Summer days out with the grandchildren

Posted on May 25, 2013 by Guest Writer
Summer days out with grandchildren

We understand how important it is to keep the grandchildren entertained during the school holidays, so we have recommended specific summer days out with the grandchildren for you to enjoy.

National Space Centre, Leicester

If your grandchildren enjoy learning about the stars and planets, or just want to experience flying a spaceship into the galaxy of stars, the National Space Centre based just 2 miles north of Leicester city centre has it all. Below you can find some of the most popular zones at this amazing centre:

Rocket Tower – Children’s faces will watch in awe as they encounter real rockets, and experience blasting off into space inside a Vostok capsule. There are only two pieces of moon rock on display in the whole of the UK, and you will find the largest piece here.

Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium – Experience this amazing full 360° dome cinema, included in your entry ticket at no extra charge

Tranquillity Base – Kids can become trainee astronauts in this remarkable area from learning how to work with a team to ensure the crew’s survival, to creating a postcard of them walking on the moon to send home. Then complete the training on the 3D simulator ride, taking off from the lunar base to Europa

The National Space Centre has over 400 parking spaces from just £2* for the full day. There are six interactive galleries, a weather pod, gift shop, café and locker hire if needed so a fun day out for all the family. Visit their website for more information

Twycross Zoo, Atherstone

Going to the Zoo is all about having fun. It can also be educational and supportive of conservation. So why not make some memories together and ignite their passion for all the animals from insects to giraffes?

Twycross Zoo in Warwickshire is easy to get to and houses over 1,000 animals like the Lesser spot-nosed monkey, alpaca’s, Asian elephants and red-kneed tarantula’s. All tickets include access to Dinosaur Valley, children’s activities, keeper talks and tours.

The children will love to visit the presentations that are on throughout the day like the Penguin Parade, Lemur feeding and the Elephant scatter feed.

What’s on? – During the summer months there is plenty to keep the kids, and adults entertained.

Summer School: 29th July to 2nd August 2013 for children 8-12yrs. Includes games, crafts and learning about the animals. £65* per child per week – bookable in advance.VIP breakfast with the dinosaurs: Selected dates throughout July and August. Includes a cooked breakfast in Himilaya and you get to meet Rex Fossil. A VIP tour of Dino Valley and entry to the Zoo is also included. £25* per adult and £20 per child

For more information, visit the website.

Disney’s The Lion King – Theatre

Disney’s The Lion King has been running for 14 years now at the Lyceum Theatre in London telling the story of Simba and his journey to fulfil his destiny as King of the Pridelands.

The show is in a league of its own, with its awe-inspiring special effects and music on a stage full of colour and has been majestically successful for many years. So successful in fact, that the production is now touring the UK.

Beginning in Dublin from April to June this year, it moves onto the Birmingham Hippodrome from 28th June to 28th September 2013. Then at the Edinburgh Playhouse from 11th October 2013 to 18th January 2014, the Theatre Royal in Plymouth from 31st January to 15th March 2014, the Al Hambra Theatre, Bradford from 21st March to 10th May 2014 and finally at the Liverpool Empire from 16th May to 5th July 2014. Of course the show is still running in London throughout.

The Lion King is the must see show to take the grandchildren to and will entertain the whole family.

For more information, visit the website.

Be beside the sea side

As we all hope and pray that we will get a summer this year, what better place to enjoy the weather than at the seaside. If you enjoy a bucket and spade and a stick of rock, or prefer to meander along the coastal roads having afternoon tea, kids will always enjoy a day out by the sea. Pack a picnic or savour the local fish and chips on the sea front, but before you go, check out our guide to the top 5 UK beaches*:

Other beaches in the UK worth a visit are Croyde Bay – North Devon, Great Bay – Isles of Scilly, Blackpool – Lancashire, Sinclair’s Bay – Caithness and Porthcurno – Cornwall. Whichever seaside resort you decide to go to, you are sure to find one you can all enjoy.

If you are not looking to travel too far and would rather stay closer to home, then take a stroll to your local park, or a trip to the cinema is something for everyone to enjoy.

*correct at time of print