It’s that time of the year again. Depending on where you live in the country, children have either 2, 3 or 4 weeks off school. With the weather improving, it will be good for all the family to get out into the sunshine and explore some of the wonderful sites the UK has to offer. The British family is spoilt for choice as far as days out are concerned.
We have some of the best beaches in Europe and many with the cleanliness “Blue Flag” award. If you’re in south-west England, take the family to Saunton Sands in Devon. It’s one of the longest and best beaches in the country. On the south coast, those living in Hampshire and Sussex have many options including two beaches at The Witterings. Blackpool is always a great day out and you’ll find some great choices in the northeast too including Whitby. Pembroke and Swansea Bay in South Wales are great options. In Scotland, marvel at the seascape of Luce Bay.
You could probably spend a year touring the UK for heritage sites and not see all of them such is the choice. From amazing palace at Hampton Court, Cardiff, Alnwick and Edinburgh castle, you’ll be spoilt for choice. But why stop with castles and palaces? Monastic ruins, Iron Age Hill Forts, Roman ruins at Cirencester, Hadrian’s Wall and the impressive military fort at Caerleon and Caerwent will inspire children too. Sometimes you’ll find as much joy in a small site as a larger one. Small, local heritage sites that don’t get as much business will certainly welcome your visit.
Every region of the United Kingdom has a National Park. From the rugged moors of North Yorkshire to the sublime coastal cliffs of Exmoor, you’ll find something for all the family. Why not take a cycle ride across The South Downs, the UK’s newest National Park and explore the rolling hills of the south-east. The watery valley of Loch Lomond will provide nature walks for parents and activities for children. Our National Parks are there for everyone; you’ll find enough going on through the Easter holidays to keep most people happy.
Zoos, Animal Parks and Aquariums
If you have done all the big zoos and looking for something a little different, why not combine a beach day with a visit to a Sea Life Centre? These are dotted around the country with some centres at our most popular beaches. Another great choice is an animal sanctuary rather than a zoo – they commit to saving endangered animals and then releasing them into the wild. Screech Owl Sanctuary in Cornwall has an impressive array of birds of prey. The education centre has regular talks where you can handle a bird of prey too.
One of the great growth areas of UK tourism is ecology. These serve as education centres and sites to look through exotic plants. While Eden Project in Cornwall is the most famous, there are several others around the country too. The Living Rainforest near Newbury, Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales and The Helix in Scotland. These are just some of the different aspects that allow the family to explore and interact with plant conservation or see the science of the future in a green world. Each centre offers something different.
A London Day Out?
If it has been a while since you last visited the Natural History Museum, now may be a great time to see some animatronic dinosaurs. While there, take a look at the Science Museum next door. The London Dungeon, one of the capital’s earliest interactive museums take you on a gruesome tour for all the family including recreating the scenes of Jack the Ripper’s murders. The Tower of London is always worth a day’s visit.