Longer days and warmer temperatures mean that the summer is the perfect season to take your family on a holiday. But should you stay put if for any reason you cannot take time off during the summer months? The answer is no, since all you need is to plan a fun and entertaining day trip. It might be hard to plan a short break that suits the interests of everyone in the family, so in this article we have put together the best-rated summer day trip ideas for families with children.
Here is a great little idea for those who live in the capital and don’t want to travel far for a day out. Urban farms offer families with children the perfect opportunity of getting back in touch with nature. The kids will surely love spending time among farm animals, like cows, sheep, chickens, rabbits, and ducks, while adults can learn more about traditional cheese and wine making. There are urban farms in Waltham Forest, Islington, the Isle of Dogs, and many other locations in or around London.
Castles and beaches in South Wales
In just a few years, Cardiff has become one of the most visited cities in the UK. The Welsh capital is well connected to the rest of the country, and there is no shortage of family entertainment options once you get there. Spend the morning visiting the stunning Cardiff Castle (which kids are guaranteed to love) before heading to Roath Park, where you can hire a boat for a leisurely trip around its lake, or take the kids fishing. You can then drive to Swansea and have an early picnic dinner at the town’s sandy beach.
A French getaway
Thanks to the construction of the Eurotunnel, day trips to France are an interesting possibility for many UK holidaymakers. Crossing times are just 35 minutes and booking in advance gives you access to significant discounts, so there really is no excuse to miss out on this option. Once you are in France, take the family to Le Touquet, a charming seaside resort where the kids can have fun at a waterpark while you enjoy a round of golf or simply relax on a beach lounger. Another option is to drive around the Cap d’Opale national park, located a few miles north of Le Touquet, which combines coastal and countryside scenery and offers great opportunities to unwind.
Mountains of chocolate
It’s a fact of life that children (and many adults too!) love chocolate. Treat your kids to an unforgettable day trip to the Cadbury factory, located just outside Birmingham. The Cadbury experience entails learning everything there is to know about chocolate, from its discovery to the manufacturing and packaging processes. Through a series of interactive videos and guided visits, you will come to see chocolate in a different light – and your kids will thank you forever! Booking your tickets in advance is strongly recommended (especially during the summer), and online bookings benefit from a 5 per cent discount.
Hop on a steam train
Trains and train rides are like magnets to children, and even more so when it comes to the prospect of going on a trip in a traditional steam train. The Mid Hants Railway is a lovely train ride that will take you and your family on a memorable 10-mile trip through the stunning countryside of Hampshire. This ride (known as the Watercress Line) stops at a family-friendly picnic area, just so that you have plenty of time to enjoy this day out without having to rush. There is also a treasure hunt competition designed to entertain children aged up to 14.