It's half term next week and if you've got bigger kids you might be like me thinking of a list of things to do, but ideally free. Here are my top picks for babywearing suitable days out that should only cost you the petrol, parking and picnic money.
One of my family's favourite places to go. Lovely lakes, little streams to jump in, cool woods to walk through and big branches to make tree dens. Dog friendly and toilets too. We take wellies and over trousers and a sling that I don't mind getting muddy.
Danbury is good for babywearers being able to get right into the woods for a nice walk.
An awesome new play park with a great big grassy area which leads onto the beach. Amazing. Great for babywearers as you can get right along the water. I feel so much better being by the sea.
With a wind in the willows sculpture trail and several bird hides dotted around the reservoir this place is beautiful, calm and peaceful to visit. Ideal for babywearers to be able to get in and out of the hides easily while keeping babies peaceful doing a spot of bird watching.
A huge wooden play park in the grounds of Hylands house. Ideal for babywearers as you can walk up the Ramps to chase toddlers while still safely babywearing. Not many parks offer this!
Ah this place is wonderful. Set in beautiful countryside while a play trail to walk around. Great for babywearers to be able to keep moving while the kids play at the same time. Check out the North Essex Astronomical Society too, they have solar gazing events during the summer and stargazing events during the winter here.
6. Clacton Airshow
Ok so we'll have to wait until August for this one but undoubtedly one of the best family days out. Right on Clacton sea front, all the planes including the Red Arrows. Good for babywearers with toddlers or babies who will be soothed by cuddles when loud planes go over head. And easy to keep ear defenders on. And you can navigate the crowds with hands free for other kids!
A little wood on the outskirts of Witham. Nice for a short walk, made nice and easy using a sling and a quick hop across the field takes you to Oliver's Nurseries which is a lovely garden centre and tea rooms with big strawberry Fields. Table top and often quite quiet we love visiting in the summer. And babywearing while table top strawberry picking. Bliss.
Or otherwise known to us as Windy Castle. The beautiful ruins of a castle that you can climb in, with lovely views, great for kite flying and right next door is a Salvation Army rare breeds petting farm (you do have to pay for this though). Ideal for babywearers as there is a bit of a steeper climb up the the castle ruins.
Lovely beach, great for fossil hunting and sharks teeth hunting. It's quite stony so really best for babywearing. Lots of history in the cliff face and with the old war concrete boxes dotted along the walk at the top of the cliff. I'm always convinced I'm going to find an old fossil and make my millions
Visit the Gruffalo trail. Walk about and spot all of the Gruffl characters. Absolutely ideal for babywearers so you can head off the path and into the woods for den building and bug hunting