combination!  Having said that, it’s the age I have chosen to remain in my mind for the rest of my life – it makes the world so much more interesting and likeable.

Where can you take your grandchildren for the day without it costing a fortune?

So, I thought it would be a good idea to go visit different places and see what you get for your money these days. It’s changed a lot since I took my two when they were young. Obviously, the cost of the journey there and back has to be counted in as well.

you do not grow oldLast week, we went to The Higgins in Bedford.  It’s undergone a massive refurbishment and is the result of merging the Bedford Museum and the Cecil Higgins Art Gallery – and it’s great. We were there for nearly three hours and Finlay enjoyed every minute.  In the Victorian house, there is a room where you can try on clothes and accessories from that era. I’d like to applaud all the people involved in this massive project; it really is a huge jewel in bodacious Bedford’s crown.

So, where to next, any suggestions from you fab over fifty girls?

Lynne Gray

Lover of our planet, conscious travel & tourism, friends, gardening, soul & chocolate.

May grow up one day.Proud Mum to Kezia& Aleck and Grandma to Finlay.

Founder of thatspr and lives in the shire of Bedford, England.


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  1. Jo Carroll

    August 10, 2013

    I’m very lucky – I’m close enough to s stream safe enough to paddle in. So, for the cost of a fishing net and small bucket it’s easy to while away an hour or two.

    And a ten minute walk from a forest. So we can make a picnic together and then take it there, to sit under the trees and then go hunting squirrels or seeing how many different leaves we can find. And if we’re really organised, go with another grandma, who leaves ten minutes ahead of us and sets a trail with arrows made with sticks and takes us deep into the forest. (After all that I think we’ve earned an ice cream!)

  2. twitter_RhianneGriffith

    August 11, 2013

    Sounds like a great day Lynne. Right up my street.
    I looked after my niece and nephew the other day while their parents were still at work … children’s school holiday had begun, so my twin brother and I stepped in to take charge of the childcare for our niece and nephew for the week.
    Living on Gower offers up so many fabulous things to do with children, many of which are free. I left ‘bro’ to do the visits to the glorious sandy beachs and I chose to do the ‘visits-to-historical-places-of-interest’. On the day in question we visited Oystermouth Castle, Mumbles, South Gower in the morning, and a 20 min drive north later in the afternoon took us to Weobley Castle.
    It turned out to be a marvellous decision on my part to opt for the historic visits deal. Both experiences were well received by the 13 and 11 year old. Liwsi needed to record her holiday experience for a school project so many, many photographs were taken. And, when Rhys discovered my new Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone was capable of shooting panoramic views, there was no stopping him.
    He was a tad disappointed though that there were no conserved dungeons to view and knowing that there are many other castles in Wales, he plagued me to reveal where there might be some! I held back the information that there is an interesting escape tunnel at Carreg Cennen Castle which was used by the inhabitants to evade capture.
    I’ll surprise them on their next visit to Wales by taking them further afield to see the cramped, slippery-floored, dark and dangerous escape tunnel which, if still 100% intact, would lead down to the river, and boats awaiting the fleeing party.
    Bet Fin would love to do the same ‘historic visits’ one day Lynne.
    Sharing this special time with the youngsters in the family is truly wonderful but it comes at a cost – one which we’re more than happy to bear, I’m sure you’ll agree. Climbing battlements left me aching all over! :o)

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