Thursday, 24 July 2014

Summer Holiday Activities

Schools out, so if you haven't already got a busy summer planned, it's time to get thinking of some great ways to entertain the kids! Covering the length and breadth of the country, there are some brilliant days out and adventures to discover. We've selected some of our favourites to share with you here.

Portsmouth: 'High Tea' at the Spinnaker Tower

Enjoy afternoon tea on View Deck 2 of Portsmouth's Spinnaker Tower. Take in the spectacular views of the coast whilst enjoying delicious sandwiches and cakes. Why not make a day or a weekend of it and enjoy the fantastic Naval and maritime heritage of Portsmouth along with its museums and miles of beautiful seafront.

                                  Find out more about High Tea at the Spinnaker Tower, here. 

Snowdonia National Park: Bounce Below

The world's largest subterranean playground opened this summer in the heart of Snowdonia National Park. Set within a disused slate cavern, this is a big adventure with a difference! Fitted out with bouncy nets and slides it is lit with a technicolour light display, making this a 'must-do' for all you thrill seekers!

Find out more about Bounce Below, here. 

Lake District: Visit the owls at Muncaster Castle

The World Owl Centre™ is set within the gardens of Muncaster Castle, near the town of Ravenglass, in the heart of the western Lakes. Open every day through the summer, entry to the Owl Centre is included with your gardens ticket. Here you will find a diverse collection of owls ranging from the bizarre to the familiar. Don't miss Meet The Birds every day at 2.30pm during the summer season.

Cardigan Bay: See dolphins and seals from a boat trip in the bay

This beautiful part of the Welsh coastline is home to bottle-nose dolphins, porpoises, seals and birds. Take a boat trip of the bay to learn about the ecology of our coastline and, hopefully, spot some exciting wildlife!

Find out more about Cardigan Bay Boat Trips, here

Edinburgh: Our Dynamic Earth Exhibition

A highly successful children's interactive science museum which tells the story of the astounding science surrounding the past, present and future of our planet. Set in one of Britain's most beautiful cities, this would be an ideal weekend break for those who live further away.

Learn more about Dynamic Earth, here

London: Deen City Farm

If you're in London but want to give the children a taste of the countryside, then Deen City Farm is just what you're looking for! An urban farm with an educational focus, Deen Farm teaches visitors about the rural environment and farming/ food production. Riding lessons are also available.

You can learn more about Deen City Farm, here

Plymouth: British Firework Championships August 12/13.

Plymouth was chosen as the location for the British Fireworks Championships because it provides a natural amphitheatre with a stunning backdrop and numerous points for spectators to watch from around the harbour. This August, the skies of Plymouth will again be lit up in a pyrotechnic display guaranteed to draw visitors from far and wide into the city.

Find out more about the British Fireworks Championships, here

Somerset: Wookey Hole

Open 7 days a week, Wookey Hole is a wonderful and unique attraction in Somerset made up of beautiful caves, underground rivers, mystery and ancient folklore.

Find out more about Wookey Hole, here

Isle of Wight: Shanklin Chine

Visiting the Isle of Wight? Don't miss Shanklin Chine, a unique and tranquil leafy gorge, first opened in 1817. The winding woodlandwith its steep sides is an enchanting place of rare plants, wildlife and waterfalls.

Find out more about Shanklin Chine, here

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