Children will revel in the great open spaces and clean air that this pristine part of Scotland has to offer. There are unlimited opportunities to get back to nature and make those special childhood memories that great family holidays bring.
But sometimes parents just need a break or if the weather isn’t behaving itself you need to look for indoor activities to keep them entertained. Here we have tried to give you some local knowledge to help keep the kids amused whatever the weather.
BOWHILL HOUSE & COUNTRY PARK
Around 15 minutes drive from the holiday cottages this is a great place to take the children. There’s an indoor softplay, a huge outdoor adventure playground and a great little café for lunch all within the setting of a large stately house. http://www.bowhillhouse.co.uk/
MOJO’S SOFTPLAY, TD1 2HQ
In Galashiels around 10 minutes drive from the holiday cottages. Perfect if you just want to have a coffee and read the newspaper while the kids run riot in the softplay! http://www.mojossoftplay.co.uk/
PAVILION CINEMA, TD1 3AF
In Galashiels. Good for rainy days! http://pavilioncinema.co.uk/
OLD MELROSE TEA ROOM – 10 minutes drive away, just off the A68 heading south towards Newtown St Boswells. This is a delightful little café serving delicious light lunches. The great attraction for young children is that they can bring their favourite teddy and have a teddybear’s picnic which is served in a small picnic basket. There are also wonderful riverside walks from here http://oldmelrosefurniturestudio.co.uk/
GLENTRESS FOREST MOUNTAIN BIKING & GO APE, EH45 8NB
25 minutes drive from the holiday cottages this is a mountain biking mecca, probably the best trail centre in the UK. Great for older children and adults. You can hire bikes and helmets at the centre and there’s a really good café where you’ll see lots of people plastered in mud! There’s also a Go Ape centre here with a tree-top assault course and huge zip wire. http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/tweed-valley-forest-park/glentress
TWEEDBANK CHILDREN’S PLAY PARK
A favourite with our girls! Herges restaurant on the other side of the pond from the park also serves really good food and is child friendly. https://www.scotborders.gov.uk/directory_record/13956/public_park_tweedbank
GIBSON PARK IN MELROSE
Opposite Melrose Rugby Club and next to the Tennis Courts
BORDERS BOOK FESTIVAL
In Melrose at Harmony Gardens, 14th-17th June 2018. If you are here in June when it’s on there’s always a great schedule of children’s events making this a great day out. http://www.bordersbookfestival.org/
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND, EDINBURGH, EH1 1JF
Jump on the train to Edinburgh (KIDS GO FREE OFFER, 1-2 children off-peak all year round) and in a hour you will be in Edinburgh. Within a short walk, and FREE ENTRY get ready to explore Animal Kingdom, light up the room on the Energy Wheel, dress up in historical clothes or Race a Formula 1 car. There is something for everyone, with a great cafe and all within a short walk of Ediburgh Castle and the Royal Mile.
DYNAMIC EARTH, EDINBURGH, EH8 8AS
One of Edinburgh’s best family attractions is Dynamic Earth, the UK’s only visitor centre dedicated to telling the story of planet Earth. On this interactive adventure you will learn about how the earth was formed, journey through space and time and around the world. http://www.dynamicearth.co.uk
CAMERA OBSCURA, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH1 2ND
A stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle you, Camera Obscura and a world of illusions is spread over five floors.