Are you sick of the standard corporate days out, which have no concern for the environment? Go back to basics, when you choose your days out, by supporting smaller organisations and businesses that have the environment in mind. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
Cogges Manor House still ticks along to the rhythm of the seasons. You can explore the grounds and even attend workshops about growing your own vegetables. There are plenty of farm animals to see and fresh, seasonal produce to pull out of the ground. With tons of events throughout the year, there’s always something interesting happening at Cogges.
Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre
If you’d like to get back to nature, Woodmill Outdoor Activities Centre has all sorts of pursuits in one place. Their mission statement is to ‘get the nation active.’ Whether your tastes run to kayaking, archery, or survival skills, Woodmill has it all.
Get creative and make your own ceramics at the pottery shop in Birmingham. Perfect for kids, you can paint a variety of clays, have them baked in the kiln, and then take your masterpiece home. There are plenty of bases to choose, from teapots to baby dragons. They also serve up refreshments, if all that creativity wears you out.
Story lovers can immerse themselves in the world of Roald Dahl. Located in the village where he wrote for 36 years, you can find out about how he created his most famous books and what inspired him. Once you’ve joined in with craft projects and fun activities on offer, you can settle down for a slice of Bogtrotter cake in Café Twit.
Knowsley Safari Park
Like many zoos and safari parks across the country, Knowsley Safari Park is all about conservation. You can see for yourself the kind of animals that need protection in the wild, such as Pere Davids’ Deer and the Siberian Tiger. Learn all about the birds and the beasts. Have fun exploring the grounds and playing in the adventure park.
At Leeds Castle, there’s so much to do, you’ll be stuck with so much choice. For younger kids, there’s the massive Knights’ Realm Playground to tackle, as well as a toddler’s play area. From there, you can make your way to the maze and grotto. If you’re lucky, you might catch a falconry display or enjoy a punting trip on the huge moat.
You can help feed the swans, explore the gardens and grounds, or test your courage at the Go Ape Tree Top Adventure Centre.
Leeds Castle has a rich history, graced by scores of monarchs. The first stones were laid down by a Norman baron during Henry I’s time. Eventually, it ended up in the hands of Olive Lady Baillie, and she made sure on her death that Leeds Castle could be enjoyed by everyone.