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! Our list of August events and things to do in August has it all, from water play and animal fun, to live shows and events for book-loving kids.
Whether you need to make a last-minute change of plans (thanks, weather), or you need to have something up your sleeve for when the first “I’m bored” gets uttered, we’ve got it covered. Let’s find you an exciting August event that your little ones just won't stop talking about!
Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Pembrokeshire
Ahoy, me hearties! Hoist up the Jolly Roger and set sail on a swash-buckling pirate adventure at Folly Farm. If you love slapstick humour and you don’t shy away from audience participation, ‘Black Bart’s Pirate Folly’ theatre show is the right August event for you and your kids. Under the expert guidance of Pembrokeshire’s infamous pirate Bartholomew Roberts, you’re sure to learn the pirate trade in no time!
Wait, we know what you’re thinking - no pirate adventure is complete without a treasure hunt. We couldn’t agree more! You and your little brave buccaneers will have the chance to join Black Bart’s crew in their hunt for gold in exciting pirate treasure trails, starting at select times from Folly Farm’s pirate-themed adventure playground.
Day Out With Thomas, Various Location
How do you fancy winning the Parent of the Year award in just one unmissable day out? Booking a Days Out With Thomas event this month, might just do it! Imagine your little train lovers’ excitement when their favourite Little Blue Tank Engine pulls in to the station... Greeted by The Fat Controller himself, you’ll hop on behind a real Thomas steam engine for a ride your kids will remember forever. As part of the experience, you’ll come face to face with some of your most-loved Thomas & Friends™ characters and you’ll get to take part in a whole trainload of themed activities.
So, peep, peep! Hop on board, as Thomas is about to leave the station...Actually, stationS - August event dates are available at heritage railways across the UK throughout the whole month. Click the shiny button below to find a Day Out With Thomas near you.
Chatsworth House and Farmyard, Derbyshire
If getting lost in the vast gardens of a stunning stately home is your kind of a day out, you’ll love Chatsworth House and Farmyard. Home to the Duke of Devonshire, Chatsworth has a 105-acre garden where your kids can enjoy garden games, face painting, drawing sessions and more for no extra cost. You’ll also meet the cuddly residents at the farm and you’ll have the chance to get hands on with different animals. Oh, and if you’ve read our article about the best outdoor playgrounds near you, you’ll know that there’s a secret tunnel which leads from the farm straight to Chatswroth’s very own action-packed play area!
If your little ones are passionate about life at the farm, the Chatsworth Young Farmers event for kids aged 6-11 should make it on your list of things to do in August. Available on select dates, 2nd - 12th August, this farmyard experience will give them the chance to become part of the farmyard team for a day and help out with daily jobs around the farm.
Paultons Family Theme Park, Hampshire
Who doesn’t love Paultons Theme Park?! Home to nine themed lands, including the amazing Peppa Pig World, it’s a firm family favourite if you’ve got kids under 5. There you can give your tots a proper big theme park day out that they can actively enjoy.
But let’s talk summer specifics! When the heat’s up and the sun’s out, we love nothing more than water play. Luckily, Paultons has its own Water Kingdom - a ginormous 8500 square foot kids' splash park where your tiny sprogs can splash about in over 40 different ways. Don’t worry, you won’t have to get wet - there’s a seated patio area nearby, so you can sit back, relax and watch the little ones play. Oh, and if when you visit Peppa Pig World, make sure your kids (0-6) get the chance to jump up and down in the Muddy Puddles water play area!
Fishers Farm Park, West Sussex
Speaking of family attractions which offer epic water play this summer, Fishers Farm Park springs to mind immediately - their Splash Attack is one not to miss. One minute your kids will be shooting water jets and playing water games, the next - they’ll be chilling in the shade with an ice cream or tucking into delicious homemade doughnuts. If that’s not pure happiness, we don’t know what is!
A day out at the farm won’t be complete without some adorable animals to play with, so don’t miss out on the daily Farm Shows and Animal Handling Sessions. Plus, if your little explorers are up for getting to know the creepy crawlies, make sure you pop in for Folly Farm’s August event - Wiggly Weekends (3rd-4th August, 31st August - 1st September).
New Animal Adventure zone at ZSL London Zoo, Greater London
Opens 31st July 2019
Don’t miss out on the exciting new opening at ZSL London Zoo! Animal Adventure zone is home to exotic animals, from owls and porcupines to mongooses and meerkats. Designed with kids in mind, the area features low barriers, so younger adventures can feel as close to the animals as possible. Plus, there’s a new play area AND a water splash zone!
25th Anniversary Celebration at The Dock Museum, Cumbria
4th August 2019
The Dock Museum in Barrow in Furness is celebrating its 25th anniversary and you’re invited to a FREE family fun day! Entertainment for the maritime-themed birthday celebration will be provided by The Fairly Famous Family, and will include crafting workshops, knot-tying demonstrations and challenges, and face painting. Sounds fun, don’t you think?
Big Bug Bonanza at Five Sister Zoo, Edinburgh and Lothian
5th - 11th August 2019
Who says creepy crawlies are really creepy? The Big Bug Bonanza initiative aims to introduce families all over the country to the curious and lovable side of bugs and insects. So, Five Sisters Zoo has decided to host Big Bug Bonanza events, all through the first week of August. Expect lots of fascinating creatures and themed activities to come!
Kew Gardens Theatre on Kew: Alice in Wonderland, Greater London
20th July - 26th August 2019 (excluding Mondays)
Ready to follow the White Rabbit? This summer at Kew Gardens, the adventures of Alice in Wonderland will be brought to life in a wonderful family-friendly outdoor theatre production, performed by the Australian Shakespeare Company. Featuring colourful costumes, interactive games and catchy songs, the show is suitable for kids as young as 5, so the whole family can enjoy it together.
RHS Garden Rosemoor, Devon
20th July – 1st September 2019
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is coming to RHS Garden Rosemoor this summer! Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beloved book classic with themed garden activity trails, various craft workshops, hilarious live shows and lots more family entertainment. It’s the perfect August event for book-loving families who just want to enjoy the good weather and have fun outdoors.
James's Peach Summer at The Roald Dahl Museum, Buckinghamshire
Saturday 20 July to Sunday 1 September
Following the theme of classic kids’ books, here comes the James's Peach Summer at The Roald Dahl Museum. Experience the story through sight, smell and sound as you discover illustrations from the book, hear extracts from the story and learn how Roald Dahl brought his creation to life. Also, there are all sorts of exciting things to do in August at the museum, including storytime with kids’ authors, making 3D bug models and meeting insects from the Natural History Museum.
Adventure Dock Co, Merseyside
Don’t miss out on the inflatable water parks season! August is probably your last chance to make the most of the summer heat and enjoy a day of wet and wild water fun. Adventure Dock Co is an epic floating water park which is conveniently located right in central Liverpool, by The Royal Albert Dock, so quite easy to arrange a day out there. No wonder it made it on the list of the best inflatable water parks in the UK!
Summer Lates at Black Country Living Museum, West Midlands
Fridays in August
One of the things we love about summer the most is that the days are longer, so we’ve got even more time to spend away on family days out. The Black Country Living Museum is making the most of the prolonged daytime by throwing Summer Lates events every Friday in August. From ’Back in 10’ - live performances, to fun dance lessons, live music and delicious food - it’s one of the loveliest August events out there!
Mother Shipton’s Cave, North Yorkshire
20th July - 1st September 2019
The summer holidays at Mother Shipton’s Cave are all about Witches and Wizards. There young wizards and witches will undergo key magical training to get a wizarding qualification out of the Mother Shipton’s School for Witchcraft and Wizardry. Any kids who’re into magic will love this August event, that’s for sure!
Pirate Festival at Llancaiach Fawr Manor, Glamorgan and Cardiff
31st August - 1st September 2019
Up for some swashbuckling adventures? At the very last day of August, head out to Llancaiach Fawr Manor in Treharris for a day of buccaneering mischief at the action-packed Pirates Festival. Featuring live music, face painting, sword fighting, ferret racing and other fun and games, this will be one of the coolest things to do in August.
We hope you enjoyed our list of August events and things to do in August - time to make the most of summer while it lasts! For more ideas from our blog, check the links below:
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