This is summer: kids

This Sunday 20th July don't miss the final part in our four-part series - a free kids magazine

So it's here again. That looooooooooooong school summer holiday. The six weeks ahead can be great fun with a little bit of forward planning and a gung-ho attitude.

Even the most enthusiastic parent needs some inspiration, so within these pages you should find ideas for the weeks ahead. First up is Clare Dwyer Hogg's selection of British days out which offers everything from a crabbing championship to animation workshops for restless children. Family travel expert Katy Holland has found brilliant clubs and camps to pack the children off to, when you need a break. Meanwhile, for fun in your own back garden, check out Kate Watson-Smyth's ideas for activities at home. You might be surprised to find that your house and garden look better at the end of a day's jollity, thanks to Kate's ingenious schemes!

Whether you're looking for a local lunch, or somewhere to stop off while on holiday, the four-page guide to child-friendly restaurants should help – we've looked beyond the “nuggets and chips” kids' menu that is depressingly familiar to find some real gems.

And for those who like summer shopping, there's a lovely selection of junior fashion for boys and girls; fantastic gifts, gadgets and other treats chosen by Beatrice Hodgkin on the shopping pages; plus beautiful books for every age. And we've got lots of websites for even more ideas and tips.

There's also a special thank you to photographer Justin Sutcliffe, whose beautiful and imaginative photographs appear on the cover and inside this magazine, and to the children who romped around in them! To parents everywhere, have fun with the kids – and good luck out there!

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