Day trip ideas for you
The summer months are a wonderful time for grandparents to treat their grandchildren to days out. Whether you wait for the holidays or simply enjoy a weekend adventure together, there’s lots to see and do around the country and lots of fun you can have together.
When planning activities, you’ll need to think carefully about what’s appropriate for the age of the kids and about your own limitations. Some activities work for almost everyone, such as enjoying a picnic in a local beauty spot or going to the beach. If you choose somewhere that allows ball games, taking a ball along is a great way to let the kids blow off steam. Some children are naturally quieter, however, and may prefer gentler activities such as feeding the ducks in the local park (remember to take oats or peas, not bread). If you have to travel to reach your destination, plan some games to play along the way.
Jorvik Viking Centre
Experience York in the past as well as the present when you take a ride through Jorvik Viking Centre into Viking times. A combination of adventure and learning, this is great for kids aged seven to 11, though it might be a bit scary for smaller ones. Afterwards, you can walk up to the nearby tower to see the view across the medieval city, take a stroll along the city walls, or pop into Betty’s Tea Rooms for tea, cakes and the ice cream that children always expect on days out.
Warner Bros. Studio Tour
Kids who love Harry Potter will be thrilled to see for themselves the sets where the films were shot, from Hogwarts castle to Diagon Alley. There are also lots of props and costumes on display, and a shop where you can treat them to magic wands or Hogwarts school gear. Some parts of the tour can be hard work if you have walking difficulties, but the staff are always ready to help, and there’s a café halfway along the route where you can take a break and enjoy a snack. Don’t forget to take your camera. The Warner Bros. Studio Tour is located in Leavesden, Hertfordshire.
Dinosaur Adventure Park
If you have grandchildren who are crazy about dinosaurs, this Norfolk attraction will give them a real thrill. It’s not quite Jurassic Park, but the giant dinosaurs hidden beside the woodland trail do have realistic roars, and there’s the added bonus of a farmyard where kids can pet and play with more familiar animals, as well as an adventure play area where they can go wild, whilst you get to sit down and relax.
Kids always seem to grow up faster than expected, so make the most of these summer days whilst they last. Even a quiet day at your home can give you the chance to get out in the garden with them, looking for fairies, playing games or splashing around in a paddling pool. They won’t be able to wait for the next time you spend time together.
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