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Our Summer Bucket List


School’s out for summer…and it’s a whole seven weeks, eek! So I’ve come up with a list of plans for us and I can’t wait to get started!

1. A day at the beach

The kids are desperate to go to the seaside, have a paddle in the sea, a donkey ride and maybe an ice cream or two. We live in South Yorkshire so we don’t get to go to the beach very often as the closest is around an hour and a half away from us, but it will be worth the journey for a fun filled day out.


2. Catch up with friends

During term time it’s really hard to catch up with my mummy friends and school holidays are really the only opportunity we get. We have a few play dates and days out planned with various friends, it’ll be great for both me and the kids to catch up with good friends.

3. National Trust

We are lucky to have been invited to visit The Hardwick Estate in Derbyshire so we’re very excited to spend a day there soon. We love the National Trust and often visit Clumber Park, so I reckon a day there will be on the cards too. I’m considering signing up to a National Trust membership as I think we will get more than our monies worth from it over the Summer.


4. Sea Life Sanctuary Scarborough

I am very proud to be an ambassador for the Sea Life Sanctuary in Scarborough and I’m looking forward to our first visit there over the summer. I will of course be sharing our experience with you all after.

5. A holiday

My husband has the last week of the holidays off work so we are considering booking a few days away somewhere. It will just be a UK break, maybe a caravan somewhere, if you have any family friendly suggestions please do let me know.


6. Time at home

Inevitably we will have to spend some time at home during the holidays, days out can get expensive so we really can’t afford to do it every day. It’ll be nice to relax at home, get the kids in the garden and the paddling pool out. A garden picnic is a must too, kids love that kind of thing don’t they? We’ll do some crafts and baking too when we have any rainy days, but fingers crossed we don’t!

7. Exploring Sheffield

Despite living in Sheffield all of my life there are so many places that I’ve never visited. There’s actually a lot of free a things to do in Sheffield, lot of parks, museums etc. There’s is also the Herd of Sheffield sculpture trail this summer too which me and the kids will definitely be doing.

8. London

I would love to take the kids on the train to London for the day, they’ve never been before and have actually never been on a train! I’m not sure if I’m brave enough for it yet though! We’ll see…


9. RELAX! 

Since Max started school and Evie started preschool all we seem to do is rush around. Mornings in particular are pretty stressful so I’m going to enjoy not having to be anywhere in a morning. Lie ins and lazy mornings, I can’t wait!

10. Swimming

Max’s one request for the Summer is to go swimming! He loves swimming, it really helps to calm him down on days where he’s particularly wound up. We have a great leisure centre near us so we’ll visit there a few times, we also have an outdoor paddling pool close by which Max loves so we’ll definitely be spending some time there.

We need to look into swimming lessons for him too, I’ve always put it off because he struggles to concentrate but I think he is ready for it now.


What are your summer plans?

Thanks for reading.



  1. July 19, 2016 / 7:59 am

    All sounds great! We took the kids to London on the train when my sister lived there and they loved it. My favourite place to visit with them was the Olympic Park in Stratford. There’s so much for them to do, with an outdoor sand/water pool, a kids play area with spongy ground, a fountain they can run through the water jets (be sure to take extra clothes!) and lots of space to run around. They spent the whole day there and the nearby Westfield shopping centre had loads of eating places. Enjoy your summer x #twinklytuesday

    • Emma
      July 19, 2016 / 8:04 am

      Ah that sounds like so much fun, they would love that! x

  2. July 19, 2016 / 9:25 am

    Ooo that sounds like a fab bucket list for summer! We’ll be doing plenty of beach days but cancelling our swim lessons and opting for fun time in the pool instead. L is not getting on wth the lessons, it’s sad but true, I wish I’d waited until he was older. Enjoy your summer! #twinklytuesday

    • Emma
      July 20, 2016 / 7:11 am

      Thanks, hope you have a great summer too x

  3. July 19, 2016 / 11:10 am

    It sounds like you have some great plans….Have a wonderful summer x

    • Emma
      July 20, 2016 / 7:10 am

      Thank you, I hope you have a great summer too x

  4. July 20, 2016 / 6:29 am

    What a great idea to do a summer bucket list! I’m totally going to do one and stick it to the fridge, to remind us to get out and make the most of the hols.
    Thanks for sharing yours, lots of great ideas…
    Have a brilliant summer! xx

    • Emma
      July 20, 2016 / 7:06 am

      Thank you, I hope you have a great summer too! x

  5. July 20, 2016 / 6:29 am

    forgot to do this bit again – #twinkltuesday! x

  6. July 25, 2016 / 9:26 am

    That’s a fab list – I hope you get to do it all! I have 3 weeks left at work now so will be starting my mat leave in the middle of the holidays – I don’t know if I’ll be planning much though being heavily pregnancy but I’m hoping to do a few fun things with Zach before baby comes! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday