1. Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is the UK’s premier destination for naval history! Learn about the Royal Navy as it is today and get an insight into what the future holds. A swashbuckling, timber shivering time awaits at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard at the Horrible Histories® Pirates exhibition! Based on the best-selling series by Terry Deary and illustrator Martin Brown, is an interactive, hands-on exhibition that will give children an action-packed insight into the mysterious and murky world of pirates across the ages. Take a funny and foul look at pirate history, learn the rules of the ‘pirates code’ and even visit a raucous pirates tavern! Book now.
2. The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth
For more maritime fun, check out Henry VIII’s warship, The Mary Rose. The ship sank in battle in 1545 and wasn’t recovered until 1982, but you can now explore its history in the state-of-the-art facility in Portsmouth. Join the Shipwreck Explorers activities throughout summer, including Tasty Tudors where you can discover what Tudor sailors ate. There are lots of other workshops planned this summer so make sure to check them out! Book now.
3. Great Wonderfest, Isle of Wight
1st – 4th August 2019
Head to this brand new family festival for 2019, hosted by TV legends Dick and Dom! See the likes of Busted, The Vamps, Becky Hill, Sigma and Example at the ultimate staycation island. Party with Peppa Pig and George, or sit back and relax a visit to the Indulge Me Pamper Lounge. Take a look at the VIP options for a more exclusive experience, including VIP camping, exclusive access to The Star Bar, and top-notch facilities including hot showers and delicious food stalls! Book now.
4. Adventure Wonderland, Bournemouth
Lose yourself at the award-winning Adventure Wonderland in Bournemouth. With both indoor and outdoor rides and attractions designed especially for kids aged 3-10 years, it is the perfect family fun day out come rain or shine. Drive safari-style jeeps at Charlie’s Cool Driving School, take on the Caucus Race assault course, and whizz across the line on the Aerial Glide! This summer, meet Bing and Flop on 31st July, Paw Patrol’s Marshall and Skye on 14th August, and last but not least, Peppa Pig on 28th August! Book now.
5. Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth
Look out over Portsmouth, the Solent and even across to the Isle of Wight from up to 110 metres above the harbour. Will you brave the Sky Walk on Deck 1 and walk across the glass floor looking at the harbour below? If that’s not for you, head up to the highest deck and take a seat in the Sky Garden to relax. Book now.
6. Camp Bestival, Lulworth Estate
25th – 28th July 2019
The award-winning fantastical family fun festival is back and better than ever! See the likes of Nile Rodgers and Chic, Grandmaster Flash, The Human League and Sister Sledge this year. Kids are king at Camp Bestival and this year’s diverse line-up of entertainment featuring kid’s favourites such as CBeebies, Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep, Wonder Woman and The Incredibles is bigger and better than ever before! The theme of heroes vs superheroes promises an experience that’s out of this world! Book day tickets here, or weekend tickets here.
7. Longleat, Warminster
Always a favourite day out for families, Longleat has so much on offer in their Australian Summer 2019. You can now see the only Southern Koala’s in Europe, as well as some giant otters and crocodiles at the new Koala Creek location at Longleat! From 27th July, The Longhouse will be transformed into an immersive indoor beach, and there will also be Australian themed entertainment taking place in The Main Square for you to enjoy too. At the end of the day, the Hooroo will see all the day’s performers turn the Square into a vibrant spectacle of colour, music, dancing and excitement in an inspiring choreographed display. Book now.
8. British Airways i360, Brighton
Take a 360-degree view of Brighton’s beautiful South Coast with a flight in Brighton’s i360 as you glide up 138 metres above sea level. In a futuristic glass pod designed by the creators of the London Eye, visitors can expect to see breath-taking views across Brighton, the South Downs, the English Channel and on a clear day, you may even be able to spot the Isle of Wight. This is the perfect family day out for all ages to enjoy. Book now.
9. Liberty’s Owl, Raptor and Reptile Centre, Ringwood
Named after one of the Alaskan Bald Eagles, Liberty, and home to a large collection of other birds of prey, reptiles and creepy crawlies this is a great family day out on a budget! You’ll find owls, hawks, eagles, pythons, bearded dragons, snakes, tarantulas and much more. IThere is also a super fun outdoor sandpit, especially for little ones! Book now.
10. City Cruises Harbour and Island Cruise, Poole
Enjoy a relaxing 70 minute Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island cruise departing from Poole Quay. Enjoy the sights of Poole Harbour including famous landmarks, such as Brownsea Island and the Brownsea Castle which was built to protect against French Invasions. You will also see the ‘Golden Mile’ – a stretch of luxurious housing along the Sandbanks Peninsula which has been described as one of the most expensive places in the world to live! With options of open deck seating on warm sunny days or a comfortable saloon seating option, there is ample comfort to be enjoyed along this lovely water trip. Book now.
11. Cheddar Gorge and Caves, Somerset
At Cheddar Gorge explore stunning stalactite caverns and see the dramatic cliffs which rise 450ft above the ground. Explore Gough’s Cave, Britain’s largest stalactite cavern, and Cox’s Cave to watch the spectacular multimedia experience including visual and sound effects. There is also a museum and a beautiful clifftop walk which offers 3 miles of spectacular scenery. Book now.
12. GoApe!, various locations
Fly through the air, climb through the treetops and roll along the rugged forest floor at a GoApe! near you this summer. Take on a treetop assault course in Tree Top Junior, perfect for kids aged 6-12 years. For more of a challenge, why not try Tree Top Adventure? Not suitable for those under 10 years old, this takes the assault course to new levels and each section finished with an awesome zip wire to get your feet firmly back on the ground. If these aren’t for you, how about an hour long segway adventure? Book now.
13. Enchanted Festival, Horsham
5pm-11:30pm, 23rd-25th August 2019
Set within Horsham Park, a beautiful venue in the very heart of the medieval market town of Horsham, West Sussex, Enchanted Festival is perfect for families. Enter an illuminated summer wonderland featuring a mix of live music, street theatre, a 5-hour silent disco, circus performance, dance and the spectacular secret illuminated gardens, plus a boutique market of street food, pop up bars, homewares, art and fashion. Book now.
14. Fleet Air Arm Museum
Get up close to Europe’s largest Naval Aviation Collection, featuring some of the most powerful and interesting naval aircraft to have taken to the skies. You’ll ‘fly’ by helicopter to the replica flight deck of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal. Children will love the play area featuring a replica of the HMS Queen Elizabeth and a 60ft playground to swing, slide, jump and climb upon! Book now.
15. Wonder Fields, Devon
12th – 15th July 2019
This intimate music festival is set in the beautiful British countryside at Great Fulford Estate in Dunsford, less than 30 minutes outside of Exeter. The festival has a full programme of entertainment and activities to keep children of all ages entertained, from energetic dance workshops to learning circus skills, forest school adventures and creative craft! Bigger kids and adults can enjoy archery, fencing, zorbing, Hip-Hop yoga, life drawing, and working out to drum and bass! There are workshops to get involved with too, whether you want to learn Shiatsu, take a cocktail masterclass or try out some graffiti. Book now.
16. Firle Vintage Fair, Lewes
10am-6pm, 9th – 11th August
Step back in time in style at the Firle Vintage Fair. Set in the heart of the picturesque Sussex countryside in Firle Park, the fair celebrates beauty and antiques from yesteryear, with vintage stalls including; French Brocante, haberdashery and fashion, country interiors and gardenalia, plus live entertainment, classic cars, croquet games, horse and cart rides, workshops, talks, artisan food and beverages and original 1880 Victoriana fair-rides. Book now.
17. Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove
There’s no need to go abroad this summer when there’s stunning scenery like this just a car drive away! For a perfect day out this summer, head to Durdle Door and spend some time of one of the two small, tucked away beaches. Both are accessible by steps – they can be steep in places though! Enjoy a picnic on the beach, or head along to Lulworth for a delicious pub lunch. While you’re here, walk around the stunning, scallop-shaped, pebble beach of Lulworth Cove. It’s a World Heritage Site which is recognised for its excellent examples of geology, such as natural arches, folding strata and natural arches. Find out more here.
18. Paulton’s Park and Peppa Pig World, Romsey
With rides, play areas, adventure golf, gardens and animals to see, you’ll be spoilt for choice here! Younger visitors can enjoy Daddy Pig’s Car Ride, George’s Dinosaur Adventure, Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight and Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride. Thrill seekers will be blown away by rides such as MAGMA, Edge, The Cobra and the Stinger Roller Coaster! Find out more here.
19. Weald & Downland Open Air Museum, Chichester
This open-air museum tells the story of the people who lived in these buildings over a 600-year period. There are 50 acres to explore, with 50 exhibit buildings. Each has been furnished to represent the historic interiors of homes from years gone by. They have regular events held here throughout the year including demonstrations where families can try their hand at cooking in a Tudor kitchen or seeing what a blacksmith does during his day at work. Find out more here.
20. Eden Project, Boldeva
Eden Project is set in a breathtaking location and provides an unforgettable experience for all. There are two enormous geodesic conservatories, the Rainforest Biome and the Mediterranean Biome, which sit in a 50-metre deep crater. They have numerous events and activities planned throughout the year so make sure that you check out their website. This summer, discover the evolution of life as we know it. Giant beasts, incredible stories, mind-blowing virtual reality, hands-on activities and interactive exhibits will take you on a journey through Earth’s astonishing past, precarious present day. Find out more here.
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