WITH the summer vacation approaching, you may be looking for activities to keep the whole family entertained.
While most attractions have been closed in the past 18 months, many are now starting to reopen – so here are some ideas if you’ve saved up for a family day out or a weekend getaway.
If you are looking for a place to enjoy a summer family vacation that has something for everyone but is not far from you, then look no further than Folly Farm.
The farm in Pembrokeshire is open daily – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until September 30 – and offers a range of activities.
You can visit over 750 animals at the zoo or approach fur and feather farm friends in the barn. There are also 17 rides in the farm fairgrounds and eight adventure playgrounds.
As part of the experience, you can see the new house specially designed for the lazy, which was built during the lockdown.
Pre-booking is essential and can be done at farm-folly.co.uk. An adult day ticket costs £ 19.95, while tickets for children aged 3-15 cost £ 17.95.
If you head in the opposite direction, over the Severn Bridge you can visit Bristol Zoo.
Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world and is expected to move to a new site in 2024, so there is no longer any time left to see the animals in their current home.
The zoo is home to over 400 species of animals, including all of your favorites – including lions, meerkats, penguins, and gorillas – including seven-month-old Juni.
You must pre-book an arrival time – using bristolzoo.org.uk/reservation-en-ligne – but once you arrive you can spend as much time as you want in the zoo.
Adult tickets cost £ 17.84, or £ 16.22 without donating to the zoo. For a child ticket (2-14 years old) it costs £ 12.10, or £ 11 without making a donation.
If you look further afield, you can still spend a weekend at Chester Zoo.
There are approximately 35,000 animals at the zoo, including elephants, rhinos, cheetahs, giraffes, lions, tigers, bears and kangaroos.
And last month, a critically endangered Sumatran orangutan was born at the zoo.
There are also several play areas and stops for food, drink, and snacks, and there’s also the Lazy River Boat Trip to try.
You must pre-book your tickets at chesterzoo.org. The zoo is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. until August 29, with free on-site parking.
Adult tickets cost £ 26.36 and for children tickets cost £ 21.36.
If you fancy getting up close and personal with the animals, why not try Longleat Safari Park.
Roll your windows up as you walk through the different sections of the park including Big Game Park, Wolf Wood, Lion Country, Monkey Mayhem, and you can see Anne the Elephant.
The park recommends that tickets be pre-booked online (longleat.fr), but a small number of walk-in tickets will be available. These are subject to availability and entry is not guaranteed without a pre-reservation.
Longleat tickets include access to Safari Park; walking animal attractions including Koala Creek, Jungle Cruise, and Family Farmyard; and the main plaza adventure attractions including the Longleat Railway, Rockin ‘Rhino and the Hedge Maze.
Day tickets cost £ 34.95 for adults (16 years or older) and £ 26.20 for children (ages 3-15).
West Midlands Safari Park
A little further on is the West Midlands Safari Park.
You can take a tour through the African plains (with white rhinos, giraffes and zebras), wild Asia (with Indian rhinos), carnivores (with tigers, lions and cheetahs), regions border (with Bactrian camels) and see the elephants.
There are also daily shows, including the Sea Lion Show, and you can also explore the land of living dinosaurs, or take a ride in the Adventure theme park.
And to make the trip even more special, you can even stay in the safari lodges that overlook some of the enclosures.
Unfortunately, the cheetah and elephant lodges are full until November 2022, but the new red panda cottages will open on August 2 and reservations are now available until December 31.
Tickets for the safari park cost £ 25 for adults and £ 20 for children (ages 3-15). Adventure theme park rides are extra.
Oakwood Theme Park
If you’re looking for thrills for the whole family, Oakwood Theme Park is an option near you.
Based in the heart of Pembrokeshire, Oakwood offers 10 family activities, as well as six thrill rides, including Megafobia, voted UK’s best wooden roller coaster, and more.
Reservation is essential and can be done via Oakwoodthemepark.co.uk. No tickets will be sold at the door.
Standard tickets, for ages 13 and up, cost £ 36.25, while junior tickets (ages 3-12) cost £ 24.25.
A family ticket (two standard and two juniors) costs £ 110.
If you want to make memories this summer, you can head to Legoland Windsor Resort.
The theme park offers over 55 rides, attractions and live shows, including Pirate Falls: Treasure Quest, Lego Ninjago The Ride, Viking River Splash, and the Legoland Express.
There are also restaurants, boutiques, and a first-of-its-kind total sensory space – with vibrant ottomans, plush seating, interactive projections, endless tunnels, and dim lighting, all designed to create a quiet space for you. relax.
There are also two themed hotels on-site, as well as a selection of hand-picked nearby hotels, should you want to turn your stay into a longer trip.
You can book a daily theme park ticket online for £ 39, while an all-inclusive ticket (entry, one standard meal and a refillable drinking container) costs £ 54.00.
This can be done at legoland.fr.
Peppa Pig’s world
For those with younger families, how about a trip to Peppa Pig World in Paulton’s Park on the edge of the New Forest.
There you can meet Peppa, George and their family, and there are nine rides suitable for young children and perfect for toddlers.
Other themed worlds in the park include the new for 2021 Tornado Springs, with eight rides located in a Midwestern desert resort town in the American heyday of the 1950s; and the Lost Kingdom, home to two roller coasters, lifelike animatronic dinosaurs, Jurassic-themed family rides, and a prehistoric dinosaur adventure play park.
Through Paulton’s Park there are over 70 rides and attractions, and children under one meter enter for free.
The park is also home to rare exotic birds, beautiful gardens and a lake, a historic watermill, adventure playgrounds, an indoor play center, and two water parks.
Individual tickets – for people over one meter tall – cost £ 37.75, while a family of three costs £ 110.75, a family of four costs £ 147 and a family of five costs 183 , £ 75.
If you are looking for a touch of culture during the summer, you can show your support for the arts when the theaters reopen.
And you can make it a weekend away by booking a hotel or AirBnb and enjoying all that London has to offer.
Michael Ball is set to reprise his role as Edna Turnblad in Hair spray at the London Coliseum, with tickets starting at £ 25.
Pretty Woman: The Musical performs at the Savoy Theater with Aimie Atkinson as Vivian Ward and Danny Mac as Edward Lewis. Tickets start from £ 80.
Joseph and the incredible Technicolor dream coat plays at the London Palladium, with Jason Donovan as Pharaoh, X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke as narrator and Jac Yarrow as Joseph. Tickets start from £ 25.
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If you’re looking for something new, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s reinvention of Cinderella, which premiered in June, is on stage at the Gillian Lynne Theater. The show stars Carrie Hope Fletcher. Tickets are available from £ 31.
And if you’re looking for your Shakespearean fix, A Midsummer Night’s dream is presented at the Globe Theater, with tickets starting at £ 65.
And Newport’s Michael Sheen is on stage at the Olivier Theater, in a new version of Dylan Thomas’ Milk Undergrowth. However, there is only a limited time to see it, as it closes on July 24.