We’re expected to take at least one summer holiday a year. But the getaways can often prove to be less idyllic than they are portrayed in the brochures. Instead of spending hundreds or thousands of pounds on a family holiday, why not try a few day time escapes instead? Here are a some of the best days out that the UK has to offer.
British Grand Prix, Silverstone
It is every young racing fanatic’s dream to tear around the iconic Silverstone track representing their country at the British Grand Prix – the vast majority won’t ever get to do that, of course, so watching the race live is surely the next best thing. Held at the height of the British in July, the British Grand Prix is a perfect day out for the family. And remember, if you’re a learner driver just coming to terms with the rules of motoring, don’t copy the speeds of an F1 pro!
The Raptor Foundation is a bird sanctuary and hospital in Woodhurst, East Anglia. The 30 acre site is home to a wide range of birds of prey, including owls, falcons, hawks and buzzards. The sanctuary is generally open every day of the year, with the exception of Christmas Day. Summer is undoubtedly the best time to visit the site: opening hours are between 10am to 5pm, during which time there are three separate flying displays, at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. A family ticket costs £16.
Lizard Point, Cornwall
Lizard Point is the most southerly point in the whole of the UK. The rugged site, in the South West of England, features dramatic cliff top views with the spectacular spectacle of waves crashing into the craggy rocks below. On a clear summer’s day, the area is great for bird watching, you might even be able to catch a glimpse of the elusive chough. For those with a taste for adventure, there is kayaking available nearby the site.
Go Ape, Bedgebury
There are a number of Go Ape sites in the UK, including the Forest of Dean, Thetford Forest and Crathes Castle; however, perhaps the best lies in Bedgebury Forest. The course, set in Kent, is suitable for children but challenging enough for adults, particularly those with an aversion to heights. The course features high ropes, nets and zip lines, one of which is a massive 170 metres in length.
Stickle Tarn, Lake District
The Lake District in Cumbria is home to some of the highest peaks in the UK, with famous fells such as Sergant Man, Harrison Stickle and Scaffel Pike. The walk up to Stickle Tarn may not be quite as strenuous as some in the area but it does make a beautiful, family friendly climb during the summer.
Walkers are accompanied for the duration of the ascent by little streams of water, which children tend to find fascinating. At the summit you can sit down and take in the view of the tarn or skim a few stones on the surface of the water, before heading back for a family lunch in a local pub. Here are a few other highly recommended walks in the area.
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