And the children?
Here is the list of activities we have tested with our two boys. Some activities are only for the smallest tots but majority are for all range of ages and even parents might or have to join. If you would like to know more or have a specific question just give us a call or drop us a message.
This is literally 30 minutes of exhilarating sledging on a grassy slope. It is aimed at the children age 5 and over, but even younger ones can go. In fact, younger children are lighter in weight and therefore not going so fast – which in my eyes is a plus point. Heavier you are faster you go. The children receive a helmet, knee and elbow protective pads and a short but concise safety instructions…. and off they go!!! http://www.bornintheborders.com/grass-sledging/
When it is a bit rainier and windier than usual, we would recommend to take your children to Edinburgh International Climbing Arena. The centre does not just have a super climbing and bouldering walls but Clip ‘n Climb section which is suitable for the children from the age of 5. Even if you or your children never climbed before you, don’t worry, It is suitable for the beginners. Booking ahead is essential.
Cheswick Beach is our children’s favourite. It is very easy to get to, there is usually enough space to park and the journey from the car park to the actual beach is straightforward and not too long either. However, there are numerous beautiful sandy beaches around Berwick upon Tweed with stunning views and cold blue waters which do not seem deter young ones from putting their feet in. In the case of Cheswick Beach, there are quite sizeable sand dunes which my children love to climb and roll or run or slide or ‘whatever they fancy that moment’ down. Other beaches: Spittal Beach, Scremerston Beach, Goswick Beach
Restoration Yard and Fort Douglas sits within 1000 of acres in Dalkeith Country Park. Restoration Yard is beautifully restored stable yard where you can shop and visit restaurant and a cafe. Fort Douglas is a mixture of magical tree houses, outdoor climbing walls, suspension bridges, etc. It has two amazing play zones: one that’s perfect for toddler play and another for ages 5+. The whole playground area is outdoors (so a bit weather dependant) but it is perfect! On top of all the playing the whole family can either bring their own bicycles or borrow them on the premises and take advantage of the hundreds of acres.
Although Gordon Community Woodland is mostly used by dog walkers it is a perfect place for the children to unleash their inner wild and fun side. The woodland is criss crossed by numerous paths, that either lead through trees, heather or wind themselves alongside a stream. Whilst exploring, children might just come across a perfect climbing tree, a swing, a pond, or even a fishing hut for some ‘impromptu’ picnics.
Nothing beats to see the children summiting a local (not too big) hill with the excitement and achievement in their eyes. The Eildons are easily accessible from Melrose. It is a bit of a hike up but with number of well timed stops and some sweet motivators it is enjoyable and fun. There are three hills of various sizes and they all get rather windy and cold. That, however, does not stop the children from getting to the top and enjoying the views of Scottish Borders. After that it is just a run down the hill!