Looking for something different to do with the kids this summer? We have picked out 10 fantastically fun family events to enjoy this summer in the UK:
#1. Get Spooky in the Library (Manchester)
Enjoy the Children’s Spooky Gothic Tour, a fun behind-the-scenes tour of The John Rylands Library and its eerie Gothic corridors. Takes place 1st August 2015.
Along the way, this tour will take inspiration from the Library’s Darkness and Light exhibition to weave a spooky story. Suitable for children aged 5+. This event is free, no booking required.
#2. Find Pirates on a Secret Beach (Fort William)
Enjoy a family journey over the loch to a secret beach near Fort William where you will set up a pirates camp, look for crabs and make a fire to cook s’mores.
Takes place 13th August, tickets £6 each.
#3. Say Ooh and Aah (Plymouth)
The British Firework Championships 2015 take place 18-19 August in Plymouth.
Visitors from all over the world can see the skies light up over Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront.
The firework displays begin an 9.30pm on both nights.
#4. Follow a Fishy Trail (Cornwall)
Celebrate all things fishy on 31st August 2015 at the Newlyn Fish Festival in one of Cornwall’s most distinctive and original fishing ports. Satisfy your appetite with the best seafood you can get whilst enjoying great cooking demos, live entertainment or bidding at the seafood auction.
Enjoy the Kids Fishy Trail where you can search the Fish Festival site to find the fish pictures, write down the name of the fish, and hand in your form to the Festival’s Information Point to win a prize!
#5. Boogie on the Beach (South Tyneside)
There’s lots of free fun at the South Shields seafront with performers, storytelling, dance and comedy.
Takes place on various dates during July & August.
#6. Marvellous Movies (Brighton)
Watch blockbuster, classic & family movies for free on Brighton Beach this summer.
This year’s programme includes Frozen singalong and The Goonies.
#6. Puppet Fun (Felixstowe)
Come and join in the Puppet Day at FelixStowe Museum on August 19th. There will be Punch and Judy Shows and balloon modelling. Watch the show and learn how puppets work. There’ll be a bag of puppets to play with too so you can create your very own puppet show! Toy and Model Quiz Trail plus fun sock puppets to make and take home.
#7. Get Behind The Scenes of the Opera (London)
Families are invited to explore the Royal Opera House, its artists and the worlds of opera and ballet in Family Sundays (Over 5s) at Royal Opera House. These fun-packed monthly sessions of creative and practical activities. Behind the scenes tours take place at 12.30pm, 1.15pm, 2pm, 2.45pm and 3.30pm but tickets are limited and available on a strictly first-come-first-served basis.
#8. Hatch a Dinosaur (Glasgow)
Learn about dinosaur family life at the Hatching The Past exhibition at Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum! Learn about dinosaur family life, including how they cared for their young and discover how important the study of dinosaur eggs has been, in understanding these fascinating creatures. Find out more about scientists and their discoveries and see two larger dinosaur casts of a Tarbosaurus and Probactrosaurus skeleton. Until 16 August
#9. Hear World Music (Port Talbot)
Kaya Festival takes place 7th-9th August in Margam Country Park near Port Talbot in Wales with kids under 15 going free. A family friendly festival featuring a wide range of workshops, arts, food stalls and festival activities. An assortment of African, Jamaican, European, Latin, Caribbean, European and world musical flavours as well as local acts – over 100 musical acts across 4 stages.
#10. Street Performers in the Southside (Birmingham)
Summer in the Southside is three exciting weekends packed full of spectacular FREE outdoor performances around Birmingham Hippodrome Saturday 9th, 16th and 23rd August 2015. Over thirty companies featuring over 100 local, regional, national and international artists will transform the city’s vibrant Southside district around Hurst Street and Arcadian. All events are FREE and take place from 1pm-7pm.
Over to you now. Are you planning to go or did you go to any of these events? Tell us in the comments below.