Ideas for memorable school holidays


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Parent planning and the best ideas for memorable school holidays and quality family time: is your one-stop shop for awesome holiday activities, cracking  May bank holiday events, and lots more. 

Parent planning includes thinking about the school holidays. School children get some 13 weeks of holiday each year, so we’ve thrown in a few extra ideas so you can start planning your next family adventure and don’t miss our links further down this article.

Start thinking about a few days out to stick in the calendar. There’s almost no end to what you could choose from with well over 6,000 attractions, and we promise won’t judge if you can’t fit them all into one year!

Get started on your next family adventure, check out some of our recommendations for the different times of year and head over to the home page to search for the best days out by region, or check out what events we have on. Here’s to some wonderful school holidays, including forthcoming summer half term and summer holiday this year!

ART & EXHIBITIONS – A summer of fun and discovery. Find hidden treasures form the art and entertainment world, or simply learn more about your local area.

CLASSICAL MUSIC – Promote the musical side of your family, with children learning about music of every kinds.

COMEDY – A show of comedy for all ages and across the regions.

DOG SHOWS – Young owners get their chance to show off their talented pet and win a coveted rosette.

FAYRES & FESTIVALS – All the fun of the fair for all ages.

HALF TERMS EVENTS – Get into action this spring and summer with farm parks full of baby animals and outdoor activities for kids, come rain or sunshine.

The October half term in Autumn, always comes with a healthy dose of muddy puddles, multicoloured leaves and spook-factor. Why not go pumpkin picking or try a creepy event at a theme park?

SUMMER HOLIDAY EVENTS – Keep cool in the summer holidays with a visit to an aqua park.

CINEMA, THEATRE & SHOWS – See the latest cinema releases and summer blockbusters and build the perfect day out around your visit.

COUNTY & COUNTRY SHOWS – Perfect to see cute baby animals.

FAMILY SHOWS & CONCERTS – All the fun of a memorable family day out that will make their school holiday memories.

GARDENS – Leave the smartphones, laptops and books in dust as you and your loved ones get to breathe fresh air.

HORSE SHOWS – There’s so much to see and enjoy – even if your children are new to horses.

SHOPPING & MARKETS – Shopping? What’s not to like for all ages.

TOURS – Learn about the history of your area and cater for special interests that appeal to all ages.

CHRISTMAS EVENTS – Christmas holidays? The list is packed with Christmas markets, ice skating rinks, indoor skiing or for the kids, paying a visit to Father Christmas himself at one of the many Santa’s grottos open at this time of year. Whatever you do, make sure it’s magical.

Finally don’t miss the following Education Resources to complete a fabulous school year out of school:

Zones of Learning: BBC Online Resources –

Revision tips: BBC Schools –

Inspired by pets: Pdsa Education Centre –

Activity ideas, plans and resources: Primary Resources –

From learning games to parents’ resources: Top Marks –

Ever popular and educational: Science Museum –

Surreal fun with art: Tate Kids –

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