Your Summer Holidays Guide 2022

The summer holidays are here! To help you keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank, here’s a handy guide of things to do. I’ve broken it down into different types of days out and I’ve included as many free options and discounts as I could find.

I will also be running giveaways for free family days out on my Instagram page throughout the summer holidays.  Make sure you’re following @babyinbucks and have me saved as a favourite so you don’t miss out.

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Splash Parks and Paddling Pools

What else would you do when there’s a heat wave than head to the nearest splash park!! Here’s my roundup of splash parks, paddling pools and outdoor lidos. There are shockingly few in Bucks itself so I’ve included ones in Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Berkshire too.

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Basildon Park Play Trail

Basildon Park is a beautiful National Trust property in Berkshire, near Reading. On first glance you might think there’s not much for the kids here, but let me show you what we discovered! When you first arrive there are a couple of ball trails near the entrance which the kids loved! But if you head up the hill to the woods there is a much bigger play trail to discover. They no longer advertise it because it isn’t maintained. It used to be called the Wild Play Trail and several parts of it still remain.

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Baby Holiday Essentials

After being away for 3 months these are our baby holiday essentials! The things we couldn’t live without and the items that have made life easier. I first wrote out a list of essentials when we started our trip but have revised it based on the things we’ve really used the most.

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Easter 2022 – Fun things to do with the kids

Wow there are a lot of events on this Easter! I’ve put together a list of fun things to do with the kids this Easter. The list covers events on in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hertfordshire and Surrey. I’ve included everything from Easter egg trails and chocolate workshops to Easter pantos!

As always I’ve included things across a range of budgets. I’ll start with the freebies…

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Playgrounds with Cafes in Buckinghamshire (and nearby)

Need some fresh air but can’t face a trip to the same old swings? How about a super playground with a brilliant café next door? Perfect for a takeaway coffee or sit in and enjoy lunch and a cake after your little ones have burnt off some energy. This guest blog comes from Rebecca @chilterns_recipe_book who’s been finding all the best outdoor playgrounds with cafes around Bucks for us.

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Cafes with Play Areas

We all know as parents how difficult it is to sit and enjoy a hot drink! So I’ve been on a mission to find the best cafes with play areas in and around Buckinghamshire. I’m not talking big soft plays as let’s be honest it’s impossible to enjoy your coffee when you’re trying to keep a look our for your own kids and there are others screaming around you. These are all lovely smaller cafes that do great coffee, tasty food and have smaller play areas – just big enough to keep them happily entertained so you can enjoy your drink whilst it’s still hot!

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