Schools will soon be breaking up for the summer holidays and although the weather hasnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t quite lived up to our expectations so far, there is still plenty to do with the kids if you find yourself in the area near Stansted Airport. Here are a few suggestions, some of which are suitable for rainy weather too.
Duxford Imperial War Museum
The Duxford Imperial War Museum is located within the grounds of the famous former First and Second World War airfield. You can explore some of the most well known aircraft in the world with your kids Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the museum has a collection of over 200 aircraft as well as other military vehicles, boats and tanks.
There are also fantastic interactive exhibitions that take place now and then which both children and adults alike will find fascinating.
The House on the Hill Toy Museum
The House on the Hill Toy Museum was opened by Alan Goldsmith, whose own toy collection grew so vast that he decided to open it up to the public to enjoy. The collection of over 70,000 individual toys includes items ranging from as far back as Roman times all the way up to the eighties.
The collection has continued to grow and allows visitors to see toys such as rare teddies, dolls, board games, Hornby trains and robots that would otherwise have been lost to the public gaze a long time ago.
Audley End House and Gardens
Audley End House and Gardens is a great day out. As well as Audley End House itself, which is one of EnglandÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most impressive stately homes, they have also recently opened the doors to their restored historic stables, with horses Duke and Jack and a Victorian groom.
There is lots of fun to be had by children, with a fun themed play area next to the Cart Yard CafÃƒÂ© and dressing up clothes in the stables. Adults will appreciate the magnificence of the house itself, which was built to entertain royalty, and the beautiful gardens.
If you are looking for accommodation near Stansted, please take a look at the DeSalis Hotel. We are conveniently placed to visit any of the above attractions and are just a 5 minute shuttle bus ride away from Stansted airport itself.