Summer is here and the temperatures are soaring high in the heart of England. For foster families, this is a great opportunity to step outside and bond over fun-filled, outdoor activities. Here are our suggestions to make the most out of this sunny season in Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, and Derbyshire.


Visit the Norfolk Broads: Hire a boat and explore the charming waterways of the Norfolk Broads. This network of rivers and lakes is home to rare wildlife and beautiful scenery. Pack a picnic and moor at one of the waterside pubs or grassy banks for a tranquil lunch in the sun.

Hit the beach: Norfolk boasts of some of the best beaches in the UK, such as the golden sands of Wells-next-the-Sea and the unspoilt beauty of Holkham Beach. Don’t forget your sunscreen and sandcastle-building tools!


Sherwood Forest Adventure: For an adventurous day out, take your foster children to Sherwood Forest, the legendary home of Robin Hood. The site has many walking trails, outdoor playgrounds, and a Go Ape treetop adventure course, perfect for a hot day out.

Outdoor swimming: Visit Colwick Park for a refreshing dip in the lake. This open-water swimming spot is both enjoyable and supervised, offering peace of mind while cooling off.


Twycross Zoo: Animals from around the world find a home here at Twycross Zoo. This is an excellent chance for foster children to learn about various species and their habitats while enjoying the sun.

Watermead Country Park: A paradise for water enthusiasts, Watermead Country Park offers opportunities for boating, fishing, bird-watching and picnicking.


Stanwick Lakes: With acres of wide-open space, adventure trails, outdoor playgrounds, and stunning lakes, Stanwick Lakes is a fantastic place to have a picnic and enjoy a family bike ride.

Splash Park in The Racecourse: On exceptionally hot days, head to the free-to-use Splash Park. This Northampton favourite has water jets, a paddling pool, and picnic tables.


Peak District National Park: Known for its dramatic landscapes, the Peak District is a haven for families who love hiking and picnicking. The national park is also home to the thrilling Heights of Abraham cable car ride.

Carsington Water: Here you can rent canoes, sailboats, and paddleboards, or enjoy a leisurely walk or cycle around the reservoir.

Regardless of the county you’re exploring, remember to keep hydrated, take regular breaks in the shade, and don’t forget your sun hats and sunscreen to keep safe in the heat. The hot weather is an opportunity for foster families to create unforgettable memories, all while enjoying the beautiful landscapes across our whole area.

Being a foster parent can be challenging, but it’s the shared moments of laughter, wonder, and discovery that can make all the difference. By exploring your local area and embarking on these fun adventures together, you are not just helping your foster child to enjoy their summer, but also creating memories that will last a lifetime. So, get out there, make the most of the sunshine, and enjoy all that the heart of England has to offer!

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