July Madness: 15 July events and things to do in July
Attention, parents: Summer School Holidays on the horizon! 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!
The Great British Summer at Postal Museum, Greater London
20th July - 31st August 2019
Featuring its own secret underground railway and a special postal themed play area for kids, the Postal Museum is so much more than an educational day out!
Your whimsical journey in the little-known world of post will be given a proper summer twist during the school holidays. The star of summer 2019 are the Great British Summer events at the museum. Starting off with a BBQ, family fun, live music and sport screenings, the Postal Museum is getting set for an awesome series of events, featuring puppet workshops, post card making, storytelling and lots more hands-on activities for kids of all ages. And of course, with a whole world of wonder hiding within the museum, you can always step back inside and cool down while discovering something new. That's what we call a great family day out!
Rush Trampoline Parks, Various Locations
Whether you want to escape the July heat or hide from the pesky summer rain, you’re always welcome to have fun at the Rush trampoline parks. Offering awesome all-weather entertainment in Birmingham and High Wycombe, this is the perfect attraction for your little ones to burn off all that excess energy, any day of the summer holidays.
So, if trampolining is one of your favourite things to do in July, we’ve got a trick for you! Make sure you bag yourself a Summer Pass and enjoy 5 or 10 Jump Sessions at Rush for less. But that’s not all! Here’s some more good news: this summer, you and your under-4s will enjoy new extended Toddler Open Jump sessions at Rush. This means that you and your tots can have the park to yourselves for even longer. Time to jump into the fun!
Lightwater Valley Theme Park, North Yorkshire
Your July events plan won’t be complete without a theme park adventure at Lightwater Valley Theme Park! Home to more than 35 adrenaline-boosting rides and attractions, this family favourite will keep you entertained all day long. From getting drenched on the Wild River Rapids to golfing amongst giant dinosaurs, you’re in for an adventure-filled family outing like no other. Don’t forget to hop on the Lightwater Express Train for a full overview of the park in all its glory!
Festivals are your thing? Kicking off at the end of the month and running all the way to the end of August (27th July - 31st Aug 2019) are the Saturday Sessions at Lightwater Valley. These epic live music events will bring the best tribute acts from all over the UK, including Robbie Williams, Spice Girls, Little Mix and Bruno Mars.
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!
Summer of Living History at Beaulieu, Hampshire
20th July - 1st September 2019
This summer at Beaulieu, you’ll be taken on a journey through 800 years of history with family-friendly entertainment and daily motoring parades, featuring wartime rides, modern classics and the whimsical vehicles from the timeless family classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. With costumed actors, supercars, falconry displays, plus hands-on games and activities in store, there’s plenty of summer fun for you to enjoy not just in July, but till the very end of summer!
While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to get up-close to Chitty’s four-wheeled stars at the movie’s 50th anniversary exhibition at the National Motor Museum. From the original Chitty and the original Child Catcher carriage, to Truly Scrumptious’ Humber 8hp and Lord Scrumptious’ Austro-Daimler 27/80 Prince Henry - you’ll get to see both the heroes and villains of the movie, just as you remember them.
Warrior Training at The National Wallace Monument, Stirling and Falkirk
4th July 2019
Perfect your fighting skills with a Warrior Training at The National Wallace Monument! Learn your weapons - from the Celtic Leaf Sword to the Viking Battle Axe, and get involved in the Gruesome Games, a modern take on traditional lawn games. Can you Knock the Knight, or Storm the Castle walls with cannonballs? Come and find out!
Friday Twilights at Bristol Zoo Gardens, Somerset & Bristol
5th, 19th and 26th July 2019
A returning summer favourite, Friday Twilights at Bristol Zoo Gardens combine everything we love about summer - late evenings, BBQ, live music, family activities, including face painting and animal talks, and of course - lots of exotic animals at dusk.
Summer at the Farm at Pink Pig Farm, Lincolnshire
20th July - 3rd September 2019
Fancy a bit of mystery? Summer at Pink Pig Farm will be full of surprises - all special summer activities for kids will be revealed week by week. All we know so far is that there will be a beach and lots of water play, featuring water pistol wars, foam party and sandcastle competitions. Can't wait to find out what comes next!
Adventure Valley, County Durham
20th July - 1st September 2019
From a Hamster Grand Prix, to Water Wars, and a brand new maize maze - Adventure Valley is taking summer fun to a whole new level. Plus, with a new activity scheduled to start every 30 minutes, you can be sure you won’t run out of things to do in the summer.
National Forest Adventure Farm, Staffordshire
13th July – 2nd September 2019
If maize mazes are your kind of fun, National Forest Adventure Farm is your ideal summer destination. The farm celebrates the 50th anniversary of the moon landing by opening a 10-acre, space-themed maze, riddled with escape-room-like clues and puzzles. Can you help the Lunar Crew fix their spacecraft and return home safely?
Ultimate Brick Safari - Knowsley Safari Park, Merseyside
20th July - 2nd September 2019
Love animals and LEGO®? Knowsley Safari Park is the place to be this summer! Opening doors just in time for the summer school holidays is the Ultimate Brick Safari - a foot safari featuring 80 life-size LEGO® animal sculptures. That’s 1 million LEGO® bricks!
Apollo Astronights at The Science Museum, Greater London
20th July 2019
Got space-mad kids at home? We’ve got a summer event that will immediately skyrocket you to the top of the “coolest parents” list. On 20th July, the date of the moon landing, the Science Museum is hosting an epic, one-night-only sleepover for kids aged 7 - 13. Science, space-themed activities, 3D IMAX and even breakfast - Apollo Astronights is one of the best things happening this summer!
New aquarium at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire
Opens 26th July 2019
Be amongst the first people to explore the brand new aquarium at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo, opening on Friday, 26th July. Discover the fascinating secrets of freshwater fish - from the survival skills of the spotted hillstream loach to the hiding skills of the striped shell dwelling cichlid, and learn about the rarest and most critically endangered fish on the planet.
Carnival of History at Leeds Castle, Kent
27th - 28th July 2019
Visit Leeds Castle for the wonderful Carnival of History on the last weekend of July and be part of the castle’s 900th anniversary celebrations. This epic 2-day summer extravaganzza, featuring large-scale carnival costumes, historic re-enactors, music and dancers will take you on a journey through nine centuries of history, ending with a spectacular carnival processions through the grounds.
Dinosaur Spectacular at Margam Park, Glamorgan and Cardiff
28th July 2019
No list of things to do in July will ever be complete without a day of dino fun! You and your tiny pre-historic explorers will come face to face with life-size T-Rex and Tiny the Triceratops at Margam Country Park. You’ll also have the chance to join Captain Jon Voyage in his quest to return a bunch of escaped dinos in the Dinotopia live show.
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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