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The Summer holidays are now upon us, so we thought we would highlight ten fun day’s out for the whole family within an hour to an hour and a half travelling time.

The Cambridge Country Show – 5th and 6th August

2 days packed with a huge variety of events including dog shows, cookery demonstrations, festival for the kids and demonstrations in the main arena.

Sacrewell Heritage Farm and Country Centre

Explore farming, food and the beautiful Cambridgeshire countryside. There are animals to meet, nature trails to explore, a fully restored watermill, an Artisan courtyard and an indoor soft play barn.


A Day at the Coast – Sunny Hunny

Its been a favourite for generations! There’s sand beaches as well as the shingle beach at Snettisham which is a haven for wild life. Hunstanton town boasts the Sea Life Centre, Oasis  swimming pool, fun fair, a host of amusements, and a wide variety of shops.

Ferry Meadows

A great place for a family day out in one of the largest country parks in the region. It can be a relaxing day or much more energetic. The varied landscapes make it the favourite destination for thousands of visitors throughout the year. Whether you’re looking to walk, cycle, try some watersports, enjoy a cup of tea in one of the cafés, go fishing or just explore the meadows, lakes and woodland.

Mini Meadows Farm

A lovely children’s farm park on the Leicestershire and Northamptonshire border. Nestled in 12 acres of rolling countryside in the village of Welford, Mini Meadows Farm provides a fun, educational and great value family day out for adults and children alike, whatever the weather.

You can meet the animals, explore the indoor and outdoor play areas, enjoy the delicious food and drink in the café and take in the spectacular views. There are also different events throughout the year.

Visit Cambridge

There is so much to do in Cambridge that you can plan several day outings to this fascinating City. In the link there are 25 ideas, but here are a few of my favourites:- touring the university buildings and museums, punting on the river Cam, open top bus excursion, go to the theatre and experience the diverse food options.

Stanwick Lakes

Stanwick Lakes is a unique 750 acre nature reserve and countryside attraction located in the heart of Northamptonshire’s Nene Valley.

There are extensive and imaginative play areas, open spaces and paths that families, walkers, cyclists and nature lovers can explore at leisure. There are also specially considered areas dedicated to nature and its wildlife, as well as the history of the site.

Stanwick Lakes is managed as a social enterprise by the environmental charity, Rockingham Forest Trust. All Income from visitors directly supports the cost of running the site, including conservation work and educational events.

Wicksteed Park

The park was founded in 1921, and this ever popular destination has certainly moved with the times. The park has wide open spaces to kick back, relax and picnic. There are a huge variety of rides and play equipment to keep the whole family entertained all day.

The park also boasts a number of events throughout the year, especially during the summer holidays.

Shepreth Wildlife Park

This is a hidden gem!  Easily accessible from Cambourne, the park is home to an usual variety of animals and birds. There is also a cafe and play barn enabling your children to have an educational visit and then let off steam.

Burghley House

The House

Visit beautiful Burghley, a magical home of magnificent State Rooms, awe-inspiring works of art and priceless treasures.

One of the largest and grandest houses of the 16th Century, Burghley is the heart-felt legacy of William CecilLord High Treasurer to Queen Elizabeth I.

Generations of his family have lived here ever since, ensuring this great House and Estate continues to thrive.

Still a much loved family home, Burghley is now owned by the Burghley House Preservation Trust, a charity committed to the conservation and preservation of the House and Estate for all to enjoy.

The Gardens

Find hidden trails, imaginative planting and Elizabethan trickery as you explore the Burghley Gardens.

Two spectacular gardens, each with their own distinct atmosphere and beauty.

Discover horticulture, sculpture and sensational seasonal colour as you stroll through the undulating landscape of our Sculpture Garden, Capability Brown’s lost gardens.

Then step into a world of classical civilisation, astrology and astronomy in the highly entertaining Garden of Surprises. A sensory delight with the unexpected at every turn.

Malcolm Thomas

Founder at Malcolms Estate Agents

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