Amazing August: 15 things to explore this month
Whether you’re taking the summer holidays in your stride, or are already panicking at the prospect of planning six weeks of fun, one thing’s for sure – Day Out With The Kids can help! From a last-minute change of plans (thanks, weather), to having something up your sleeve for when the first “I’m bored” gets uttered, we’ve got it covered.
This month, we’ve found divers and dragons, calves and castles, and a whole heap of summer fun, meaning we’ve got August inspiration all wrapped up.
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- The High Dive Show at Crealy Great Adventure Park & Resort, Devon
Step right up for the brand new Arctic Olympic Games High Dive Show at Crealy Adventure Park, the first of its kind in the South West! Direct from the USA, the show will see divers performing intricate synchronized dives from a platform over 80ft high. Bringing the spirit of the Olympics to life, with some hilarious laughs along the way, don’t miss the finale – a human torch fire dive!
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Edinburgh
Celebrating its 70th year, this famous festival is the perfect place to experience summer in Scotland – yup, with the kids too. There’s a bumper programme of special events for kids, from theatre productions and comedy that’s designed for little ears, to a Pop Bingo Disco, Flamenco for kids and even some magic too. With a whopping 20 pages in the programme dedicated to children’s shows, there’s a whole lot to fit in from 4th – 28th August. Fun fact, the programme front covers were designed by schoolchildren from Scotland too!
- Cadw Dragons in Wales
Fancy getting up close to a real Welsh dragon? As part of the Year of Legends campaign, meet the animatronic offspring of Dewi and Dwynwen, the dragons that arrived at Caerphilly Castle back in 2016. The two babies, named Dylan and Cariad, come complete with moving heads, necks and wings, and are sure to capture the imagination of little kids (and Game of Thrones fans!). See them at Harlech Castle from 1st – 13th August, and then Beaumaris Castle from 15th – 28th August.
- Knights and Princesses at Groombridge Enchanted Forest
You are cordially invited to spend the day with the knights and princesses of Groombridge Place, as you travel back in time to discover medieval life. Expect to find storytelling, interactive shows and more, all in addition to exploring the award-winning gardens too. Book your tickets now, the event ends on 6th August!
- Family films and more at Rheged Centre, Cumbria
Activities await at the Rheged Centre, where kids can try their hand at everything from pottery painting and block printing, to reaching the top of the mini climbing wall. This summer there’s also a Dinosaur Encounter exhibition (from the Natural History Museum!), where kids can marvel at moving, roaring dinosaurs, including the mighty Tyrannosaurus Rex. Home to the largest 3D cinema in the North West too, catch a range of family favourites every day, including Moana, Trolls and Beauty and the Beast.
- The new Hintze Hall at Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum has said goodbye to iconic Dippy the Diplodocus, who has been the centrepiece of the entrance hall since 1979, bidding him farewell as he heads off on tour around the UK. But fear not, a giant skeleton of a blue whale has filled the shoes of the dapper dinosaur, and can now be seen suspended in a diving pose from the ceiling of Hintze Hall. Nicknamed Hope, the whale skeleton is more than 100 years old, so make sure you go and take a look this summer!
- Story Safari at Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park
Join Julia Donaldson, the author behind favourites including The Gruffalo and What The Ladybird Heard, as she acts out her stories and sings her songs at the safari park on Saturday 19th August. Joined by special friends (including the Gruffalo!), she’ll be performing a world premiere preview of her new book with Axel Scheffler, ‘The Ugly Five’. Tickets do need to be pre-booked, so make sure you don’t miss out.
Super Summer at Seven Stories, Newcastle upon TyneBookworms will love a visit to the National Centre for Children’s Books this summer, where kids books are brought to life through unique exhibitions, lively events and playful activities. There’s lots of fancy dress fun to be had at the attraction this summer, with themed weeks all through August to help inspire you. Don a cape for superhero week, go on your own bear hunt for super furry animals week, or explore space travel, flight and all things galactic at supersonic week.
- Calf feeding at Wroxham Barns, Norfolk
Last month, the DOWTK had the chance to meet some baby calves at a dairy farm in the Midlands, and trust us, they’re adorable. That’s why when we heard about the summer calf feeding at Wroxham Barns, we knew we’d found a winner. At 11am and 3pm daily on Junior Farm, you can grab a bottle and have a go at feeding the hungry little cows – perfect for any animal loving kids. That’s not all, the farm also has cuddling sessions with furry friends, plus the chance to have a go at grooming little ponies (weather permitting).
- Summer of fun at Drayton Manor
Home to Europe’s only Thomas Land, an exciting mix of family and thrill rides, plus a 15 acre zoo too, there’s a whole summer of fun to be had at Drayton Manor. All that exploring is bound to leave you feeling puckish, so it’s a good job that tickets bought through us also include a meal, drink and side! Redeemable at the Boat House, Chicken Diner and Burger Kitchen, it’s the perfect fuel for a day of adventure. Ready? Book your ticket now.
- World’s Biggest Bouncy Castle at Dreamland, Margate
Taller than the Great Wall of China, and with side turrets equal in height to the walls of Cardiff Castle, this is not just your average bouncy castle! Heading to Dreamland, Margate from 12th – 26th August, it can accommodate 100 people at one time – how’s that for putting a spring in your step? Elsewhere, the park is home to a selection of vintage rides, street food and live events, making it a super seafront day out this summer.
- The Great Brick Safari at Marwell Zoo, Winchester
Combining our love for LEGO® and animals, the Great Brick Safari is a must-see this summer. Opening on 1st August, visitors to the zoo will be able to head off on a brand new type of safari, discovering over 80 animal sculptures representing 25 different species. From a 1.5 tonne elephant and life size Bengal tiger, to a trio of Giant Panda cubs, it’s the first zoo in the UK to host an interactive LEGO experience. Plus, there’s a play area where you can have a go at making your own animal sculpture!
- Rhino Month at Cotswold Wildlife Park
Celebrate the magnificent rhinos at Cotswold Wildlife Park this August, with daily talks every single day at 2pm. With information on the current threats to the species, as well as the conservation work designed to protect them for future generations, it’s a fantastic insight into the life of these impressive creatures.
- The Paddington Bear Tour of London
A little bear, famous for his love of big adventures, Paddington Bear is one of the most loved characters we’ve ever known. With the sequel due to be released later this year, follow in his pawprints as you visit some of the famous landmarks featured in both the books and the movie, including Windsor Gardens. Ending at Paddington Station, don’t miss your chance to pick up some adorable gifts too – just don’t forget to pack your marmalade sandwiches!
- Alice in Wonderland at Harewood House, Leeds
Step into wonderland at Harewood House this summer, as the treasured house brings the classic Lewis Carrol story to life. The FREE family activities include a family trail around the lakeside path, a game of croquet by the flamingo enclosure, lots of family talks and a white rabbit eye-spy trail inside the house. There will also be lots of characters to spot, including Alice and the Cheshire Cat, plus your very own Mad Hatters can have a go at creating their own hat.