Horwich Advertiser Issue 585

Page 22 The Advertiser July 6th 2022 Follow us on Facebook: Horwich Advertiser Ad Sales: 01204 478812 IT’S the annual chal- lenging facing parents – the summer holidays are here and how do you keep the youngsters occu- pied without spending the earth. ‘Instagram mum’ Emma Stretton has come up with some ideas, partnering with CashLady.com, that look to fill the days with fun without costing too much. We highlight some of them here, along with our own ideas of how to make it a smashing summer! PICNICS Mum-of-two Emma says: “Picnics are literally my favourite thing in the world. Pitching up at a nice park or beauty spot and just enjoy- ing a few sandwiches easily passes a couple of hours with the kids.” And there are great local beauty spots to choose from on our doorsteps, from Riv- ington to Walker Fold and Moses Gate. Picnics don’t have to cost the earth and can be nutri- tious and tasty. They can be enjoyed at the end of a bike ride or a pleasant coun- try walk. PARKS Emma says: “Obvious? Yes! But my kids love a park, especially a new one they haven’t been to before. The summer holidays are an excellent time to explore new parks or places they can run around in. Even a trip through the woods is an adventure for them. “Sometimes I’ll draw a nature or ’treasure’ map that they can follow on our walk as well. Just Google local parks and make use of them all summer long - they’re free!” Again, the area is blessed with some brilliant places to explore, including Ridgmont Park and Moss Bank Park. FREE MUSEUMS Emma says it pays to do your research. There are a number of museums in Greater Man- chester and across the wider region that provide a great day out. Emma adds: “Just get on Google and look for free things to do near you. Daysoutwith- thekids.co.uk is a great web- site with loads of fun things to do across the UK.” RESTAURANT DEALS Emma says: “Lots of places will do ‘kids eat free’ offers over the holidays. Usually, it’s when you buy an adult meal. Have a look for places near you that are running similar offers.” PLAY DAYS Arrange to have your chil- dren’s friends over for an afternoon of fun; it may also help give their parents a break. In return look for them to take your children for an afternoon. Arrange some team games, such as rounders. You can even get your friends and neighbours involved. GARDEN CAMPING Have some fun in the back garden by pitching a tent and having a camping adventure with the kids on your own doorstep. If the sun is shining, then just relax and close your eyes – you could be anywhere! Put some food on the barbecue and sit around in the evening and share your stories. School’s out for summer! Advertiser LIFESTYLE SPECIAL Contact the team 01204 478812