School summer holidays are nearly here – and we bet the kids are overjoyed. If you’d prefer to get them away from the TV screen and into the outdoor scene, then take a look at our selection of attractions to enjoy in the upcoming weeks.
Beaches are a firm summertime favourite. Hunt for fossils on Peacehaven beach (East Sussex); build sandcastles on Bamburgh Beach (Northumberland) with the beautiful Bamburgh Castle near the shore; enjoy donkey rides, kite flying and fish and chips at the Grand Pier (Somerset); and check out the dinosaur footprints on Brook Beach (Isle of White).
For a typical sun-and-sea break, head to Brighton and soak in the beachfront atmosphere. The more adventurous should stop by Camber Sands (East Sussex) for some kitesurfing and windsurfing. Meanwhile, at Abersoch (Llyn Peninsula), the August Regatta presents a host of fun family activities, including raft racing, crab catching and sandcastle building competitions.
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Small feet tire easily, so when selecting a family walk, make sure there are plenty of places to stop, and pick an interesting route with plenty of things to observe.
Try the Wales Coastal Path – at 870 miles long, you can select with section you’d like to walk. The path offers great views of the sea, mountains, castles and wildlife. Meanwhile, the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland has four family-friendly trails and spectacular sights to explore.
Families can also try walking pier to pier in Bournemouth for some coastal fun, or go walking with llamas – yes, llamas – with National Forest Llama Treks in Barton-under-Needwood (Staffordshire).
Finally, the National Trust has put together a list of family-friendly walks – do take a look if you’re looking for more inspiration.
Cycling is one of the best family activities, in that it is suited to all ability levels, and can be as relaxing or strenuous as you like, depending on the route you select. There are so many cycling paths available across the UK – instead of listing them all, we’re going to provide you with the area resources for you to choose from. From road biking to mountain biking, there’s something for all families to enjoy.
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4. Animal Attractions
WildRootz at Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens allows children to get up close and personal with underwater wildlife – they can wade through the water and mud, explore the pond dipping pool, discover the Bug Walk, and build dens in the woods.
At the Abbotsbury Swannery (Dorset), visitors will be able to get a look at a colony of nesting swans – with an average of 100 nests producing around 600 cygnets!
Horse riding is also a popular pastime, and a number of riding operators offer kid-friendly options. Explore the Scottish Highlands or coastline from a new perspective with a horseback adventure!
Finally, zoos and animal reserves offer an entertaining day out – options include the London Zoo, Welsh Mountain Zoo, Magic of Life Butterfly House (Wales), Hoo Farm (Shropshire), Highland Wildlife Park, Pettitts Animal Adventure Park (Norfolk), Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre (Dorset), The Big Sheep (Devon), Pensthorpe Natural Park (Norfolk) and the Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World.
5. Ultimate Adventure
If your family is one to live on the wild side, then definitely try out the zip slides, tarzan swings and various treetop obstacles in the Queen Elizabeth Country Park (Aberfoyle). There are also other treetop adventures in Wendover, Buckinghamshire; Windermere, Cumbria; and Leeds Castle, Kent.
Zorbing, also known as sphereing, is another popular activity – you climb into a giant inflatable ball and get rolled/bounced down a slope. There are zorbing centres all over the UK – if this sounds like something your kids would enjoy, you can do quick internet search to find one near you.
Wales is best for gorge walking – this is an extreme adventure where participants climb along steep gorges and follow the river path as closely as possible. It is suitable for kids over the age of 11, so if you want to enjoy life on the edge – quite literally – give this a go!
How about some Segway sightseeing? It’s an environmentally-friendly method of exploring the countryside and forest trails, and Visit Scotland has some useful information on how to go about it.