17 Local Days out for the Family this Summer
Who else remembers that final bell at the end of the school term? That feeling of freedom as you head out the school gates knowing that you have 6 weeks of uninterrupted fun ahead of you. No need for uniform and no need to hold your hand up to go to the toilet… it’s the little things!
It’s easy for the little ones, they get to play, explore and enjoy their time off, not so easy for the parent/guardian who have to find something for their mini VIP’s to do each day. Whether it’s childcare or entertainment.
Whilst we can’t help with childcare… not our remit, we do have a few ideas up our sleeves for things to do during the long weeks of summer. Some of them even stock our juicy goodies, so feel free to pick up a refreshment during your visit.
Here are 17 of the best days out for the family this summer…
For the active
No one knows the family like the National Trust. They have helped young and old explore, educate and relax in their many stunning and historical locations. Now, we aren’t going to rewrite the bible, so before you go off exploring the National Trust sites, take heed to some of their most adventurous of ideas in their ‘Things to do before you are 11′.
For those who want variety
Cotswold Farm Park
Nestled in the beautiful Cotswolds, just outside the spa town of Cheltenham, you’ll find the wonderful Cotswold Farm Park. The perfect place to let off some steam, cuddle up to some furry friends and learn something new in the process.
Each year the farm grows that little bit more, offering inspiring ways to entertain the whole family. 2019 will ensure your little ones never grow up, as the farm park are paying homage to Peter Pan’s Neverland.
If you’re on a budget, you can also enter the brand-new Sunflower Fields for fabulous photos and enjoy some colourful nature.
For those who love history
From duelling displays to playful workshops ‘Britain’s Greatest Palace’ is waiting to capture your imagination whilst teaching your little ones something new…
For the imaginative
Join the famous Tweedy and the travelling circus for an afternoon/evening of enchantment, excitement and uplifting energy. Keep an eye out for it when it comes to a town near you…
For those who love nature
With two-hundred and fifty acres of countryside to enjoy, this is the place to really let your little ones let off some steam. Perfect for animal lovers and bigger groups, and best of all, it’s free!
For those who want to stretch their legs
With stunning views to enjoy and wooded areas to build your own bivouac, Crickley Hill offers all you need for a few days out for the family this summer. Take a picnic or use one of their BBQ areas and take advantage of the ample of space that surrounds you.
For those who love the outdoors
Throughout the year Westonbirt takes advantage of the natural beauty that surrounds you. Enjoy the crunchy leaves beneath your feet and golden hues in autumn, the fairy lights in the winter and the gloriously green trails in summer.
For those who love animals
Zoo Battersea Park
The perfect place to find unusual species and to pet some utterly adorable furry friends, Zoo Battersea Park is ideal for the animal lovers out there.
For those who love a story
With its royal connections and ruins, there are so many stories to be told at Sudeley Castle. Be transported back in time to learn snippets of information about the history of England.
Throughout summer they offer fantastic days out for the family, from days with the bumble bees to knight school, outdoor cinemas and even a classic car rally! The castle really does offer something for everyone.
For that picture-perfect opportunity
Cotswold Lavender Fields
Lavender is renowned for its relaxing effects. As you enter the fields, you are automatically hit with a feeling of freedom, happiness and calm. Children run, parents explore, and the vibrant colour of the lavender plants provide the perfect opportunity to take some fabulous family photos.
Well behaved dogs are allowed, if they are on a lead, making it a real family friendly afternoon.
For the active
Cotswold Water Park
Get wet and wild with a family day out at Cotswold Water Park. There are many water sports to enjoy, spaces to sunbathe and new hobbies to learn. You’ll be amazed how fast the day disappears.
For the winged lovers
Step into a world of colour, adventure and education. Meet and learn about various species of ducks, geese and the ever-tropical flamingos before letting your hair down in their adventure playground. 100 acres of fun to be had, when you visit Slimbridge with the family.
For those who love to explore
Discover a world underground and explore life beneath the Forest of Dean. With its colourful caverns, hidden nature and fascinating shows, there is something for all ages. Each season the caves offer something different, so keep an eye out of what is coming up soon!
For those who love Thomas
Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway
ALL ABOARD! Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway is the perfect place for those who love trains and the history behind them. Take a trip through 28 miles of fantastic scenery or enjoy one of their themed family days. The ultimate way to see what our fabulous surrounding counties have to offer.
For those who love to play
Cattle Country Adventure Park
If you’re looking for the ultimate day of childish behaviour, Cattle Country is the place to visit. From jumping pillows to miniature golf, splash pools to the farmyard, it’s almost impossible to fit everything into one day. Run the outdoor assault course, play kings and queens in the Berkeley Castle before filling your family’s bellies in the picnic and BBQ area.
For those who are on a budget
Pittville Park has been part of the Cheltenham community since the 1800s, offering a true space of fun and freedom. Discover the famous Pump Rooms before letting loose in the park. Whilst you’re there, why not feed their hungry ducks on the pond. They even have paddle boats to sail away the day in.
For the thrill seekers
National Diving & Activity Centre
This is one for the adventurous! The National Diving & Activity centre offers fun above and below the water line, with diving courses, the renowned Atlantic Aqua Park, Drive-in Cinema and exhilarating Wire Zip Slide. Do something different this summer and get your heart racing!
Embrace the summer holidays and really get out and about to enjoy some time with friends and family.
Visit the websites listed above for pricing and full information on each of the attractions. And remember, on the warmer days, pick up a Joosed Fruity Water or Chilly Billy to keep yourself hydrated and cool!