By Evie Kennedy | Monday, 19 June 2023
With the summer holidays around the corner, we know there is nothing better than gathering all of the family together, from grandparents and cousins to siblings and children. However, looking for an activity for all ages can be challenging. At Quince we are always on the lookout for multi-generational pursuits and we have rounded up our firm favourites at each of our locations.
Bringing the vibrant colours and eclectic style of the 1950’s to this 1980’s house, Penty on the Hoo is a love letter to Quince’s founder, Sarah Wood’s interior design. Having been recently redesigned and renovated, the latest addition has five bedrooms and four bathrooms, three of which are en-suite, while the house offers space for some privacy, Penty on the Hoo is ideal for hosting.
Perfect for a fun filled day out, Snape Maltings is a collection of converted Victorian buildings that sit on the bank of the River Alde. With independent shops, a homewares haven, restaurants, art galleries, wonderful walks across the marshes and of course, the world-famous Snape Maltings Concert Hall, this is a prime location for a family day trip. Just a ten minute drive from Penty on the Hoo and Aldeburgh, Snape Maltings gives the atmosphere of an ancient mini village with modern sites.
The only island in the county of Suffolk, Havergate Island offers visitors nature trails, guided walks, viewing points, and of course, a picnic area. With wildlife all around you, spot the avocet the pintail, hares, and maybe even a barn owl. Perfect walks for all ages, depending on the time of year, make sure to bring your wellies as the island can get a little mucky.
Created to protect the oldest English breed of a working horse, The Suffolk Punch Trust has an organised breeding programme to create a new generation of the animal. Visit the trust for an outdoor day out in Suffolk with your family. With events and attractions throughout the year, all are welcome.
Perfectly positioned along the Kent coast is the sky blue sanctuary, The Boatman’s Reading Rooms. Right on the seafront of Deal, this seaside escape has been thoughtfully designed with families in mind. With a magical Peter Pan style window seat overlooking the shoreline, and a secluded outdoor bathtub, ideal for escaping the children and grandchildren, The Boatman’s Reading Rooms offers something for everyone.
Take a trip to a Tudor fortress steeped in history. With over eight acres of award-winning gardens, Walmer Castle was built on the orders of Henry VIII to defend England’s southern shores. Venture throughout the grounds and castle to discover stories of the past and secrets of the home. Take in the beauty of the flower-filled gardens while the children enjoy the play trail through the woods.
Having recently reopened, the Kent Museum of Moving Images explores cinema from a new perspective. This not-for-profit museum lets visitors discover the deep history of the moving image, from the first days of candle-lit shadows to the height of cinema. Visitors can view the early cinema hand-painted slides that were once used for the first moving pictures.
The Coding Hut is steeped in history and was once the location of a base for the SOE, Churchill’s Secret Army. At the intersection between a private beach and the New Forest National Park, The Coding Hut sleeps 6 guests across 3 bedrooms and offers guests a truly serene and nature filled experience.
With iconic cars that every age would recognise, The National Beaulieu Motor Museum takes you through the history of cars and motor vehicles and you may even spot some recognisable cars from the silver screen. Keep an eye out for Mr Bean’s iconic mini, Del Boy’s reliant van, Mr.Bond’s Jaguar XKR from ‘Die Another Day’ and the flying Ford Anglia from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Upon the Beaulieu River is the 18th century shipbuilding village of Buckler’s Hard. Start your day off with the peaceful chug on the Buckler’s Hard river cruise which takes you on a 30 minute trip along the privately owned river. Explore this ancient village and see the area’s local history within the Maritime Museum, or venture into the reconstructed cottage interiors of times gone by. Jam or cream first? Finish the day off in the on-sight cafe, Captain’s Table, and indulge in the local cream tea.
Pretty little chocolate box towns, and rolling Oxfordshire hills surround our three converted barns, Roebuck’s Rose, The Lock Keepers Snipe and The Owl Barn. Whether you’re wandering along The Thames Path National Trail that runs through the reserve, or keeping an eye out for the nature and wildlife that’ll turn up on your doorstep, there’s no need to venture far.
With Chimney Meadows Nature Reserve, there is nothing better than exploring from your front door. With walking paths of different difficulties and incredible wildlife to experience, pull on your walking boots and get those legs working, adventure into one of the most beautiful reserves in England.
Journey a little further afield and tour Blenheim Palace, famous for being Sir Winston Churchill’s birthplace. However, there is plenty more to discover. From the Palace State Rooms to the Restoration and Conservation Tour, you can get lost in the spellbinding history of this ancient Palace.
Image from: The Palace State Rooms | Blenheim Palace