Your Bank holiday ‘To Do’ List

Hurray! We have another extended weekend to look forward too! Those of us who are lucky enough to have this Monday off (and maybe even half term) might be scratching our heads over what to do…and as always, it really depends on the weather. We’ve come up with some great ideas for you to consider when deciding how to entertain the family this weekend, come rain or shine.

Bring out the swimsuit

Make a splash at The Rapids: Why not take the whole family for a Fun Swim at The Rapids this weekend? There’s a great range of facilities available for a whole range of ages. From the toddler and baby area to the flume, there really is something for everyone – even a Costa for Nan and Grandad. Come on down on the day, or book in advance and skip the queues by purchasing Fast Track tickets, which can be ordered HERE.

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Inflatables Session at Andover Leisure Centre: Have a fun and exciting swim with your family and friends on the inflatables at Andover Leisure Centre Swimming Pool. The Monster Island inflatable lets you conquer the castle by slaying the dragon, defeating the knight and descending down the slide. There is also the Commando Chute which is a duel slide that allows you to race your friends to the bottom – first one wins! Inflatable sessions run every Saturday and Sunday, for all times visit our online timetable. Plan your day in advance and book your place on the inflatable swim session online.

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Walk and a picnic

Another one for the entire family, why not take in the fresh air and go for a walk. Not only does this get you moving, but team it up with a picnic and you’ve got yourself a day out! For your picnic, why not experiment with some easy and healthy recipes, we love this recipe from Change 4 Life for a new potato and tuna salad. This recipe is to serve four adults, so you might want to alter the recipe if there are a lot of you going, just take in mind that children’s portions will be smaller.

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Ingredients:

  • 1kg new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 lemon-juice and zest
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cans tuna in water, drained
  • 5 spring onions, trimmed and finely chopped
  • ¼ cucumber, finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped

What to do:

  1. Cook the potatoes in boiling water until tender, about 15-20 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, mix together the garlic, parsley, lemon juice, zest and olive oil to make the dressing.
  3. Drain the potatoes well and put them into a salad bowl. Pour over the dressing and stir it through so that the flavours are soaked up by the potatoes as they cool down.
  4. Flake the tuna fish into chunks and add to the potatoes with the spring onions, cucumber and tomatoes. Toss together gently and serve at once.

Nutritional information:

  • Per adult portion (i.e. ¼ recipe)
  • 311 kcals
  • 21g protein
  • 7g fat of which 1g saturates
  • 43g carbohydrate of which 5g sugars
  • 3g dietary fibre
  • 33mg sodium
  • 79mg salt

Because it’s a picnic, you need more than just a salad to serve everyone. You needs to provide snacks. Sticking with the healthy theme, we suggest that you cut up carrots, cucumber and pepper into batons; bring a pot of low fat hummus too for dipping. One picnic favourite is mini sausages – these can often be quite fatty and have a low pork percentage. Instead of getting shop bought mini sausages, buy venison sausages that have a high meat percentage (try to buy sausages that have over 80%) and cut them to make disks.

For a sweet treat, pack a range of fruits such as strawberries, raspberries, melon and grapes, team those up with some dark chocolate it you are after a real sugar fix.

There are loads more activities on offer at Andover Leisure Centre, The Rapids, Romsey Sports Centre, Charlton Lakeside and Knightwood Leisure Centre for you to try this weekend including golf, racket sports, crazy golf and more! To see our full range of facilities, just visit our website and pick the centre you want to go to.

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