As the UK emerges from lockdown following the Covid-19 outbreak, we bring you heaps of summer inspiration in the shape of our handy list of 15 July events and things to do in July. From theme park days out to farmyard fun and historic adventures - there’s a little something for everyone to discover.
The equinox has been and gone, which means it’s officially summer. When the wonderful (hopefully) summer weather takes over, we all want to go out and explore, so pick your favourite and dive right into the summer fun!
Visit a safari park
Explore whimsical woods at Mother Shipton's
There's plenty of space for the little ones to stretch their legs after months of lockdown at Mother Shipton's Cave in North Yorkshire. Their new "Covid-safe" package launched in June includes entry and parking with 1 car for up to 7 people, plus a free guidebook and trail sheet for their Pixie Village. Make sure you check out the cave, petrifying well, and wishing well as well as the incredible woodland walks available. Pre-booking is essential.
Monkey around at Go Ape
We're sure your little monkeys have plenty of energy to burn off after months of lockdown and homeschooling. A trip to your nearest Go Ape high ropes course is the perfect way to tire them out. Re-opening on July 4th in England, July 17th in Wales and July 25th in Scotland, Go Ape have implemented lots of extra measures to ensure a safe day out. Climbers can wear gloves if they wish, but lots of hand sanitising stations have been added, and family groups will be able to distance from others as there's plenty of room on the courses.
Meet Peppa at Paultons Family Theme Park, Hampshire
If you’ve got tots in the house, a family trip to Paultons Family Theme Park is just the thing to do this July. Especially designed for kids under 5 and home to the one and only Peppa Pig’s World, Paultons is heaven for the youngest members of your family. Here you won’t have to worry about the little ones not being able to enjoy the rides, that’s for sure!
Set within 140 acres of beautiful parkland, Paultons is a stunning location to enjoy the hot weather. Speaking of heat, if you feel like you’d like to cool down and you don’t mind getting wet, have a go at the Raging River Ride Log Flume - following two epic drops (up to 11 metres high), you’ll splash into the water at over 35mph. It’s our favourite ride in summer!
Avoid the Cornwall crowds by heading to the North East
Many families will undoubtedly head to the family-favourite areas of Cornwall and Devon for a UK holiday, particularly if they aren't having their usual holiday abroad this year. If you want to go somewhere a little less crowded but just as beautiful, the UK's north-eastern coast is an absolute gem. There's rugged landscapes and wild beauty, plus loads of great kid-friendly days out in Northumberland, while East Yorkshire is also a fantastic option packed with family-friendly places to explore.
Train your little Tiger Woods at mini golf
Golf was one of the first exercise activities to be given the green light by the government following the outbreak, causing lots of parents to dig out their clubs and give it a go for the first time in years. Mini golf is a great way to get the kids into the sport, and with lots of outdoor venues dotted around the UK, you should be able to find a course nearby.
Go cherry picking for a healthy fix
We all probably need a healthy fix after months of lockdown snacking. July is the month where cherries are best to pick, so why not check your nearest farms and garden centres to see if you can get out and pick some delicious treats.
Go on a treasure hunt to explore the UK
One of our favourite activities right now is to go and explore UK towns like never before using one of these nifty Treasure Trails. Each trail (and there are thousands!) is jam packed with clues dotted around each location, so its a great way to get the whole family out exploring in the open air while cracking the mystery. Priced at just £9.99, they're a great value way for the whole family to spend a couple of hours out adventuring.
Visit the adorable new arrivals at Trentham Monkey Forest
Trentham Monkey Forest in Staffordshire welcomed four new baby monkeys while the country was locked down. You can now go and visit the two baby boys and two baby girls as the park has re-opened its doors with new social distancing measures in place.
Go and check out the UK's next City of Culture
Coventry has been named as the UK's City of Culture 2021, but that doesn't mean you can't visit and have a sneak peek ahead of the celebrations next year. Summer is a great month to visit the city's many outdoor attractions, and of course, you can't miss the historic Cathedral.
See how much you can save with a Day Out With The Kids Membership
Why not see how many theme parks you can pack into one summer with a Day Out With The Kids membership? Our members get exclusive deals and discounts at the UK's best days out around the country. You can save hundreds over the course of a year at theme parks, zoos, cinemas and more, plus there are also some great savings to be had on family holidays too.
Have a family staycation in an unexpected location
Many families will be missing out on their normal trip to Spain, Florida or Greece this year due to the coronavirus outbreak. While that sucks, it is a good opportunity to get out and explore some of the magical tourist destinations we have on our doorsteps in the UK. Why not consider the Highlands or Loch Lomond up in Scotland, the quaint Italian-style architecture of Portmeirion in Wales, or take the kids down to experience the hippy vibe of Brighton?
Walk up and admire the views from Glastonbury Tor
Glastonbury and the surrounding area is normally recovering from the world-famous festival that happens at the end of June, however due to Covid-19 it was called off. If you and the family had tickets and are suffering from the festival blues, then don't fret - you can still go and explore the area and its weird and wonderful quirks. Don't miss the epic walk up to the mysterious Glastonbury Tor monument, where you can soak in the area's unusual atmosphere as well as incredible Somerset views. Why not go camping nearby and take a guitar if you want to recreate the festival experience?
Go on a scavenger hunt in the garden
OK, we know you've probably spent lots of time at home, but you can't go out every single day, as much as we're sure you'd like to! Why not download one of our handy scavenger hunt activities to make the garden a more exciting place for the little ones to enjoy.
Feed the animals at Cotswold Farm Park
While the Keeper Encounters are still suspended due to social distancing guidelines, you can still get up close to feed the animals at Cotswold Wildlife Park. The park also recommends that you bring a picnic, and either arrive first thing in the morning or after 12:30 to try and cut down on queuing.
So those are our top 15 picks for the best July events and things to do in July. With so much free time to spend with the kids, how many of these awesome days out do you think you can experience this summer?
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