I heard a fantastic phrase the other day; “I love British summertime, the rain gets warmer”. Now, while we’ve come off pretty lightly compared to other regions over the last few weeks, the trusty British summer proves once again to be consistent at being inconsistent.
Another phrase I’m fond of is; “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad choice of clothing”. With that in mind I’ve come up with a handy checklist to make sure that Mother Nature doesn’t ruin your day.
1) Waterproofs – Even if you wake up to glorious sunshine, here in Cornwall a bothersome little shower is always a possibility. Rain macs and wellies protect against soggy children and we don’t want to give them a reason to moan now, do we?
2) Change of clothes – I don’t know about your family, but my children seem to have a natural magnetism towards dirt. You can guarantee that strolling through a lush green field, they expertly locate a cow pat or in true Pepper Pig style, find the nearest muddy puddle to explore. A change of clothes means your car won’t resemble a dung heap at the end of the day. Don’t forget spare socks!
3) Snacks – Avoid the ‘hanger’ outbursts (when you get angry through hunger), by always having a few snacks and a drink at hand. Sometimes queues can be long in the summer months, so giving the little ones a healthy treat will keep them going and avoid a meltdown.
4) Wet Wipes – Even if your children are out of nappies, a trusty pack of wet wipes are always handy. If only to avoid the obligatory wiping of grease / snot down a parent’s trouser leg.
5) Sun cream – Even if it’s overcast, the sun’s rays can penetrate through the cloud, especially onto young and delicate skin. By giving kids a good covering before you set off, you can simply top up as required over the day avoiding the lobster-look and sun damaged skin.
Of course, it’s pretty hard to decide what to do when the weather’s so changeable, that’s why a trip to Dairyland in the perfect day out. Whether it’s sunshine or showers, there’s lots to do. Explore the nature trails or take a pony ride in the sunshine or head to the huge indoor play area (the Bull Pen) if the heavens open. Wet stuff or not, it’s always a sunshiney day at Dairyland!