- Much of the British coastline has a number of adventure centres where you can go kayaking, abseiling and all sorts of other coastal based activities but this one deserves a special mention because it has an unusual range of activities to boot so if you are looking for something original, try landandwave.co.uk which offers axe-throwing, jumbo paddle-boarding, coasteering and deer butchery. Not for the faint-hearted but certainly a top day-out for boys. Meeting points are at different venues in the area; for example jumbo paddleboarding (for up to 8 people on one board) takes place at Sandbanks, Poole harbour.
Steephill Cove is definitely worth the effort because it is one of the most charming, secluded spots on the Isle of Wight with treasure at the end of your labours in the name of The Beach Shack serving its famous crab pasties, crab sandwiches and if you get there VERY early, freshly caught lobster.
- If you are holidaying in Devon or Cornwall, look at our extensive blogs from last summer covering all the award-winning places to eat, best beaches, historic sites to visit, top wild swimming spots as well.
- Let’s not forget that this is Point to Point season either. A truly memorable day out (provided the weather stays balmy!) We have found a Point to Point Directory here. Put 14th April in your diary at the very least and get a family sweepstake going on The Grand National.
- Going for a walk or bike ride is one of the few things you can do for free in the holidays but don’t forget all those amazing local museums and art galleries, and your local library which are nearly always FREE.
What really makes these, however, is the way they are read by David Tennant, with a dizzying array of comedic and convincing voices and regional British accents. I would say the series picks up considerably as it goes along (though this might just be because of the number of times I’ve listened to the first book) so you might want to start on book 3 or 4 – the children will easily catch up with the characters. Although probably children need to be six or seven to keep up with the story, younger children stay relatively involved because there are frequent music breaks and lots of different voices to listen to.
Porthkerris Cove deserves a mention not this time for its classic sandy beach appeal for this is a privately owned dark shingle beach but on account of its world-class diving opportunites and therefore a top snorkelling spot to boot. Its proximity to the treacherous Mannacles (a site of countless shipwrecks) lures scuba divers and freedivers and as well as this you may see dogfish, spider crabs, lobster, jewel anenomes to name a few of its underwater inhabitants. For an afternoon change of scene, you are a stone’s throw from the scenic Helford River, the setting for Du Maurier’s ‘Frenchman’s Creek’. The Shipwright’s Arms and The FerryBoat Inn) are both exceptional spots for lunch