Looking for a fun family day out? Here’s a few of our favourites...
A day at the beach
Our coastline is incredibly varied - from proms and piers, to coves and caves. And you’ll always find a bucket-load of fun at the beach.
If you and your family like to keep active, plan ahead and book some surfing or sailing lessons. Or maybe try your hand at kite-surfing. Sounds too much like hard work? Then simply roll up your trousers and head down to the tidal zone where you can get up-close-and-personal with all the creatures lurking in rock pools.
Remember, if you’re thinking of diving in for a dip, you should only go swimming when there’s a lifeguard on duty.
If you’ve not visited a museum for a few years, you might be surprised how things have changed – because they’re not the stuffy, dusty places they used to be. These days, they’re packed with exciting exhibitions and interactive displays. And many of our biggest and best museums are free to visit. Which means they’re ideal for a great-value trip out in the school hols.
London’s Natural History Museum and British Museum are not to be missed. Liverpool’s World Museum and Maritime Museum boast some jaw-dropping attractions. And Manchester’s National Football Museum is a must-see for footy fans everywhere.
North of the border, Edinburgh’s National Museum of Scotland is another spectacular venue - sneak past the giant T-rex and check out the Natural World gallery. Then let the kids get interactive at the Adventure Planet.
National Parks and Nature Reserves
There are 1,500 local Nature Reserves and 224 National Nature Reserves in the UK. Plus 15 National Parks – with over 225,000 square kilometres of countryside to explore.
In the South West, Dartmoor harbours medieval villages, mysterious stone circles and vast expanses of open moorland. Farther north, the Peak District, Lake District, North Yorkshire Moors and the Yorkshire Dales offer thousands of acres of open access countryside where you and your family can run, cycle or climb to your hearts’ content.
Wales has three National Parks – the Brecon Beacons, Snowdonia and the Pembrokeshire Coast. And in Scotland, the Cairngorms boasts pristine rivers, ancient pine forests and Britain’s highest mountain range.