It won’t be long until the summer holidays arrive ( I know, I know) and that means that pretty soon you’re going to have to find a few more ways to keep the kids entertained. The good news is that it doesn’t have to set you back a fortune, nor do you have to fly half-way around the world to keep the younger members of your family happy.
Sound good? Here are some of the best family-friendly, and affordable, events and attractions from around the country:
Eastcott Studios, Swindon
If your kids are the craftsy type, you can pretty much guarantee that they’ll love this fun Wiltshire attraction which enables them to get their hands dirty making their own pots, fairy houses and other pretty things out of clay. Suitable for all ages and costing just £10 per session, you probably won’t be able to resist getting involved either! There are lots of Swindon hotels which are very family-friendly and that’s lucky because there are lots of affordable family attractions there besides Eastcott Studios, including Jungle Kingdom, which is fantastic for letting off steam and Jungle Parc, which offers high rope walks that are suitable for children. So, why not make a weekend of it?
The Natural History Museum, London
Spending a day or two in London is a no-brainer when you have kids you’re looking to entertain because you need not pay more than the price of a cheap London hotel and whatever it costs to get you down there when you have so many free museums and attractions right on the doorstep. For my money, the best of the bunch, when it comes to keeping the kids happy, has to be the Natural History Museum. Home to dinosaur eggs, fragments of meteor, Neanderthal skulls and so many more interesting exhibits that children simply can’t resist, and a great place to eat in the T Rex Grill, you could easily spend the whole day there marvelling at your surroundings, and you probably will!
Warwick Castle, Warwickshire
Warwick Castle is a fantastic heritage attraction which adults will love, but so will the kids. The staff at the castle do a lot of hard work to ensure that it appeals to people of all ages, so as well as being able to explore the Medieval turrets, there’s also a fabulous Horrible Histories maze, numerous time travel challenges and jousting tournaments that no child will be able to resist. Under-4s go free and entry costs £16 for adults and just £11.50 for kids, so although it’s not the cheapest option out there, it is far from expensive, and with all of the activities they lay on, it is well worth the price of admission.
The Potter Trail, Edinburgh
The Potter Trail is a fabulous free walking trail conducted by a robed guide that will take you around some of the locations that inspired J.K Rowling when writing the Harry Potter books. You’ll visit the cafe where she wrote the first book see the statue of Greyfriars Bobby and learn all about the real witches and wizards of old Edinburgh as well as finding out where Voldermort’s last resting place is! Best of all, donations are optional!
The summer holidays will never be boring again!
*Pictures sourced from Flickr*