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Half-way there: 15 things to do and events in June

Lisa O'Keeffe

25 May 2018

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I don’t mean to alarm you, but yep, we’re almost half-way through 2018… As the saying goes, time flies when you’re having fun, so strap yourself in and get ready for this month to pass by in a blur, as we’re back with 15 family events, activities and things to do in June.

Featuring everything from Meghan and Moana, to Father’s Day and the World Cup, don’t forget to tell us what’s going on near you for your chance to be featured!

  1. Chimpanzee Eden at Twycross Zoo, Warwickshire

    Looking for a day out that’s perfect for your little monkeys? It’s time to plan your visit to Chimpanzee Eden at Twycross Zoo! Step into the chimps’ purpose-built new home, featuring loads of exciting new indoor and outdoor lookout spots to help you get a closer look at these amazing animals. Watch them tackle puzzles and find out more about the welfare and research behind the project, before exploring all the rest of the zoo too!

    A chimp swinging at the new Chimpanzee Eden at Twycross Zoo

  2. ICON at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, Lancashire

    You might remember us telling you about ICON at Blackpool Pleasure Beach as part of our #SomethingsHatching campaign, but now it’s officially OPEN! The uK’s first double-launch rollercoaster is perfect for little thrill seekers, as if you’re brave enough, you’ll experience the same acceleration as a Formula 1 driver! Plus, with Nickelodeon Land and the famous Big Dipper there too, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

    New ICON ride at Blackpool Pleasure Beach with The Big One

  3. Brightlingsea Regatta at Brightlingsea Harbour, Essex

    2nd & 3rd June 2018

    Head to this popular pier for a weekend of family fun at the start of June, with the return of the annual Brightlingsea Regatta. Take a stroll along the beach to see everything from model boat racing, to yachts dressed especially for the regatta, whilst on dry land there’s games, live music and performances to enjoy all weekend. Don’t miss the fireworks display on the Saturday night too!

  4. Legends: Blackbeard at Royal Armouries Leeds, West Yorkshire

    23rd - 24th June 2018

    Sail the seas to find out more about this notorious english pirate, as 2018 marks the 300th anniversary of Blackbeard’s death. Part of the wider Legends series of events at Royal Armouries Leeds, pick up your themed sticker book when you arrive and collect them all for your chance to win a prize.

    The legend of Blackbeard at Royal Armouries Leeds

  5. Bristol Festival of Nature, Bristol & Somerset

    9th - 10th June 2018

    Head to Bristol Harbourside this month, as Festival of Nature celebrates its 15th anniversary. Explore your wild side with a host of themed events, including exploring a beautiful wildlife garden, picking up some handy tips for how to make your own garden more wildlife friendly and head to the Nature Talks Tent for lots of engaging talks to bring it all to life. It’s the perfect way to celebrate the natural world.

    Festival of Nature in Bristol

  6. Moana Sing Along at The Story Museum, Oxfordshire

    10th June 2018

    Enjoy some tropical fun whatever the weather, thanks to a sing-along screening of Moana at The Story Museum! Starting at 2pm and FREE with museum entry, all morning there’s also craft activities, face painting and storytelling to enjoy to help make it a whole day out of family fun. Plus, there’s absolutely no excuse for not joining in, with lyrics to favourites including ‘Shiny’, You’re Welcome’ and ‘How Far I’ll Go’ all on screen!

  7. New animals at Chester Zoo, Cheshire

    May was a busy month for the keepers at Chester Zoo, who welcomed a flurry of adorable new arrivals, from otters to rhinos! Plan a visit this month to see the baby animals finding their feet: a rare elephant calf, a rare greater one-horned rhino, four of the world’s fluffiest cats (Pallas’s cats) and five very cute baby otters - all together now, awwww!

    New baby rhino at Chester Zoo

  8. Brindleyplace Family Festival, West Midlands

    16th June 2018

    Looking for a great family day out in Birmingham this month? Don’t miss the very first Brindleyplace Family Festival, brimming with activities for all ages and all in aid of local charity, Cure Leukaemia. Home to the National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham, Brindleyplace will be jam-packed with everything from music, dance and a magician, to football activities from Birmingham City Football Club. Don’t miss the main event though, as local businesses battle it out in a Dragonboat race down the canals - will any teams take the plunge and fall in this year?

    Two boats taking part in Brindleyplace Dragonboat Festival in aid of Cure Leukaemia

  9. The Great Get Together at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London

    24th June

    Kickstart summer at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park this month, with The Great Get Together returning for a whole day of family fun! Free to attend, expect colourful music and dance from around the world, storytelling from Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, have-a-go sports, face painting and loads more, in an event designed to bring communities together. Bring the whole family, pack a picnic and get ready to start summer in style in the capital.

    Kids taking part in a tug of war

  10. Father’s Day, selected National Trust sites around the UK

    17th June

    Dad’s day in the spotlight comes on 17th June (that’s your pre-warning to sort cards and pressies!), and there are loads of attractions across the UK throwing special events or running promotional offers to celebrate, but some of our favourites are at National Trust properties! With something for every type of dad, enjoy a family BBQ day at Studland Bay in Dorset, take part in the annual rubber duck race at Coughton Court, Warwickshire or try a series of fun challenges at Ham House in London!

  11. Donkey Sanctuary World Cup, Devon

    21st May - 15th July

    Get ready for the nation to be plunged into football fever, as Donkey Sanctuary hosts its very own World Cup! Discover the countries that Donkey Sanctuary supports, and play them against each other in a fun family activity to coincide with the main event. The trail costs just £3 and takes you all around the sanctuary, plus with a guaranteed prize at the end, you don’t have to pin all your world Cup winning hopes on England this year...

    Two donkeys in a field at the Donkey Sanctuary

  12. Time to Get Up at Seven Stories, Tyne & Wear

    Until 31st January 2019

    Head to the national centre for children’s books, Seven Stories, where your favourite stories are brought to life like never before. One of the highlights this month is Time To Get Up, a unique experience designed especially for children aged 0-4 and their families. Packed full of wonderful stories all about day to day activities, displays inspired by touch and feel boards let kids see, touch, smell and hear their way through a variety of sensory activities, all linked to exciting new experiences and routines they’re developing every day!

    A kid in fancy dress at Seven Stories

  13. Various events at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow

    Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum is a hive of family fun, with loads of themed events taking place all year round. This month, it plays host to Hedgehogs & Habitats in partnership with RSPB Glasgow on 2nd - 3rd June, Flutterby Butterfly on 9th - 10th June and Buzzing Bees on 16th - 17th June, all with themed activities designed to help you find out more about nature!

  14. Markle Sparkle at Madame Tussauds, London

    Celebrate the biggest wedding of the year all over again by celebrating with their royal likenesses, Harry and Meghan, at Madame Tussauds in London! Rub shoulders with the royals, complete with a video wall that lets you choose the backdrop for your royal encounter - will you be helping them to cut wedding cake, or joining them at a beachy honeymoon destination? Don’t miss the chance to snap a selfie with other famous faces too, including MARVEL Super Heroes, David and Victoria Beckham, Katniss Everdeen and even E.T.!

    Prince Harry and Meghan Markle waxworks at Madame Tussauds London

  15. King Arthur’s Labyrinth, Powys

    Ready for a magical underground experience? Get lost in the ultimate family day out to King Arthur’s Labyrinth. Hop into your boat to set sail on your quest through a waterfall and back in time to the Dark Ages, before exploring epic caverns and tunnels where Welsh stories are brought to life. Don’t miss the thrilling Dragon River too...


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Lisa O'Keeffe

25 May 2018

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Lisa is Brand Manager at Day Out With The Kids. Originally from London, she now lives in Birmingham and is a big kid at heart!

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