The sun is shining, the temperatures are finally rising and the school holidays are fast-approaching. So, it's about time we shared our ideas for getting summer sorted, starting with our action-packed list of summer activities and things to do in the summer. Having seen what's in store for the next couple of months, we can tell you one thing - summer 2019 will be like no other! There are enough ideas here to make sure you create an unmissable summer for you and your little adventurers.
Just one more thing before we begin, make sure you reach the end because our number 10 is one that keeps on giving...
Summer Activities for Kids at Folly Farm, Pembrokeshire
Celebrate Visit Wales Year of Discovery with a fun-filled summer day out at the award-winning Folly Farm Adventure Park and Zoo. There you’ll not only meet all sorts of adorable creatures - from farmyard favourites to exotic animals, but you’ll also discover an exciting programme of family-friendly events.
Let’s talk about the things to do in the summer at Folly Farm! For starters, there’s the new Wallaby Ranch adventure play area to explore. Then, you can see the sulcata tortoises in "Tortoise Country" enclosure, and meet Tuppee and Lightcap - the resident two-toed sloths, in the newly rebranded Tropical Trails. Oh, and don’t forget to check out the newest development at the farm - "Asian Adventure"! The year’s summer holiday activities also include Pirate Days, the Luke Jugglestruck magic show and lots more summer fun.
Turtle-y Awesome Summer at The Deep, East Yorkshire
20th July to 1st September 2019
Time to shell-ebrate summer with the turtle-y awesome summer holiday activities at The Deep! You and your kids will have the chance to make friends with an adorable giant turtle and get hands on with your new underwater buddies at the “turtle hospital”. By the end of the day, your tiny animal experts will know how to perform a full health check on a turtle - from inspecting their eyes, nose and mouth, to checking their flippers and shell.
You’ll get the chance to explore an educational turtle trail and learn about turtles around the world. Plus, you’ll have the chance to watch interactive presentations from the experts at the Deep at 11pm, 1pm and 3pm. Make sure your kids make it to the face painting session in Craft Corner from 11am to 4pm, as well!
Jungle Adventure Live Action Stage Show at Paultons Family Theme Park , Hampshire
25th May – 31st August 2019
Looking for a place brimming with summer activities for kids? Paultons Family Theme Park is the obvious choice! It’s not only the UK’s number one family theme park, boasting 4 epic lands and over 70 exciting rides and attractions, but it’s also home to the fantastic Peppa Pig World. It’s the dream summer day out for tiny explorers under the age of 5.
If you’re going to Paultons this summer, make sure you see the Jungle Adventure Live Action Stage Show. Paultons’ brave explorers - Charlie, Harry, Bruce and Shelly, will take you and your little ones on a thrilling journey to the Isle of Awimowe, where you’ll come face to face with lots of exciting animals like spiders, lizards, meerkats and snakes. It’s one to add to your summer bucket list!
Summer Nights at West Midland Safari Park, Worcestershire
1st August – 1st September 2019
If you’re a Midlander looking for late summer activities near you, West Midland Safari Park might just have one of the best things to do in the summer on offer! The widely-popular Summer Nights are returning this year, which means extended opening hours and even more time for wildlife fun. With the four-mile Safari Drive-through closing three hours later and the last safari leaving at 6pm, you’ll have the chance to witness the animal kingdom transition from day to night. Majestic exotic animals and the stunning colours of the sunset - summer doesn’t get more beautiful than this!
Fan of roller coasters and theme parks? Your summer day out plans just got more exciting! The Adventure Theme Park at West Midland Safari Park will have rides open until 7.30pm, so you can enjoy fun and thrills much longer.
Summer Holiday Activities at Fishers Farm Park, West Sussex
Fishers Farm Park will go above and beyond to create the perfect summer day out for you this year. Some of the awesome summer activities that will be taking place at the farm over the summer holidays include pig racing, tractor and trailer ride, and a brand new Farmy Assaulty Course. Also, let’s not forget the summer fun favourite for the daredevils out there - Sky Fall. Haven’t tried it yet? It’s a heart-stopping 6-metre jump platform suitable for brave adventurers over 8 (there’s a 4-metre platform for the over-5s too). Talk about summer thrills!
Getting soaked in a splash park is one of your kids’ favourite things to do in the hot weather? Splash Attack is the place to be! This giant, colourful splash zone is one of those “cool things to do this summer” your kids will be telling their friends about.
Summer fun at Kelburn Castle, North Ayrshire
Kelburn Castle and Country Estate is a truly magical place, well worth a visit! From tours through the stunning castle halls, to a magical Secret Forest to explore, to indoor and outdoor play areas for kids - you’ll have a great summer day out, no matter the weather.
Summer events at East Lancashire Railway, Greater Manchester
If you’ve got train enthusiasts at home, no summer holiday activity near you will beat the summer events at East Lancashire Railway. From Wizard Academy, to Day Out With Thomas, to a Dinky Dinosaur Adventure and Fairytale Adventures - there are plenty of special experiences your kids will love.
For more railway fun, check out the top 10 days out for train lovers and read mum-of-four Stephanie’s review of Day Out With Thomas.
Epic summer show - Kynren, County Durham
With dates in July, August and September, the amazing Kynren live show will bring to life the most epic battles in the history of the UK. The fascinating performance will leave you in awe, no matter how big or small you may be.
Educational summer at Postal Museum, Greater London
Fancy an educational day out this summer? The Postal Museum in London is one of our all-time favourites! Featuring a mini railway, a play area and lots of interactive exhibits, it’s a great place to go if you’re looking for indoor summer activities. If you’ve got kids under 8, be sure to pick up a Mail Rail Family Trail booklet - it’s included in your ticket.
If the Postal Museum is a bit too far for you to add it on your summer to do list, you can take a look at this list of 10 great family-friendly museums in the UK instead.
Ten more ideas for things to do in the summer with kids!
Yes, we know we said we’re going to give you our top 10 picks for the best summer days out this year but we thought this wasn’t enough for a truly unmissable summer, so we decided to make the number 10 on our list a list of 10 more cool ideas for things to do in the summer holidays. Here we go!
1. Travel to the seaside
Feel the sand between your toes, build a sandcastle or paddle in the sea at one of the best beaches in the UK, or plan a whole staycation in one of the UK’s best seaside towns.
2. Enjoy water fun
Pack your goggles and your cossies and make a splash this summer. For sunny days, find an outdoor swimming pool near you, try one of the best splash parks & splash pads in the UK, or if you’re looking for slides and splashes, discover the 15 best indoor water parks in the UK.
3. Go fruit picking
Trust us, fruit tastes better when you’ve picked it fresh with your own hands! Find the top PYO strawberry farms near you and all the other best places to pick your own fruit near you in the UK.
4. Visit an ice cream farm
Days out don’t come much tastier! Find an ice cream farm near you now.
5. Go to a family festival
Sitting on the grass, listening to live music under the sky is one of the most iconic things to do in the summer, and thanks to these awesome family-friendly festivals, your kids will love it too!
6. Complete a maize maze
See if you can find your way to the middle (and back out again!) at a maize maze near you.
9. Explore the great outdoors
A lovely family walk in the local woodlands is one of our most favourite things to do in the summer. Check out our list of the best places to go for a walk in the UK. Don’t miss our tips for encouraging your kids to explore more.
10. Prepare for back to school
The six week break will fly by in no time, so avoid the September slump by making sure the kids are ready and raring to go for the new school year. Psychologist Sam Wass has tips for preparing for back to school, there’s tips for preparing your toddler for their first day at nursery, and tips from a teacher on moving from primary to secondary school.
We could list more and more awesome activities and things to do in the summer but we think it’s time for you to stop reading and start exploring. Here’s to an unforgettable summer, loaded with fun activities for the whole family!
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