Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Embracing British Culture with your Kids This Summer

Can you believe it's almost the Summer Holidays? 
How fast has this School year gone?

Many people are opting for Staycations or simply lots of Family Days Out over the summer holidays and as we’re lucky enough to live in such a fantastic country, rich in history and culture, before you think about going anywhere else you should have a look at what’s on our doorstep and make the most of it. The UK has something for everyone, for all ages and all interests, so whatever you’re looking for you’ll find it here. 

Visit London

London has something for everyone, but what really makes London stand out more than anywhere else in the world is the history. The Kings and Queens, the Tower of London, the Dungeons, Buckingham Palace and much more. London is both exciting and educational for all the family. You could go for the day depending on where you’re travelling from or stay for a couple of days and squeeze in lots of sights and attractions. Take a bus tour and hop on and off, you’ll get discounts on attractions such as the London Eye and Madame Tussauds, you could take a boat ride on the river, or you could go and see one of the many shows at the theatre on the West End. 

Visit Stratford-Upon-Avon

Speaking of shows, Stratford-Upon-Avon is the birthplace of William Shakespeare and is home to Ann Hathaway’s Cottage and The Royal Shakespeare Company and Theatres. Not only that but with it’s beautiful Tudor houses, Stratford Upon Avon is a quaint little city with some lovely, quirky small shops and canals too. If you’re thinking of visiting for the day, then make sure you check out the Bear Pit Theatre, Hall’s Croft, Harvard House, Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park, Stratford Arthouse, and Holy Trinity Church. 

Visit Newcastle-Upon-Thyne

If you’re into Art and Architecture, then you’ll want to hit up the North-East of England and visit Newcastle and Gateshead. Here you will find The Angel of the North statue, the Great North Museum, the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Seven Stories and The Sage Gateshead. 

Visit Portsmouth

If you or your kids are quite taken with maritime history, then you should spend some time in Portsmouth. Make sure you visit the Mary Rose Museum, HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and the National Museum of the Royal Navy. 

Visit Liverpool

Once named as the European Capital of Culture, school trips to Liverpool are getting increasingly popular as it has one of the most significant collections of galleries and museums of any UK city outside London and not only that, but it is home to The Beatles. You could go and enjoy a Beatles-themed trip, hire a tour guide, and explore this UNESCO world heritage city, visit Anfield, home to Liverpool Football Club or go shopping. There are loads to do for everyone, and you’ll likely find it a lot cheaper than London. 
Visit Oxford
Aside from the historic University buildings which most children would consider boring, there are tonnes of other things you can do with kids in Oxford which they will really enjoy for a fantastic day out. The Pitt Rivers Museum to start with which is full of ethnographic objects from around the world such as shrunken heads, masks carvings and a witch in a bottle! Then there’s the Covered Market, which is great for shopping but also for cake!! (YES, CAKE!) You can take the kids to the Cake Shop to watch the staff decorating cakes through the windows and then there’s Oxford Castle Unlocked too where you can take a guided tour and discover the story of the prison and castle area. 

Visit Cambridge

There are lots to experience in the city’s heart, such as punting, Ely Cathedral, and more museums than you could imagine. Cambridge has some beautiful surroundings though too, with pretty villages, rolling fields, and the beautiful River Cam. It is the perfect choice if you fancy a good dose of fresh air with your urban adventures.

Visit Manchester

Manchester is great for Style and Art as the creative scene is buzzing. Manchester is home to The Lowry, Manchester Art Gallery, and the Whitworth which will enthral art lovers all weekend, while shoppers will love the city’s thriving independent stores – which specialize in everything from vinyl to blue cheese. For the kids, there is the science museum as well as the Legoland Discovery Centre at the Trafford Centre and of course the Manchester United Museum and Stadium tour. 

Visit Bath

Enjoy an alternative spa weekend with a little pampering and venture to Thermae Bath Spa to wallow in its mineral-rich rooftop pool – which boasts fantastic views of the city. There’s also a massage list as long as your arm, a Roman-Style steam room, and state-of-the-art infrared sauna – plus the cafe serves a great afternoon tea. And then remember you’ve got kids, if you can manage to palm them off for a bit then lucky you, go wild and indulge, however, if you can’t then you’ll have to visit the Bath city farm  which has animals, a play park, walking trails, farm shop and cafĂ© to keep the whole family occupied. There’s also the Bath postal museum which has Postman Pat area. Or take on the Bath spy mission Treasure Trail or visit the American museum.

Visit Cardiff

And finally, another day trip or weekend you and all the family could enjoy with all the family is the great city of Cardiff. With its beautiful Victorian shopping centers, quirky market,  sporting events, castle, parks and a vast range of places to eat out and enjoy, Cardiff is one of the finest and most popular cities to visit in the UK. There is something in store for everyone, check out the Millennium Centre and Cardiff Bay too. 

If you can't decide, do what we once did and go on a Magical Mystery Tour; close your eyes and pick a place on the map or pick places out of a hat to visit. These days often turn out the best!

Where in the UK would you recommend we visit next?


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