Having your children at home for the six weeks, summer school holidays can be a financial worry at the best of times. With the soaring price of petrol and the cost of living generally higher than before, lots of families are looking for ways to keep their children amused throughout this time without costing much money or for free if possible. If you live in Gloucestershire, there are plenty of fun and exciting places to go that will only cost you the price of petrol or a bus ticket. The Sculpture Trail in the Forest of Dean involves a lovely stroll through the trees keeping an eagle eye out for the various sculptures that are hidden there. Following a map, you can take your time and explore the forest as you tick off the list of unusual creations.
There are an array of green spaces, beautiful parks and playgrounds to visit including, Playgrounds Cheltenham, Stroud, Cirencester, and Gloucester. The play areas are installed by professional companies like http://www.greenfieldsltd.co.uk/services/playgrounds-and-parks/ so are very safe, usually kept beautifully clean and have toilet facilities and a café to purchase drinks and takeaway food.
There are plenty of places to enjoy playing around in water safely, South Cerney Water Park has a little beach where children can paddle and splash around to their heart’s content. There is also a lovely beach near Bristol at Portishead, a large green, a pier, and a good pub where you can get a reasonable meal if you want to.