Well the kids have been on their summer holidays for a few weeks now, and no doubt you’re starting to struggle to think of things that you can do to keep them occupied. So to give you a hand, we’ve tried to come up with a few ideas of days out with a difference that you can do as a family before the new school year starts up. So take a look and see what you think.
The Jacobite Steam Train
How about a taste of one of the nation’s favourite film and book franchises to start us off? That’s because with a trip on the Jacobite you can follow in the footsteps of Harry, Ron and Hermione on their annual trip on the Hogwarts Express and what’s more, you’ll be able to enjoy some stunning views and even a tasty treat along the way (sadly there won’t be any pumpkin pasties or chocolate frogs involved)! The Jacobite’s route runs from Fort William through to the coastal town of Mallaig and back again, a journey of around 85 miles, and leads you through some of the best scenery that the Highlands have to offer, from the famous Glenfinnan Viaduct to Loch Ail and the quaint village of Arisaig.
Beamish Open Air Museum
Or, alternatively, you could take a trip back in time by stopping off at the Beamish Museum in County Durham. When it first opened up back in 1970, Beamish was the very first of its kind and it’s only grown bigger and better since then. Nowadays the museum comes complete with a First World War market town, a 1940’s style farm and even its own railway station. Between the full cast of volunteers recreating everyday life in the various periods and the numerous activities you can join in on, any trip to Beamish is bound to be educational as well as fun.
But what if you’re after something a little bit spookier? Well that’s where Wookey Hole down in the Somerset countryside comes into it. Tucked away amongst the Mendip Hills, the caves are one of the strangest attractions going. It’s probably best known for its resident witch but Wookey Hole is also home to a series of impressive show caves, a museum, crazy golf course and even an old fashioned penny arcade, making it one of the most diverse attractions around.
So there you go, a few ideas for an unusual day out that you can enjoy with the kids over the last couple of weeks of the summer holidays. Hopefully you’ll have got a bit of inspiration from them but give us a shout if you have any good alternatives, either on Facebook or over Twitter.