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Summer survival kit

School’s out for the summer, or at least it will be soon. Are you already in a panic and worried about how to keep the kids entertained? To save you from tearing your hair out, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to explore and things to do this summer locally and beyond.

If you know of anymore, leave a note in the comment section or get in touch and I’ll be sure to add them on. It’s good to share.

Outdoor Pursuits Centre

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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 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. Choose from abseiling, canoeing, raft building, paddle boarding and so much more.

Flip Out

Jump, flip and soar to the sky in this fun city-based trampoline park. Let the kids run free and enjoy hours of fun flipping out and bouncing around. There’s also a Ninja Obstacle Course, stunt box zones for kids and adults, Gladiator Pit, tumble tracks, kids arenas, obstacles and the list goes on – if you’re feeling slightly jealous and want to get involved, don’t worry, there’s plenty for big kids too!

Twycross Zoo

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Who doesn’t love getting up close and personal with the animal at the zoo? Check out the new Chimpanzee Eden walkway where you can discover the chimps in their natural habitat. Pop over to the say hello to the elephants, giraffes and zebras, watch the penguins swim under water, enjoy the snow leopards roam around and much more. From 28 July until 18 August, Twycross is hosting its Summer Sundown event with live music evenings for the whole family from 5pm and currently are offering a flash sale with 25% off on tickets to the zoo during the summer hols. What are you waiting for? Get booking now!

Visit Conkers

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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. Inside there’s plenty going on from a simulated tree top walk, a 4d cinema experience and a forest floor to explore. During the hols, there will be live entertainment every day from a variety of acts including Stuart Brown’s Magic Show, Trevor Hill’s Animal Encounters, Sublime Science, Ras King Bobo’s acrobatic show, Bubble Pops bubbling displays and our ever popular PJ’s Circus workshops.

TwinLakes

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This local theme park is a great day out for the entire family. Set in over 100 acres of Leicestershire there’s more rides for the mudlets to go on here than the larger, more commercial theme parks. Attractions include a a mini railway, a labyrinth, a bird centre, roller coaster, log flume and tonnes 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 *£15 return Family Ticket for up to six people. This summer you can also see the likes of Paw Patrol, Peppa Pig, Titan the Robot and many more.

Watermead Country Park

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 fin and lovely to explore. Take a picnic and enjoy the calmer side of life while here.

Rutland Water

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, watersports and climbing.

Aqua Park, Rutland

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Get wet and have a riotous load of fun in this floating inflatable park is just what the kids will love. 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.

Bradgate Park

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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 including Prom in Park set in Bradgate House Ruins and on 2 August the park will be hosting The Reluctant Dragon outdoor theatre.

Tropical Bird

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.

Bugtopia, the Zoo

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

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Every year loyal fans eagerly await to see what design and shape the maize maze will take. This year, to mark the 70th Anniversary of the NHS, the maze has been designed in the shape of an Ambulance, and has a ‘First Aid’ themed Quiz Trail hidden amongst the three miles of pathways. 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.

Bosworth Water Park

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 kid’s explore Pirate Adventure play area. Make a week d of it and look a lake side lodge.

Bosworth Battlefield

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 also going on during the summer including outdoor theatre, festivals and more.

Stonehurst Farm

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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 farm. When you’re done grab a bite to eat in the little farm cafe.

National Space Centre

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With six interactive galleries, the UK’s largest planetarium and the iconic 42m high Rocket Tower, the award-winning National Space Centre is an out of this world experience. It’s one of the city’s main landmarks and is such a popular destination. brilliant activities and events on throughout the year and this summer will be no different! Enjoy The Secret World of Gases this summer – there will be daily talks, workshops, science sessions sure to go off with a BANG!

Chestnut Farm Stables

Learn to ride a horse in this lovely and friendly local horse riding school which is set in the heart of the Leicestershire countryside.If you’re unsure, pop along to one of the Pony Days held twice a week throughout the school holidays for all ages and abilities.

Leicestershire Craft Centre

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Get the kids creative juices flowing and encourage them to sew or knit in this lovely crafty centre.  There’s a wide range of art and craft children’s courses from regular after school courses to one off sessions including how to make, dresses, wind chimes, art classes, comic book workshops, decorating t-shirts, jewellery making and so much more fun stuff.

Rock Blok

Don’t shy away from a little adventure – 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.

Further Afield

Children’s Play Village

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This themed play village has been designed for children and their wonderfully vivid imaginations. Inside there are 12 play areas brimming with play props, dressing up outfits and all things role play. Budding builders can get stuck in on the construction site, wannabe stars can take centre stage in the Theatre, little firefighters can see what it’s like to work at the fire station and more.

West Midlands Safari Park

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Who needs to trek it to Africa when you have some to some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered exotic animal species a stone’s throw away? Safari drive-through? No problem. An adventure theme park, sign me up! While here, explore the Discovery Trail and see the UK’s largest animatronic Dinosaur attraction. Seriously this place is worth the journey.

Warwick Castle

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Heroic knights, horses, battles and ancient myths explore it all and more at Warwick Castle. While here, watch the Dragon Slayer show and experience an evening of spectacular entertainment combining immersive dining experiences, a projection light show on the walls of the castle, fire jousting, live-action stunts and more. Book to stay in the castle or on the Glamping site and make it a real memorable visit. Read our review of the new Avenue of Kings premium glamping tents here.

Monkey Forest

This unique place is home to 140 free-roaming monkeys! Set in a beautiful Staffordshire woodland, you can wander along the pathways and watch the monkey antics unfold in front of you. Stay for feeding time and you can really get close to one of these endangered animals. Easily accessible from the M6 or M1.

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