International Day of Families 2017 will be upon us on Monday 15 May so what more excuse do you need to get out and about to celebrate the brilliance of your own family?
If you’re not sure where to go and what to do with your family, here are a few ideas:
London might seem like an obvious choice, but the capital really does abound with attractions for everyone. And while you’re in the business of recognising the importance of education as well as well-being, there’s so much to teach the young ones of the family too.
You’ll be spoilt for landmarks, from the delights of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge to the Thames River and the London Eye. With most of the museums being free to visit, your trip doesn’t have to break the bank either – the Natural History Museum with its astonishing collection of dinosaur skeletons is a firm favourite with kids.
How about BeWILDerwood at Hoveton for a forest-themed adventure perfect for the children and the young at heart? Awaiting you is a network of zip lines, tree houses and rope bridges to keep even the most energetic ones in the family entertained.
For more traditional seaside fun, Pleasure Beach is a favourite. Beside this resort’s sandy beach, there’s a fully functioning fairground horse carousel dating from 1901 and a twenties wooden roller coaster. And if that’s not enthralling enough, there are always the classic dodgems, the swinging pirate ship and an exhilarating 70-foot sky drop.
Dinosaur Adventure Park is an excellent day out, follow the wooded trail to come face-to-face with giant, life-size dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus Rex and the gigantic Brontosaurus – you’ll be treated to prehistoric-style grunts and roars as you go.
Amble along the paths leading up to the Eden Project and take in the huge, futuristic-looking glass bio-domes. They host several thousand plant species all beautifully enclosed with their own Rainforest and Mediterranean climates. Alongside flora and fauna, there’s a host of information on today’s environment and how we can protect it – perfect for educating all the family on ways to help safeguard our planet. When you’re ready for a rest, enjoy the excellent dining hall with healthy eco-friendly dishes. If there’s no quashing the need for adventure, why not zip along on the SkyWire, England’s longest and fastest zip wire, covering 660 metres at speeds of up to 60mph!
Cornwall’s rocky coves and caves are teeming with grey seals, one of the rarest seal species in the world as well as being the biggest land-breeding mammal in the UK. You’ll come across seal safaris throughout the county but some of the most popular places to hop aboard are at Mutton Cove, Newquay Harbour and Looe Island.
Don’t miss out on Harworth, home of the Brontë family, with its cobbled streets, traditional tea rooms and antique shops which are sure to elicit your inner pride in English heritage. Now’s a great time to remind the kids of the richness of our English literature. Once home of the Brontë sisters, Harworth is understandably a mecca for literary fans. You can tour the handsome Parsonage Museum which is the former home of the sisters Emily, Charlotte and Anne. The house is brimming with history and family memorabilia making it a fantastic tribute to the sisters and their lives in Haworth.
If you’re in magnificent York, the city’s National Railway Museum is momentous: Being the biggest railway museum in the world, it’s sure to excite the train spotters of the family. With more than 100 trains on show in a very well organised exhibition, you’ll be treated to masses of fascinating locomotive treasures of interest to everyone, no matter how serious their train addiction is.