The end of the summer holidays may be nigh, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t stop planning exciting day trips that will be fun for the entire family. Below are 7 suggestions for activities that can be enjoyed by all ages.
Eureka! The Children’s Museum, Halifax
A visit to Eureka is the perfect family day out. Known for being incredibly inclusive, Eureka is packed out with creative spaces, sensory zones, a mini village and more. Best of all, once you’ve bought your ticket for entry it becomes an annual pass for the next twelve months. Eureka is right next door to Halifax train station, so make sure you book train tickets in advance of your big day.
Camera Obscura, Edinburgh
If you’re in Edinburgh, it’s a right of passage to visit the Camera Obscura museum, one of the city’s oldest attractions. Enjoy six floors of puzzles, optical illusions, games and history. At the very top is the main attraction itself, the camera obscura. Take an aerial tour of Edinburgh, without leaving the ground.
Greenwood Forest Park, North Wales
Greenwood Forest Park is an incredibly unique experience, offering some incredibly bespoke activities. These include the world’s only people powered roller coaster, the longest sledge run in North Wales and plenty of mazes and soft play for children of all ages. Almost all of the activities are included in the price of your ticket, and even include the occasional live show!
Cadbury World, Birmingham
Everyone loves chocolate, right? How’s about taking a tour of a real life chocolate factory? It might not be quite as magical as Charlie’s, but you will learn all of the Cadbury secrets, and even have the opportunity to make your own chocolate. You can see everything from how the ingredients are mixed together, right through to how the chocolate is packed and shipped out. Fun for all ages!
National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield
The National Coal Mining Museum offers one of the most immersive mining experiences in the world. Journey down the 140m shaft, and find out what life was like down the pit from as early as the 1800s, right through to the closure of the last pit in England in the 1990s. On top of this, there are plenty of interactive exhibits to show you just what life as a miner was like, across three centuries.
Titanic Belfast, Belfast
Everyone knows the story of Titanic, whether that be from the 1997 James Cameron movie, or from studying it in school. If you’re completely enraptured in the story, you need to visit the place where the ship was actually built. You can explore using an audio headset, which will read the story of Titanic to you, as you go and inspect the displays.
There are four Diggerland parks in the UK, where children and adults alike can operate JCB excavators, loaders, dumper trucks and even get spun around by a PC 210. All of this, as well as the usual theme park attractions like dodgems, play areas and a dining area. Digerland is the perfect family day out, even for children who aren’t huge machinery enthusiasts. There’s buckets of fun to be had by everyone.