Hello, summer! Now that the summer holidays are officially here, it’s time to start enjoying some precious family time and exploring all of your favourite days out! We’ve rounded up a list of 15 things to do in the summer holidays, from dinosaurs to pirates and everything in between, the only thing we can’t do for you is guarantee the sun comes out! So get ready for a fun filled summer holiday, and fingers crossed for some sunshine.
- Elmers Big Heart of Kent Parade, Kent
Until 22nd August 2021
See the beloved children’s books brought to life in a fantastic, bright and colourful trail around Maidstone in Kent! Set off on an exciting adventure in search of everyone's favourite patchwork elephant, Elmer and see over 50 giant Elmer statues, plus there’s even 30 small Elmers to find too!
- Summer Evenings at Paradise Wildlife Park, Hertfordshire
30th July - 28th August 2021
Enjoy the longer summer days at Paradise Wildlife Park and see the park in a totally new light. With tickets available to book for after 6:30pm, you’ll get to see all your favourite animals in the glorious setting sun, plus let's not forget the World of Dinosaurs too!
- Zoorassic Park at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire
24th July - 5th July 2021
Go on an adventure back through time and meet plenty of life-like dinosaurs at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo! Step into an immersive exhibit complete with animatronic dinosaurs and all sorts of exciting Jurassic facts, and you can even search for your very own fossils in the Dino Dig too!
- World First Flying Puppet, Plymouth
14th - 15th August 2021
Get ready to meet the World’s first flying puppet, The Hatchling, in Plymouth this summer in a truly spectacular show! Taller than a double decker bus, The Hatching will roam the streets of Plymouth before soaring over the coastline in an incredible outdoor performance that will definitely brighten your summer night!
- A summer of fun on the farm at Bocketts Farm, Surrey
19th July to 5th September 2021
Enjoy Summer on the farm at Bocketts Farm, and discover a whole load of exciting summery activities! Jump on board and enjoy a fun tractor ride, meet all your favorite farmyard animals, go panning for gold, and there’s even a bubble disco too!
- Torchlit Summer Evenings at The Roman Baths, Somerset
23rd July - 31st August 2021
Immerse yourself in ancient history this summer at The Roman Baths and get ready for a magical experience. Explore the infamous Roman Baths by the light of flickering torches and walk around on the 2,000 year old pavements in a truly magical atmosphere.
- Bubbles n bop Children's Festival at Marsh Farm, Essex
19th July - 3rd September 2021
Discover the ultimate Children’s Festival at Marsh Farm this summer, bursting with plenty of exciting things to do! From the much loved foam machine to giant bouncy pillows and even carousels and pony rides, it’s a day out filled with incredible fun, and of course, plenty of bubbles too!
- Bouncing Boggles Party at BeWIlDerwood Norfolk, Norfolk
22nd July - 5th September 2021
Celebrate being outdoors and go wild at BeWILDerwood Norfolk with all your favourite Boogles and Twiggles! Put on your best dance moves and enjoy the epic dance-off, try out a game of Boggle-Butt, and set off on the Soopa Summer Trail, plus plenty more wonderful things!
- Summer Fest 2021 at Blackgang Chine, Isle of Wight
Selected dates from 28th July - 28th August 2021
Experience the Isle of Wights biggest family night out at BlackGang Chine this summer! Get ready to have a little boogie with a live DJ playing all your favourite songs, enjoy exciting foam cannons and epic lasers, plus all your favourite characters will pop by to say hello too!
- The Great British Staycation at Severn Valley Railway, Worcestershire
17th July - 5th September 2021
Enjoy all of your favourite things about a British Staycation in just one day at Severn Valley Railway this summer! Start your journey at Kidderminster or Bridgnorth and discover plenty of interactive staycation activities, including giant deckchairs, donkey rides, Punch & Judy Shows, and an epic giant indoor beach!
- ActiveFest at Royal Air Force Museum, London
24th July - 15th August 2021
Get your hearts pumping this summer at Royal Air Force Museum London! Tackle the Hercules, an epic outdoor obstacle course where you can clamber up the ninja wall, crawl under cargo nets, and all before the big finish where you’ll get to swing over the water!
- Lego Ninjago at Legoland Discovery Centre, Birmingham
17th July - 5th September 2021
Get ready to celebrate 10 years of LEGO NINJAGO with an exclusive AR digital experience at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Birmingham, where you’ll get to compete in exciting challenges alongside all of your favourite characters.
- Nature Detectives at Roves Farm, Wiltshire
23th July - 31st August 2021
Connect with nature at Roves Farm in a spectacular summer full of fantastic farmyard fun! Join in on woodland crafts and try your hand at den building or woodland crafts, plus head off on a mission and go bug hunting, or enjoy the awesome activity trail!
- The Curse of Mermaids Cove at Crealy Adventure Park, Devon
24th July - 5th September 2021
Ahoy there! Grab your shipmates and head over to Crealy Adventure Park for some spectacular swashbuckling summer fun. Set sail with Captain Jack Scuttle and his crew on a mission to escape the curse of mermaid’s curse in the brand new family-friendly show packed full of acrobatics, actions, and plenty of laughs!
- Dino Summer at The National Forest Adventure Farm, Staffordshire
17th July - 1st September 2021
Experience a roarsome summer at The National Forest Adventure Farm full of Jurassic fun! Explore the twisty Dino Maize Maze, meet a T-Rex for a terrifying photo and brave the Raptor Run to see if you can outrun the velociraptor and retrieve a dino egg from the nest!
We hope you’ve found some inspiration for things to do in the summer holidays, but if you’re looking for more ideas, check out some of our other blogs here:
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