Family Days Out Column: Days out for your little explorers

Family travel blogger Faye Shearwood is back from a sunny safari and has some fabulous tips for summer days out with the family…

Now that travel has opened up again, we have been exploring places far outside Milton Keynes – we recently got back from a 3-week trip to South Africa, which was incredible.

Taking 2 kids and a 5-month-old baby halfway around the world wasn’t easy at times (we travelled around a bit, via 6 different types of accommodation and 2 internal flights) but I am a huge advocate for these types of adventures.

I think they broaden little minds to new cultures, countries, and encounters – but you don’t have to travel far to provide an educational experience for our little explorers.

For part of our South African adventure, we stayed at a Private Game Reserve and went on a Safari, where we saw an abundance of animals in their natural habitat.

I always feel such a connection to wildlife when I visit Whipsnade Zoo, which is of course a lot closer to home!

We have had so much fun there over the years; from witnessing tigers play fighting, to giraffes and elephants at feeding time, to getting within metres of a rhinoceros.

There is a fantastic adventure play area and indoor play (Hullabazoo) for rainy days.

We LOVE The Great Whipsnade Railway – which weaves its way through the territories of elephants, rhinoceroses, camels and deer.

(Top tip; when you get on the train, sit on the right-hand side facing the direction of travel).

So, whenever I am missing the call of the wild in South Africa, we’ll just hop in the car and drive 30 minutes down the road to Whipsnade!

Five miles from the zoo, Grove Farm Pick Your Own reopens for the summer season in June.

The farm, nestled in the beautiful Buckinghamshire countryside, boasts bountiful harvests of strawberries, raspberries, spinach, broccoli and courgettes… to name a few!

Grab a pitchfork and a wheelbarrow when you arrive and let the kids find the best fruits and vegetables to
pick and take home – mud guaranteed! (Check the website for timings and availabilities).

And lastly…for something a little more local – Loughton Scarecrow Trail is back this year from 18th – 26th June. To raise money for charity, the residents of Loughton construct wonderfully creative scarecrows which they showcase around their homes and gardens.

The theme for this year is ‘Around the World in 80 Scarecrows’ and you can find the scarecrows on a lovely walk through the area (trail guides are available).

Loughton also has a great pirate play park too.

Until next time x

For more family adventures in Buckinghamshire and beyond, follow Faye on Instagram @meandbeau_travels

This feature was published in the June/July 2022 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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