Even though we’re packing up for a long stint travelling around Europe, you don’t need to go far to have some family fun. If the thought of going hundreds of miles is a bit too daunting for you, there are lots of places for fantastic days out closer to home. I know there are plenty of locations to visit in the UK that are fun for the whole family. Whether you want to visit a city and take in some culture or get out into the countryside, you don’t have to go far or spend a lot to experience new things. Try some of these great activities and locations to have a great holiday without leaving home.
Messing About on the River
The UK has a lot of beautiful countryside scenery, and many families love to explore it when they have free time. If you like getting out and about to walk and go on bike rides, you could try something new and get on your nearest river. There are opportunities to punt, canoe, kayak or raft on lots of the UK’s rivers. And children as young as five or six, and perhaps younger, can often join in. A canoe is perfect to share with your younger children, and older ones will enjoy learning how to paddle alone in a kayak. Try the River Wye for gentle waters that anyone can enjoy.
Screaming with Excitement
Sometimes there’s nothing better than an amusement park to keep the whole family happy. There’s something for everyone to do, even if they don’t like rides. If you pick the right theme park, some can go on the big rides, some the baby ones and some can sit down with a cup or tea or play a fairground game. There’s bound to be one close to you, although you’re better off if you live in England. The most popular ones include Blackpool, Legoloand, Alton Towers, and more.
History and Culture
Some parents make the mistake of thinking museums will be boring for the kids. But there are lots of exhibits and even whole museums set up for children to enjoy. London is the museum hotspot, and the kids will love the dinosaurs at the Natural History, mummies at the British Museum or toys at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Outside of London, car nuts will love the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, and parents will enjoy seeing cars from their childhood. Something that can be valuable to invest in for history lovers is a National Trust membership. You’ll get entry into all their properties around the country.
Animals and Birds
You’re bound to have at least one animal lover in the family. If the kids go nuts for giraffes and tigers, there are lots of brilliant zoos and safari parks to visit. Longleat is a definite favourite of people everywhere, but you’ll have fun at Woburn Safari Park, Bristol Zoo, Whipsnade Zoo and many more. If anyone has a love for monkeys and apes, Monkey World in Dorset is an essential visit.
A quick day trip will leave everyone exhausted, but hopefully happy and not too much out of pocket. Try to find as many free things to do as possible during the holidays to help you stay on budget.