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Eight Cheap Ideas for local Summer Hols

Updated: Jul 27, 2022

Summer holidays are upon us once more!

As the pennies are being firmly pinched at the moment it might be trickier than usual to keep the kids occupied on a shoestring.

Here are 8 ideas to help you out:

1) Check out your local libraries. As well as being a treasure trove of adventures and other worlds nestled between their pages, they often have very cheap or free events to join in. For example Quedgeley, Matson and Tuffley libraries have loads of things so whether you fancy making robots, jumping frogs or look at a nature and recycling project you're in luck. Give the libraries a call or pop in and book.

2) The Dixie Dot summer trail is going live on the 1st Aug. Pop in and purchase a map from us (£1.50 each) and follow the trail around Quedgeley and Kingsway to find our lovely pottery characters. Collect the letters, complete the saying and return to us for a little prize and an entry into our GRAND DRAW. We have loads of prizes to give our including a YEARS worth of Pottery Painting at Dixie Dot. All the map proceeds go to our nominated charity. You don't have to complete the map all at once, you can do it a bit at a time if you wish!

3) Teckels Animal Sanctuary are having their Big Summer Weekend at Fromebridge Mill on the 13th and 14th August. Dog shows, demo's and talks, craft stalls, food and entertainment for the suggested donation of £4 on the gate. And you're supporting an amazing cause at the same time. Here's the Facebook link:

4) Have a bouncy castle day in the back garden. When Barnaby was little we had one every year. Invite all your Mum-friends with the kids, get everyone to chip in for the castle and electric and bring a plate of food to share. You put your feet up and have a natter while the kids bounce themselves silly... all day long... as much as they like! It only used to cost us about £5/6 each so a really cheap and easy way to keep them entertained.

5) Fancy a little trip down the motorway? The beach at Cribbs Causeway is back and it's free! Reports so far are that it's brilliant. They have ice creams and of course all the cafes and restaurants in the Mall. Word of warning - the loos are in the Mall not at the beach so make sure you all have a wee when you go in! Here's the link for more info:

6) Play Gloucestershire delivers active and creative outdoor play in local communities. Play Rangers provide adventure, friendship and fun for hundreds of school aged children each year - they are running sessions all over Gloucestershire including here in Kingsway. These are FREE sessions. Find where your nearest is here:

7) Stay and Play: Moo Music Ashleworth are putting on four stay and plays throughout the summer holidays including; sensory play, messy play, crafts, colouring and free flow play. All ages welcome. Booking and payment in advance is advised to account for refreshments but pay on the day option also available. Costs are £5 per child, £9 per two children, £12 per three children All of the sessions are held at ; Redmarley C of E Primary Academy, Redmarley, Gloucestershire. GL19 3HS Make sure the children wear clothes you won’t mind getting stained or messy in. For more information or to book email

8) Kids go free at Westonbirt Arboretum until the 4th Sept (for clarification that's under 18s!) Here is their Facebook page for more information:

I hope that you will find some of these useful and that you have a great time over the summer holidays!

See you soon,

Love, Dixie Dot xXx

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