Disorganized parents, rejoice! 75 summer activities you don’t need to book
Children’s farms in sticks
The award-winning Little Owl Farm in Worcestershire is usually not full for a few days. The farm has a meerkat pen, a reptile house, rescue foxes, pigs, chicks and rabbits to stroke – and sheep races.
Urban Wildlife Center
Ouseburn Farm is spread over fields and meadows one mile from Newcastle city center. Petting and feeding sessions are available, as well as animal drawing lessons.
Red squirrel spotting on Brownsea Island
Booking for Brownsea Island, just off Poole in Dorset, is recommended but not essential and you can check availability on the National Trust website before you go. Visitors walk the ferry from Poole to the wildlife refuge which is famous for its red squirrels.
Avon Heath Country Park
Dorset has much more to offer than its coast. Avon Heath Country Park stretches across 236 acres of moorland 10 miles north of Bournemouth, with sand lizards, moth pens and walking trails.
The Hadley Bowling Green, Worcestershire
You cannot book the beer garden at Bowling Green in Hadley Heath. Picnic tables line the fenced play area with climbing frames. Show up at opening time to secure a table for lunch with a view of the lavender fields.
The good companion, Brighton
A welcome message appears on its website: “Please note that we do not take reservations, only attendees.” The pub has two large beer gardens and a children’s menu, available on the website.