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Unmissable Summer: Summer activities and things to do in the summer for the whole family

Posted 29 July 2021
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Welcome summer! With warmer and longer days well under way, it’s time to get planning for that special summer day out! As we countdown to the summer holidays, we’ve rounded up a list of our best things to do in summer 2021. From frolicking in the sun, to splashing about, there’s all sorts of exciting things to get up to this summer. This year, we’ve decided to bring you our biggest EVER guide to the best days out, with 30+ incredible days out and ideas for things to do this summer! 

We’ll be updating this blog with plenty more days out and ideas along the way too, so don’t forget to check back in! 

  1. Bewilderwood, Cheshire and NorfolkTwo girls at BeWILDerwood 
    Step into the words and enjoy an epic day out packed full of epic adventures for kids, and grownups too! Discover a woodland adventure park based on the much-loved kids’ books, and pick from two fantastic sites at Cheshire or Norfolk! Both sites are packed full of exciting fun, from flying on a zip wire to treehouses, it’s the perfect summer day out for adventurers of all ages. Tickets are flying out of the woods, so book yours now!

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  2. Trentham Monkey Forest, StaffordshireA baby monkey at Trentham Monkey Forest
    Ready to say ‘aww’? Trentham Monkey Forest has recently had some very special arrivals in the Staffordshire woods, and they’ve recently announced they have 5 adorable new baby monkeys joining their tribe! These adorable little bundles of joy are ready for everyone to come and meet, so don’t miss out on this great chance to see these lovely little bundles of joy!

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  3. Aqua Parks, various locationsAqua Parks
    What better way to enjoy a summer day out than by splashing about? Discover an epic inflatable water park at Cardiff, Rutland or Lakeside and enjoy a day out at Aqua Parks! Tackle the incredible inflatable obstacles and make your way across the floating obstacle course, taking on slides, walkways, and more. It's sure to be a splashtastic day out, and all three locations are open all summer long too! 

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  4. Chatsworth House and Farmyard, DerbyshireChatsworth House
    Experience the joys of summer at Chatsworth House, an incredible stately home packed full of all sorts of history, and there’s even a gorgeous garden and a farmyard too! Explore over 100 acres of a garden full of waterworks and sculptures, all before saying ‘hi’ to horses, goats and even guinea pigs in the farmyard. Don’t forget, you can even order a gourmet picnic to enjoy on the day for the ultimate summer day out! 

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  5. Kynren and 11Arches Park, County Durham "Fireworks
    Get ready for a summer show live no other at Kynren and 11Arches Park. Travel back through time and watch two thousand years worth of history unfold in front of your eyes, from the legend of Arther, to Romans and Vikings. Discover 11Arches Park too, with immersive shows and experiences set across a beautiful park, you can even step into a Viking Village! 

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  6. Mother Shipton's Cave, North Yorkshire
     Mother Shipton's Cave
    Jump down the rabbit hole at Mother Shipton’s and step into Alice’s Enchanted Wonderland on a fabulous adventure! Discover the magical world in the ancient forest and set off on an exciting adventure trail with plenty of scenes inspired by the much-loved kid’s stories. Go wild in the adventure playground, see what curiosities are hanging from the Petrifying Well and make a wish in the Wishing Well, just remember, don’t be late for this very important date!

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  7. Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo, Pembrokeshire A group of kids playing in the sand at Folly Farm
    Head to Folly Farm for an epic day out that animal lovers will love! Meet the roarsome lions, cheeky penguins, and you can even say hi to giant giraffes. Plus, see the adorable sloths, Tuppee and Lightcap, in their brand new retirement home! The eldery sloths have recently packed up and moved into their exciting new and improved retirement home, and just in time for the summer too! 

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  8. Day Out With Thomas, various locationsDay Out With Thomas
    Peep! Peep! We’re back on track for making memories with Thomas the Tank Engine! It’s full steam ahead for summer fun at Day Out With Thomas, Day Out With Thomas is visiting heritage railways near you for summer fun and memories, so take a train ride with Thomas, meet The Fat Controller, get in lots of laughs with Sodor Station Sweepers Rusty & Dusty and enjoy many more Thomas & Friends activities. 

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  9. Greenwood Family Park, GwyneddTwo boys at Greenwood Family Park
    Discover a brand new adventure at Greenwood Family Park with the all new Giant Quest! Step into the realms of the sleeping giant and embark on a journey to become fellow guardians of future forests on an epic adventure that will test your nerves and skills! Tiptoe access stepping stones, scale walls and race through tunnels to wake sleepy Glyn from his slumber before the giants find him. Are you brave and bold enough for this challenge? 

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  10. National SEA LIFE Centre Birmingham, West Midlands
    Rainy summer day got you stuck for ideas of days out? Head to National SEA LIFE Centre in Birmingham for a day out that promises plenty of fun no matter the weather! Plus, you’re just in time to meet their two adorable new residents, Ozzy and Ola the sea otters!

  11. Hatton Adventure World, Warwickshire 
    Head over to Hatton Adventure World, a fantastic family day out full of animals, action, and adventure! Meet all of your favourite farmyard friends, build sandcastles in the sand, leap up high on trampoline beds, and loads more!

  12. Hansel and Gretel,London
    Looking for a great place to get some food in London? Discover Hansel and Gretel, more than just a restaurant this fairy-tale-themed shop is packed full of sweet treats to enjoy, from cotton candy to artisanal gelato, this place looks like it stepped out of our dreams!

  13. Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, London
    Join Peppa Pig on an exciting bus tour around the capital city with the Peppa Pig Afternoon Tea Bus Tour, where each table gets its own tablet which displays an animated guide to the sights of London, as well as activity packs and songs to sing along to...You'll even get a taste of some Peppa-themed treats, from Daddy Pig’s Pizza and Mummy Pig’s Strawberry Macarons!

  14. Skuna Hot Tub Boats, London and Essex
    Looking for a day out this summer with a little bit of luxury? Discover Skuna Hot Tub Boats in London and Essex, a boat, that's a real-life hot tub! Pop on your swimming costumes and float along on the lake or river in an exciting hot tub for your whole family, plus you'll get to take in the site in a totally unique way! 

  15. Hot air balloon dining, Surrey
    Fancy eating dinner out of a hot air balloon? Head over to Beaverbrook Hotel in Surrey for an exciting dining experience like no other! While you won't be taking to the skies to enjoy your food, these picturesque hot air balloons are definitely a unique experience you won't forget, plus the food looks delicious!
  16. The Balloon Tree Farm, Yorkshire 
    Fancy a sweet treat this summer? Make your way to The Balloon Tree Farm, a fantastic pick your own fruit farm packed full of delicious fruit ready for you to come and pick! Grab some strawberries, raspberries, gooseberries and more all ready to be taken more for a lovely snack! 

    Pick your own strawberries

  17. Butser Ancient Farm, Hampshire
    Experience a slightly different day out at the farm at Butser Ancient Farm, a unique archaeology site that offers you a glimpse into life living in the Stone Age! Perfect for any little history buffs, it’s a great place to step back into the past, plus they’ve got an animal farm too!&nbsp

  18. Coral Reef Waterworld, Berkshire
    Head over to Coral Reef Waterworld for a splash-tastic day out this summer. Discover loads of epic rides and flumes, wild water rapids, and even a special Little Corals toddlers pool for those under 5! 

  19. Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard, Cambridgeshire 
    Discover the ultimate summer day out at Skylark Maize Maze and Funyard, opening from the 22nd July 2021, you can make your way through a giant maize maze and enjoy plenty of fun activities too, including den building and trotter trophy pig racing! 

  20. Hitchin Lavender, Hertfordshire 
    Fancy strolling through rows and rows of gorgeous purple flowers? Discover Hitchin Lavender, an incredible flower farm with over 30 acres of beautiful lavender field to wander through, and you can even pick your own to take home to brighten up your home!

  21. The Tunnel Tree Tops, Dorset 
    Looking for an adrenaline-fueled day out this summer? Head over to The Tunnel Tree Tops, an epic high ropes course high up in the trees, full of wooby bridges, exciting crossings and even a breath-taking tightrope walk, complete with a thrilling zip wire to finish with! 

  22. I’m A Celebrity...Jungle Challenge, Greater Manchester 
    It’s time to step into the jungle! Discover the brand new I’m A Celebrity...Jungle Challenge, an incredible day out packed full of exciting tasks and trials, and don’t worry, none of them involve eating bugs! You’ll even get to pose on their winners bridge too once you’re crowned king or queen of the jungle!

  23. Monopoly Lifesized, London
    Take family game night to the next level and step onto the famous game board at the brand new Monopoly Lifesized! With its grand opening set for the 14th August 2021, it’s opening at the perfect time for a family day out this summer holiday, plus you’ve got time to brush up on your skills! 

    <Monopoly Lifesize

  24. Wookey Hole Caves, Somerset 
    Discover the famous caves at Wookey Hole Caves, and plenty more family fun! Explore the iconic caves, all before enjoying a game of crazy golf, enjoying fantastic games at the penny arcade, and don’t forget to stroll through Valley of the Dinosaurs!

  25. God’s Own Junkyard, London
    Looking for a place to escape the summer rain in London? Step into a neon paradise at God’s Own Junkyard, a fantastic exhibition and gallery of hundreds of dazzling neon signs, and keep your eyes peeled for famous movie props too!

  26. Tropical Butterfly House, South Yorkshire 
    If a tropical holiday isn’t quite on your list of things you have planned this summer, then discover the next best thing at Tropical Butterfly House! With exotic birds and butterflies flying free over your head, you’ll definitely feel like you’re in paradise.

  27. WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, Lancashire
    Get up close to some incredible wildlife at the WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre, a safe haven packed full of wetland nature. See the flamboyant flamingos, go wild at one of the adventure playgrounds, and you can even grab a canoe and go on a special water safari!

    Pick your own strawberries

  28. Willows Activity Farm, Hertfordshire
    Discover Willow's Activity Farm, an awesome farm park packed full of plenty of family fun activities and events! Seet your farmyard favourites, explore the special Peter Rabbit adventure playground, and don't miss out on loads of exciting events throughout summer!

  29. Upside Down House Brighton, East Sussex
    Get ready for a topsy-turvy day out at the Upside Down House Brighton, a little house on the seafront with a twist - it’s totally upside down! Walk on the ceiling and discover this crazy optical illusion, plus don’t forget to pose for a photo!

  30. Quince Honey Farm, Devon
    Put a buzz in your step at Quince Honey Farm, fantastic day out where you can even see the world’s largest Honeybee exhibition, Beeword! Learn about these tiny creatures and hold a frame of bees, plus enjoy some delicious and fresh honey too - yum!

  31. Zip World Slate Caverns, Gwynedd
    Discover an incredible subterranean playground at Zip World Slate Caverns, a unique underground course in a slate mine packed full of fun, from crossing rope bridges and flying across zip wires, plus there’s Bounce Below, an incredible underground play area full of bouncy nets! 

  32. Peppa Pig Word at Paultons Family Theme Park, Hampshire 
    Got kids that are Peppa Pig mad? Enjoy a perfect Peppa themed day out at Peppa Pig World at Paultons Family Theme Park this summer, with 9 fantastic themed rides just for kids and the chance to meet Peppa Pig and George, it’s definitely a day out to remember!

  33. Fairytale Farm, Oxfordshire 
    Looking for a day out fit for a prince (or princess)? Fairytale Farm is the perfect place to add a little bit of magic to your next big day out, with 6 special zones all packed full of enchanting fun, there’s all sorts of fantastic family fun to be had. 

  34. Cornwall Swimming Horses, Cornwall 
    Booked a staycation to Cornwall for the summer holidays? You won’t want to miss out on Cornwall Swimming Horses, where you can go swimming in the sea with some beautiful horses! Jump aboard for a ride you’ll never forget and head into the sea for an unforgettable summer day out. 

    Cornwall Swimming Horses

  35. Things to do on a Rainy Day 
    While we can pray that summer days will bring plenty of lovely sunshine, we definitely can’t count on it! For those summer days when the weather just doesn’t hold up, check out our list of the best things to do on a rainy day.

  36. Pup Up Cafes, National 
    Love dogs? Discover the incredible Pup Up Cafes, a series of pop up cafes across the UK dedicated entirely to dogs! Each one is focussed on a different breed, including sausage dogs, pugs and frenchies, and there’s events going on all summer long!

  37. Visit a beach 
    Of course, it wouldn’t be a good list of summer days out without a mention of a trip to the beach! With golden sands and bright blue sea, there’s plenty of brilliant beaches to pick from across the UK, and we’ve rounded up a list of the best beaches to visit this summer to make things even easier for you!

    Durdle Door

  38. Staycation, Staycation, Staycation!
    Got a UK staycation planned this summer? With plenty of fantastic places to discover this summer, we don’t blame you! If you’re heading to Cornwall, Devon, or the Isle of Wight, make sure to check out our handy staycation guides for everything you need to know! <

  39. Visit an indoor water park 
    For a taste of summer, head to one of the best indoor water parks for a splashtastic day out, come rain or shine! With super slides, awesome wave machines and much more, who wouldn’t love a trip to one of these great water parks?

That sums up our ultimate things to do and days out this summer, now all we need are sunny days and warm weather - fingers crossed! 
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