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5 Boredom Busting Things to Do in the Holidays

Throughout the summer holidays we’ve been having lots of fun at Woolley! We thought we’d share our top 5 fun family activities that you can try at home to stave off that dreaded holiday cry of ‘Mum, I’m bored’.

1. Fresh Pesto Making

One of our favourite activities is pesto making with Chef in the garden. It shows children how really good fresh food can taste. We’ve had some children who say they don’t like pesto, but when they’ve made their own it’s ‘Well, I like homemade pesto’. We may even have inspired some budding chefs!

Here’s our fresh pesto recipe for you to try at home. It’s really simple. If you don’t grow your own basil, not to worry, it tastes just as good from the supermarket, especially if you buy the potted version.

Fresh Pesto Recipe

½ clove garlic

1 handful of pinenuts

3 good handfuls of fresh basil

1 handful grated parmesan

Extra virgin olive oil

Lemon juice

Bash the garlic clove and pinenuts with a little bit of olive oil until mashed - ideally with a pestle and mortar, but otherwise the end of a rolling pin in a small, non-breakable bowl will do.

Gradually add the basil and continue bashing, adding more oil to lubricate as necessary. You want a roughly chopped texture.

Mix in the parmesan and add lemon juice to taste, add more oil as necessary.

The pesto is done when all the ingredients are broken down and combined and it tastes fantastic!

Enjoy on pasta, baked potatoes, fresh fish or chicken.

2. Make your own Mocktails

Our restaurant team have been busy with the ever popular activity of mocktail making with the kids. They’ve seen lots of new recipe inventions this summer, but their favourite remains Rainbow Cooler. You can't beat this for a refreshing summer drink!

Rainbow Cooler recipe

Caster sugar

Lime or lemon juice

1/3 chilled orange juice

1/3 chilled pineapple juice

1/3 chilled passionfruit juice

Dash of Grenadine

Put some lime or lemon juice around the rim of the glass. Dip rim in caster sugar.

In a jug mix the juices together. Pour carefully into glasses. Add ice if desired.

Add a dash of Grenadine and perhaps a cocktail umbrella and paper straw for dramatic effect!

Relax and drink with your feet up on a sunbed whilst wearing a large sombrero.

3. Fun Nail Painting

Whether you're 3 or 13, male or female, tomboy or Barbie aficionado, nail painting is a fun activity strictly for the holidays. Let your child’s creativity flow with different coloured nails, nail tattoos or even stripy nails. We recommend this as an outside activity with nail polish remover and tissues at the ready!

p.s. If you’re joining us this autumn half-term for Halloween fun, the spa team will be painting scary nails for those who dare!

4. Bonfire Building and Marshmallow Toasting

A firm favourite at Woolley Grange. If you haven’t got a large garden, a small garden incinerator or fire pit is perfect for this...just make sure the smoke won’t annoy your neighbours. Skewer the marshmallows and cook slowly over the hot embers until slightly brown on the outside and sickly gooey on the inside. Perhaps best done after the children have had their meal!

5. Nature Walks

We are very lucky to have a knowledgeable Gardening team who teach us all about the natural world. Megan is both gardener and ecologist. She has been taking children on nature walks around Woolley Grange this summer. You can do your own nature walk at home, using the sheet below.

This autumn half term Megan will be revealing all that the new season has to offer and teaching you how to encourage wildlife into your garden.

Children at Woolley Grange luxury family hotel dress up for halloween in Wiltshire

Taking a last minute holiday break or planning an autumn half term break? Check out our children’s club and family activities schedules below. We've got some frighteningly fun things planned!