Family days out for all to enjoyApril 27, 2015
If you have a family, you are almost certain to have experienced issues when trying to organise a day out that everyone can enjoy; this is especially true if there is a wide age gap and when both girls and boys are involved. Fortunately, the UK has many options for family days out to satisfy all, from toddlers to teens and even grandparents.
Theme parks such as Alton Towers, Thorpe Park and Drayton Manor feature attractions to suit all age groups. While there are the stomach-churning rollercoasters, you will also find gentler alternatives – perfect for younger age groups – as well as 4D cinemas, aquariums and themed hotels, should you decide to stay for a couple of days. Chessington World of Adventures, West Midland Safari & Leisure Park and Flamingo Land started life as zoos or safari parks and have gone on to add rides and accommodation, giving them extra appeal for those of you who wish to spend some time in more peaceful surroundings. Order your tickets well in advance and consider staying for a couple of days to give yourself time to visit all the attractions.
British Grand Prix
For a really exciting weekend, why not take your family off to the British Grand Prix at Silverstone? The 2015 event takes place on Sunday 5 July, with practice and qualifying on the previous two days. This is your only opportunity to see the world’s best racing drivers competing in ultra-sophisticated F1 cars in the UK, so why not reserve a place at one of the circuit’s campsites and soak up all the excitement and atmosphere of one of the fastest and most demanding tracks on the motorsport calendar? The UK has produced a string of world champions since the F1 World Drivers’ Championship began in 1950, when the first UK round was held at Silverstone; they include legendary drivers such as Mike Hawthorne, Jim Clark, Graham and Damon Hill, Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell and, more recently, Jenson Button and current champion, Lewis Hamilton. London-born Max Mosley, himself an ex-racing driver and former president of the sport’s governing body, the FIA, did much to raise safety standards at circuits around the world for both drivers and spectators. The Grand Prix weekend is about much more than just the racing though; there are after-race parties, concerts, kids’ treasure hunts, comedy clubs and radio controlled cars.
Pile everyone into the car, not forgetting buckets and spades, and spend a day at the seaside. Whether it’s Blackpool or Brighton, Weston-super-Mare or Skegness, Rhyl or Margate, UK resorts are enjoying something of a renaissance as families rediscover the simple pleasures of building sandcastles, taking in an end of the pier show, riding the rollercoasters, or simply sitting back and relaxing on a traditional deckchair.
Finding fun things to do on a family day out, no matter what your budget, has never been easier thanks to the internet. Whether you choose to plan ahead or be completely spontaneous, get out there and enjoy quality time with your nearest and dearest.