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Summer Activities Near Grandhome

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We’re officially in the midst of the summer holidays and you might feel you’re starting to run out of ideas to keep the family entertained. For all budgets and adventures, it’s a good idea to have a handy list of things to do before the schools return. Read on to find our favourite summer activities near Grandhome.

Make a splash at Stonehaven Open Air Pool

At Stonehaven’s Open Air Swimming Pool, you can find an Olympic-size 50m long swimming pool filled with heated, clean sea water surrounded by sheltered sun terraces – perfect if you are looking for something different in the summer!

There is a slide for everyone to enjoy, and for younger swimmers, there is a paddling pool for under-8s. The pool area is entirely wheelchair accessible for those requiring special needs access, and a hoist and friendly assistance are available. 

During the summer holidays, Stonehaven Open Air Pool has also been hosting fun sessions for all ages, including Kids Fun, Inflatables and Live Music, to name only a few. Visit their website to find opening times and ticket prices. 

Get Baking!

Get your family together in the kitchen for a good old-fashioned bake-off, especially if it’s a dreich day. The possibilities are endless if you head over to Aberdeen’s local Foodie Quine by Claire Jessiman’s food blog.

From banana, strawberry and honey muffins to s’mores tiffin, there is something for everyone. You could even challenge yourself with former Bake-Off winner Candice Brown’s chocolate mud cake recipe from The Press and Journal. Everyone can help, whether their job is reading the recipe or stirring the ingredients, you can easily get the whole family involved. 

Take a drive to Wynford Farm

Only 16 minutes in the car from Grandhome, Wynford Farm promises to entertain the entire family. There is an outdoor farm park and an indoor soft play area and café, there really is plenty of activities for everyone. 

At the Farm Park, you can say hello to many animals, including pigs, goats and ferrets, chickens, alpacas and even meerkats. You can even get up close and personal to some of the fluffiest members of Wynford Farm in their fluffy animal handling sessions. 

They even have an outdoor adventure playground, which is every future farmer’s dream, with authentic old farm tractors, diggers and pedal tractors, bouncing pillows, zip-lines and pedal go-karts. If the weather starts to take a turn, there is still so much to do in the soft play area with slides, cross rope bridges, ball pits and more. For ticket prices and opening times, check out their website here

Head to Codona’s Amusement Park

Located at Aberdeen Beach, Codona’s Amusement Park has indoor and outdoor adventure play areas to bowling, mini-golf and outdoor thrill rides. Try your luck at the indoor arcade or challenge your friends on the electric go-karts.

To keep the fun going, fuel your day at the various food stalls, including Aberdeen’s own Big Manny’s pizzeria – what’s not to love! 

Check out their website for wristbands and other activity prices in addition to opening times. 

Summer walks

The warmer weather means it’s the perfect time to explore Aberdeen and further afield on foot or by bike. There are so many trails to uncover, including the River Don Heritage Trail and Scotstown Moor Local Nature reserve, both of which are very close to Grandhome.

From castle grounds, beach and park walks, take in the picturesque sights and wind down with a lovely family walk. Remember to bring your cameras as you never know what wildlife you might encounter.

For more summer walks in around Aberdeenshire, check out our recent blog here. 

Aberdeen Science Centre

One of Aberdeen’s top visitor attractions, Aberdeen Science Centre, offers the perfect day out for the whole family. After a recent refurbishment, there are now more than 60 new interactive exhibits, including the friendly robot RoboThespian and the OPITO Theatre of Energy; there is something to learn every visit. All the family can unleash their curiosity at the recently awarded 5-star Visit Scotland attraction and gather all the facts to bring back to school to impress their friends. 

For ticket prices and opening times, check out their website here.

Let your imagination run wild at a rural castle

Did you know there are over 250 castles and stately homes in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, both near and far from Grandhome? Castle Fraser (pictured) is one of the largest tower houses in Scotland and Crathes Castle is rumoured to be haunted by The Green Lady.  There are plenty of castle adventures are waiting for your family to enjoy during the holidays. Check out Visit Aberdeen’s website for all the details on the castles and stately homes in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire to plan your next day trip.

Credit: National Trust for Scotland

Many of the castles are home to impressive acres of land, great for stretching your legs and enjoying a relaxing spring stroll. For dog-friendly estates, we encourage you to check Visit Aberdeen’s website.  

Are you looking for a new home in Aberdeen this summer? 

Grandhome is the perfect location for commuters and families in the sought-after community in Bridge of Don. There is a range of new build homes for sale. Get in contact if you would like to learn more about Grandhome.