Activities Summer

22 Free Summer Activities

Written by Yeyen

Let’s go on an adventure and enjoy this lovely sun,
From parks and beaches to have some summer fun!
From the carnivals, museums and so much more to see,
These adventures are amazing AND completely free!

13th Jun 2017 – 24th Sep 2017

You don’t need to fight your way to the seaside this Summer. At the Southbank Centre kids can enjoy sunshine and sand in the big city! Bring a bucket and spade and enjoy a free fun time with all the family. Find out more.

24th Jul 2017 – 31st Aug 2017

Over the Summer holidays there are fantastic workshops being held at this great attraction that will not only entertain the kids but fascinate them too. Pick from code breaking challenges, photography, computer science to making and testing shampoo! These events are very popular so best to get the kids booked in asap! Find out more.

2nd Jun 2016 – 16th Dec 2017

If there are kids in your family between the ages of 11 – 15, then bring them to this amazing interactive exhibition especially for teenagers who are contemplating their future careers. The activities on offer will inspire them and test their skills to maybe choose engineering as their future with opportunities to design a space rover, build test systems or explore a city that we could all be part of in the future. Find out more.

19th Jul 2017 – 31st Aug 2017

Following on from the new five pound note, the new £10 Jane Austen note is due to be released over the Summer. Why not bring the family for an interesting visit where they can find out all about its high tech security features, including some fascinating facts about Jane Austen’s life. Find out more.

28th Aug 2017 – 29th Aug 2017

The Sunday of Notting Hill Carnival is all about the kids and there will be a children’s parade with flamboyant costumes and riotous colours, dancing to steel bands, live music and family workshops. Enjoy delicious Caribbean food and soak up the amazing atmosphere of this famous annual event. Find out more.

The Tetley Weekender at The Tetley, Leeds

This mico-festival sounds lively and a lot of fun! See artists from India, Pakistan and the UK, take part in open workshops, family activities and enjoy live music, theatre performances and dancing. Find out more.

Brighton Fishing Museum

If you or your little ones are into fishing, you’ll love the Brighton Fishing Museum. You’ll learn about the history of fishing and discover Brighton’s past. You’ll see fabulous displays of photography, paintings and memorabilia depicting Brighton’s seafront and fishing history. The museum’s centrepiece is an impressive 27 foot clinker built punt boat, which is the traditional Sussex fishing boat! Find out more.

Fireworks at Sea at The Grand Pier, Weston Super Mare

How about a great free fireworks treat for all the family? Come on down to the pier to see a spectacular display over the sea. If you fancy including dinner at the Boardwalk restaurant as well and watching the fireworks from the Grand Pier itself, you can buy a ticket from the Gift Shop or online. Find out more.

Bristol Harbour Festival Harbourside, Bristol

Another fantastic and free festival in Bristol is the Bristol Harbour festival. Throughout the harbour side area there is going to be circus acts, dance performers, arts, boats and much more for the family to enjoy. There is even a children’s area with a village, tiny gardens and lots of fun activities. Find out more.

Bournemouth Beach & Pier Fireworks

Consisting of seven miles of golden sand, Bournemouth Beach is a perfect destination for a seaside escape! Obviously enjoyed best in the summer, you’ll enjoy the beach itself but also the many attractions and fun you’ll find all around you. Every Friday in the summer months at 10pm the lights go out on Bournemouth Pier and there is a spectacular fireworks display! It’s maybe a little late for some kids, but it’s worth staying up for!Find out more.

 National Railway Museum, York

With over a million objects that cover 200 years of history, the National Railway Museum is the perfect day out for little train lovers! You’ll get to see giant halls full of engines and railway legends, including Mallard, the world’s fastest steam locomotive and an array of luxurious royal carriages. There’s even an outdoor play area for them to blow of some steam, as well as live science shows, interactive exhibits and so much more! Find out more.

Upton House, Poole

This Summer you can expect lots of fun planned events, including drop-in sessions joining the RSPB for some lovely family activities. Kids that love Enid Blyton can enjoy some reading sessions run by Poole library and don’t forget the Summer Splash Fountain is open for the whole of July and August! Find out more.

Free family events at Westminster Abbey, London

Why not spend a delightful day in the garden of this famous Abbey over the Summer holidays joining in with lots of free family based activities. Enrol into Knight school or join the Gravedigger’s Academy? Follow a Tudor Treasure Trail or try your hand at being the next Jane Austen or Charles Dickens! Find out more

The Donkey Sanctuary, Sidmouth, Devon

Set beside the sea in the beautiful Devon countryside, this sanctuary provides a lovely home to many rescued donkeys. In the surrounding grounds there are numerous walking trails for the family to follow. No matter your age everyone will enjoy the stunning views of the countryside! Find out more.

The British Museum, London

For a fascinating day out, the family will love The British Museum where you’ll see displays on different aspects of art, culture and history! It is great for school kids and could even help with their school projects! A real highlight for the for the children include seeing the famous mummies from Ancient Egypt and the Rosetta Stone! Find out more.

Netly Abbey, Southampton, Hampshire

Come and explore this stunning ruin, which is surrounded by gorgeous lawns and trees! The abbey is alleged to be home to two ghosts, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for some spooky goings on! Find out more.

Urban Farms, London

In and around London there are a number of farms that you can visit for free. You can meet an array of different animals, learn all about where your food comes from and enjoy being outdoors. Farms you can visit include Surrey Docks FarmSpitalfields City Farm, Vauxhall City Farm, and there are many more on our website too. Find out more.

Mevagissey Aquarium, Cornwall

Little marine lovers will enjoy looking around this fascinating aquarium, housed in an old RNLI lifeboat house and full of tanks brimming with coastal fish! You’ll get to learn about how the Pilchard industry is important for the fishing history of this village. Find out more.

Corris Craft Centre, Machynlleth, Wales

 Paint some pottery, dip candles, craft herbals or even make your own unique bar of chocolate! For the kids there’s a small children’s play area so they can let off some steam, plus there’s a treasure hunt that they can follow around the centre. Find out more.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Just one mile from the city centre, these beautiful gardens and grounds are a tranquil oasis. There is a fee to enter the dramatic glass houses but entrance into the gardens is free. There’s 72 acres for you to explore, which includes a lovely pond where you will find lots of ducks and the waterfall in the rock garden area. Find out more.

Corfe Castle Museum, Wareham, Dorset

Corfe Castle Museum, located on the ground floor of Corfe town hall, is the smallest in England. Exhibits include images and artefacts from Corfe’s past, including dinosaur and Stone Age man items, all telling the story of how the village became what it is today! Find out more.

Attenborough Nature Centre, Beeston, Nottinghamshire

Opened by Sir David Attenborough in 2005, this Nature Centre is an award-winner nature and wildlife haven! Take a stroll and see how many different species you can spot! Find out more.

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