A nanny recommends...summer around Scotland

Parentline volunteer Rachael

With the summer holidays now in full swing, Parentline volunteer and part-time nanny Rachael has a whistle-stop tour of activities around Scotland to keep the kids entertained without breaking the bank.

Scotland is full of interesting museums of art, history and more, with many having free entry. At the National Museum of Scotland, Tim Peake’s spacecraft has just landed for any budding astronaut looking to find out more about his time on the International Space Station. In the Highlands, you can take a trip to the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore to see how people used to live and work in the Highlands. Or you could treat children by taking them back in time to school at the Scotland Street School Museum in Glasgow.

If Wimbledon’s inspired your family, Tennis for Free is a UK charity providing free access to local courts and even lessons for children. There are plenty of locations across Scotland, so check out tennisforfree.com to find out more.

Odeon and Vue offer child friendly film screenings from £2.50 a ticket over the summer holidays –perfect for rainy days if we ever get one! Your local cinema should have more information.

If the weather does change, there should be lots on at your local library. Many have engaging events for children including arts and crafts, reading groups or activities to work your child’s brain!

First bus is offering free travel around South East and Central Scotland for up to two children when you pay for a £4 adult ticket, which is a great way to get to all these activities.

While the weather is so beautiful, a great activity is taking children on exciting woodland walks. Up in Argyll, you can explore the Gruffalo trail in the Ardkinglas Woodland Garden where the mouse will show you the way! Near Forres, your children can climb up into the trees in the Culbin Forest or get paddling at the beach.

In the Scottish Borders, the Coldingham Gala is 22 July has an array of stalls, games and a tug of war competition. Children get in for free if they are in fancy dress. And after, why not take a trip to Coldingham Bay for an ice cream and a walk on the sands?

Last but not least, there’s the festival of course. Aberdour Festival on Fife’s Riviera has a programme of events for children, including sports and games, theatre, music and outdoor exploring.

Girl running on a ferry

Summer events listings and links

The suggestions above are just a small selection of what’s on this summer across Scotland. But there will be many more free or inexpensive things near you. Your local museum or library should be able to point you in the right direction, or you can try the links below to search for more activity ideas to keep the kids busy.

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