Boredom buster! 8 summer day trips
With the autumn school term starting a little later for some, an extra week with the kids may just be the thing that tips you over the edge.
Fancy hopping out of county for the afternoon? Pack a picnic, bundle the kids in the car and head off to one of these family fun sites for the day.
WORCS: WEST MIDLANDS SAFARI PARK
Encounter more than 1000 animals including rhino, cheetah, lions, tigers, giraffe and elephants during a four mile safari. On your self-drive safari journey you can even get to feed some of the animals. There’s also a Discovery Trail showcasing Lorikeet Landing, where you can get up close and personal to lorikeets, the Penguin Cove, Sea Lion Shows, Twilight Cave and the Adventure Theme Park has a tonnes of rides and attractions (for an extra charge). Booking is essential.
STAFFS : MONKEY FOREST
This amazing 60-acre forest where you can interact and walk amongst up to 140 free roaming monkeys. The monkeys live in freedom within a beautiful Staffordshire woodland, with no cages or bars and you can walk the woodland path and encounter them living as they would in the wild. Booking essential.
NOTTS: DINO MAIZE MAZE
Have a roarsome adventure in this brand new Dino summer event. Explore the family-run farms maize maze and discover dinosaur eggs while trying to escape the velociraptor hidden amongst the maize plants before catching glimpses of the T-Rex. Open until 1 Sept. Online bookings only. From £7.99.
This small theme park across from Willen Lake is the perfect place to burn off some energy with the kids. There’s log flumes, a runaway train, roller coasters and more. If you’ve got any energy left, visit the Dinosaur and Farm Park (an extra cost) where you can discover jurassic activities and even take some selfies with the dinos plus, there’s accommodation onsite if you want to stay over.
WARKS: WARWICK CASTLE
It’s business as usual at this spectacular family attraction with both the grounds and castle open (although you’ll have to wear face masks inside). This summer you can see the UK’s biggest birds of prey show, The Falconer’s Quest, visit the spooky castle dungeon, plus the popular Luna drive-in cinema will be popping up throughout Aug for twilight screenings with the stunning castle backdrop.
LONDON: SCIENCE MUSEUM
This super-cool museum opens to the public on 19 August. Kids will be fascinated by the The Equinor Gallery (part of the museum’s Wonderlab exhibition) which features 50 interactive elements. You can also visit the new addition, ‘Medicine: The Wellcome Galleries’, which features one of the largest medical collections in the world including the first MRI scanner, Fleming’s penicillin mould and specially commissioned artwork including Marc Quinn’s ‘Self-Conscious Gene’ and portraits by award-winning photographer Siân Davey. Entrance is free but booking is essential.
BERKS: WELLINGTON COUNTRY PARK
This family fun palace has got it all. Particularly good for under-8s, it contains an awesome adventure play area with giant zip wire, dinosaurs, mini golf, animal farm, jumbo bouncy pillow, miniature railway and so much more. There’s also a superb cafe serving quality local produce, much it from Wellington Estate itself.
BRUM: ROCK UP
Up for a thrilling challenge? This indoor climbing centre has themed climbing courses and more than 60 challenges for all kids. Scale the 18-feet-high Leap of Faith, take on the Twister, climb the Stairway to Heaven, or set a new record on the Speed Climb plus lots more. It’s great for all ages and there’s a dedicated area for under 2’s.