After what seems like endless months of grey skies and dark mornings, the sun has finally appeared, and the countdown to summer is on! When you’ve got kids, nice weather can make all the difference when it comes to planning family outings and short breaks. If you’re looking forward to some family-friendly spring/summer adventures, here are some great ideas.
Hit the beach
It’s not often that we get the chance to make the most of the beautiful beaches in the UK, so if sunny weather is forecast, don’t waste the opportunity to splash around and build some sandcastles. Book a b & b in Blackpool, get your pulses racing at the Pleasure Beach and enjoy a donkey ride in front of the Blackpool Tower or head over to Filey or Whitby for a day of outdoor fun topped off with fish and chips. Down south, you can catch rays on the golden sands of Brighton, Poole, Exmouth and Perranporth. A day at the beach is a great, affordable day out, which you can easily extend if you want to get away in the half-term holidays or you’ve got a free weekend coming up.
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Get out into the great outdoors
If the weather is looking good, there’s no better way to spend the day than exploring the great outdoors. Take your bikes out, hire some boats on a lake or go on a family-friendly hike. There are so many stunning places to discover in the UK, including the Lake District, the Yorkshire Moors, Snowdonia, Exmoor, and the New Forest. If you’re feeling intrepid, you could always go camping, and enjoy an evening toasting marshmallows around the fire.
Brave the rides
If your children are thrill-seekers, why not plan a day out at a theme park? You can invite friends along or make a day of it with family. Brave the rides, ride the rapids and scale the dizzy heights. There are lots of options to choose from all over the country, like Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Flamingo Land, and Thorpe Park. You can often get great deals in the holidays, so search online for vouchers and discounts before you choose a date. If you book tickets online, there may also be a discount.
Many children love spending time at zoos, farms, and safari parks, watching the animals plodding around and playing, and taking part in fun activities. If your kids are animal lovers, look out for special events at local farms and zoos during the school holidays. Popular attractions include Chester Zoo, London Zoo, Twycross Zoo, the Yorkshire Wildlife Park, and the West Midlands Safari Park.
When it’s warm outside, and it’s still light at 6 o’clock, it’s great to be able to make the most of the days you have together. With the holidays fast approaching, and warmer weather on the horizon, you can start thinking about days out and adventures with the kids. Hopefully, these ideas will prove useful when it comes to filling the weekends and holidays with fun.