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L I V E 2 4 -SE V EN


CLAIRE IN THE COUNTY SUMMER MADNESS VERSUS STAYCATION!


So, are we ready for the chaos of the school holidays?


Have you booked your well-earned break, your time off work and organised everything else that goes with the annual holiday – someone to look after the animals, someone to water the garden, cancelling the papers, emptying the fridge and oh, the best bit of all, a little bit of retail therapy (usually includes panic purchase of bikini that is two sizes two small and wholly unsuitable for a post-baby tum!)?


For me, the best bit is the excitement leading up to the holiday, counting down the days, winding down and handing everything over to others to project manage whilst you are away (love that bit) but the worst bit – the travel!


‘Are we nearly there yet’ ringing in your ears, after another rendition of the ‘Wheels on the Bus’ and the sharing of nibbles and drinks, dished out between the sat nav’s directions and the annual argument that ensues as others in the car think they know a better way than the one dictated by the ‘blasted machine!’


Getting stuck on the motorway, children needing the loo, broken air con, all rations exhausted as all eaten within 10 mins of leaving the driveway, fed up of ‘I-spy’ and desperately trying to lane hop to gain a few inches. Stress!


I often wonder if it’s worth it! The stress of planning the trip, the stress of preparing for it and then the stress of getting there…you need a holiday to get over it all!


So, this year keep stress levels to a minimum, stay at home and explore the wonderful attractions and countryside in the three counties, with exciting things to do and see (mostly free), from a walk along the Malverns, to a trip to the Cotswold Farm Park, or a boat ride on the Severn.


There’s also a great variety of events this summer across the area, again some of which are free and some require tickets, but from big music artists at Cornbury Festival (the kids will love Pixie Lott), to the Three Choirs Festival (introduce the kiddies to a bit of culture) and the Monmouthshire Show, there’s much to see, do and experience without travelling too far.


Whatever you decide to do, I wish you all the best of summers. Let’s hope the sun shines, because when the weather’s good in this country, there truly is no need to go anywhere else. As a bonus you can also feel very proud and a little smug because by spending your money locally you’re helping our small businesses – the farm shop, the local pub, the local butcher …supporting the local economy…what’s not to love about a staycation?!


ENJOY! Claire Thayers Folk2Folk ClaireThayers@folk2folk.com


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