Easter holidays are looming and the question most parents begin to ask is what are we going to do with the teenagers. Have you thought about a self catering holiday in Kent – “oh no” I can hear you say they will hate it – no internet, no playstation, X Box or Wii. Well I have done some research for you and have come up with some really fun activities for your teenagers; I have even tested them out on my own with great success.
Firstly you must book them into the Go Ape Adventure activity at either Bedgebury Forest or Leeds Castle. This high wire forest adventure will take them out of their comfort zone and get their adrenalin pumping – if your game on why not do it with them or just be the camera man below!
Bedgebury Forest also has the most amazing cycle tracks through the forest, some with jumps and action and some more gentle. You can hire bikes and get going, wear them out and let them push themselves without the worry of roads, at the same time give everyone a good work out!
After this there is Buckmore Park which is a 1,200m outdoor karting circuit, the very same one where Lewis Hamilton began his career. The carts are sized according to age so that the older ones get the more powerful machines. This is a real winner and you can even arrange parties with an awards ceremony on the podium. For my teenage children this has never failed to impress them.
More ideas include Planet Lazer in Canterbury, paintballing at Great Chart Golf Club and surfing lessons on the coast at the Joss Bay Surf School and Kent Surf School in Broadstairs.
These ideas are not the usual stately homes and castle visits but if your teenagers are like mine they would much rather have some action. Perhaps a holiday with compromise is best, each day another persons chooses the days activities. We did this once on holiday and it was a resounding success. So all you need to do is choose your perfect Mulberry Cottage and then get together to plan the action.