The last day of the school holidays always signified a special day out with my mum and sisters when I was younger. It might have just been a local activity but ALWAYS ended up with lunch in my mum’s friends shop/café OPUS. Tasty tasty food and a feeling of doing something that you only did when there was a special reason made it a memorable day.
Things are different in some ways now. Particularly living in London where there is such an abundance of choice of things to do with your children (and often at no cost). It does mean that days merge slightly more into each other and the summer in some ways was long big treat. From theatre trips to the zoo to parks and museum visits with lots of icecreams thrown in along the way. All great activities to do (and to be honest, the variety keeps me sane too) but it makes finding a day that is different that bit harder as they have done so much.
Last day of holidays this year also signified Jonah about to embark on school nursery so I did want to do something a bit different them somewhere they hadn’t been before. I had heard of a place called Bekonscot Village from a friend who comes from Bucks. A rather quaint idea of a model village built in the 1920’s but still going strong today. It probably hasn’t changed much since it was built – there are no modern warehouse flats in this little village! The shops are very turn of the century looking as are the houses, buildings and people but it had quite a charm to it. The kids, predictably, loved anything that moved there so whilst were quite impressed by the multitude of miniature scenarios – in particular the zoo and a thatched cottage that was ‘on fire’ with the fire brigade on hand to help! – but it was the miniature train ride and being able to control the boats on the boating pond that they loved the most.
Whilst not the most amazing of attractions compared to some of the other places we have visited and things we have done this holiday it was somewhere to complete their summer memories and I guess, after all, that’s what I really wanted.