Make a splash this summer

Summer is here and whatever comes in the way of the weather, children love to have some fun with water – and it doesn’t matter if its in it, on it or around it!

Here at Let’s Go with the Children we have researched some of the most fun places to take the kids to dive into some water fun! There’s places to learn to surf, to shoot down water flumes, to check out amazing underwater sea life, to go banana boating and much more…..Enjoy the summer with a splash!

Indoor surfing at Twinwoods Adventure

Twinwoods Adventure in Bedford have something for everyone to try out. From Indoor skydiving to a children’s soft play area to a relaxing tranquil spa.

For when the beach is out of reach the Flowrider at Twinwoods is the perfect place to give surfing a go. It is indoors so you can catch a wave any time of the year and as the minimum age is just five years old,it’s perfect for all of the family to try.

After meeting an instructor and getting a safety briefing, get kitted up in a wet suit before heading to the wave. Start off on the body boards which are really easy to ride and you will be performing tricks in no time.

Win a family surf voucher to Twinwoods Adventure.

As the session progresses stand up riding on the board will be a possibility! Afterwards, head for a nice warm swim in the spa.

Feeling adventurous? Try indoor skydiving, rock climbing, racing simulators, shooting or archery. For the brave try Vertigo: the 35m simulated BASE jump.

For more information and to book, please go to www.twinwoods.com. More…

Twinwoods Adventure child learning to surf

Check out the underwater worlds at the Blue Reef Aquariums

Dive into the underwater world at one of the four Blue Reef Aquariums in Portsmouth, Tynemouth, Newquay and Hastings.

Explore the wide variety of displays ranging from the native waters to tropical seas and coral reefs to reptiles. Learn about the breeding programs at each aquarium and be informed about current conservation projects.

Tickets are valid all day so visitors can make the most of the talks and feeds. Buy online ahead of your visit to benefit from discounts at Portsmouth, Tynemouth, Newquay and Hastings. 

Each aquarium has a full activities plan for the summer, packed with family fun. Experience Jurassic Shark at the Blue Reef Aquarium Portsmouth and the Blue Reef Aquarium Tynemouth where kids can learn how sharks evolved over the years and what types of species still have very prehistoric features. In Hastings visitors can get a shelfie with a Mermaid throughout August and Blue Reef Aquarium Newquay is hosting Dangerous Creatures!

Be sure to check out each aquarium’s individual website for a full list of activities and events during the year.


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Alton Towers Waterpark

Open all year round, the Alton Towers Waterpark means soaking up some fun in tropical temperatures, whatever the weather! The Caribbean themed water park has plenty of adrenalin pumping water thrills for the whole family, including the Little Leak – a shallow area full of interactive play features and slides for tiny tots.

Unwind in Lagoona Bay or the Lazy River and let stress just float away or enjoy an adventure on the Master Blaster Water Coaster, speeding round the Waterpark at exhilarating speeds. There are also the Wacky Waterworks and Treehouse to explore. The thrills of the Rush ‘n’ Rampage high-speed water slide will have you running back for another go as soon as you’ve finished before more fun-filled adventures in Flash Floods: Outdoor Flume Adventures.

Furthermore, Adventurers Cave, located in the Waterpark, is the ideal choice for families looking to re-fuel throughout the day and The Ice Cream Shack offers a delicious taste of the Caribbean, serving refreshing sundaes with toppings of your choice, hot waffles and ice cream floats, making it is the ideal place to cool down after some Splashtastic fun! More…


Alton Towers Waterpark lazy river


I Love The Deep 22nd July to 3rd September

The Deep invites you to get creative this summer as they celebrate Hull’s year as City of Culture. They are challenging you to show off your creative skills in craft corner (open from 11am each day) to help make a giant montage showcasing your favourite things about The Deep. But first, you have to explore the attraction to remind yourself of which exhibits you love, as well as discovering some of the newest additions.

Where to begin? From the very start of time of course! Go through prehistoric seas, past tropical lagoons, into the vast open oceans, down to the darkest depths, through the chilly Kingdom of Ice and into the future.

Be sure to stop and marvel at the variety of amazing marine life including the newest arrivals, the Loggerhead sea turtles, and discover more about them from The Deep’s guiding team. Enjoy daily presentations about the animals that live at The Deep throughout the day.

Don’t forget to wave hello to the Aquarists too! See them feeding the penguins at 11.30am and 3.30pm as well as carrying out daily dive shows to feed the animals or give the tanks a good spruce up at 2pm.

So will you accept the challenge? Come on down and show your jaw-some talents! Book online and use this discount voucher to save 10% on tickets.  More…

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Summer holidays sorted at Stubbers Adventure Centre

Six weeks of school summer holidays are looming which means the prospect of keeping the kids happy and entertained is (maybe..)  starting to weigh on parents’ minds.

But look no further, as Stubbers Adventure Centre has the perfect solution with its summer SMASH Camps programme. Aimed at children between the ages of six and 16, SMASH Camps will be hosting a fun-packed mix of adventurous activities all summer long. So whether your child likes crawling through mud on assault courses, wants to test out their balance on the high ropes course or try something completely new like sailing or quad biking, there will be an activity for them.

And if they fancy a summer sleepover with their pals, Stubbers now offer an all-inclusive residential week, SMASH AIR, where children play in the day and stay in large, canvas bunk houses that come complete with comfy bunk beds. All meals are included and there’s even entertainment at night – maybe a play in the on-site aqua park, fishing or night laser tag – so there is always something to do right up until bedtime!

Activity weeks on offer this summer include Multi-Activity, Water Sports, Senior Club and Commando Camp for the budding soldier!

For further information about Stubbers Adventure Centre – SMASH Camps, go to www.smashcamps.co.uk or call 01708 224753. More…

Stubbers smash camps kids on banana boat

Animals above and below water at Living Coasts

children pointing in aquarium

Visit Torquay’s exciting all weather attraction Living Coasts this summer and go on a journey to explore the sights, sounds and smells of the animals that live life on the edge of land and water.

Mingle with playful penguins, get up close to the charming otters and see sting rays, seals and more at the UK’s only coastal zoo and aquarium.

Together with the fascinating habitats and creatures, there are games, activities and panoramic underwater viewing areas to observe the various stunning species and learn about marine conservation. Visit Penguin Beach, where some of the seventeen species of penguins will make you smile! Feeding times will allow you a close up view of these amazing characters.

Plus you can see wading birds, four-eyed fish, otters, auks, guillemots, tufted puffins and many more wonders of the seas. More…

Plus if you are heading west on holidays, don’t forget Paignton Zoo and Newquay Zoo to see more fabulous animals.

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