There are plenty of activities going on this summer to make staycationing feel as special as vacationing. In the capital, be sure to head to Beasts of London at the Museum of London (museumoflondon.org.uk): an interactive exhibition telling the history of London through the animals that once lived there, voiced by celebrities from Kate Moss to Stephen Mangan. Also, don’t miss the Science Museum’s celebration of 50 years since Neil Armstrong walked on the moon (sciencemuseum.org.uk).
Head to the country’s longest and highest treetop walkway at the Enchanted Forest in Groombridge (groombridgeplace.com), Kent. There are workshops galore at the Roald Dahl Museum (roalddahl.com), Buckinghamshire, plus magical journeys await on Hampshire’s Watercress Line steam trains, including a trip on Thomas the Tank Engine (watercressline.co.uk).
In the south west, take a journey back in time in Devon’s Victorian village (morwellham-quay.co.uk) or have a sleepover among the sharks at the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth (national-aquarium.co.uk). At Green Man festival in the Brecon Beacons, Wales, there are plenty of activities to keep little ones occupied (greenman.net) while you soak up the festival spirit.
Cadbury World, Birmingham (cadburyworld.co.uk), is a must along with the National Space Centre, Leicester, with its 42m rocket tower (spacecentre.co.uk). There are live action shows at Warwick Castle (warwick-castle.com), plus ample opportunities for learning and exploring at Imagine That!, Liverpool (imaginethat.org.uk).
Find fossils on the Dinosaur Coast in North Yorkshire and don’t miss the very family-friendly festival, Deer Shed (deershedfestival.com). Unleash their inner Tarzan at GoApe in locations throughout the UK, including Northwich, Cheshire (goape.co.uk).
In Scotland, head to Edinburgh Zoo to see life-sized animal sculptures constructed from over a million LEGO bricks (edinburghzoo.org.uk). There’s inflatables galore at the heated Stonehaven outdoor pool, Aberdeenshire (stonehavenopenairpool.co.uk).
Explore Belfast with the self-guided murder mystery trail (treasuretrails.co.uk/things-to-do/co-antrim/Belfast) and check out Titanic Belfast (titanicbelfast.com). Hitting the beach and renting a body board, at Portstewart or Portrush for example, should be on everyone’s summer bucket list.
There you have it. Six weeks planned out, no problem.