Ideas for family days out in the summer holidays

Week 4: Ideas for family days out in the summer holidays

Looking for inspiration to keep the kids entertained this summer holiday? Then check out our favourite family days out.


There’s something for everyone from days at home, countryside adventures to museums and festivals. The only problem will be choosing which one of these brilliant activities for kids to do first.

  •  Plan day trips to the countryside. There are lots of family friendly walks and places to go exploring all over the country including the beautiful Lake District, Peak District, Norfolk, New Forest and Devon. Take a picnic and a plant/tree/ bird spotting book to make a day of it. Visit the National Trust or English Heritage websites to find a location near you.
  • Summer city fun. Check out bus tours around a big city near you. I bet there is somewhere local that is on your doorstep that you haven’t visited. Most companies have discounted family tickets. Check local websites for details.
  • Museums and Exhibitions make great family days out. Here’s just a few of our favorites

National Space centre, Leicestershire. Bursting with interactive fun for kids to discover. There are special guests on Fridays throughout the summer.

Deep Sea World, Fife, Scotland. Boasts one of the largest collections of sharks in Europe. You can even stand under a water tunnel as they swim above you or watch the weekly piranha feeds. It’s a frenzy!  This is top of our to do list.

Longleat Safari park,Wiltshire .Go on the deadly safari and see how many predators you can spot or take the drive through experience and see zebras, lions rhinos, giraffes, wolves and ‘meddling monkeys’. Great for your own cheeky monkeys.

Go Ape! At venues all over the country. Zip wires, Tarzan swings and rope bridges are the name of the game for anyone over the age of 10. Not for the faint hearted or those scared of heights! These hire wire courses are up in the trees for a heart racing experience. I did this last year and it was absolutely thrilling. I felt very brave afterwards.

Beamish Open air museum, Durham. This museum is a set of buildings which take you back to the North East of England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times. There are shops and houses to see as well as trams to ride on too. I visited Beamish when I was about 10 years old (let’s just say that’s a long time ago now) It left such an impression on me that I can’t wait to take my girls this month. I learnt a lot.

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Get ready to scream with our choice of theme parks – one of the best summer holiday activities for kids:

Thorpe Park, Chertsey. Once thought of as only for younger kids, Thorpe Park now has a great range of thrill seeking rides for all ages.

Alton towers, Alton.-For fantastic roller coasters fit for fun loving little ones right through to pre teens and mums and dads. Fun for the whole family

Chessington World of Adventures, Chessington. Jam packed full of roller coaster rides as well as animals and sea life to visit. There’s lots to see for a big day out.

LegoLand, Windsor. Whether you are a Lego fan or not there are plenty of rides as well as mini world  LEGO models to see. Aimed at 11 years and under there are plenty of playgrounds to play in. We love it that there is LEGO to play with on the popular rides with long queues.

Drayton Manor, Staffordshire. One of the UK’s biggest theme parks is great for all ages from young ones with Thomas the Tank Engine land to adults with Splash Canyon. There is also a zoo and a dinosaur park with life size models.

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