Super Summer: 25 things to do in the summer holidays
We’re here to help you have the best summer ever, with our guide to 25 things to do in the summer holidays (see the UK school holiday dates here). So embrace the chaos, prepare for the 6-week school holidays and combine all the fun of winging it with our list of summer activities to try. From big days out to free favourites, make this your 2018 summer bucket list.
25 things to do in the summer holidays:
- Visit a theme park
The summer holidays is the perfect time to plan a visit to one of the best theme parks in the UK.
- Go to a safari park
See wild animals roaming from the comfort of your own car, thanks to our safari parks UK guide.
- Find your local beach
Feel the sand between your toes, build a sandcastle or paddle in the sea at one of the best beaches in England.
- Play in the park
There’s loads to explore at your local park, from climbing frames to minibeast hunting. Don’t miss our tips for encouraging your kids to explore more.
- Visit an ice cream farm
Days out don’t come much tastier! Find an ice cream farm near you now.
- Complete a maize maze
See if you can find your way to the middle (and back out again!) at a maize maze near you.
- Have a BBQ at home (probably in the rain!)
Summer and BBQs go hand in hand and we’d never let a little rain ruin our chance to cook al fresco! It’s one of our favourite things to do in the summer holidays.
- Get crafty
With just a few supplies, you can make lots of kid-friendly arts and crafts this summer, without needing Pinterest-worthy skills. We’ve got loads of arts and crafts for kids on the blog, including toddler crafts, pom pom crafts, pottery painting and more, plus you can get everything you need from our friends at Hobbycraft!
- Learn a new skill
Think about how much you could learn in six weeks! Pick up the basics of a new language, learn how to read a map, try a bushcraft survival skills workshop or even learn how to ski at an indoor slope!
- Go on a family bike ride
Explore on two wheels this summer (don’t forget stabilisers for younger riders!) with our list of 5 traffic-free family bike rides.
- Join the painted rocks craze
Brighten up your local walking route, by creating and hiding some painted rocks. Start by reading our ultimate guide to painted rocks!
- Go to the cinema
The Incredibles 2 is top of our must-see list this summer, see our full list of new kids’ films you have to watch in 2018.
- Plan a picnic
Pack a basket and blanket, then head to your favourite picnic spot. Be prepared for the best one ever, with our picnic hacks and 5 tasty picnic dishes to try.
- Go swimming
Pack your goggles and your cossies and make a splash this summer. For sunny days, find an outdoor swimming pool near you, or if you’re looking for slides and splashes, discover the 11 best indoor water parks in the UK.
- Visit somewhere new
Did you know, you can enter your postcode on our website to search for days out near you? Use filters to find your perfect day out, then challenge yourself to pick somewhere you haven’t been before. Looking for something out of the ordinary? Try one of our 15 quirky attractions you need to visit.
- Explore a castle
Prepare for battle - or shall we say visiting some of the most fabulous fortresses steeped in history! Find the 10 best castles in England, the 10 best castles in Scotland, or check out a full review of Leeds Castle in Kent.
- Go fruit picking
Trust us, fruit tastes better when you’ve picked it fresh with your own hands! Find the top PYO strawberry farms near you and all the other best places to pick your own fruit near you in the UK.
- Visit a museum
Let curiosity reign free this summer, with a visit to one of the 10 best museums in the UK.
- Make the most of the paddling pool
If the sun is shining, a paddling pool is the perfect way to cool off. Plan games, sensory activities or just make a splash. For an even bigger version, try one of the best splash parks & splash pads in the UK.
- Take lots of photos
Document your memories this summer, so you can look back at all the fun you had in years to come! Here are 5 tips for taking better photos of your kids to make them worthy of being on show.
- Visit an old favourite
We all have those days out that we love, but maybe don’t get to visit all that often. Get the whole family to pick their favourite, then make a plan to visit this summer. Hey, even Susie has her list of Plan B’s and trusted favourites.
- Get in the kitchen
Make a mess and cook up a storm, whether it’s a cake or a brand new dinner recipe the whole family will love. Take a look at our recipes, see what baking with kids is really like or try this Spanish tortilla recipe for a tasty dinner idea.
- Go camping
Pack up the car, pitch the tent and get ready to sleep under the stars on a family camping trip. Be sure to read our 10 tips for camping with kids first.
- Stay active
The summer is the perfect time of year to get out and about, so don’t miss our ideas for keeping kids active over the summer holidays.
- Prepare for back to school
The six week break will fly by in no time, so avoid the September slump by making sure the kids are ready and raring to go for the new school year. Psychologist Sam Wass has tips for preparing for back to school, there’s tips for preparing your toddler for their first day at nursery, and tips from a teacher on moving from primary to secondary school.
We hope this has given you loads of ideas for things to do in the summer holidays and great summer activities for kids so you’re not left wondering what to do, but for even more great family day out ideas, simply head to the homepage and enter your town or postcode!
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Looking for another summer activity to try? Don't miss Hobbycraft's FREE Kids' Craft Club, taking place in a store near you this summer!