Spending time with family is important, so what can you do to make it memorable? With some fantastic offers and new activities, here are 10 attractions for family groups of all ages.
1. Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire
The UNESCO World Heritage site in Oxfordshire is giving families a summer boost by offering free entry for up to four children from the same household until the end of August. Running from 22nd July until 31st August, an adult Palace, Park and Gardens ticket will qualify for up to an additional four free child entries (age 5-16). As part of the celebrations, the palace has also announced a series of new child-friendly outdoor activities including bubble shows, stilt walkers, bug trails, mini golf and theatrical performances.
2. LEGOLAND® Windsor Resort, Berkshire
With LEGO providing fun for all ages over the years, this is a family must. There is everything from a water park to flume rides and roller coasters, plus an entire small world made completely out of the toy bricks.
With so much to see and do on a visit, families can even stay overnight in its on-site hotel, giving you plenty more time to experience everything it has to offer. There’s a reason it was voted best Best UK Attraction for Children & Families at the 2019 Group Leisure & Travel Awards.
3.Tatton Park, Cheshire
Set across 1,000 acres of parkland, Tatton Park not only offers an insight into the history of the Egerton family who made the site their home in the 18th century, but also a glimpse at what the gardens would have looked like in Edwardian times. The impressive country mansion is also home to one of the National Trust’s finest libraries. Once families have explored the history behind the house, youngsters can run free in its glorious landscape, which includes 19 different garden areas in total, including a Japanese Garden, Walled Kitchen Garden and even a maze to get lost in.
4. Bear Grylls Adventure, Birmingham
If you’re after a more adrenaline-fuelled day then check out this popular activity centre at the NEC, inspired by the adventurer and explorer Bear Grylls.
Featuring ten action-packed indoor and outdoor experiences, you can try your hand at archery, an assault course and indoor skydiving followed by a dose of shark diving, escape rooms and the high ropes. There are various packages on offer and different levels to suit all abilities.
5. Bletchley Park, Buckinghamshire
The importance of Bletchley Park and its place in British history cannot be underestimated. It was home to a team of World War Two code breakers who helped decipher secret messages that changed the course of the conflict. The intriguing story will be further enhanced with the addition of a new exhibition which draws on Bletchley Park’s wartime surveillance of enemy personnel and operations, to explore the impact smart devices have on our daily lives. Never Alone: What happens when everything is connected? will run until 2nd February next year.
6. Woburn Safari Park, Bedfordshire
To get a close-up encounter with wildlife, not many places compare to Woburn Safari Park. Visitors can drive around its road safari and come face-to-face with lions, tigers, rhinos, giraffes and more.
After a fascinating drive around, you can then explore on foot into walk-through enclosures with the likes of lemurs, squirrel monkeys and wallabies. A Mammoth Play Ark soft play centre, pedal swan boats and a Go Ape treetop adventure park all add to the offering, keeping groups entertained for the whole day.
7. Stratford-upon-Avon Butterfly Farm, Warwickshire
Marking its 35th anniversary this year, the farm was created by Clive Farrell who had a dream to introduce visitors to his love of butterflies. Although the attraction has only recently reopened after lockdown, the staff have been working hard to build a Maya themed display for its celebratory year - a recreation of an ancient Maya temple with more than 30 replicated ancient artefacts.
All ages can admire and enjoy the 2,000 free flying individual butterflies along with tropical birds, fish, plants and other animals. Currently the maximum group size during the summer holidays, including families is 20, although the attraction is hoping to welcome larger group bookings from September.
8. North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Yorkshire
The popular heritage attraction is reopening again on Yorkshire Day, 1st August, and is offering visitors the chance to book their own compartment on board (maximum six) as well as family packages, to ensure social distancing.
Steam journeys will be running seven days a week, with departures from Pickering and Grosmont. The railway raised £350,000 after launching an emergency crisis appeal after the lockdown was imposed in the spring.
9. Cadbury World, Birmingham
There is no better attraction for the sweet toothed than this real life Charlie and the Chocolate Factory in Birmingham. You can learn about the production of chocolate and there is, of course, the opportunity to sample it and take some home from the shop. Visitors can explore the background to Cadbury World as John Cadbury himself tells you the story of how his Quaker roots led him to build a new kind of factory away from the smoggy city.
10. Drayton Manor Theme Park, Staffordshire
The Midlands theme park is celebrating its 70th birthday in 2020 and is home to more than 100 rides and attractions spread across 280 acres of parkland. Younger children can enjoy Thomas Land - a whole zone dedicated to Thomas the Tank Engine while older visitors can test their nerve on the likes of the Shockwave roller-coaster.