jeff Brazier 2“Summer is finally here – for me it’s the best time of the year and a chance to spend some quality time with the kids.

“When the weather is good in the UK there’s nothing better than lazy picnics in the park, beach BBQs and fun days out. But as schools up and down the country break up for the summer holidays, many parents are left with the daunting task of keeping the kids entertained over the weeks to come.

“Being a working dad of two, I know all too well the stress that the long summer break can bring. Finding activities to keep the children entertained after week two can become a bit of a challenge.

“Luckily, Britain has loads to offer, from family-friendly days out to weekends away with the kids – so with a bit of pre-planning the holidays can be stress free and enjoyable for the whole family.

“I’ve put together my 21 top ideas on how to survive the school holidays on a budget, with the Family and Friends Railcard which provides a third off rail travel for up to four adults and 60% off fares for four children aged 5-15, as well as exclusive discounts on days out, theatre tickets and UK holiday destinations.”

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside

With miles and miles of beautiful coastline to choose from across the country, a family trip to the seaside is the perfect activity for a British summer’s day. As most of the UK’s beaches are free of charge, a day at the beach won’t cost you a fortune either. Just don’t forget to grab a beach towel, the sun-tan lotion and a bucket and spade. Check out the UK Beach Guide for some great suggestions.

Experience the great outdoors

There’s nothing better than a long walk in the countryside on a sunny day. Take some time out to enjoy some of the UK’s most scenic country walks, forests and canals – the fresh air and exercise will do you and the kids the world of good. Walking Britain has thousands of routes all over the UK to choose from.

Get back to nature

Get back to nature this summer with a camping trip for the whole family. Perfect for families who enjoy the great outdoors, you’ll be able to spend some quality bonding time with the kids and enjoy some well-needed rest and relaxation. The Camping and Caravan Club has listings of over 2000 campsites nationwide.