What every parent holidaying in the UK should have:
The Rainy Day Box
Britain is unbeatable in terms of beauty. I feel extremely lucky to live in such a gorgeous country, full of contrasting landscapes.
Of course, I love the excitement of foreign travel but I adore Great Britain and so this year we have decided to holiday at home. We’re visiting the stunning Gower peninsula for some gloriously sandy family fun.
This particularly beautiful part of the UK is very special to me as it’s where my grandmother originated from and where I spent many a happy childhood holiday.
BUT with every British holiday,
we need to be prepared.
That includes waterproofs
and wellies and our savour
– the Rainy Day Box.
The Rainy Day Box is essential for keeping the children amused indoors (as there’s only so many times you can endure the beach in the pouring rain). I prepare it in advance of the holiday so it’s ready in case we need it.
To make a Rainy Day Box:
Sturdy cardboard or plastic box (I label mine, but this is not essential)
And some or all of the following (age-appropriate for your child or children):
- Colouring or activity books (I get mine when they are on offer in The Works)
- Crayons, colouring pencils or felt tip pens
- A board game (charity shops are great places to pick up board games)
- Loom bands or beads for bracelet making
- A new DVD (I bought this one cheap from the Supermarket, but you could hire one for a week from your local library)
- Indoor games such as jacks, dominos or jigsaws
- Reading books
- Craft kits (we still have some left from Christmas that we have never got around to making but you could easily make your own. In a zip lock bag put some pieces of card and paper, lollipop sticks or pipe cleaners and stickers, buttons etc. with some glue and scissors. Help your child to cut out a shape of their choice; this could be a mask or wand, or a butterfly or dinosaur. Attach pipe cleaners or lollipop sticks for the handle/antennae or legs and then let your child go wild with decorations.)
If you are self-catering you could also take a ready-made recipe kit.
Buy one or create your own by putting all the dry ingredients in a tub and wet ingredients in a small bottle. Print out the recipe and pack into your Rainy Day Box. This recipe is perfect as it doesn’t use any ingredients that require chilling.
Honey Flapjack Cookies
Both wheat and dairy free, these little oaty crunchies are completely irresistible.
Time 25 minutes plus cooling
Calories per cookie 72 Kcal
Fat per cookie 4g of which saturated 0.5g
Makes 30 cookies
Suitable for vegetarians
Porridge oats 125g (4½oz)
Medium oatmeal 50g (2oz)
Light soft brown sugar 110g (4oz)
Heather honey 2 tbsp
Vanilla extract a few drops
Vegetable oil 110ml (3½fl oz)
Egg 1, beaten
1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4 and line two large baking trays with baking parchment.
2 Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then put heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture, well spaced apart, on the baking sheets and flatten slightly with the back of the spoon – you should be able to make 30 cookies.
3 Bake for 12–15 minutes until they are a rich golden brown. Leave them to cool for 10 minutes on the baking trays before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.
For the best results, choose a stronger tasting variety of honey and add a teaspoon of cinnamon or ground mixed spice for a different flavour.
A Good Food Fast recipe.
Have fun everyone. You may even hope for a rainy day so you get to do all these activities!