Let’s Go on a Summer Adventure…The Rest is History!

So we’re fully in the midst of the summer holidays and we don’t know about you but we were certainly in need of some more inspiration for family days out!

We’re going a little more historical this month and highlighting fabulous family attractions across the UK, including castles and historical events and attractions. For those of you looking for something different, we’re still bringing you our usual variety, from wildlife parks to award-winning family shows.

Take a look below if you’re getting stuck for ideas this summer…

Tom Fletcher, Emma Bunton and Emma Willis in front of World of dinosaur sign

Paradise Wildlife Park, Hertfordshire

Paradise Wildlife Park is home to over 800 exotic wild animals including being the only zoo in the UK to home five different big cat species.

Visit the World of Dinosaurs – Hertfordshire’s most spectacular animatronic dinosaur attraction, with over 30 life-size, moving and roaring dinosaurs. More…

Save an EXTRA 10% off online tickets with code LGWC10 

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The Canterbury Tales, Kent

This summer is packed with exciting things for the whole family at The Canterbury Tales! We thoroughly recommend a day out to the attraction and then a visit to the Medieval Story Garden, where you can learn about lots of medieval pastimes. Or perhaps gather round the campfire for an evening of intriguing, exciting stories. More…

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The Golden Hinde, London

Peter Pan will be taking over The Golden Hinde this summer!

Join Peter and his friends for fun activities all day. Learn pirate skills with Captain Hook and Smee, hear stories with Peter, and Tiger Lily will be doing arts & crafts.

There will be performances throughout the day and opportunities to meet and take photos with all your favourite characters.

Don’t miss this magical event! More…

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Hobbledown, Surrey

The school holidays are here and there will be plenty to see and do at Hobbledown this summer.

Come rain or shine, for a one-off fee you can enjoy:

  • Award-winning adventure play equipment, including 130m long High Ropes Course, jumping pillows and labyrinth of Underground Tunnels
  • New zorbing area
  • 14,000sqft indoor playbarn
  • A range of exotic animals and farmyard favourites
  • Animal walkthroughs feeding/talks/petting and more!

You can also watch Fantastic Falconry Displays in the purpose built Birds of Prey Arena. More…

Xscape Yorkshire, West Yorkshire

Xscape Yorkshire: family summer offers & entertainment

The six-week holidays can be overwhelming; by day one you’ve exhausted your list of 30 things to do with the family!

Help is at hand…Survive the Summer with family offers on activities, entertainment and dining at Xscape Yorkshire throughout August. Plus, free jungle-themed entertainment. More…

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Wet ‘n’ Wild UK, Tyne and Wear

This Summer – take the kids for a Wet ‘n’ Wild day out at the North East’s biggest indoor water park.

Take on 10 exciting flumes, including the Abyss and Black Hole! You could even tackle the Kamikaze – if you DARE! Float around the lazy river, and ride down the Calamity Canyon! There’s a wave machine, and also a mini water park for the younger ones.

Why not grab some grub at the Beach Hut Café and make a day of it? Open every day throughout the Summer Holidays from; 10am – 5pm and open late ‘til 8 on Fridays for Wave Rave. More…


Oxford Castle and Prison, Oxfordshire

This summer, Oxford Castle & Prison invites brave youngsters to enrol in Knight School. Led by the castle’s band of merry knights, the historic site will open its gates for beginner’s lessons in sword fighting, shield decorating and archery.

The hour-long workshops will take place on selected dates throughout the school holidays. Activities are recommended for children aged 5-11 yrs. More…

under sea crafts

Valentines Mansion & Gardens, Essex

Get crafty this summer at Grade II listed Valentines Mansion & Gardens in Redbridge, Essex.

Take part in a fun-packed range of events that will leave little minds buzzing with excitement.

From arts & crafts, to exploring & learning about plants, sea creatures and farm animals (not forgetting the exciting Teddy Bears’ Picnic) there’s lots of fun to be had, so get your diary out and plan your visits to the Mansion! More…

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How to Catch a Star at Southbank Centre, London

Award-winning Irish author Oliver Jeffers’ beloved book is brought to life through heart-warming puppetry and a magical original score.

This is the beautiful tale of a young boy who goes on an adventure to befriend a star.

An unmissable show to be enjoyed by the whole family. For ages 4+. £14 Adult. £7 Child. More…

harry potter

Hamleys, London

Calling all Witches and Wizards! Harry Potter is arriving at Hamleys on Regent Street! Our new Harry Potter area on our Lower Ground Floor will offer one of the largest assortments of Harry Potter products in the UK, mesmerising Toy Demonstrations, Photo Opportunities, Competitions and a Flying Golden Snitch!

Be one of the first to join in the Fun, Magic and Theatre at the Finest Toy Shop in the World with Harry Potter at Hamleys. It truly is a must see this summer!

Join Hamleys from Thursday 19th July and enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!

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National Army Museum, London

Fly high this summer holiday at the National Army Museum with free, fun-filled parachute activities for children of all ages.

Design, create, and target drop a parachute in the Museum atrium – see how they stack up against the competition on the leader board. Head to Mission Training workshops to test memory and observation skills.

Can you make the cut? Free, Monday – Saturday until 1st September. More…

wonderwoman costume

DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes, London

The DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes is a unique exhibition, which celebrates DC’s rich history, unique mythology and iconic Super Heroes and Super Villains such as Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and The Joker.

Perfect for a family day out with plenty to appeal to both children and adults, the DC Exhibition invites visitors to get up-close and personal with some of their favourite super characters.

It’s your last chance to see the exhibition as it ends 9th September. Tickets cost £10 for adults and £5 for kids. More…

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