Schools out for the summer, and so is the sun.
And after a year of being cooped up inside and unable to go on holiday for such a long time, a little good weather is a welcome boost for families as the long six-week break looms.
Happily, we live in Lancashire where there is plenty to do all year round. But it’s in the summer when our lovely location really comes into its own for family days out.
The Lancashire coastline is the obvious starting point for anyone planning days out this summer. We have miles and miles and miles of golden sands from St Annes to Fleetwood, just perfect for playing ball games, having a paddle or just lounging with a picnic.
We’re also blessed with acres of lush countryside and green spaces, from the myriad adventures on offer throughout the world-class Forest of Bowland to canal-side walks around Garstang, and nature trails around the award-winning Brockholes.
And there are parks a plenty right across the county. Some favourites of ours include Stanley Park, Blackpool’s Jewel in the Crown, which boasts a children’s play area, skatepark, BMX track, boating lake and a traditional Art Deco cafe with ice creams of course. Wyre’s Stanah Country Park offers delightful riverside walks, with a cafe, ice creams and toilets located near to the play area.
Lytham and St Annes have some exceptional facilities for children to enjoy at Park View and Ashton Gardens respectively (loos and ice creams available of course). While Preston’s Avenham and Miller Parks are oases of green in the city, and often host events throughout the year.
The Lancashire Family’s Page on Facebook is a useful resource for anyone looking for family days out inspiration, with loads of suggestions which are easy on the pocket:
Visit Lancashire also has a brilliant round up of all the best places for families to visit this summer, plus some great recommendations for cafes and restaurants too https://www.visitlancashire.com
Even with the very best planning, however, family days out can quickly eat into the family finances. Free activities still usually require the purchase of an ice cream or two, and parking doesn’t come cheap.
Special treats such as a trip to the zoo, Sandcastle, Pleasure Beach or Tower can quickly rack up costs set families back by hundreds of pounds.
For some peace of mind, parents can borrow a small amount from their local credit union to cover the cost of those family days out until the kids go back to school. Responsible loans are available from £200 at a fair interest rate with CLEVR Money.
For more information go to https://clevr.money/loans/personal-loan/ Representative example. Borrowing £600 over 12 months requires repayments of £60.28pcm. Total amount repayable £723.36 including interest at 42.6% Representative APR, Annual interest rate (fixed) 36%. The figures given above are for illustrative purposes only. The actual interest rates and repayment amounts may vary subject to loan amount and status.