Schools out for summer, so many parents are most likely wracking their brains (and purses) in order to plan some fun activities the whole family can enjoy.
With a wealth of attractions, museums, beaches and historical landmarks dotted across the UK, there are plenty of options to suit everyone’s interests and most importantly your budget.
Our biggest advice – do your research beforehand and snap up great value ticket deals in advance or if you’re lucky find a last minute offer.
If you have no clue where to start, help is at hand… Below we have compiled a list of fun things to do with your family, ranging from sightseeing around the UK to visiting popular theme parks with your little terrors.
Things to do this summer
1. Visit Legoland
Legoland in Windsor boasts over 50 rides and attractions, including the Dragon rollercoaster and Viking River splash, so kids will have plenty to keep them busy during their visit.
Tickets start from £28 when you book in advance online, this is the cheapest option as it will save you 40% off and you can also skip the ticket queue when you get there. Legoland are also running a flash sale where visitors can pick up four tickets for £99 between 12 and 15th July. You can find more Legoland deals and discount offers year round in our full guide.
Price: from £28pp. Buy now from www.legoland.co.uk
2. Take a Wimbledon Tennis tour
Visit the home of tennis in Wimbledon where you can explore the Lawn Tennis museum and test your sporting knowledge and take a rest on top of the famous Murray Mound.
The tour is available on a family ticket for four which costs £80, the package gives visitors all-access entry within the grounds, including in the private changing rooms that tennis greats Andy Murray, Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic use.
Price: £80 for family of four. Buy now from www.buyagift.co.uk
3. Catch a movie
Most major cinema chains offer cheap morning and daytime tickets for children’s screenings during the school holidays, making a trip to the cinema a bit lighter on the purse strings.
Cineworld run Movies For Juniors where tickets to a choice of lively children’s films will only set you back £2.50 per person. There’s also a premium Movies For Juniors for new films, with tickets priced from £5.50 at lots of cinemas locations across the UK.
Price: from £2.50pp. Buy now from www.cineworld.co.uk
4. Explore the historical Dover Castle site
Get a dose of history when you visit one of England’s most iconic fortresses, set deep into the White Cliffs of Dover.
While there climb the great tower, explore the medieval interiors and roam the stunning grounds for a truly immersive day out for all ages.
Price: Free for English Heritage members, from £12.50 kids and £20.90 adults. Plan your visit at www.english-heritage.org.uk
5. Explore Drayton Manor
Drayton Manor in Staffordshire boasts 100 rides and attractions, including the themed Thomas Land and rollercoasters Shockwave and Apocalypse, which are suitable for kids of all ages. Parents can pick up a family ticket for £88 from 21 June to 1 September when booking in advance online.
Price: from £28. Book now via www.draytonmanor.co.uk
6. Meet the animals at Longleat
Animal lovers will love a day at Longleat safari park where they can get up close and personal with the lemurs, monkeys and lions roaming the park.
But there exploring doesn’t stop there, once inside Longleat House visitors should take in the beautiful Great Hall that houses an array of stunning artworks and interesting artifacts.
Ticket website Picniq is currently offering an exclusive 20 per cent off tickets for both adults and children over the summer schoolholidays.
Price: from £20.95 for kids and £28 for adults. Book now via picniq.co.uk
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7. Explore the Eden Project
Get the whole family connected to nature with a visit to Eden Project in Cornwall.
The popular attraction features the largest indoor rainforest in the world, which is home to thousands of varieties of exotic plants spread from floor to ceiling of the Biome dome structure. There’s also a second Biome dome with thousands of plants from the Mediterranean region of the world too.
Price: from £43.50 adult and child ticket. Book now via buyagift.co.uk
8. Exprience the view at The Shard
Visit one of Europe’s tallest buildings to take in views all across London at The Shard. Located right by London Bridge, visitors can spot all the capital’s most iconic landmarks from way up high on the level 72 viewing floor and get unobstructed views in every direction. A must for those who are only in town for a short time during the summer.
Price: £65 for two adults and one child. Book now via www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk
9. Take the family to ZSL London Zoo
The ZSL London Zoo is home to over 18,000 animals, ranging from fierce lions to exotic insects and spiders.
Amazing spaces to explore while you are there include an new Indian-themed Land of the Lions exhibit for big cat lovers, a walk through spider’s enclosure (the only one in Europe) and a Madagascan shrub forest where kids can meet the cheeky lemurs that will be milling about trying to catch some sun.
Price: £76 for family ticket for four. Buy a family ticket for four via www.buyagift.co.uk
10. Watch Disney’s The Lion King on stage
Disney’s award-winning musical celebrates it’s 20-year run at the Lyceum Theatre this year, which is a great reason to catch this awe-inspiring show during the holidays.
Old and young will enjoy the re-imagined coming of age story of Simba, with brightly coloured costumes and incredible soundtrack, all set against the stunning backdrop of the African Pridelands setting created on stage.
Book tickets via www.atgtickets.com
11. Meet the animals at Knowsley Safari Park
If your kids love animals they will love a trip to Knowsley Safari park in Prescot in Merseyside.
The five-mile park is home to over 700 exotic animals including rhinos, towering giraffes and fierce lions along with fairground and on site too. There are also regular educational talks from the park keepers, sea lion displays and birds of prey displays.
Price: £50 for family of four. Buy tickets via www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk
12. Go to Kew Gardens
Take in the beautiful lush and green surroundings at Kew Gardens in south west London. The UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to hundreds of different plant species and wildlife spread across several glasshouses and distinctly different gardens.
Price: £48 for family of four. Book tickets via www.virginexperiencedays.co.uk
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