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Ultimate Guide to Family Events this Summer

Written by Chloe Penn

The sun has got his hat on and the holidays are here,
Where will you visit, somewhere far or near?!
Make the most of the summer with fantastic days out,
We’ve already made the ultimate list so no need to shout!

Schools out for the summer! Make it a summer to remember with fantastic family days out in the sun. Don’t forget to sign up for your Picniq Perks account to earn points and claim rewards when you book with us!

Hampton Court Palace Food Festival

📆24th-26th August 2024, 📍London

Free £5 Picniq voucher with your booking!

This August bank holiday weekend, head to the home of Henry VIII for a day of delicious food in the sun, on the grounds of the stunning Hampton Court Palace! Explore various traders offering something for all appetites, as well as fun celebrations for all the family. All included in your admission ticket. Book here.

Kew the Music at Kew Gardens

📆8th-14th July, 📍London

Kew the Music is back for 2024 with veen more incredible headliners and unbeatable summer vibes in the sun. See Mika, JLS, Passenger, Ronan Keating and more at this glorious week-long outdoor concert series within the stunning grounds of Kew Gardens. Book here.

Poo at the Zoo at London Zoo

📆25th July-1st September 2024, 📍London

Family of 4 £100!

Get ready to explore the fascinating world of wildlife waste at London Zoo this summer with fun family games and activities where you can discover the science behind how droppings help us understand animal diets, habitats, and health. This event promises lots of fun for curious minds and animal lovers – become a poo-ologist for the day, enjoy live shows, storytelling, workshops and a mystery trail! Book here.

Rainforest Adventure at SEA LIFE London

📆20th July-1st September 2024, 📍London

Family of 4 £100!

Grab your activity sheet and start exploring the rainforest and the incredible creatures that inhabit it! Enjoy hands on interactive exhibits and see the rainforest in ways you haven’t experienced it before. Solve clues, discover the wildlife, and become a part of an important expedition to conserve the rainforest. Book here.

📆Selected dates from 19th July-1st September 2024, 📍London

Kew Gardens is gearing up for an explosive summer of three incredible outdoor theatre productions to be enjoyed by all the family. A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Wind in the Willow, and The Dream Fairies – Adventure to Bubble Land are the choices this year and each bring its own magical twist on classic and beloved tales. Book here.

📆13th July-4th November 2024, 📍London Dungeon

Family of 4 £75!

Get ready to experience another horrifying show at The London Dungeon this summer because Rotten Royals is back! Witness the Royal execution of the king and help out the Executioner with an event that will go down in the history books. Book here.

📆5th July 2024-23rd February 2025, 📍London

This highly anticipated event will explore the evolution of the world’s most famous doll for her 65th anniversary! With iconic objects from the very first edition Barbie doll to the Barbie Dreamhouse! Discover how she became a global icon with some of her most famous looks. Tickets on sale now! Book here.

📆Open now until 2nd September 2024, 📍London

Save up to 19%!

For a limited time only, experience the incredible life of the People’s Princess in this intimate exhibition featuring never before seen photographs taken by official Royal photographer Anwar Hussein. This 60-90 minute experience is suitable for all ages, and a must-do for anyone interested in the fascinating life of the Princess. Book here.

📆26th July-1st September 2024, 📍London

Family of 4 £75!

Ever wondered if you and your family have what it takes to rule Far Far Away? Well Prince Charming is no closer to becoming King and it’s time to crown somebody else! The competing heroes can test their strength and try and remove the sword from the stone, if successful you will be crowned the next Monarch of Far Far Away! Book here.

📆19th July, 📍London

Family of 4 £65!

Madame Tussuads London have announced the long awaited arrival of Millie Bobby Brown’s Enola Holmes wax figure! Mystery-solving whizz Enola Holmes of the hit Netflix franchise is next to join the attraction’s line-up, so get your thinking caps on, the game is afoot! Book here.

Doctor Who at Madame Tussauds London

📆19th July, 📍London

Family of 4 £65!

This summer, Ncuti Gatwa’s Fifthteenth Doctor is coming to Madame Tussauds London along with a specially created Whoniverse themed set! Keep an eye out for his waxwork debut as part of Madame Tussuads’ brand new film and TV zone which opens on the 19th July Book here.

📆13th, 14th, 20th & 21st July, 📍London

Free £5 Picniq voucher with your booking!

Witness a real life joust at Hampton Court Palace on selected weekends this July! Be dazzled by daredevil tricks, pick your favourite knight to cheer on and enjoy a day at the home of Henry VIII, look closely and you may even see the King himself taking part. Plus, enjoy breathtaking falconry displays throughout the day. Book here.

Angry Birds at SEA LIFE Manchester

📆13th July-8th September 2024, 📍Manchester

Family of 4 £60!

Join the Angry Birds on an underwater adventure this summer to discover how you can help protect our Oceans! This fun and educational activity trail around the aquarium includes games and activites, crafts, photo ops, the chance to meet the angriest bird of them all – Red, and a reward at the end! Book here.

📆Opens 11th July 2024, 📍Liverpool

Exclusive 36% off tickets!

A BRAND NEW exhibition is opening at The Beatles Story to celebrate 60 years on their iconic album A Hard Day’s Night! Step on set and become immersed in recreations of key scenes from the movie, walk onto the platform at Marylebone Station, and relive iconic clips from the film! Discover the incredible story of the fab 4 at the largest permanent Beatles exhibition in the world! Book here.
📆1st August-1st September 2024, 📍York

Save 15% off tickets!

Explore stunning grounds covering 1,000 acres, the perfect place to connect with nature and enjoy the views this summer! Run, jump, climb and explore Skelf Island Adventure Playground – a treetop adventure connected by bridges, slides, and nets. Take part in a sclupting masterclass for all the family after admiring the brand new sculpture trail around the grounds. Book here.

📆13th July-1st September 2024, 📍Kettering

Exclusive up to 10% off!

Dive into a day filled with family thrills, exciting attractions, and summer fun at Wicksteed Park! For an action packed day including traditional fairground rides, thrills for all ages, live entertainment, meet & greets, indoor & outdoor play, 147 acres of parkland, delicious food & drink, and so much more. Wicksteed is the place to be! Book here.

Bluey & Bingo at Dudley Zoo

📆7th July 2024, 📍Dudley

Save up to 20% off tickets!

BLUEY & BINGO ARE COMING TO DUDLEY ZOO AND CASTLE! Visit the zoo on Sunday 7th July and keep your eyes peeled for the lovable sisters as they make appearances at intervals throughout the day for meet & greets and photos! Book here.

Meet & greet characters at Cadbury World

📆All year round, 📍Birmingham

Family of 4 £73!

Visit Cadbury World in Birmingham this summer for a brand new for 2024 experience where you can meet and greet beloved characters like Freddo, the Caramel Bunny, and more! Plus, experience the brand new ride Cadbury Chocolate Quest. Book here.

📆15th-18th August 2024, 📍Shropshire

Book here!

Camp Bestival part 2 is back and bigger than ever! Designed by families especially for families, Camp Bestival combines all the fun of a fantastic family camping holiday with everything you’d expect from an idyllic and action-packed festival adventure. Book here.

📆From 20th July, 📍Kent

Save up to 8% and get a free £5 Picniq voucher!

Leeds Castle in Kent has a jam-packed schedule this summer with plenty of family activities to enjoy! Explore woodland animals with a family trail around the grounds, witness the enchanting new sculpture trail which features animals crafted by local artists, enjoy a car show down by the moat, and so much more waiting within the castle grounds. Book here.

📆26th August 2024, 📍Didcot

Save up to 15%!

Didcot Railway is a great day out for all the family. Little ones will love the unlimited train rides and the hands-on educational fun at the museum! Paddington Bear as he is a frequent visitor to the railway and will be making appearances throughout the day on 26th August for meet & greets! Book here.

📆20th July-1st September 2024, 📍Canterbury

Up to 50% off tickets!

Embark on a wild adventure this summer at Howletts with weekly themed activities including Monkey Week, Carnivore Week, Rhino Week, Elephant Week, Gorilla Week, and Lemur Week! Expect themed talks, activities, games, snacks and treats, and a fantastic day out surrounded by some incredible animals. Book here.

📆2nd August 2024, 📍Didcot

Save up to 15%!

This August, Didcot Railway Centre is putting on a special performance of the classic ‘The Railway Children’ for all the family. All aboard for an enchanting experience filled with fun, music, and storytelling, in a real life steam railway setting. Travel back in time to the golden age of the Great Western Railway and savour the sights, sounds and smells as you explore this 21-acre living museum. Book here.

Meet Bluey and Paw Patrol’s Chase at Africa Alive

📆10th August and 24th August 2024, 📍Lowestoft

Up to 33% off tickets!

On Saturday 10th August, catch Chase from Paw Patrol at intervals throughout the day in the safari park for a meet & greet and a photo! Or, head to Africa alive on Saturday 24th August to meet Bluey! Book here.

📆20th July-3rd September 2024, 📍Dunstable

Family of 4 £92!

Discover the wonderful world of Asian animals at the UK’s biggest zoo this summer! Each week throughout the holidays will be a spotlight on a different species including tigers, rhinos, elephants, primates and more! Enjoy interactive activities, themed animal talks, zookeeper Q&A sessions and traditional dance and theatre. Book here.

📆17th August 2024, 📍Norfolk

Up to 33% off tickets!

Meet Hey Duggee at intervals throughout the day, on Saturday 17th August at Banham Zoo! Snap a photo and have a hug in one of the most exciting wildlife attractions in the country! With over 2,000 animals from around the world and set in 50 acres of beautiful parkland and gardens it makes a fantastic day out for all the family. Book here.

Camp Bestival Dorset

📆25th-28th July 2024, 📍Lulworth Castle

Book here!

Camp Bestival Dorset is back and there’s so much to look forward to this year including: Live music from Paloma Faither, McFly, James Arthur & more, shows and live entertainment, fireworks displays, arts & crafts, workshops, sensory playgrounds, children’s entertainers, carnival rides, and so much more! Book here.

Dinoroar at Longleat

📆20th July-1st September 2024, 📍Warminster

Exclusive 10% off tickets!

Get ready for  Jurassic summer at Longleat with this roar-some event! Come face-to-face with earth’s mightiest predators with animatronics, embark on a virtual reality adventure, meet dinosaur favourites, or lose yourself in a trail around the park, before going wild on the brand-new giant inflatable. Slip, slide and scramble your way through the ultimate jungle play zone! Book here.

📆25th July-2nd September 2024, 📍Yeovil

Exclusive 20% off!

Explore an exciting family trail museum, marvel at the brand new Richard Hammond’s Drivetribe exhibition, discover the history of motorcycles in another new exhibit, enjoy outdoor car displays, and so much more this summer! With hands-on and interactive exhibits all over the museum and plenty of opportunity for play and exploration, it’s the perfect family day out this summer. Book here.

📆25th July-1st September 2024, 📍Somerset

Exclusive 5% off!

Spark some curiosty and imagination this summer and travel back in time to the Stone Age at Cheddar Gorge! Enjoy being immersed in live demonstrations, informative talks, dress-up opportunities, a fun quiz and an interactive skeleton trail on this interactive family adventure, all included in your day ticket! Book here.

📆20th July-1st September 2024, 📍Plymouth

Save up to 7% and get a free £5 Picniq Voucher with your booking!

Dartmoor Zoo are celebrating 10 years of being a conservation, education, and research charity with a brand new mascot and a party all summer long! Make your way around to see the 100’s of incredible animals at the zoo and keep an eye out for the hidden letters in the party decorations. Once you’ve unscrambled the letters head to Tumble’s Den and tell him the good news! Book here.


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