Our family-friendly summer holiday guide

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With the extra hours of sunlight and abundance of children out and about, choosing how to keep your kids occupied over the summer holidays can sometimes seem overwhelming. However, there is no need to be stressed as there are plenty of fun activities and day trips that are family-friendly and sure to tire out even the most rambunctious of children.

Here is our wrap-up of the best kid-friendly summer holiday activities this season.


Theatre on Kew: Alice in Wonderland

This classic retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic is sure to keep your kids entertained, taking them on a trip down to the rabbit hole to a Wonderland filled with colourful costumes, interactive games and catchy songs.

Performed by the Australian Shakespeare Company, this highly acclaimed show is set against the backdrop of the stunning Kew gardens, working in with the natural surroundings and making you feel as if you are part of the Wonderland furniture rather than a silent observer.

Simply bring a picnic rug, some cushions and snacks and see iconic favourites like the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat come to life across the stage. Alice in Wonderland will be running from the 20th of July to the 26th of August.

To purchase tickets visit the Theatre on Kew website.

Image courtesy of Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Gardens new Here Be Dragons trail which runs from March 30 to September 30 2018. Here Be Dragons began in 2017 with a competition run by Blue Peter to design a dragon. The five top runner-up designs have been created into dragon sculptures by Wild in Art artists. March 29 2018.

Take a trip to Hampton Court

For a quick trip the whole family can enjoy, Hampton Court Palace is the perfect place. With it’s beautiful grounds and fascinating history the palace caters to both adults and kids, plus best of all – this summer Hampton Court is offering a number of cool kids activities.

Throughout July and August Hampton Court will be hosting a special dragon hunting activity for kids named the “Here Be Dragons” trail. Colourful dragon statues will be hidden around the palace for children to discover. Each will also have a special name and its own superpower. Activity maps for the dragon hunt will be available at the Information centre on arrival.

Continuing on with the dragon theme, Hampton Court is also offering a special workshop on planting your own rainbow dragon seeds. Kids even get to take home their plants so they can look after them over the holiday break. This activity is available on selected days throughout July and August, see the website for details.

To find out more about the dragon activities at Hampton Court visit the Historic Royal Palaces website.

Image courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces

Zip Now London

London Zip Line

One for the thrill seekers, Zip Now London has set up a its famous city centre zip wire experience. The activity sees participants flying at speeds of up to 50kph across the London skyline in pairs, trios or groups of four.

Starting in Archbishop’s Park and travelling 225 metres, the zip line soars over the city centre providing breathtaking views of the London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Big Ben, the Gherkin, Lambeth Palace and The Shard. For the true daredevils a free-fall Mega Drop can be added to their journey.

In its third season at Southbank the Zip Now London zip line will be open to the public until September 15th, 2019. Book your spot here: https://zip-now.co/london2019

Zip Now London offers complimentary rides for carers, guides and mobility or sight assistants. Time slots can be hired for exclusive use for those with learning disabilities, autism, and hearing and sight impairments.

Image courtesy of Zip Now London


Take the family to have afternoon tea at Southcrest Manor

Fancy a trip to the country? Take your family to our luxury Laura Ashley the Tea Room at Southcrest Manor in Redditch. With Gluten Free, Halal and Vegan options available, a delicious afternoon tea at Southcrest Manor is the perfect way to cater to everyones needs.

If you have children, there is even a kids afternoon tea available with a menu kids will love. The spread includes savoury treats like finger sandwiches and carrot sticks with houmous plus of course the sweet stuff like mini glazed-doughnuts, and ginger bread men

After eating your fill, take the kids out and explore the 10 acres of beautiful private lawns and woodland, privately owned Southcrest Manor Hotel. Alternatively, Southcrest Manor is conveniently  located a 4 minute drive away from Redditch where you can meander through the town centre and peruse at the local artisan stores wile enjoying the peaceful, rural setting in the heart of Worcestershire.

To book a spot call The Tea Room Reservations line on 01527 541511 or email thetearoom@southcrestmanorhotel.com.


Family Fun Day at the Notting Hill Carnival

Take your family to be bedazzled by the lively music, colourful outfits and cultural cuisines at the Family Fun Day at this year’s Notting Hill Carnival. The carnival will run from August the 25th to 26th with the Sunday full of plenty of activities for the little ones.

From thrilling rides to delicious sweet treats there is plenty to do and see. One of the must-sees of the day is the children’s parade. The children’s parade features a troupe of skilled kids in ornate costumes who perform and dance throughout the day.

Image courtesy of Notting Hill Carnival

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