It’s that time of the year when parents begin to think up suitable places to take their children for the summer holidays. And for those who are not going away for the standard two weeks to the UK seaside, or abroad, it is even more important to organise as many trips as possible, otherwise the dreaded boredom will set in.
Luckily, there are so many different events and outings in the UK this summer, that it is impossible to fit them all into one single article. So for this one, we are concentrating on nature inspired trips and events, something that most children are interested in. And we’ve gone all around the UK to find the ideal weekend show, or even night time event, so no matter where you live, there is bound to be an exciting trip you can plan with your little ones.
We start off at the top of the UK:
Bumblebee Ball at Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh
Sat 20 – Sun 21 July 2013 11am – 4pm
This is a guided walk through the famous Royal Botanical Gardens, where the knowledgeable staff at from the Bumblebee Conservation Trust will be there to lead short guided walks (approx. 45 minutes each) and answer all your questions about bumblebees. Of course you are welcome to stay in these fabulous surroundings after the walk. Check www.rbge.org.uk for details.
Bat Walk & Talk – Norton Priory, Runcorn Cheshire
Wednesday 14 August – 7pm
Norton Priory boasts over a thousand different species, thanks to the myriad of habitats that can be found here. The Bat Walk & Talk is a spooky guided walk where the Priory’s staff will enlighten you about the habits of these delightful creatures, all in the twilight of the evening. Visit www.nortonpriory.org for more details.
Peering at Puffins – Flamborough, East Yorkshire
Sun 21 July – 1pm – 4pm
The puffins are celebrities at the Flamborough Cliffs, and here you take get up close and personal to them, by looking through the telescopes as they visit for the breeding season. If the weather is good, volunteers will be on the cliff top with telescopes to show visitors and passers-by the seabirds nesting on the cliff ledges. www.wildlifetrusts.org
Woodland Holiday Club – Idle Valley, Nottingham
Thursday 1st August – 11.00am – 3.00pm
What children do not like being outdoors, making dens and exploring? If your kids are the outdoorsy type, then get them to the woodland holiday club at the Idle Valley Reserve. Make sure you bring a drink and a packed lunch as it’s bound to be tiring work! £8 per child. Booking essential. Visit www.nottinghamshirewildlife.org for details.
Walks in the City Gardens – London
Saturdays & Sundays – April through September – starting at 1.30 pm
This is a fabulous way to discover the hidden gardens of the City as you literally just turn up and go with the flow. Meet at the City Information Office (opposite the South side of St Paul’s Cathedral) cost is £6 per person. Find out more at www.citygardenswalks.com
Killerton’s Gardens – Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon
Sat 20 – Sun 21 July
There are guided walks around these spectacular gardens, or you can just wander around the beautiful hillside garden and discover hidden pathways to the top of the volcanic hill yourself. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk for details
Conwy River Festival – Wales
From Sat 20 runs to 28 July
All manner of boating and river based activities take place on this stunning water, with boat races, fairground rides and even a best dressed pirates competition. There are river cruises to enjoy, two fantastic marinas, many demos and major regional and national exhibitors including boat sales and chandlery. See www.conwyriverfestival.org/ for more details.