SUMMER FUN FOR THE KIDS
Stuck on what to do with your kids this summer hols? Get organised and take them out and about to enjoy some of these fab summer events or book onto one of these cool courses across Leicestershire and Rutland.
Manor Farm Woodlands, Loughborough
Every day is an adventure at Manor Farm Park & Woodlands. You’ll find over 20 types of animals to see, woodlands to explore, indoor and outdoor play areas to discover and a full programme of activities running every day inc rabbit and guinea pig breakfast, donkey rides, duck feeding, owl holding, pigs’ dinner time and animal bedtime. If you love it when you go, hold on to your receipt and use it to gain free entry for your little one again before September.
Little Cooks Club, Leicester
Join in with a super exciting 60 minute cooking class for 2-11 year olds across Leicester this summer! Your little cooks will be keeping their hands busy, as we follow a lovely easy recipe for a delicious bake and get involved in a seasonal crafts. Spaces are strictly limited, so get in touch if you’d like to join in asap. Tickets cost £8 per child, which includes all ingredients, equipment and arts and crafts materials. All you need to bring is a container to take home your goodies. Various dates and venues over the summer – please check website above.
The Dairy Barn, Melton Mowbray
Relax with an ice cream and cool off in the cafe while the kids let off steam outside. There’s plenty for them to do including a sports field, toddlers play area, sand pit and climbing frame – all in close proximity to the café so that the grown-ups can keep an eye on them while having a natter and a latte.
Hicks Lodge, Ashby de la Zouch
Hicks Lodge is a former coal mining site that has been totally transformed by new plantings and exciting trails for you to enjoy. From tearaway toddlers getting their first taste of cycling, young teens perfecting their bike skills or families who love to just walk the dog, there’s plenty for everyone as well as seasonal horse riding, a play area and bike hire for all the family.
Outdoor Pursuits Centre, Leicester
For this looking for some serious outdoor adventure, the LOPC is the perfect pace to be. Enjoy adventurous outdoor activity experiences which will stimulate, educate and motivate the kids. This summer (from 12 July – 30 August) you can send the kids there for the whole day or book in for individual activities. Bookings must be made in advance due to the number of instructors available and you can choose from abseiling, canoeing, raft building, paddle boarding and so much more. Suitable for kids 5 years and over.
Twycross Zoo, Atherstone, Leicestershire
Who doesn’t love getting up close and personal with the animal at the zoo? Check out the roar-some new residents, Jahly and Sialang, a pair of critically endangered Sumatran Tigers in their new state-of-the-art, habitat. Pop over to the say hello to the elephants, giraffes and zebras, chimps, watch the penguins swim under water, enjoy the snow leopards roam around and much more. You can also see unique collection of LEGO® brick models. From 13 July until 2 Sept and you can get 10% off zoo admission when you book by midnight the night before your visit.
Lots going on this summer – you can visit The Little Ark (17 July) and take part in be activities available, a free crazy golf event (24 July and 21 Aug). On 24 July you can enjoy Robbie the Land Train, enjoy the Snapdragon Festival in Aug plus so much more.
Saddington Riding School, Saddington
Has your child ever wanted to have a pony? Well for three days they can over the summer. From 20 – 22 August your little ones can enjoy a mini pony camp and will learn to muck out a stable re-bed it, grooming, general pony care and more for £50. Little ones can book into the Tiny Tots day during July. They’ll get the chance to groom a pony and plait their mane and tail £15 per child. There are also pony days available in July and August £30 per child plus, lots of other activities too.
Visit Conkers, Moira Nr. Ashby-de-la-Zouch
With 120 acres of maturing woodlands, lakes, ponds and play areas, there’s so much to se, do and explore outdoor but the fun doesn’t stop there. Visit the Waterside & Discovery Centres with the 4D Cinema, Enchanted Play Zone, Indoor Play and Exhibits. Explore the 120 acres of woodland and lakes, barefoot walk and adventure play areas. Jump aboard the Conkerchoo Train or head below the surface of the earth with The Warrens. NEW this summer is an E Scooter Safaris – a ranger-led activity through the venue and now for 5yrs+ and updated Activity Trail & Obstacle Course with newer challenges. During the seven weeks of summer kids there are also also craft and ranger activities including, story time and tonnes of fun entertainment.
Lots of fun going on over the summer here from Puppets and Toys Playtime on 31 July to the Mad Hatters Tea Party on Fri 23 Aug where you can take part in some arts and crafts too.
Get ready to land on the moon with a special Space Day here on 18 July, there’s Medieval Mayhem on Thur 25 July and you can make jester hats and colour in stained glass sheets and enjoy medieval games in the courtyard. On 1 Aug your kids can create their own magical beast or beast and on 8 Aug they can take a peek inside the Victorian cells and throw wet sponges at you or their friends in the stocks. Finally, on 26 Aug there’s plenty to see and do in the Summer Craft Fair.
Specialising in dinghy and catamaran sailing there’s everything from introductory sessions, to personal tuition sessions in your own boat. The junior sailing courses for under 16s are taught in groups as they learn quicker and enjoy this style of learning and run throughout the summer hols weekly.
Get your kids even more confident in the water by enrolling them in The Bubblemaker course – designed to give young people aged 8 and over the opportunity to enjoy SCUBA and will learn how to be safe and, enjoy underwater fun and games that we’ll have in the pool. There’s also a course for 10-15 year olds. Call to check availability 0845 519 5464.
Calling all princesses and super heroes on 24 July you can have fun getting your face painted, take part in treasure trails and listen to story time, meanwhile, on Wed 31 July make a sun catcher, magic wands and more in the Garden Family Day or bring your fave teddy to enjoy the Teddy Bear’s Picnic on 7 Aug. Enjoy a jungle safari trail and get up close and personal with little exotic animals on 14 Aug and if you want to enjoy some outdoor theatre, book tickets to Gangsta Granny on 22 Aug.
Keep the kids busy, happy and healthy during the summer in a school holiday camps. Our camps are held throughout the year and you can choose any individual mornings or afternoons, full days or even stay for the whole week. Fun packed tennis sessions, with games, tennis technique practice and drills – these popular junior coaching groups are for all ages and standards throughout the school holidays starting this month.
Phoenix Film Camp, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester July and Aug
Make a film in a week during the summer holidays, during a five-day film camp. Enter the room on Monday with just an idea or two (hopefully) and leave on Friday with a film in the can that you shot and starred in. All equipment and training will be provided by the course tutor. Go from an idea to lights, camera, action in a matter of days! The film will then be edited by the course tutor ready for its ‘premiere’ screening in the autumn. Dates are as follows Mon 29 Jul – Fri 2 Aug (7-11 year olds), Mon 5 – Fri 9 Aug (12- 15 year olds) and Mon 12 – Fri 16 Aug (16 – 19 year olds). £125. Super popular course and places are selling super fast so are very limited.
Mini Print Club, Leicester, 30 July – 1 Aug
A set of three morning sessions for teenagers aged 14 – 16 to learn how to screenprint and is ideal for beginners with no experience, this course is perfect for developing existing ideas and realising them in print using this fun, popular technique. You will come away with an edition of prints on paper, a printed bag and a printed tea towel, or bring along a t-shirt to print on. On 16 Aug there’s also a Print Club for Young Printmakers aged 5 – 7 years old from 10am – 1pm. More info via their website.
TwinLakes, Melton Mowbray
This local theme park is a great day out for the entire family. Set in over 100 acres of Leicestershire there’s tonnes of rides for the mudlets to go on and attractions include a a mini railway, a labyrinth, a bird centre, the new roller coaster ‘Rum Runner’, log flumes and lots more fun stuff to keep the kids busy. Take part in the Summer Super 6 Challenge and ride all six of their top attractions and get a £12 return Family Ticket for up to six people. This summer you can also see the likes of Peppa Pig, Titan the Robot and many more.
Watermead Country Park, Leicestershire
This pretty park is made up of a network of lakes woodlands and nature reserves created from 340 acres of gravel workings along the River Soar. It’s a fantastic area to visit at any time of the year, easy to find and lovely to explore. Take a picnic and enjoy the calmer side of life while here.
If you’re looking for some adrenalin-fuelled fun or even a relaxing break from the daily hustle and bustle, head to Rutland Water. Covering 4,200 acres of open countryside, there’s something for everyone, from walking and cycling to fishing, water sports and climbing.*The site is now open after temporarily being closed.
Aqua Park, Rutland
Get wet, make a big splash and have a riotous load of fun in this floating inflatable park – the kids will love it. Expect climbing walls, trampolines, balance bars, rockers, rollers, blast bags and the UK’s biggest slides and a special corner for adrenaline junkies – it’s totally awesome. Open every day in July and August and open weekends only in September. Booking is essential.*The site is now open after temporarily being closed.
Bradgate Park, Newton Linford, Leicestershire
This public park is everyone’s go-to spot at least once in the summer. It’s great for picnics and bike rides and there’s a pretty good chance you’ll ask come across a Red or Fallow Deer as they still roam freely across the Park’s 800 acres. During the summer there’s lots of activities going on and you can catch the open-air theatre with the Wind in the Willows and A Midsummer Night’s Dream from 8-9 Aug.
Tropical Bird, Desford
Ofter overlooked for the larger sites and attraction, this 6.5-acre sanctuary houses over 250 feathery residents, every square inch has been devoted to giving a home to some of the most alluring and captivating species from around the world.
This small, family owned zoo has lots of fun interactive games and features over 75 species of invertebrates and reptiles. Not for those who have an aversion for creepy crawlies – that rules me right out.
Wistow Maze, Wistow
Every year loyal fans eagerly await to see what design and shape the maize maze will take.This year to mark the 50th Anniversary of the ‘First Man on the Moon’, the maze has been designed in the shape of an astronaut, and the quiz trail hidden amongst the 3 miles of pathways, will be themed on other Historic First Achievements. Set in 8 acres of living maize and sunflower crop, Wistow Maze is a great exercise for mind and body and is perfect for all ages.
With a range of heritage, family-fun, camping and adventure activity offerings, there’s something for everyone in the family including the dog! Enjoy a range of fun water sports, hire a pedal end relax while the kids explore Pirate Adventure play area, build sandcastles or go fishing. Make a weekend of it and book a lake side lodge or pitch a camping tent.
Let the kids brush up on their history and discover more about the Battle of 1485 where Richard III fought for his crown and lost his life, and Henry Tudor became King. There’s lots of fun activities going on during the summer including costumed guided walks, outdoor theatre, festivals and more.
Stonehurst Farm, Mountsorrel, Leicestershire
This family-run farm is a real pleasure to visit. Explore the little farm, ride a tractor, meet some of the little animals or ride a pony in this warm and welcoming family-run farm. When you’re done grab a bite to eat in the little farm cafe.
National Space Centre, Leicester
Join the Mission Commanders for an immersive celebration of the Apollo 11 50th anniversary. Activities over the summer include the chance to get up close with some real lunar samples, design your own iconic space mission patch, watch a planetarium show or take a seat in the UK’s largest planetarium to take a presenter led tour of our night sky and solar system (suitable for 7+).
Leicestershire Craft Centre, Market Harborough
Get the kids creative juices flowing and encourage them to sew or knit in this lovely crafty centre. There’s a wide range of kids art and craft courses and one-off sessions including kids art classes, glitter jars, key rings, plant pots, comic book workshops, decorating t-shirts, jewellery making and so much more fun stuff to keep their little fingers and brains busy.
In addition to its normal train services the Great Central Railway provides a series of fun events for the family alike. This summer you can take part in lego themed workshops and take part in a building challenges which they will be able to work on using our vast supply of assorted LEGO® bricks (6-8 Aug). Dino Days and you can see Tiny the Triceratops and play in the Jurassic Jungle (13 – 15 Aug) where you can dress up as a Dinosaur Explorer and search for dinosaurs and fossils out in the wilds.
The Rock Blok, Rutland
Great for those adventurous kids – this exciting outdoor activity centre, offers high ropes, climbing, abseiling and cycling so whether you are a novice or seasoned climber, there’s lots of fun to be had here from thrilling high ropes to gentler climbing challenges. Try out their taster sessions, or enjoy an activity packages or ask them to create a bespoke adventure day.
Based on the Oscar-winning film, Little Miss Sunshine is a new musical comedy featuring Mark Moraghan (Coronation Street, Holby City, 9 to 5), Lucy O’Byrne (Evita, Les Misérables, The Sound of Music), two-time Olivier-award nominee Paul Keating. The Hoover family has more than a few troubles, but young Olive has her heart set on winning the Little Miss Sunshine beauty contest. When an invitation to compete arrives, the Hoovers pile in to their rickety yellow camper van but can it survive the 800-mile trip from New Mexico to California – and more importantly, can they? Catch it at Haymarket Theatre from 3-7 Sept.
Over at Curve, The Tiger Who Came to Tea is on from 15- 17 August – a musical play based on the book by Judith Kerr. The doorbell rings just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea. Who could it possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the door is a big, stripy tiger! Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful family show; packed with magic, songs and clumsy chaos!