Once again we've got a huge range of family activities available to enjoy in and around Stratford this summer - far too many to cover in a single blog post! So, in this weeks 'Countdown to Summer 2015' I'm going to concentrate on those activities that are running throughout the whole of the school holidays. You can find more details about these activities in my summary of Every Day Activities. Remember to check the "What's On" section each day to make sure you don't miss out on any of the 'one-off' events either...
Starting off around Stratford-upon-Avon, each of the five Shakespeare properties has activities running during the holidays. The theme is Games Throughout the Ages with each property concentrating on games from a different period in history. Remember that all tickets are valid for 12 months so if you've enjoyed your visit you can go back again and again, I'll definitely be renewing my family pass again for this summer.
There's more historical fun and games at Warwick Castle which has not one but two live Horrible Histories shows running this summer - 'Wicked Warwick' and 'Mediaeval Mayhem'. We've not been here for a few years so I think it's somewhere we'll be trying over the next few months. Kenilworth Castle also has a different historical themed activity running each week, anyone for a bit of chivalry? A bit further away, you can get busy with a whole range of activities and wander the streets of the Victorian Blists Hill village at The Ironbridge Gorge Museums.
For creative types there's Artspace at Compton Verney where you can design a model of your favourite room and afterwards run off any excess energy in the beautiful grounds and at the adventure playpark in the woodland area. The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum in Coventry has craft activities linked to it's current exhibition on 'The Story of Children's Television from 1946 to Today', I really hope that at some point in these sessions somebody says 'And here's one I made earlier'! We'll definitely be heading to there to find out... The Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon also has lots of great crafty and hand-on activities based on different parts of its collection and the focus this summer is on Land Rover, Mini & Jaguar.
Heading outside, at Batsford Arboretum you can join the Big Batsford Bug Hunt to find the (thankfully fake) creepy crawlies hidden around. Over at Warwickshire Wildlife Trusts Brandon Marsh Nature Centre and Parkridge Centre you'll find real live creepy crawlies and other nature related activities going on every day, some need to be booked in advance so please check before go there. Back inside for marine wildlife at National Sealife Birmingham, their summer holiday theme is 'Lego Deep Sea Explorers' this year.
Hatton Adventure Farm has something for everyone this year in their Summer Spectacular which promises to combine a Wild West Carnival with a Pirate Festival. I'm not quite sure if this will involve wearing an eye patch whilst riding the bucking bronco or lassooing a parrot but it's sure to be fun. There's so much to do at Hatton, both indoors and out, that in the past I've found it to be a brilliant place to go with a group of children of all ages.
With all these great activities going every day on I hope you find something that your family will enjoy. Let me know if you discover anthing else...