If the nine to five is starting to lag and you find yourself either stuck in the office or the sofa at home desperately needing a break somewhere different, around the city of London there are plenty of outdoor activities to put some colour back into your cheeks. Here are some great ideas which are also easy to travel to for a stress-free break.
Whether you are a horse racing fan or simply looking for a fun family day out, Kempton Park in Middlesex offers plenty of choice throughout the year. This year, family days out at Kempton include Easter Family Fun Day with Peppa Pig and George on March 30, a medieval themed day at Mike the Knight on April 13 and the eagerly awaited Mascot Grand National on May 6, a bank holiday.
In aid of the Princess Alice Hospice, the Mascot Grand National is a fun take on the famous annual Grand National. You and the family can pick your favourite mascots in the many wacky races, which attracted more than 50 mascots to last year’s proceedings.
For adults, alongside year-long racing, Kempton also hosts regular markets including one of the UK’s largest outdoor markets every Thursday which sells a variety of goods from clothing to household items. Alternatively, the Sunbury Antiques Market is held twice every month which is a great place to hunt down antiques from bric-a-brac to furniture and jewellery.
Famous for its golden stretches of coastline and outdoor activities such as surfing and camping, Cornwall has everything you will need for a great trip this summer. Things do to on its long list include the Lizard and Kynance Cove, a local beauty spot for the adventurous, the breathtaking Gwithian Beach at St.
Ives and the Minack Theatre at Penzance. The open air theatre situated on the cliffs at Porthcumo near Land’s end offers a season of plays and other events for all the family.
Brighton is great for nights out as well as family fun day trips. The average train journey from Victoria to Brighton Station is around 1 hour and 10 minutes, making it a popular location for commuters.
The station is just a 15 minute walk from the coastline and just round the corner from the bustling Laines, famous for its quirky and colourful array of independent outlets and vintage stores. For the adventurous, take a trip five miles outside of Brighton to the calmer area of Shoreham-By-Sea for a spot of kite surfing, the calm waters offer a great location for beginners.
You won’t be stuck for getting something to eat as Brighton boasts hundreds or restaurants and cafes to choose from, from traditional fish and chips to Italian, Thai, Indian and Chinese amongst others.
The City of Canterbury
Situated in Kent, the historical city of Canterbury offers a blend of urban, coastal and rural pursuits. Visit the grand Canterbury Cathedral for a bit of British heritage or sample Whitstable’s famous oysters and quaint seaside town.
Alternatively, why not head to the countryside for open land and fresh air? It is only a 15 minute car journey from the City of Canterbury in either direction to get to the East Kent countryside.
Points of interest include Wildwood Wild Animal Park which has more than 50 species of British wildlife and the attractive gardens and woodland at Druidstone Park where the kids get involved with some hands-on experience with farmyard animals.