Wow guys… It’s hot, hot, hot! So hot in fact, that there’s simply no need to pay for an expensive trip abroad. There’s so much to do here in good old England when the weather is like this, (and even when it’s not.)
We took the children camping in May and they loved it, by now it’s time to think of things to do in the Summer holidays. I’ve been looking around and found some great days out that are completely new this Summer. If you’re sick of the same old trips, consider these.
Dreamland looks pretty fantastic to be honest. From 1930s Caterpillars and 1940s Double Decker carousels, to 1970s Chair-O-Planes and modern adrenaline pumpers, it has been re-imagined to recreate a thrilling amusement park from the past.
It’s full of classic rides that pay homage to British Street Culture –Mods, Beatniks, Hippies. And apparently, the park’s famous Grade II listed, heritage Scenic Railway is set to re-open later in the summer.
KidZania, Westfield London
This one only officially opened on June 25th but after doing some research, it seems that it’s one of the fastest growing education-entertainment (or edu-tainment) brands around. On the site, it says that “Through role playing, children will become pilots, firefighters, and police officers in this make-believe world…”
This sounds wonderful, and kids can even learn essential skills along the way, such as team work, independence, and even financial management!
Shrek’s Adventure, Far Far Away (on London’s Southbank)
On the 1st of july, Shrek’s Adventure opens. It’s situated on London’s South bank and it takes you from a Swamp through 10 magical lands, where you’ll meet Gingy, Puss-in-boots and the rest of the gang, as well some other familiar DreamWorks faces.
It’s essentially a 4D bus ride, and if your children are anything like mine, they’ll love it as they get to rediscover a number of classic childhood fables to get through each level. Sounds like fun!
Chester Zoo Islands, Cheshire
I can’t wait for this one. On the 13th of July Chester Zoo will open the most ambitious zoo development in the UK: an immersive re-creation of six south-east Asian islands and their biospheres.
Islands opens up the natural climates of Panay, Papua, Bali, Sumatra, Sumba and Sulawesi, complete with some of the world’s most magnificent wildlife – including carnivorous plants, prehistoric-looking birds and reptiles.