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Schools out for Summer!

School holidays are here, children break up this week for the long summer hols and a trip away from home is just the job! If your children love action then visit Go Ape at Bedgebury.  The Go Ape Tree Top Adventure involves fun and adventure across five sites in the country. Each site features award winning high ropes, awesome crossings, tunnels, bridges and epic wind-in-your-face zip wires.  Children will love it (and some adults!) – just give it a try and you will be hooked!  We have some wonderful cottages in the UK which make the perfect base for a great activity holiday. Badger’s Set, Owl’s Roost and Fox’s Lair and three gorgeous self catering converted stables and ideal for a few families or friends who love to go away together.

Badger's Set sleeps 4

Badger’s Set sleeps 4

At Bowles Outdoor Activity Centre, they can learn a new skill, from archery and bushcraft to rock climbing and canoeing, there are loads of courses running from 24th July til the 22nd August. For younger adventurers this summer step into the world of Beatrix Potter and discover what childhood was like in the grounds of Chartwell and Emmetts Garden. Join Peter Rabbit and friends at each property for different adventures and a trail around the gardens and woodlands. Birch Pavilion is in the most wonderful position in the middle of a private country estate, not far from Tunbridge Wells.

Birch Pavilion, set on a private estate

Birch Pavilion, set on a private estate

At Penshurst Place they have created a Maize Maze – one of ‘This is Kent’s’ top 10 things to do in the county, get yourselves lost in a field of maize – lots of eco-fun for all the family!  We can help you find a great cottage in the country.

The children will love it!

The children will love it! Photo: Craig Prentis

This amaizing entertainment, designed for us by Mazescape, opens for the 2014 school summer holidays from 24th July – 7th September and 13th & 14th September, during our normal Gardens & Grounds opening times. End Cottage in East Sussex is only an hour and a bit from London.

End Cottage with 3 bedrooms in lovely countryside

End Cottage with 3 bedrooms, in lovely countryside

Cool down at Hever Castle’s Water Maze our water maze, just remember to bring a towel!  The Water Maze is situated on Sixteen Acre Island, to the north side of the Italian Garden and the lake.

Hever Castle is a great day out

Hever Castle is a great day out

The maze consists of a series of concentric stepping stone walkways sitting over water; at intervals, the stones tilt when stood on and hidden water jets spring into action to soak the unwary visitor. The aim is to reach the stone grotto in the centre without getting wet. Few succeed although it is great fun and challenges young and old alike. There is a wonderful climbing frame play area plus the original maze and the house to explore, which will keep everyone entertained for the whole day.  There’s a very good cafe, although many people picnic and pop in for ice creams and coffee. If you need any help with finding the perfect cottage, just call our team on 01227 464958 or email us, we still have some availability for a fun filled holiday with the children!

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