Visiting friends and family, or organising a picnic can be fun, but if you want to do something a bit different, there are lots of places that are now open where you can enjoy a few days out this summer.
If you’re wondering about the sort of activities which might suit family members of all ages then we’ve got some ideas for you to consider, and the good news is that even if you don’t want to travel too far away from home then there’s sure to be something nearby.
Things to consider before you go
Although most attractions are now open, there may be limited capacity as many venues are still operating under Covid guidelines to keep everyone safe, so you may need to book before you go. If you are a bit worried about how busy a town or area will be before you visit, you could take a look at the news or look online to try to get an idea of how crowded it will be and make sure you feel comfortable about going. Remember to take a face mask, to stay prepared if you need to take public transport or visit a shop, and keep some hand sanitiser in your bag.
It’s always worth packing a light raincoat or umbrella, too, so you can enjoy your days out no matter what the temperamental British weather throws at you!
Explore picturesque gardens and wildlife parks
Visiting a beautiful garden can be an enjoyable experience for all the family with nature walks, woodland areas and historic gardens to explore. The UK has hundreds of gardens celebrated for their wildlife, landscaping and sculptures, offering a unique way for people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and often producing fun ways to educate young people about the natural world. You can check accessibility and access before you go by looking at the venue’s website or on a website, such as the National Trust or English Heritage.
Zoos and wildlife parks also offer entertaining days out for all ages and each venue can offer an exclusive look at some of the incredible animal species and other wildlife from around the world. Many zoos work to support endangered wildlife in the UK and can help to educate us about conservation and learn more about nature.
Visit a gallery or museum
Great Britain is famous for its wealth of historic castles, stately homes, museums and other unique attractions. If you’re a lover of the outdoors and would prefer a day in the fresh air, you may enjoy places such as Yorkshire Sculpture Park, where you can explore the open-air collection of artworks and sculptures around the beautiful park. Alternatively, there are many small galleries across the country as well as more famous venues, such as the Tate galleries, which have venues in Cornwall, Liverpool and London that you can explore.
If you’re travelling by car and are finding it a bit difficult to lift and lower yourself into the seat, don’t be afraid to look at some simple but effective car aids, such as the handy bar, to make your journey more comfortable.