Half-way there: 15 things to explore this June
They say time flies when you’re having fun, which must be the case for 2017. It’s hard to believe that we’re almost halfway through the year, but with the return of half-term and the summer holidays fast approaching, it's the ideal time to start planning your next day out. Whether you’re looking for something new to explore on your doorstep, or planning your staycation itinerary, we’ve got inspiration for everything from animals and adventure, to fantasy and food.
Seeing is believing at this unique attraction, featuring six floors of creative, curious and sometimes crazy exhibits! Home to 19 weird and wonderful exhibits, from the Incredible Nature gallery to the Marvellous Mirror Maze. With fascinating finds to challenge even the biggest imaginations, will you believe your eyes? Book with us now, and get a kids ticket for just £1*!
Based on the fantasy book of the same name, Hobbledown is the most mystical farm park we know of! Meet Snufflers, Grimwoolly’s, Horizogs, Patterpuddlers and Squeakers (or pigs, sheep, meerkats, geese and chipmunks to you and I…), and explore outdoor and indoor play areas to help keep little legs entertained. Trust us when we say this is a farm park unlike anywhere else…
Set sail for Groombridge Place this half-term, as pirates and mermaids take over from 27th May to 4th June! Little mermaids can get stuck in with glitter and glue in themed arts and crafts sessions, whilst promising young pirates can join in for a sing-along of all your favourite sea shanties. With a great big bouncy castle, and lots more to do, are your kids ready for life on the seven seas? A place filled with magic and mystery, Groombridge Enchanted Forest combines imagination, play and nature for an unforgettable day out. Don’t forget you can book your tickets for half-term directly with us too!
With all the ingredients for the perfect day out this June, watch childhood favourites, Sooty and Sweep in the fantastic live show at Cadbury World on 24th and 25th June! Joined by Soo, the lovable trio will be attempting to cook up a special cake for Sooty’s birthday, all with a sprinkle of Cadbury magic. Expect magic, mayhem and giggles at every turn, in a show that’s a walk down memory lane for the adults, and a fun-filled show for the kids. With lots more events taking place throughout the month too, it’s a must-visit for any chocoholics!
Prepare to be wowed by wildlife, thanks to Gruesome Nature Live! From 27th May until 4th June, you can discover a toad whose babies are born crawling out of its skin, a lizard that squirts blood out of its eyes to deter predators and reveal the world’s toughest species, all as part of a sing-a-long adventure with some very colourful characters. Throughout the rest of June, there’s plenty to discover throughout the rest of the zoo, from the Land of the Lions to Gorilla Kingdom and In With the Lemurs! Don’t forget you can save up to 10% on your ticket by booking directly with us!
What do your kids want to be when they grow up? Let them try a range of careers on for size at KidZania! From firefighter to an award-winning singer, kids will love ruling the roost in this city run entirely by kids. Budding footballers will love the first ever Sports Week from 14th – 18th June, where kids can join Fulham FC coaches for a range of exciting activities. That’s not all, they’ll also be joined by club legends throughout the week, including George Best, Danny Murphy, Brian McBride, Louis Saha, Bobby Zamora and Clint Dempsey. Reckon dad will be jealous? Dads go free on Father’s Day, giving them the chance to be a big kid for the day! So if a visit to KidZania sounds like the perfect thing for June, book your tickets now.
Pay a visit to the Spring Special event at Willows Activity Farm, taking place from 27th May – 4th June. Featuring daily Willows Sheepstakes Races, live sheep shearing demonstrations and a host of indoor activities, it’s a must-visit for family fun this month. That’s not all, this activity farm is also home to The PETER RABBIT™ Adventure Playground, and will also be welcoming the much-loved CBeebies characters Benjamin Bunny, Lily Bobtail and Peter Rabbit to meet and greet little ones every day of the event.
Half-term also coincides with Rhino Week at West Midlands Safari Park, where kids can become a Rhino Ranger by going on rhino patrol around the Discovery Trail, take part in some rhino themed crafts in the Discovery Room, and learn more about these amazing creatures. That’s not all, with a safari experience open all year round, turn your car into your very own African adventure, as you drive amongst lions, zebras, tigers and elephants. With the UK’s largest animatronic Dinosaur attraction too, it promises to be a really wild day out for the whole family.
Pay a visit to Festival of Nature, the UK's largest free celebration of the natural world, where creativity, imagination and innovation bring the wild to life! Nature-lovers of all ages will find something to satisfy their curiosity, as they unearth wildlife secrets in the heart of the city. Chat to researchers and presenters, savour the markets, and uncover the nature on your doorstep through an array of extraordinary activities. Taking place in Bristol's Millennium Square from 10th-11th June, and Bath's Royal Parade Gardens on 25th June, get in touch with your wild side this month.
10. Foodies Festival, Newcastle & Birmingham
If you’d never think to take your kids to a food festival, then we’re about to change your mind. Foodies Festival takes place at various sites across the UK, and this June, it’s heading to both Newcastle and Birmingham. Watch Michelin Star chefs, Bake Off winners and other culinary heroes in live cooking demonstrations, and shop some of the very best local food and drink in the Artisan Market. That’s the adults sorted, but what about the kids? The Children’s Cookery Theatre is a must-visit, where they’ll be cooking up a storm in no time – just make sure they have to practice their new skills at home too! Want to find out more? Read what Jemma thought when she took her kids to Foodies Festival in Brighton last month, or book your tickets now for Newcastle (Birmingham tickets coming to Day Out With The Kids soon!).
If you’re looking for the ultimate family day out packed full of things to do, then look no further than Landmark Forest Adventure Park! Home to everything from rides and RopeworX, to the Lost Labyrinth and the UK’s tallest timber tower, there’s something for all ages to enjoy. We’re not giving anything away as to what a ‘Bamboozeleum’ is, but we will tell you that this is the only one you’ll find in the world. How’s that for a reason to visit?
For a blooming marvellous day out, make sure you add a visit to the National Botanic Garden of Wales to your list. Set in 500 acres, choose from a range of activities including the brand-new play park, hay bale maze and giant garden games plus falconry, archery, tree climbing and a dolls’ house exhibition. Don’t forget to kickstart your half-term with some spring cleaning, as you find out how to make a dandelion footwash, a Tudor toothbrush and learn all the olden day secrets for keeping clean using Welsh plants! The event runs from May 27-June 4, but there’s lots more to explore throughout the month too.
13. LEON West End, London
Escape the Hard Knock Life, with a visit to this one-of-a-kind restaurant this month. This branch in the heart of London’s West End combines the naturally fast food we know and love at LEON, with a little taste of theatre life. Celebrating the opening of Annie at the Piccadilly Theatre (starring Miranda Hart as Miss Hannigan!), the staff have been doing some rehearsals of their own, and will be performing all your favourite show tunes on Annie matinee days! On other days, expect to hear some of your other broadway favourites. Don’t believe us? Click here to find out more!
14. Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom live shows, various locations
Watch one of the kids’ favourite shows come to life, with this interactive live show for the whole family! Explore the Little Kingdom with Ben and Holly, featuring fun and games with Gaston the Ladybird, a trip to The Big World with tooth-fairy Nanny Plum, and even planning a surprise birthday party for King Thistle. Let’s just hope there’s not another jelly flood… Take a look at the shows taking place this June:
- London (New Wimbledon Theatre) – 3-4 June
- Northampton (Royal & Derngate) – 7-8 June
- Leicester (De Montfort Hall) – 9-10 June
- Swansea (Grand Theatre) – 13-14 June
- King’s Lynn (Corn Exchange) – 17-18 June
- St Alban’s (The Alban Arena) – 21-22 June
- Telford (Oakengates Theatre) – 24-25 June
- Birmingham (New Alexandra Theatre) – 28-29 June
If you saw our May post, then chances are, you already know all about this fantastic exhibition, but it fully deserves its spot back in our recommendations for June! Whilst you may be used to seeing what looks like 2 million LEGO bricks on your carpet, we can guarantee you won’t have seen them looking anything like this. From your favourite superheroes and villains to vehicles, environments and themes all linked to the characters, watch in awe as they’re brought to life in the most incredible way. Sold? Don’t forget to buy your tickets via us from just £10pp.