5 ways to fill your August weekends

5 ways to fill your August weekends

We share a selection of ways to spend your weekends
Forest Holidays


Soak up those sunny summery days all together as a family before it’s time to get your head (and theirs!) into ‘back to school’ mode. So book your summer family forest staycation and use it as the perfect opportunity to wake up your senses, connect with nature, and uncover the beautiful woodland that lies just beyond your doorstep.

A walk in the woods

With us, every time you leave the cabin doorstep to enjoy a wander in the maze of meadows and hidden trails, it feels like a moment of discovery. There’s hundreds of walks to unearth, stunning views and scenery to find and it all feels like your little secret. Just remember the camera!

Amble around lakes spotting the dragonflies, listen to the birdsong in the woods, take in the colourful blooms, hunt for mini beasts or go butterfly hunting in the meadow. There’s something so powerful about children connecting with nature. That goes for adults too!

Don’t forget, each of our Forest Rangers can bring the forest to life for children and help them to uncover animal tracks, build dens and learn about the forest and its wildlife.

Forest Ranger session

Head outdoors with your Forest Ranger

Get on two wheels!

Fancy heading further afield with the promise of longer, sunnier days? Get on your bike! In a day’s work you can take in forests, mountains and moorland. Revealing landscapes and man-made landmarks, cycle rides are as varied as they are rewarding and offer a glimpse into the culture, history and beauty of the UK.

Savour your downtime and soak in your very own outdoor hot tub underneath a canopy of trees and fire up the barbecue for the ultimate reward after a day on your bicycle.

If you don’t have your own bikes, you can hire them from us. We even do tag-a-longs and child seats for your very little explorers!

Family bike ride

Explore the forest on two wheels

Get arty or make woodland music

If you’re searching for a little arty inspiration then look no further than the forest around you. Gather some leaves, pinecones and pretty stones to take back to your hot tub cabin and make your very own creations. Sometimes it’s the simplest of activities that can be the most meaningful to little ones.

The forest is an explosion on their senses; there’s so much to see, smell and touch! Find your rhythm with a stick and whatever else you discover. There’s something rather soothing about making your very own music in the woods. Or simply listening to the natural rhythm of the forest for a few moments…

Get creative in nature

Picnic. It’s not just for teddy bears

Pack up a blanket, a healthy dollop of sun cream, some jam sandwiches and head for the hills. Stopping and surrounding yourself in nature is so good for us. We find a shady spot under a big tree is just perfect.

Both adults and little ones can benefit from spending a bit of time out in the flora and fauna of the countryside, whether you’re taking a moment to listen to the birdsong, or letting the kids burn off some energy with a run-around. With the promise of a tasty picnic, you’ll have no problem getting the whole family out to explore.

Don’t forget, you can grab something from the Forest Retreat if you fancy a fuss-free picnic. Speak to the team about local picnic spots and hidden gems located nearby!

Family having a picnic in the forest

Don't forget to pack your picnic blanket

Go Ape. There’s something for everyone!

For anyone with a sense of adventure and appetite for the great outdoors, Britain is a natural playground. With the sun glistening through the trees, August is a special time for an adventure. Go Ape is ready to supercharge the experience! From tree-to-tree crossings, 3km zip treks, nets 30 feet above the forest floor and heavy duty all-terrain Segway on spectacular off-road trails, they really do have all the adventure boxes ticked.

It is good quality family fun designed to put a smile on everyone’s face, get the wind in your hair and make some memories to last a lifetime.

Don’t forget. All of our guests can enjoy a discount at Go Ape. Oh, go on then!

Whatever you do and wherever you go, be our guest. Spend your days exploring the woodland, enjoying picnics on a sunny day and barbecues on the decking of your secluded cabin, then unwind in your hot tub at the end of a perfect day. Here’s to a fun filled August that will make it a summer to remember.