August Adventures

With only a couple of weeks of the school holidays remaining we want to make sure you have plenty of August adventures! We know how tiring the summer holidays can be and sometimes thinking of somewhere new to go can seem like a mountain to climb. For our latest feature we have found a few ideas for you and the family to enjoy during the rest of August. Whether your kids want to watch a show, visit some animals or maybe you want to book that last minute holiday and need some ideas on places to visit whilst away? See our suggestions below and let us know what you’ve done with your summer holidays that you think others might enjoy!

Hatfield Park Farm Wind in the Willows

Hatfield Park Farm – Summer Events

Pack your picnics and join the boat-loving Ratty, the sensible yet curious Mole, wise old Badger and the fantastically irrepressible Toad as they embark on the adventure of a lifetime culminating in a colourful battle with the sly weasel to save Toad Hall!

Eye-catching costumes, toe-tapping music and larger than life characters promise to capture the imagination of the youngest of audience members whilst the sheer nostalgic charm of this beloved story is guaranteed to take older generations on a glorious trip down the riverbank onto memory lane. The perfect summer treat for all the family from the company that bought you last year’s smash hit, The Wizard of Oz!

The Wind in The Willows is performed on August 24th 2-4pm. Performances last approx 100 mins and include a 20 min interval. You are invited to bring your own low back chairs and blankets along with picnics and refreshments, however we kindly ask that you refrain from bringing glassware. Performances will continue whatever the weather so please come prepared!

Free parking will be available in the main visitor car park which is accessed by George’s Gate.

Click here to find out more about what’s happening at the farm over the summer.

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Save at Paradise Wildlife Park with an EXTRA 10% off online tickets with code LGWC10

Meet Keira this summer, currently the only jaguar cub in the UK and the first jaguar cub born at Paradise Wildlife Park. She is now out enjoying her new enclosure on view to the public. Keira was born on 2nd April 2017 as Paradise celebrated the launch of its new charity, the Zoological Society of Hertfordshire.

Home to over 500 exotic wild animals including tigers, monkeys, zebras, lemurs, meerkats, red pandas, tapirs, penguins, white lions, wallabies, emus, birds of prey, parrots, reptiles and snow leopards. It also offers a full programme of daily animal shows and events perfect for the whole family, plus On Safari Adventure Golf, National Speedway Museum, Animal Resource Centre, the Jungle Theatre, Woodland Railway, three adventure playgrounds, Tumble Jungle and Paradise Lagoon!

Save an EXTRA 10% off online tickets (20% in total) to Paradise Wildlife Park when you enter discount code LGWC10 at the checkout pwpark.com

Paradise Wildlife Park & Zoological Society of Hertfordshire is voted Hertfordshire’s No.1 Outdoor Attraction by Trip Advisor and set in the beautiful surrounding of Broxbourne Woods in the Heart of the Hertfordshire Countryside. It is also the only UK zoo to have five different big cat breeds with white lions, tigers, snow leopards, jaguars and a white tiger. More…

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Coastal escapes in Cornwall and Devon

Wet weather adventures, or sheltered indoors? This August Cornwall and Devon have it all. If you have packed up the car ready for a coastal adventure be sure to cehck out some of these attractions on your way; the Eden Project is a no-brainer for those visiting Cornwall this summer, with a Journey into Space exhibition, adventure activities, Renault electric car exhibition and so much more (including the SkyWire zip wire) we know we’d want to make a stop (or two), Newquay Zoo is a must for taking some time to look at all the lovely animals and learning more about their existence. In Devon take a trip to Crealy Adventure Park with over 60 rides spread over a 100 acres of glorious Devon countryside so there is something for everyone, meet miniature piglets at Pennywell Farm and see the wonders of the ocean at The National Marine Aquarium. Discover more coastal days out here.

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Winchester Science Centre – Magnificent Minibeasts

Enjoy an creepy crawly August adventure at the Winchester Science Centre this summer. The Centre has a host of great nature-based activities running throughout the summer and visitors can drop into these activities at no extra cost. Children (and parents!) can get up close and personal with magnificent minibeasts from around the world. The drop-in session is available in the marquee throughout the day during the summer holidays. It’s recommended that under 12s have direct adult supervision and under 16s have parental consent. This activity is kindly supported by Beale Parl, Reading.

Winchester Science Centre is the perfect family day out, especially if those rain clouds appear again. The Invention Studio is having a a full summer make-over, you can investigate the features and secret beauty of minibeasts under a powerful microscope or try your hand at the Great Grain Game, looking at some of our most important grains and what everyday items they can be found in. Children can experiment with coding robotic combine harvesters and investigate the potential future of farming. Make sure you pick up a free spotters trail to explore Magdalen Hill Down, the adjacent Butterfly Conservation reserve and enjoy views across the South Downs National Park. Get reayd to enjoy a great family adventure whatever the weather. More…

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Explore Learning

The real August adventure? Getting the kids excited about going back to school in September, the answer? Explore Learning; since 2001 they have helped over 200,000 children achieve their potential through tutoring. Their aim is to get to know every child as an individual, giving them the space to unlock their imagination and discover the magic of learning. Get ready for the new school term now by visiting one of the Ofsted Registered venues, with no booking required and open seven days a week, even during the holidays. Explore Learning offers tutoring for Maths and English for children age 4-14 nationwide and can also help with 11 Plus exam practice. They provide academic support, a confidence boost and exam preparation suited for your kids. The goal is to build confident, fearless learners in school and beyond school life. Now is the perfect time to prepare for a new school year without the pressures of school timetables. More…

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Luxury Family Hotels

Why not book a last minute deal for a great family holiday? Luxury Family Hotels offer great holiday opportunities for families and currently have two great offers on stays at their hotels. If you are looking for a way to end your August summer holiday as a family then book now and save money. Don’t forget you can visit all year round and there are 7 hotels and locations to choose between.

Fun in the Sun! Summer deals.

Fowey Hall: Hanson Drive, Fowey, Cornwall, PL23 1ET

One of the most impressive family hotels in Cornwall, Fowey Hall overlooks the pretty sailing town of Fowey as well as enjoying spectacular views over the estuary and far out to sea.

The Ickworth: Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE

The East Wing at Ickworth was home to the Hervey family for almost 200 years. It has now been transformed into one of the most remarkable luxury family-friendly hotels in the UK.

If you need more ideas for a great family holiday and help deciding which location is best for you then make sure you visit the Luxury Family Hotels site.


Animal Adventures

We can’t argue with the idea that a day at the zoo is one of the greatest family days out. With so many great UK zoos and safari parks to choose between we really are spoilt for choice. Many of these zoos have special events running through the summer holidays, perfect for kids of all ages.  You can follow The Great Brick Safari at Marwell Zoo, enjoy a Summer Safari at Newquay Zoo, take part in Dinomania at Bristol Zoo Gardens plus so much more. Read our Animal Special to find out the latest zoo news and suggestions of where to take the kids for the ultimate wild adventure. More…

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Splash Around

Don’t forget to check out our Water Special too, filled with great ideas for you and the kids to dip your toes into this summer. From Aquariums to water parks and outdoor water adventures. There is something for children of all ages, whatever the weather. You don’t need to rely on the English sunshine to enjoy these activities, if it’s a particularly rainy summer day pop inside to one of the many UK aquariums or if you feel like cooling off in the heat of summer jump on a banana boat and try not to fall in! Find out more and plan your day out now. More…

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Hop on board a Red Funnel Ferry

Enjoy the last of the summer rays and take a journey across to the Isle of Wight with Red Funnel Ferries. It’s the perfect excuse for a family trip out to sea and to stop off on the Isle of Wight to enjoy all it has to offer.

Up to 1/3 off attraction tickets to the Isle of Wight with Red Funnel when you book online

This summer Red Funnel Ferries launched a great summer campaign to capture your Isle of Wight adventures, following a group of friends around the Island to see what can be discovered and how much fun can be had over their 3-day activities. Visit their Facebook page to see the video and then check out their latest deals and ideas for family trips. More…

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