Tuesday, 8 August 2017

How to Keep the Kids Amused in School Holidays

Well, ever since the school holidays began the weather seems to have changed which isn't much help to parents!

This gave me a problem a couple of weeks ago.  One of my granddaughters came to stay and we were really looking forward to it.

A keen and good swimmer and loving the outdoors we knew she'd be very happy on the beach. Living in Lymington, close to the beach and the forest, keeping her occupied wouldn't be too difficult!

The Great British Weather

Yep, the Summer had it's British Summer hat on!  Rain, rain and more rain so the beach was pretty much off limits and I certainly didn't feel like doing the great British thing sitting on the beach whatever the weather!

What to do on a rainy day?

So apart from drinking hot chocolate and eating pancakes at The Noisy Lobster on Avon Beach and the two of us getting grossly overweight ......
I had to think of something else pretty quickly!

A bit of pottery painting

I go to the hairdressers in Christchurch and remembered that next door was a little shop called The Clay Studio.

What a great find!

And there's a lovely cafe where you can have coffee and cake whilst you wait.  That's if you don't want to paint pottery yourself.  

I must admit I was tempted. :)
It was, unsurprisingly, very busy!  I thought for one minute we wouldn't get a place.

But we were welcomed with open arms, sat down at a table, actually the one you see here through the door.  To be honest this little shop is like a tardis, seems to go on an on, up and downstairs! 

You then get to choose a piece of pottery to paint and given instructions on what to do.  

A couple of hours of creativity and it is complete.

The finished article is then left with the shop and picked up a few days later after it has been 'glazed' and 'fired'.

Hey presto ..... one pretty piece of pottery to keep and one day in the dry!

The Clay Studio Open 7 days a week 
The Fountain, 1 High Street, Christchurch BH23 1AE
Telephone: 01202 475000

That was one day done ...... how did I manage on the other days?
Watch this space to find out.

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