Are you over visiting the same attractions every year? Whether you are on the south coast or in Scotland, there is always something new for the entire family that you probably do not know about.
With so many options out there, from Wildwood Adventure to historic experiences, it is a lot cheaper to book an excursion online beforehand. You might even find that toddlers go for free.
Dreamland is a Victorian pleasure park that recently underwent an £18m upgrade and restoration. The park was redesigned by Wayne Hemingway, a renowned designer, to recreate an exhilarating amusement park from years ago. It includes rides like Caterpillars from the 1930s, Double Decker carousels from the ’40s, Chair-O-Planes from the ’70s and today’s white-knuckle rides. My favourites are the classic twirling teacups, that pay homage to different British Street Cultures – Hippies, Mods and Beatniks. Dreamland’s famous heritage Scenic Railway is set to be re-opened later this summer.
Location: Westfield London
KidZania is a hotly-anticipated attraction that lets little kids become firefighters, pilots, singers, and so much more within its make-believe world. With over 60 real-life role-play activities to choose from, such as crime-fighting as a police officer, kids get to learn different skills from learning financial management, to how to be independent, to teamwork.
Location: London Southbank
Jump aboard this 4-dimensional bus ride, and be ready to enjoy the journey of a lifetime with your favourite donkey as your guide. Shrek’s Adventure takes passengers from the Swamp through 10 magical lands where you get to meet up with Puss-in-Boots, Gingy, and all the other exciting characters of Shrek and from the DreamWorks world. There are several timed slots available, so it is advisable that you book a spot in advance.
Location: Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
M.33 is one of many notable maritime antiques in Portsmouth and will soon be joining the ranks of HMS Mary Rose and HMS Victory on the Historic Dockyard this August. M.33 was launched in 1915 and is the sole remaining British vessel to participate in the Gallipoli Campaign. It is also the only warship to serve during the First World War that’ll be open to the public during Gallipoli’s centennial year. The thrill young children get when experiencing the battle brings the vessel’s history, the stories of sailors who served on it and the history of Gallipoli to life.
Chester Zoo Islands
Chester Zoo will, in July this year, be opening one of the most ambitious zoo developments the UK has ever seen. The development? An immersive recreation of 6 South-East Asian Islands and their unique biospheres. Chester Zoo Islands will be opening up the natural climates of Sulawesi, Sumba, Sumatra, Bali, Papua, and Panay, complete with impressive Sunda gharial crocodile, carnivorous plants, and prehistoric-looking birds.
Peak Wildlife Park
Peak Wildlife Park is the UK’s newest wildlife park and is located at Winkhill. The park allows visitors to get close to a variety of wildlife from lemurs and wallabies to penguins. The park offers four distinct and interconnected animal experiences that exhibit exotic and endangered creatures from three different continents. It is also involved in some remarkable endangered species breeding programs.
Children – £5.95
Adults – £7.95.
Visit peakwildlifepark.co.uk for more info.
New Forest Aqua Park
New Forest Aqua Park is Britain’s first outdoor aqua park and is located in 50 acres of the exceptionally beautiful New Forest countryside. The aqua park was launched in May and is appropriate for persons over six years of age and over 110 centimetres tall. The park includes trampolines, see-saws, slides and even an ice tower. Open through summer, New Forest Aqua Park is part of a host of various activities which include fishing, wake-boarding and water skiing.
Thomas Land, Drayton Manor
Thomas Land recently underwent a £2.5m expansion, which saw it grow by 40% and plenty of new attractions and rides added. The Sodor Airport complex, an addition to the manor, has balconies that offer impressive views over the park. It is also worth noting that the brand new Thomas VIP rooms are now open. As Drayton Park turns 65 this summer, be on the lookout for events marking their anniversary.