My family adventures August

My family adventures August

I’ve really enjoyed putting together this post. It’s nice to be reminded of all our adventures this month. As I mentioned in July’s post, we had no plans for August and the weather has been mixed. Never the less, we have been fortunate to enjoy some lovely days out. Here are my highlights from our August adventures.

On the first Saturday in August we had a spontaneous trip to the coast. I mentioned in Julys adventures post that we wanted to explore St Annes more. Last month we visited Lytham, this month we visited St Annes. We started out on the pier before exploring the promenade area. My eldest enjoyed a ride on the little train with my mum and some time in the park. We then headed down on to the beach. It was a little windy. Perfect for flying our kite but our youngest got a little too sandy with sand being blown around. We finished the day with fish and chips by the beach and more kite flying. Finally, we headed home with two sandy and tired little girls.

I don’t often take the girls on days out on my own but one Friday I took them to Quarry Bank, a local National Trust. We had a lovely picnic and play at the park.  We explored the gardens and the mill and took part in school holiday activities (storytelling, crafts and dancing). I think all 3 of us enjoyed it more than a day at home and thanks to our national trust membership it cost us nothing.


In the middle of the month, we went to a family BBQ with some of my husband’s extended family. We don’t get together as a big group often but it’s always nice when we do. It was the first year F has really played with the other children as she is a good year older than last time we all met up.

F and I had a lovely morning at forest school last week. I don’t know which of us enjoyed it most. It was lovely to have a few hours just to focus on F, whilst my mum watched E. We did lots of crafts, various hunts around the woodland area, blackberry picking, listened to Where the wild things are, read books in the hammocks and enjoyed delicious camp fire snacks. I wish I could spend every Thursday morning at forest school.

We made the most of the bank holiday weekend and for once the weather was lovely. On Saturday we went to Dunham Massey. A local National trust site. We explored the grounds and had delicious ice creams. It’s an amazing place where deer roam freely. I can’t wait to go back.

On Sunday we had a quiet day at home. The sun was still shining so we spent most of it in the garden. We pitched our tent which hasn’t been used since we went to Just So festival 2015. We decided it would benefit from an airing and were relieved to find it had survived. F loved playing in the tent all afternoon and we spent the afternoon day dreaming about where we should go camping next summer. On bank holiday Monday, we had a lovely walk with my parents in the Peak District.

For the last weekend of the summer holidays, we went to Anglesey for 4 days. We travelled down on the 31st August and stopped off at Penrhyn castle. We went to see a storytelling session of The great paper caper (an Oliver Jeffers book). Both the storyteller and the story were fantastic. The weather was wet and miserable at the castle but once we arrived on Anglesey we discovered there had been no rain! We spent the rest of the afternoon at the park by the beach. If you want to hear about the rest of our weekend, you’ll have to wait until September’s adventure’s post (or #littleloves this Friday).

As well as days out, we have had fun at home too. The big news this month is that E started walking and standing unaided. This has opened up a whole host of activities that she can now enjoy such as the water table, chalk board and more things in play grounds.

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  1. September 9, 2017 / 9:04 am

    Looks like a lot of fun and your pictures are really great. Can I ask if you use a phone or a proper camera?

    • Claire
      September 9, 2017 / 9:20 am

      Thank you. I use both. I do love my DSLR but if I’m out with the girls on my own I use my phone. In this post the first photos at St Annes are camera. Forest school and the second set at Styal are phone. After that it’s a mixture.

  2. September 9, 2017 / 11:39 am

    Your photos are lovely, looks like you had a great month, x

    • Claire
      September 9, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      Thank you. We did.

  3. September 9, 2017 / 1:53 pm

    What a busy month! Love your photos

    • Claire
      September 9, 2017 / 6:14 pm

      Thank you. It was busy but fun.

  4. September 9, 2017 / 4:19 pm

    What a fantastic August, you got up to do many lovely things. Every picture the kids look they’re having a brilliant time. Lots of fun to be be had now that E has started walking! 😁

    • Claire
      September 9, 2017 / 6:13 pm

      I know. I can’t wait to have two in wellies, splashing in puddles this autumn/winter.

  5. September 9, 2017 / 8:52 pm

    Wow what a lot of fun you got up to. I have serious coat envy of the yellow jacket, she looks mega adorable

    • Claire
      September 10, 2017 / 10:03 am

      Thanks. I do love this rain coat.

  6. September 9, 2017 / 10:33 pm

    Some lovely sounding activities here for a month with nothing planned. The beach is always a fun day out if you can reach it and it looks like you had a couple of lovely visits. Forest school sounds packed with creative ideas. We have made cardboard boats like this before but we added sticks through the sides for oars too. I’ve not done this in a while, I might have to dig it out again, it is perfect for pretend adventures.

    Thank you for sharing your month highlights on #CountryKids

    • Claire
      September 10, 2017 / 10:03 am

      She really does pack a lot into forest school sessions and I come away feeling so inspired. The boats were a big hit.

  7. September 9, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    Sounds like you’ve had an amazing summer. I love you little girl’s rain coat!

    • Claire
      September 10, 2017 / 9:54 am

      Thank you. So do I. Perfect for adding a bit of cheer to a wet day.

  8. September 10, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    What an amazing summer you have had. Looks so full of adventure. Thank you for joining in again with your round up. That boat & sale is fantastic #myfamilyadventures

    • Claire
      September 11, 2017 / 5:19 am

      Thank you. I love seeing what we did each month. We ewere first to get to the boat making area and there was no example so I’m pretty pleased with my boat.

  9. September 10, 2017 / 8:41 pm

    Gosh, you did so many lovely things! We love visiting National Trust properties too – they’re fab days out that keep everyone happy aren’t they?

    • Claire
      September 11, 2017 / 5:17 am

      I didn’t realise they were so family friendly until earlier this year. We love them now.

    • Claire
      September 12, 2017 / 7:43 pm

      We did thank you.

  10. September 12, 2017 / 7:13 pm

    What a busy month. Quarry Bank National Trust looks like a fabulous place to explore- your photos are just beautiful of the garden. We live a good forest school too! ‪ #familytraveltips‬

    • Claire
      September 12, 2017 / 7:42 pm

      It’s a beautiful place. Forest school is amazing.

  11. September 13, 2017 / 11:44 am

    Aww so sweet love the raincoats that are adorable. Beautiful photos x #countrykids

  12. September 13, 2017 / 8:33 pm

    What a lot of lovely adventures you had in August. St Anne’s beach looks amazing. I love the sound of all the Forest School activities. Well done to E on starting to walk unaided – what a lovely milestone 🙂 #countrykids

  13. September 14, 2017 / 9:17 am

    Gosh, your photos are gorgeous! I always find National Trust days out are the easiest when I’m on my own with my two as well. The membership can be a real godsend can’t it? Thanks for linking up to #familytraveltips

    • Claire
      September 18, 2017 / 7:53 pm

      I agree. This was our first year and I’m sure we will be renewing next Easter.

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