The summer holidays are finally here and no doubt your children are super excited! But finding six weeks of activities to keep your little ones occupied while school’s out can be a parenting headache.
To help get you started we’ve put together a list of fun ideas for family day trips and weekends away. It should give you some inspiration when planning your children’s summer.
1) The Beach
Everybody loves a trip to the seaside! Though it’s easy to assume you need to go abroad to enjoy a day at the beach, in fact the UK has some beautiful coastline. With the weather (fingers crossed!) taking a turn for the better in recent weeks there’s no better time to visit the seaside.
Here are some of our favourite British beaches, but you’ll find more recommendations here.
Watergate Bay – Newquay
Watergate Bay offers two miles of golden sandy beach and an Atlantic coastline where the waves are perfect for water sports like body-boarding or kite-surfing. There are also rock pools for the little ones and scenic clifftop walks for mum and dad. If you’re feeling adventurous why not book the whole family a surfing lesson with the Extreme Academy?
Sandsend – Whitby
A pretty sweep of beach with a backdrop of grassy cliffs, Sandsend is quieter and more scenic than other beaches in the Whitby area. It’s also a great spot for your little explorers to go hunting for fossils when the tide’s out.
Lunan Bay – Montrose, Scotland
Lunan Bay is the beach with a rosy, pink hue. Surrounded by sandstone and low red cliffs the beautiful coastline is popular with surfers and a great spot for bird watching. Budding geologists will find semiprecious rocks and gems hidden in the sand too.
2) The Eden Project
If your family haven’t visited The Eden Project yet, this summer is a fantastic time for a visit. The breath-taking biomes are home to the largest indoor rainforest in the world. With tropical temperatures and a tree top canopy walkway you’ll be fully immersed into the rainforest’s ecosystem.
This summer The Eden Project also has an extra special dinosaur exhibition. With life-size moving dinosaurs, a hands-on excavation site and a chance to get up close and personal with prehistoric ‘monsters’ from the sea it’s perfect for energetic little ones.
The summer holidays are a brilliant chance to take your children to see some of the sights in our capital city. From the London Eye to Madame Tussauds, The London Dungeon to Tower Bridge, there’s so much to see and do in London!
If you’re planning a sight-seeing trip, one of the best value ways to see the city’s attractions is with The London Pass. The pass gives you free, fast track entry to over 60 of the most popular attractions in the capital including Windsor Castle and Tower Bridge. Plus you can navigate easily around the city with a hop-on-hop-off bus tour or Thames River cruise.
4) A Water Park
A trip to the swimming pool is a great back-up plan for days when the weather lets you down. If you’re looking for something a little more exciting than a trip to your local pool, why not plan a visit to a water park?
Alton Towers has one of the best water parks in the UK. There are hundreds of interactive water features, - from fountains to water rollercoasters - so there’s something for everyone. Plus, if you want to make a weekend trip of your visit, there’s the Splash Landings hotel right next door.
5) The Harry Potter Studios
If your children were big fans of the books and the films they’ll love the Harry Potter studio tour. During the tour you can visit real sets used to film scenes in the Great Hall, Diagon Alley and Dumbledore’s Office. Plus you’ll learn all about the special effects that created the Quidditch matches, as well as seeing famous props like Harry’s Nimbus 2000 broomstick.
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