Ginger Mum column: Family fun this half-term

Local lifestyle blogger Ginger Mum talks about low-budget days out over the May half-term, judging at the MK Food & Leisure awards, #LoveMK Day and a cute fashion item…

Welcome to May – when all the excitement of impending blue skies and the first looks of the summer wardrobe come out to play!

Like it or not, the summer holidays are but a blink of an eye away – yes, already!

Those six weeks will be upon us before you know it and we have half-term coming up to whet our appetite, so make sure you have your eye on the ball and are ready with a stack of low-budget days out ideas, or you will break the bank!

Our favourites are Wrest Park (we spend SO much time there), Hitchin Lavender Farm, the Splash Park at Leighton Buzzard (but get there early or forget it!) and the indoor beach at centre:mk followed by the fountains at The Hub.

All of these are either free or very small cost and the kids LOVE it.

The MK Food and Leisure award winners for 2018 will be announced on Saturday 13th May, and I’m delighted to be one of the judges this year. We are spoilt for choice around MK with so much culinary talent around – good luck to all involved!

May 3rd is #LoveMK Day and to celebrate, westfourstreet is paying tribute to the original ‘Red Balloon’ advert from the early 1980s – anyone owning up to remembering that?

With Milton Keynes developing so much since, Richard Bateman wanted to create an updated version to showcase some of the most iconic landmarks.

I was lucky enough to be asked to take part, filming at centre:mk and at MK theatre, with the lovely Lia from MKFM who I’m pictured with here.

Check out social media (especially Twitter) on 3rd May to get involved in celebrating all things MK and also the cast of the video will be on MKFM that morning doing an interview to tell all – so cool!

Fashion-wise, my must-have this summer is a cute cover up which is of course Instaworthy!

This one is my favourite from http://www.honeyandblossom. but there are so many amazing options around. Don’t forget to keep up with my daily adventures over on Instagram @gingermumstyle.

You can follow Ginger Mum’s blog at or on social media at @gingermumstyle.

This column was published in the May 2018 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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