The Green Pages: Top 10 Things to Do in Carmarthen

So, it looks like you’re looking to explore the historically rich and scenic town of Carmarthen. (Or, if you want to show off and flex your Welsh, Caerfyrddin.) We can certainly understand why you’re so keen to visit. With stunning views from the river Tywi and more historic landmarks that you can shake a stick at, Carmarthen is the perfect place for all the family. 

If you need a bit more of a nudge, we’ve got 5 fun facts all about Carmarthen. You’re sure to be packing up your car and heading out the door, en route to Carmarthen, by the end - we guarantee it!

Footie fan? How about cricket? Carmarthen is the birthplace of both!

Talk about a double whammy. Sports historian (there’s a job title you never knew existed) Martin Johnes theorises that the earlier recorded game of cricket was played in 1783 on Court Henry Down, Dryslwyn. Likewise, the earliest recorded game of football was said to be invented in West Wales and was called cnapan. Both games have evolved from their earliest iterations (which both involved wooden balls - ouch) but their origins remain in Carmarthen.

The trees are magic. Er… Well… Sort of… 

You’ve undoubtedly heard of Merlin the wizard. We don’t mean Colin Morgan from that old BBC show. We’re talking about the real Arthurian legend. Apparently, Merlin was born in a cave just outside of Carmarthen. That’s not all, either. Legend states that there was a tree named ‘Merlin’s Oak’ (pretty original) and if it ever fell, the town would fall too. Ominous stuff! When the tree died, the town dug it up to prevent it from ever falling and pieces of it still remain in the local museum to this day.

The Mayor of Carmarthen killed a king on the battlefield. Take that, England!

The last English king to ever die on a battlefield, Richard III, was killed by Sir Rhys ap Thomas - the future Mayor of Carmarthen! Initially, Sir Thomas had sworn loyalty to Richard III, but switched sides and dealt the final blow during the heat of battle. That was probably a tense day at the office.

Fancy a BrewDog or a Stella? You’ve got Carmarthen to thank for them.

Football. Cricket. And now beer too? All great things come from Carmarthen! Whilst we can’t take the credit for inventing canned beer, we can definitively say that Carmarthen was home to the first canned beer brewed outside of the United States. Two local breweries were the first domestic sites to use beer cans in the 1930s: Felinfoel and Buckley’s brewery. 

Carmarthen is the site of an Amelia Airheart crash. No, not that one.

The other one! Amelia Airheart is best known as the world’s first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic ocean. The fate of that infamous voyage is one of the world’s greatest mysteries. We can safely assume that her plane crash-landed somewhere. But before that crash-landing, she had been a passenger on a plane flying from Nova Scotia in Canada. During their flight, they made a pre-mature arrival to Burry Port - right here in Carmarthen.

Carmarthen Castle

And that’s not even half of it! There are so many reasons to visit Carmarthen. More than we can count! But, to save time, we’ve put together the top 10 best things to do in Carmarthen. 

1. All the castles! (Kidwelly, Laugharne, Carmarthen…)

We heard you like castles. Luckily, we’ve got loads for you to choose from. These roman forts have stood the test of time and towered over Carmarthen for centuries. They’re the perfect place to take the family for a bit of historical appreciation or to see the stunning countryside from an incredible vantage point. 

2. National Botanic Gardens of Wales

You haven’t even comprehended the meaning of the phrase ‘natural beauty’ until you’ve visited the National Botanic Gardens of Wales - not that we’re biased, or anything. There’s a wide array of gardens to visit. Stop by the apothecary garden and discover the fascinating world of healing herbs. Or drop by the Aqualab on the river and learn all about the wonderful, if soggy, world of the river. Every exhibit in these gardens centre around green technology, learning and fun. Sounds like a perfect day out, if you ask us.

3. The British Birds of Prey Centre

If you’re visiting the National Botanic Gardens of Wales, you’ve got to stop by this centre. You won’t find another hands-on education like this. At the British Birds of Prey Centre, you can expect a once-in-a-lifetime experience with majestic birds of prey. From Golden Eagles to Red Kites, Snowy Owls to Peregrine Falcons, you’ll be lucky enough to watch these amazing birds up close as they soar through the sky. Feeling brave? You can even have a go at flying a bird yourself. Just make sure you’ve got your gloves on, first.

4. Llanelli WWT National Wetland Centre

Now, granted, ‘wetland’ doesn’t sound like the most appealing day out, but let us finish! This stretch of protected wildlife is teeming with unique nature and exciting scenery. And, they’ve got (wait for it…) flamingos! That’s right - Flamingos. Pink. Stand on one leg. You know the ones. We can confidently say this is the only place in Wales that you’ll find a ‘mingo wandering about. If you’re after a peaceful trip with beautiful sights, the Llanelli WWT National Wetland Centre is the place for you.

5. The Creative Cafe

Whilst you might need to hop into your car to visit this attraction, we definitely think it’s worth the trip. The Creative Cafe is a quaint little shop that’s full of excitement and creativity. There’s over 100 ceramic creations for you to choose from and an even wider array of paints, so you can let your imagination run wild. This is a pottery studio with a difference, perfect for kids of all ages - from little ones to teens. 

6. Carmarthen Market

For over 800 years, Carmarthen Market has been a hub for food-lovers and craft collectors alike. From meat fresh from the butchers to local fruit and veg, you can come and sample the best that Carmarthen has to offer all within the modern hall that houses it all. The friendly vendors are always looking to welcome new foodies to their flock, so get yourselves down to the hustle and bustle of the Carmarthen Market.

7. Llansteffan beach

British beaches tend to be a little disappointing. Grey skies. Pebbles instead of sand. Llansteffan beach is different! This beach in the south of Wales has sandy shores as far as the eye can ‘sea.’ (Sea what we did there? We’re here all week, ladies and gentlemen.)  Whether you’re a sandcastle builder or a sandcastle smasher, you’re bound to have buckets of fun in the sun. 

8. The Escape Game

This one is for the older kids and the kids at heart! Escape rooms have dominated the rainy-day activity scene in recent years - and for good reason. They’re an incredibly engaging way to spend an afternoon that is sure to make you feel like Sherlock Holmes after. You’ll have five different themed rooms to pick from. Did someone say space adventure? Underwater submarine? And different difficulty levels, these escape rooms are great for everyone from escape novices to puzzle experts. 

9. Creepy Carmarthen Tours

There’s nothing like a bit of a fright to keep you on your toes. Creepy Carmarthen Tours are guaranteed to spook and delight with tours that are accurate and entertaining. Discover Carmarthen’s seedy underbelly (okay, maybe we’re being a bit dramatic) and find out about all the horrible histories that happened long ago.

10. Carmarthenshire Museum 

Who doesn’t want to go see some bark from an ancient tree? The Carmarthen museum is housed inside a beautiful historic house that’s chocked full of interesting artifacts that display the rich history of Carmarthen. It’s a must-see for any history lovers... or Carmarthen lovers! 

After your jam-packed visit to Carmarthen, you might need to find somewhere to store all your new goodies like your newly glazed pottery, castle trinkets or seashells from the beach that the kids just had to take with them. If you’re struggling for space, why not get in touch with Beyond Storage?


Hereford countryside

The Green Pages: Top 10 Things to Do in Hereford

With a rich historical background and the most beautiful rural landscapes this side of the M50, Hereford is the perfect place to visit all year round. We’ve got over 350 acres of ancient woodland with dedicated wildlife trails that are absolutely brimming with life. We’ve got an epic cathedral with the largest library of chained books - you heard us right, chained books - in the whole world. We’ve got the scenic banks of the River Wye. We’ve even got distilleries and cider museums for mum and dad. (And, we’ve also got the one and only Beyond Storage!) 

Maybe you’re not sold on Hereford just yet. That’s okay! We’ve got 5 fun facts about our town that are sure to knock your socks off. 

 

1. Hereford is the birthplace of 2 iconic green frogs: Yoda and Kermit.

And Miss Piggy, the Cookie Monster, Fozzie Bear… You can thank Hereford for pretty much every Muppet! Award-winning voice actor and puppeteer Frank Oz was born in Hereford in 1944.

 

2. Arguing with a Welshman? Come down to Hereford and settle it for good!

Technically, under an ancient (and apparently unrepealed) law, you can finish off a Welshman under very specific circumstances. You have to be in Hereford, it has to be a Sunday, you have to use a longbow and it must all take place within the Cathedral close. We don’t recommend trying this one out, but it’s always good to know your options!

 

3. Find the inspiration for your next hit West End show at Hereford - just like Andrew Lloyd Webber did.

Back in the 60s, co-creators of Jesus Christ Superstar Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice finished the main bulk of their hit musical from the comfort of a Hereford country inn. We think Hereford’s beautiful countryside is a great backdrop for any creative geniuses. Maybe it’ll inspire your next best-seller!

hereford countryside

 

4. If you’re a fan of exciting footie, you’re in the right place. Hereford United set a record in 1992.

Now, we’re a little proud of this one. What was the record you ask? The most amount of goals in a season? The most sportsmanlike conduct ever seen on the pitch? Not exactly… In 1992, Hereford United set the record for the most amount of players ever sent off a pitch from one team.  4 players were sent off, and we still drew 1-1. Not too shabby, if you ask us.

 

5. Vegetarians beware! Hereford is home to one of the world’s most popular breeds of cattle.

All the way back in ancient times, cattle breeders were looking to create the biggest and most efficient beef yield ever. And so, Hereford cattle was born and has taken the world by storm ever since. And we really mean they took the whole world by storm. Originating in our town, there are over five million purebred Hereford cattle out there in over fifty nations worldwide. That’s a lot of steaks.

hereford cattle

Fancy swinging by yet? There’s so much to see and do in our county town, but we’ve selected the very best things to do in Hereford that have to make your to-do list whilst you’re in town.

 

1. Hereford Cathedral 

Hereford Cathedral is probably the most famous landmark in Hereford - and for good reason. This incredible archaic place of worship has stood for over the town since 1079. Its extensive history is full of intrigue and political machinations that are perfect to fill an afternoon with. From its tiny crypt to its massive chained book library, the cathedral is full of interesting, unique quirks to keep kids entertained. The real crown jewel of Hereford Cathedral is the Hereford Mappa Mundi. It’s the largest medieval map in the whole world! Any budding historians will love visiting the Mappa Mundi to get inside the minds of ancient cartographers and their view of the world.

 

2. Chase Distillery 

From the fields, all the way to the bottling, discover each step of the distillery process at Chase Distillery. This in-depth tour of your favourite spirits should definitely be on the list of any adults that love to indulge. Chase Distillery’s talented guides take you step-by-step through their award-winning gin and vodka making process. That means discovering the wonderful world on mashing, fermenting and distilling spirits. It all takes place in the gorgeous Hereford countryside on their own family farm. After thoroughly learning about the distilling process, you even get a tutored tasting session! Anyone else thirsty for a G&T suddenly?

 

3. The Weir Garden (& River Wye)

As we move into spring and summer, there’s no better time to visit the Weir Garden. It’s a spectacular riverside National Trust garden that’s absolutely stunning and overflowing with natural beauty and exciting fauna. It’s a woodland wonderland. There are daffodil meadows, winding cobbled paths and a gorgeous view of the River Wye - just to highlight a few of this park’s natural beauties. Whether you visit for a simple stroll or indulge in a relaxing picnic, there’s no way you can go wrong with a visit to the Weir Garden. 

 

4. Manic Ceramics 

For the crafty at heart, Manic Ceramics is the place to be. This family-run independent business has been at the heart of the Hereford community for over a decade now. It’s great fun for people of all ages (because who doesn’t love pottery?) Their specialised paint is totally non-toxic and non-staining. Not to mention, their glaze used is 100% lead-free and dishwasher-proof. It’s totally kid-proof. For rainy days or for whenever you’re feeling artistic, Manic Ceramics is the perfect place to flex your Picasso-like skills and let your creativity soar.

 

5. The Hereford Buttermarket

Worry not, lacto-free visitors! The Hereford Buttermarket certainly sells more than just butter. This historic indoor market is located in the heart of Hereford. It’s a hidden gem, generally reserved for locals, but we’ve got you covered. Each individual stall offers a unique little something. From indulgent doughnuts to fresh produce, you’ll find a range of treats all year round.

 

6. The Cider Museum 

If your trip to the Chase Distillery wasn’t boozy enough, you’ve got to visit the Hereford Cider Museum. This absolutely beautiful museum is an autumnal haven with its apple harvest and foliage-covered front. You’ll definitely adore discovering the surprisingly historic tradition of cidermaking. From harvesting apples all the way to fermenting their juice, you’ll truly appreciate the art of making a quality cider after this experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to walk through the museum’s fascinating champagne cider cellars and find out how two 19th century brothers created the Bulmers empire. We certainly wouldn’t mind a sample of their bubbly right about now.

 

7. Green Spider Climbing

We all need to have a little adventure now and then! If it’s excitement you’re after, you’ll definitely find it at Green Spider Climbing. This awesome climbing and bouldering centre is right in the heart of Hereford for easily accessible, indoor fun. You’ll find over 200 roped routes and over 60 boulder problems set by some of the best route setters in the country. Their climbing and bouldering routes change every 8 weeks, meaning you can return to Green Spider again and again to refine and test your skills!

 

8. Broomy Hill Miniature Railway

Constructed entirely by hand by the Hereford Society of Model Engineers, the Broomy Hill Miniature Railway is an adorable set of model trains for train enthusiasts of all ages to ride in. With an elevated and a ground-level track, there’s plenty of exciting rides to take part in as you chug along the beautiful Hereford countryside. 

 

9. Haugh Woods Butterfly Trails

It doesn’t get much more magical than butterfly trails. Float alongside over 600 species of butterflies in Haugh Woods’ incredible woodland trails. Established by the Forestry England and Butterfly Conservation, these two amazing trails are incredibly important for butterfly conservation. See them in all their majesty in their natural habitat as you wander around over 850 acres of easy grade trials. These simple paths and gentle slopes mean everyone can come along to see the butterflies - small children and pushchairs included!

hereford butterfly trail

 

10. Hereford Museum & Art Gallery

The Hereford Museum & Art Gallery isn’t your average local museum. No, no! Not only is our museum housed within a stunning Victorian gothic building, but it’s chocked full of local history that’s engaging for the whole family. Ever wanted to see a hive of live bees? How about a two-headed calf? Or a two-metre-long fish? Swords of every shape and size? You’ll find these amazingly bizarre and interesting exhibits and more from the Hereford Museum & Art Gallery!

After your jam-packed visit to Hereford, you might need to find somewhere to pop all your newly glazed pottery, bottles of gin and tiny model trains. If you’re struggling for space, why not get in touch with Beyond Storage? We’re the real highlight of Hereford (but don’t tell the cathedral we said that!)

 


“Have you seen the new neighbours?!” 8 ways to welcome garden wildlife into your outdoor spaces.

Creating a welcoming environment in our gardens for wildlife such as birds, insects and other animals not only benefits our friendly neighbourhood critters, it can also be a fun and rewarding activity - both the creating and subsequent garden watching! Here are our 8 favourite ways to become garden wildlife’s new best friend:

1. Let it grow!

The uncut lawn: one of nature’s rarest and richest wildlife habitats. But before committing to jungle life, a small area of overgrown lawn will do! Cultivating this mini wilderness will be a big draw for little mammals like shrews and voles because it offers a banquet of tasty insects and protection from predators.

If you want to entice some larger foragers, a pile of dead wood encourages beetles and grubs which will do just the trick!

Take it one step further and leave a patch of flowering weeds like daisies, buttercups and dandelions - they’re great food sources for butterflies.

long grass

2. Hungry beasts

The way to any garden mammal’s heart is through their stomach.

Badgers and squirrels will eat unsalted nuts and seeds, fruit and root veggies. Hedgehogs are a little pickier, but you can buy special feed from most garden suppliers.

Believe it or not, milk and bread are big no-no's when it comes to feeding wildlife as they cause digestive problems!

3. Wildflower Power

Bees and butterflies alike love wildflowers and they’ve never been easier to introduce to your garden! You can purchase readymade wildflower packs which you can sow straight into soil, and pre-seeded mats that make germination even easier.

Big or small, any patch of your garden will do, and the best time to sow these little gems is in April.

Just remember to water them every now and then should the British weather pull a blinder and bless us all with an actual summer!

4. Just add water

One of the best things you can do for wildlife in your garden is provide them with a water source.

A pond, even a small one, in a not-too-sunny, not-too-shady spot will be the best and quickest way to diversify your garden ecosystem. It’ll make a welcoming home for frogs and other amphibious wildlife (who enjoy shallower water than you think) and beautiful insects like dragonflies. Add plants like water lilies and pondweed to develop your underwater habitat and help prevent it from going stagnant.

And don’t think your tap or hose will have to do overtime. Collect rainwater in containers to top up your pond, or leave them as is! Water sources are essential for all wildlife, especially for birds in the winter.

5. Don't lock them out!

Leave gaps in your fences that are small enough to keep the dog in but big enough for animals like hedgehogs and frogs to discover your lovingly-made wildlife habitat - simple!

6. Make it their home

Another surefire way to draw wildlife into your garden is by introducing nesting boxes and houses, whether that be for birds, bats, hedgehogs or insects. You can either put something together yourself as they don’t need to be complicated, or buy something purpose build.

Store bought or DIY, even the simplest of shelters become safe homes for many animals that struggle to find natural nesting sites in the winter when conditions are harsh (I’m talking about the British weather again aren’t I?).

Hedgehogs especially need a safe place to hibernate through the cold months. Fancy taking on a DIY project? The Wildlife Trusts have a fantastic step-by-step guide of how to build a hedgehog home.

For bird boxes, make sure they’re installed in a high, sheltered area away from common predators such as cats, and provide them with fat balls in the spring and seeds in the winter to keep them safe, fat, and happy.

Insect houses provide nesting sites for solitary bees and insects. You can make your own simple bee house using reed or bamboo of varying lengths between 4-10cm tied together, or you can buy a commercially-made bee pad.

Insect house bee house

7. The Hedge, Birds Nest Lane, Birdville, BB1 1RD

Not in the mood for DIY? Let nature build a home instead!

Hedges offer great sheltered nesting areas for birds and small animals. There are loads of suitable hedge plants to choose from, but winter honeysuckle and hawthorn not only make great hedges, their perfumed blooms are perfect for bees, too.

8. Bee-utiful flowers!

Most people are now privy to the importance and the plight of our bees, so do your bit by planting some of their favourite flowers.

Bees can see blue and purple more clearly than other colours, so blue and purple varieties of rhododendrons, alliums and chives, geraniums and lavender are great places to start! Not only are they all hardy perennial (they’ll bloom every year) plants, they’re relatively easy to grow.

Geraniums also form good-sized clumps of flowers in a short space of time, which is sure to get pollination off to a buzzing start.

Top tip: wild windowsills!

You don’t need a garden to befriend garden wildlife. All the flowers mentioned above can be grown in containers to adorn a small outside space or reside on windowsills.

 

What are your tried and tested garden wildlife hacks? Let us know, we’d love to hear from you!

More about the aesthetic? Check out our blog post for smart ways to brighten up your garden.

And if you’re keen to bring the jungle indoors, we've got a blog post for that too! Read all about the benefits of plants in the home here.

 

 


Alternative Storage Uses

“I can use it for what now?!” - Beyond’s 5 Alternative Uses for the Humble Self-Storage Container

While the purpose of a self-storage container might seem pretty self-explanatory, there are so many other ways that you can make use of what is essentially an additional space to call your own. We at Beyond Storage have put together a list of some of the most interesting and creative alternative uses for self-storage containers - but don’t let your imagination stop at number 5!

 

1. Gym

Not everyone is able to establish a home gym. Give your chest, triceps, back and biceps the love they deserve and create your perfect gym in a self-storage container. Whether it’s space or a bit of peace and quiet you’re lacking, the units have both in abundance!

Many come packed with useful features. Our containers are accessible from 6am to 9pm 7 days a week and the site is secured by a fingerprint scanning system. Not only can you use your gym as and when it suits you, but expensive equipment is kept safe and secure.

The only downside is you’ll be without an excuse to skip leg day!

Storage Unit Gym

2. Photography or art studio

Self-storage containers are blank canvases of four walls and endless possibilities, making them ideal for photography and art studios. You’ll have absolute control over the conditions and layout of the space to ensure it’s the perfect conductor of creativity.

You could install backdrops, create the ideal lighting setup, store photography props and artworks, and curate a segregated, flexible space that’s all your own.

Storage Photography Studio


3. Office

Begin to establish the work-life balance we all strive for in an office space that works for you. 

Working from a storage-unit-turned-office has loads of benefits over the at-home alternative. There are no interruptions or distractions, everything you need is kept securely in one place and you’re able to switch-off from work at the end of the day. 

Ours units have WiFi, are insulated and have a dehumidifier as standard, making them as comfortable a space to work from as any. 

Remind yourself of the true meaning of home time!

4. Hobby space

A self-storage container is the perfect vessel to dedicate to the things that bring you joy - whatever they might be.

Store your antiques, curate a display of collectibles or merchandise or install your full gaming setup all in one secure place.

The only limit is the unit size required for your equipment, memorabilia or collectibles - current or aspiring!

5. Cosy meet-up space

If you’re anything like us at Beyond Storage, you’ll appreciate the beauty of a good cuppa and chinwag.

Kit your unit out with all the comforts you’d expect from a cosy living room or your favourite quaint coffee shop for the perfect space to touch base with your nearest and dearest.

 

Whatever you envisage using a self-storage container for, we’d love to hear about it! Visit our website for more information about our units or get in touch with us directly.

Interested in more self-storage shenanigans? Here are 5 of the strangest things ever found in storage units.


Better Together: 10 Home Activities to Entertain the Whole Family

When you’re stuck at home for any reason, be it the weather, school holidays or to save money, keeping the kids busy and entertained can be a challenge - and adults need some stimulation too! So the Beyond Storage team has come up with 10 ideas to entertain children and adults alike, all the while bringing the family closer together.

 

1. Take online classes together

Learning and growing as a family unit can be really rewarding. With so many free online classes and tutorials available to us now for just about anything, there’s no better time to expand on your skills and knowledge - together!

Whether it’s yoga to find your zen and up your fitness, baking to have fun and fill tummies, or art classes to inspire you and get creative, you’ll definitely find something that everyone can enjoy.

 

2. Junk crafts

You would be astonished what kids can make out of things that would ordinarily be on their way to the recycling bin. These items can include toilet and kitchen roll tubes, cereal boxes, sweet wrappers, crisp packets, and basically anything you can rinse/give a wipe down ready for crafting!

We especially love the idea of making mosaics, collages and stained glass window designs out of wrappers. Just chop them up into lots of little pieces and shapes and provide the glue sticks and paper. Their imagination will do the rest!

Junk crafts for home activities

 

3. Run an in-house restaurant

Set up your own restaurant at home and bring dining out in. It’ll be the first time ever that kids enjoy setting the table!

Even if it’s cushions on the floor around the coffee table, you can make a space special. Hang some fairy lights, put some music on and even dress for the occasion. For that extra touch, kids can design the menus or you can work on them together, and don’t forget to include a starter, main and dessert (and if you have a laminator, it’s time to put it to good use!).

Now, I know you’re thinking “wow that’s a lot of cooking!”, but it doesn’t have to be. Pick a rough date in advance so you can freeze leftovers in re-heatable portions ready to serve.

Most importantly, keep the food simple: as long as bellies are full and spirits are high, it’s all about the novelty of the occasion!

 

4. Treasure hunt

The humble treasure hunt is by no means a new concept, but it’s easy to set up, fun, can cost nothing. If you’re fortunate enough to have private access to an outside space, it's also a great opportunity to get some fresh air.

Do you know what’s possibly more fun than watching kids frantically hunt for treasure? Watching dogs hunt for treats. We really did mean it when we said “the whole family”.

 

5. Create a family tree

This is a great way to feel closer to family that you aren’t able to see very often, or if they’re sadly no longer with us.

Dig out some old photographs and reminisce together, or alternatively you can print them out. Stick them to a family tree that you’ve designed and drawn on a piece of paper, or even devote a whole wall to it if you have the space!

You can even add extra detail such as a phrase they always say, favourite holidays you went on together, where they live and what reminds you of them.

Once you’re done, don’t forget to take a picture and share it with your family, especially those who might be on their own!

 

6. Make a blanket fort

Another classic, but there’s no beating a good ol’ blanket fort!

Once you have a few chairs or other stable objects to drape blankets and duvets over, it’s up to you how elaborately or simply you furnish it. Use blankets, cushions and fairy lights to make it extra cosy.

This little space is great for reading, playing, watching a movie or even having some downtime. If you’ve grown-up and forgotten the wonders of the blanket fort, try it for yourself, we won’t tell!

Blanket fort home activities

 

7. Play dress-up

With a new season upon us, it’s as good a time as any to declutter and organise your wardrobe, but think again before casting out your unwanted clothes, shoes and accessories.

Take the dress-up box to the next level and get your craft on to redesign the clothes, come up with fun costumes using them or even put on a fashion show. Dressing up and being silly never goes out of fashion.

 

8. Make a home cinema

Who doesn’t love sitting down with the family to watch a movie? Make this time extra special by turning your living room, or any room, into a home cinema. It'll be just as exciting as the real thing but infinitely cheaper!

Pick a film in advance that no one’s seen and shuffle some furniture around as best as you can so that you’re all snuggled up together in the middle of the room. All that's left to do is grab the popcorn, switch off the lights, and enjoy the cinema experience from the comfort of your own home.

If you want to go all out, there are some relatively affordable mini projectors on the market that might be worth investing in. Even after two uses they pay for themselves with the money you would have spent on otherwise going out to the cinema!

Fancy watching your film alfresco? Check out our guide on how to create your own outdoor cinema!

Home cinema for family activities

 

9. Watch live zoo cams

You can now watch all your favourite animals live from zoos across the globe! You’re able to tune into a variety of different animal enclosures and see what they’re up to right this second.

Make a day of it and include other activities, such as dressing up as your favourite animals, finding interesting facts or drawing which animals would be in your perfect zoo.

Our current favourites are the San Diego and Edinburgh Zoo and Cincinnati Zoo has a great page of activities for when the kids are at home.

 

10. Stargazing

Clue up on all the constellation and asterism greats such as Orion’s Belt and the Big Dipper, wait for a clear night and set your gaze upon the sky.

To make the most out of your stargazing night, check beforehand which constellations and star clusters will be visible in your location and if there might be astronomical events taking place. You can find lots of tips and visual indicators online to help you spot the starry figures.

If you have an outdoor space where you can lay down blankets and cushions, even better, but clear nights can be chilly, so wrap up in something comfortable and warm. Bring along snacks and a round of hot chocolate for a Spring night to remember!

 

 

Whatever you decide to get up to, the most important thing is that you’re able to spend quality time with your family in the safety and comfort of your home. Let us know if this inspired you to try one of the activities, we’d love to see your family’s take on it!

Looking for grown-ups-only activities? Check out our blog posts for handy living room storage hacks, 3 brilliant ideas to create the perfect outdoor space and some kitchen storage tips for the perfect cooking environment!