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August 2016

Free and cheap days out with the kids-Barton Sping Hills

As I began my summer challenge of trying to find as many cheap and free days out as possible I stumbled across a friends photographs on Facebook. She had been to this beautiful place with a group of mums and children.  Her photographs were full of smiling children splashing around in the water and having a whale of a time… ‘Where was this place?’  I asked, it looked amazing! BARTON SPRING HILLS was the answer so a plan was made and we were off.

The postcode (MK45 4LA) takes you to St Nicholas Church in Barton le Clay, Bedfordshire. We parked along the road by the church which was fairly quiet. We continued to walk down the road to the end and through a kissing gate which was the start of this fabulous walk. From here the views of the hills are extremely delightful, it gave us a real sense of the adventure to come as we made our way down the tracks. Only a few hundred yards into our walk and we saw a map, from here the little walk we took was to the right over a little footbridge then left through the grassy meadow and trees on up to the base of the hills.

Along our walk the children were able to splash in the stream created by the natural springs, at the first part we came to it was muddy, which was great fun and then as we went further it was more clay like so they had great fun covering themselves in grey streaks of clay. Between the two areas was a lovely wild meadow and woodland walk where we hunted for bugs and wishes.

The hills themselves were beautiful and we had great fun running up to the top and down again.

By the time we went home both adults and children were covered in mud and smiling but extreamly worn out after a fabulous fun day in this beautiful place.

TOP TIP:

1. wear old clothes

2. wellies or water shoes are a must although mine were happy in flip flops as long as weather is hot this is ok.

3. Buggies may have to be lifted over as kissing gates are a little tight

4. Take a towel

 

 

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Free summer fun

Before the summer began I made it my challenge to find as many FREE and CHEAP activities to entertain my children as I possibly could. I feel pleased, now that the summer is coming to an end, that I have well and truly completed my challenge and even have a lengthy list of more places to go over the future school holidays.

To make my challenge more difficult my 2,5 and 7 year olds have different interests which challenges the choices I make on days out just that little bit harder.

TOP TIP: My top tip for saving money is to ask older members of the community where they went as children, chances are those places are still accessible and will be fun filled days out for your children. Make the most of nature and utilise the tourist attractions in your area. You will be surprised what fun is on your doorstep. Most people choose to travel to destinations further afield than using local amenities. Research your surroundings and give it a go.

I am in the process of completing reviews on all the places I have been and would appreciate any feedback from my readers if my Instagram or Facebook photos have prompted you to visit any of the areas please let me know. Especially if you went along yourself.

Let the BACK TO SCHOOL planning commence.

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