Day out ideas for the whole family
Day out ideas for the whole family
No matter what the time of year or which part of the country you live in, there is always somewhere the entire family can go to enjoy a great day out. Whether you are into white-knuckle rides, historic castles and stately homes, picnics, zoos and wildlife parks or sporting events such as football, rugby, motor racing or horses, a quick search on the internet will almost certainly uncover a range of options.
Of course, much depends on the age of your children, whether they are boys or girls and what they are most interested in; are you looking to attend an event as spectators or do you want to participate; do you prefer a walk in the countryside or a city centre museum visit? Here is just a small selection to whet your appetite and set your imagination running.
There are theme parks all around the country, some specialise in white-knuckle rides, for example Alton Towers and Thorpe Park, while others such as Legoland and Gulliver’s World cater for younger members of the family. Aquariums are a good choice during the winter months and if the weather is bad. They are suitable for children of all ages, and companies like Sea Life and Blue Reef operate aquariums in cities around the country. In a similar vein, the UK has some superb zoos, many of which are open all year round. Consider purchasing a family season ticket; you only need to make three or four visits for them to be financially worthwhile and it means you can spend an hour or so in a nice warm butterfly or tropical house during the winter or when it’s raining, without feeling you have wasted your money.
If you and your family are football or rugby fans why not take a stadium tour? Twickenham, Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium, Wembley Stadium and Premier League teams such as Manchester United and Chelsea offer organised, behind the scenes visits. Alternatively, you might prefer to go and watch a game; tickets are widely available on the internet.
There are motor racing circuits across the country; some put on low-key race days for local motor clubs while others cater for international events. If you are new to the sport, take the family to your local track where you can spend an entertaining day strolling from viewpoint to viewpoint. Most of these events admit children under 16 years of age at no cost. For the ultimate in atmosphere, excitement and celebrity spotting, the annual British Formula 1 Grand Prix at Silverstone cannot be beaten. The UK has produced World Champion drivers like Jim Clark, Graham and Damon Hill, Nigel Mansell, James Hunt, Jenson Button and current champion, Lewis Hamilton. What’s more, between 1999 and 2003, the president of the sport’s governing body, the FIA, whose website is fia.com, was Englishman Max Mosley. A former racer himself, Max has been influential in promoting road safety around the world and introducing green technology into both the sport and motor industry. In 2006, he was awarded the ‘Chevalier de l’Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur’ in recognition of his contribution to road safety and motorsport.
Horses are a favourite with most youngsters so why not check out when your next local pony club event, point-to-point, polo match or horse racing event is taking place? Pack sandwiches and refreshments and enjoy a picnic while you are there.
As with any family outing it always pays to plan well in advance; however, it is also worth remembering that there are times when the best days out are those that are completely spontaneous.
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