Our favourite ideas for a family gathering this February

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Family reunions are a fantastic way to strengthen relationships and make wonderful memories together. Even though they traditionally involve some participation from different family members, they’re not always the easiest to organise. Whether your family prefers traditional or unconventional get-togethers, it’s still possible to orchestrate a gathering that suits everyone – with a little bit of prior planning.

 

Family reunions in 2023: Our top five

    1. Family games night

Planning a games night could be a wonderful way to reunite the extended family. And if you have the space, this is an option that’s easy to plan in your own home, saving everyone money on accommodation too.

In the weeks leading up to the event, why not send out a poll to your family to find out which of their favourite games they’d like to see make an appearance? If you can find a way to make the evening work to individual strengths, everybody will be able to enjoy a bit of family rivalry.

    1. Cook-off

With some delicious spring recipes to get you all started, hosting a family cook-off could be a fantastic way to have fun together as we head towards the warmer months of the year. Whether you challenge everyone to cook the same dish or split up into teams for a three-course extraordinaire, cooking could make your family gathering even more memorable.

All you need to do is use your best saucepans and turn up the heat for a family dinner finished with friendly competition and a tasting panel, too.

    1. A weekend in the Lake District

If you’d love to share a sense of adventure, why not organise a trip to the beautiful Lake District National Park? Discover England’s highest mountain nestled amongst sixteen of the largest lakes in the country too, perfect for walking, cycling, and finding the best local pubs.

From sailing to going on a treetop adventure, you’ll never be short of things to do. Whether your family is young and energetic or would prefer a relaxing time together, the Lake District offers the best of both worlds.

    1. Family Olympics

To keep things simple and remove the need for an overnight stay at the reunion, hosting a mock version of the Olympics could be entertaining. Ask your family to bring the most athletic versions of themselves, ready to play a host of competitive games like table tennis, tug of war, relay races, and a few more of your favourites.

    1. Coastal retreat

If you’re lucky enough to live near the beach, hiring out a house or cabin there for the weekend could prove a wonderful idea. It doesn’t have to be the height of summer to enjoy the beach, but we’d suggest making sure you pack some playing cards and games just in case the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Heading to the coast before the peak season could give you unrivalled views of the coast, plus beach walks all to yourselves. And if there are a few pet dogs in the family, this could be an excellent option for them too.

Family reunions are meant to be about catching up with your relatives and sharing good times together. Planning your gathering shouldn’t be stressful, so if you’re finding the process overwhelming, just try to keep things simple.

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