School holidays! The joy (and pain) of entertaining kids

For many parents the summer holidays means quality time spent with the family or exhaustingly counting down the days until children go back to school – or maybe a bit of both.

With three teens living at home it can be a challenge to find activities to suit all tastes yet luckily we live in a county with so much on our doorstep.

In preparation for the holidays, and to try and limit the time spent on iPads and computer games, I became a member of The National Trust with a view to exploring our pick of must-see places in the area. Using our new pass we recently enjoyed a boat trip to St Michael’s Mount with a tour of the castle and a walk across the causeway back to the mainland.

For just under £70 per year, National Trust membership appears good value for money and allows use of many popular car parks including The Lizard, Kynance and Church Cove. A full calendar of local and national events are also available throughout the year.

Another great family attraction is right here in Helston. I worked at Flambards theme park as a ride operator almost 30 years ago and returned to watch the fireworks spectacular last week. The park was as busy as I remember with thousands of people enjoying the various rides and amusements alongside an impressive Robbie Williams tribute act. Several more acts are booked throughout the summer and I can give it my highest recommendation.

As an important element of the town, Flambards remains a special experience for residents and tourists with something to suit all ages although I admit to reaching the age when I favour the Victorian Village and Britain in the Blitz displays.

Any parent currently poised to post some “roll on September!” bleat on Facebook, try to remember… the school holidays are just a blip in the lifespan of childhood. Every parent knows how fleeting time can be and how quickly children grow up and set off on their own. No matter what attractions are available, the best thing we can spend on our kids is time.

Toby Hines

Toby Hines founded the Helston Advertiser in 2000 and is a passionate supporter of local businesses. He is a big believer in health and wellness and likes to begin most days with a walk around Helston with his Golden Retriever or an hour in the gym. A father of three, he is happiest when spending quality time with the family.

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