A colleague let me know about some upcoming events taking place at Ashdown Forest in the South East. I’ve never actually been there before, but I had a little snoop around and have to say that the fortnight of activities looks like a lot of fun!
From the start of August, a host of events will be taking place at the public park – which spans an enormous 6,500 of open space. Those of you with good memories may know it as the setting of the Winnie the Pooh stories, making it the ideal outdoor spot for families or anyone feeling a little nostalgic for their own youth.
I had a look at the brochure for the events and it looks as though there’s something that everybody should enjoy – from a cheese and wine tasting on opening day to the chance to go for a walk leading a llama from the Ashdown Llama Park! I also noticed a survive in the woods workshop – thankfully mainly available to kids aged between 8 and 13 – and a rock climbing course, so there’s plenty for the more hands on holidaymaker.
I know that a lot of families are looking for unique holidays around this time of year, and these inventive offerings certainly make a change from the typical amusement park Alton Towers type holiday – though those certainly have their place too!
Sourcing a few hotels for those interested, I found a few properties from as little as £27.50 at the 2 star Roebuck Hotel to the 4 star Ashdown Park Hotel and Country Club, which is actually contained within Ashdown Forest itself.
August is already a write off for me looking out for making any more trips of my own, though! That’s because I’m heading up to Edinburgh for the Edinburgh Festival and the Edinburgh Military Tattoo, which I’m going to for the first time! I do my best to hit the festival every year, but (as I may have already mentioned) this will be my first Tattoo experience and I’m really looking forward to seeing an international take on military musical tradition. Let’s just hope it doesn’t rain as much as it did last year – I heard that loads of people ended up getting soaked which is why I’ll be taking my fold-up mac, just in case! Two weeks to go until it all kicks off!