We know it can be hard to plan that perfect half term or summer break, which is why we’ve put together an action-packed list of attractions and things to do in the UK to help keep the children entertained.
From the thrills and spills of theme parks and waterparks to getting up close and personal with wildlife, there’s something for all the family this summer.
Visit Chessington World of Adventures for an adrenalin-fuelled day out with plenty to do for the whole family. Originally a zoo, Chessington is home to a number of animals and furry friends including lions, tigers, gorillas, penguins, sea lions and underwater species. During your visit to the zoo and Sea Life centre, don’t forget to attend some of the talks and shows for that extra special experience.
While at Chessington World of Adventures Theme Park, you will find yourself soaring through the trees on the spooky vampire ride, floating in a river boat through The Gruffalo's deep dark wood and clearing an ancient tomb of an evil curse in Tomb Blaster.
One day not long enough? Book a short break in one of the themed hotel rooms and return the next day for double the fun!
Love chocolate? Why not visit Cadbury World in Birmingham for a choc-tastic day out. There are 14 different zones to explore, from learning how some of your favourite treats are made to embarking on a 4D chocolate adventure. Throughout half-term and the summer holidays, there will be a host of children’s entertainers to make your visit extra special. Before leaving don’t forget to visit the world's largest Cadbury shop for a range of chocolate treats, souvenirs and personalised gifts.
Legoland is the perfect building block for an amazing half-term or summer holiday. You will get to search for hidden treasure in the Kingdom of the Pharaohs, watch the pirates of Skeleton Bay perform in a stunt show and experience the Nordic themed hedge maze. To find all your favourite attractions download the interactive Legoland mobile app from the AppleStore or Google play.
Don’t forget to visit the BIG shop before you leave to pick up all your Lego souvenirs such as your very own Lego mini figure!
W5 in Belfast features over 250 interactive exhibits, providing an incredible experience and hours of fun. Learn about health, genetics, explore space, create circuits, make and race your own K’nex car and become the animator of your very own cartoon!
It's advised to give yourself a minimum of 2 hours to be able to experience many of the attractions on offer, however, we believe you will be staying for longer. Before you leave don’t forget to visit the coffee shop for a Costa Coffee and snack.
With 12 locations around the UK and many others around the world, you can choose the one closest to you. The Sea Life Centre is great for the whole family no matter their age. Experience sharks, jellyfish, sea horses and many other underwater creatures up close and in a natural setting. Don’t forget to check out the talk and feeding times so you can see your favourites in action.
The UK’s best theme park according to Trop Advisor, Paultons Park is packed full of rides and attractions, including Peppa Pig World. With big and small rides, a cool collection of animals and plenty of entertainment, there’s something for everyone. You’re also right on the edge of the New Forest if you want to see nature in all its glory.
Peppa Pig World in Poultons Park
Zoom down the fastest zip line in the world, soaring high over Penrhyn Quarry on Velocity 2 at Zip World. You could reach speeds of 100mph and there are spectacular views to enjoy on your way down – if you can keep your eyes open! As long as children are at least 10 years old and 4ft tall, this exhilarating treat is sure to get their pulses racing!
Chester Zoo was rated as the sixth best zoo in the world by Trip Advisor in 2018 and it’s easy to see why so many people love visiting. Chester Zoo is home to more than 21,000 animals and 500 different species, including some of the most endangered on Earth. The zoo specialises in conservation work and features regularly on TV in Channel 4s ‘The Secret Life of the Zoo’. Don’t miss your chance to see conservation in action.
Go Ape is an action-packed day out for the whole family. With a number of adrenalin-fuelled activities including the original treetop adventure, Segway’s and an outdoor zip trekking adventure, you’re bound to have an action-packed day. With 33 locations across the UK, you’re guaranteed to have one within a short distance of you.
Adventure course in the trees
Visit the UK’s number 1 safari park to see lions, rhinos and tigers roaming freely, as well as hundreds of other animals. Longleat Safari Park is set in the grounds of the hugely impressive Longleat House, a stately home dating back to Elizabethan times, and promises plenty of excitement for all ages. A new koala exhibit, called Koala Creek, has recently opened, making it the only place in the UK to see the cute Australian species.
Titan the Robot is visiting Woodlands Park in the heart of Devon during the summer, meaning you can experience comedy, music and street theatre in addition to the theme park’s other attractions. Having appeared in many music videos and TV shows, Titan will be at the park on Tuesday 13th August. As well as amazing water rides and a huge indoor play area, there’s also a zoo farm and much more to keep the kids entertained.
Many of the activities in London are within walking distance of each other or are linked by tubes and buses. Some of our top activities to do in London include visiting a show, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, London Dungeons, The Science Museum or even having a picnic in one of the capital's parks. Check out the Visit London website for a list of other attractions and offers within and around London.
Date Created: 16/04/2019