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Our five favourite family holidays - that are just a bit different

May 31, 2019 / 0 Comments / in Holiday Tips / by Leisuretime

It can be hard to think of what to do with the kids sometimes, especially if you are looking for something a bit different. So we thought we'd recommend five of our favourite UK attractions that are just a little bit different but perfect for a family getaway with Leisuretime.

 

 

Science Museum, London – New Medicine Galleries

Complimenting the incredible choice of existing displays at this iconic museum are the amazing new Medicine Galleries. Marvel, or shudder at more than 2,500 artefacts spanning 400 years in the Science Museum’s new medicine galleries – home to one of the largest medical collections in the world. Tracing the transformation of life through medical research and practice, this new permanent display is due to open in autumn 2019. Exhibits range from prehistoric surgical tools to modern medical equipment and include fascinating items such as the first 3D-printed models – designed to help with a kidney transplant from a father to his two-year-old daughter – and the embryo incubator used to create the world’s first test-tube babies. Great stuff, particularly for curious teens…

 

 

Bristol Zoo

A visit to Bristol Zoo Gardens is an adventure into an exciting animal kingdom, all set within 12 acres of beautiful gardens. Get up close to more than 400 species of exotic, endangered and adorable animals from the four corners of the globe, whilst enjoying 12 acres of award-winning gardens.

With nine undercover animal houses, Bristol Zoo is a wonderful, all-weather family attraction. You can see the amazing gorilla family in the unique 180-degree view gorilla house, venture into Twilight World to discover animal secrets after sunset and come face-to-face with their incredible reptiles in the Reptile House. Some other Zoo favourites include Seal & Penguin Coast, Monkey Jungle, Asiatic lions, Bug World, Meerkat Lookout and the Aquarium.

And don’t forget to visit Splash, a water-play area with streams, dams and the chance to get your toes wet. The more adventurous can have a go on the aerial ropes course, ZooRopia, and swing alongside some of the Zoo’s most popular animals – gibbons and gorillas – before flying down the zip wire.

 

 

Cotswold Water Park

The Cotswold Water Park is a great place to explore and again something particularly well suited to slightly older children!

 With more than 150 lakes spread over forty square miles, there is something for everyone – from angling to archery, watersports to walking, birdwatching to biking, to name just a few things you can do. The range of activities on offer in this one area is quite amazing, with something for everyone – the young, the not so young, and everyone in between. How about heading off on your bike to explore the secluded lakeside paths? Or try your hand at a new sport such as waterskiing, kayaking, sailing or paddle boarding?

 

 

Monkey World - Ape Rescue Centre

Enjoy a fun-filled, fascinating time out for all the family at Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre in Wareham. The 65-acre park is home to the stars of TV’s ‘Monkey Life’ and ‘Monkey Business’, and provides sanctuary for rescued and endangered primates from around the world.

Daily keepers’ talks provide a captivating insight into life at the park and its inhabitants - staff are so enthusiastic about what they do, giving a real feel-good factor.

While away the hours watching the monkeys and apes interact, then let the kids use up all their energy in the huge Great Ape Adventure Play Area.

 

 

Ghostly Gaslight & Cadbury World Spooktacular

Fantastic Fireworks & Have a Scream at Halloween! Ideal for kids of all ages.

As dusk falls and the street lamps cast eerie shadows at every corner, strange apparitions replace the usually friendly Victorians seen in the town’s shops, cottages and work places! Vampires, blood thirsty butchers, the Grim Reaper and werewolves take over the Town and phantoms fill the streets. A highlight of the evening will be a firework and lights show. Blists Hill is one of the 10 museums attractions at Ironbridge and recreates life in the Victorian era.

Cadbury World is spooktacular this year and a right good place for fun, frights and chocolate delights! Join Dermort O’Scary and his cast of gruesome ghouls as The Scream Factor returns to Cadbury World for more frights than ever before! Frankie Frankenstein, Witchy Woo Woo and Wolfy the Wolfman have been rehearsing to win this year’s mystery prize, but who will win? With plenty of fun and frights and lots of opportunities to dance and scream along, you’d be ‘ghoulish’ to miss out!!

 


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Our favourite Northern Seaside Resorts

May 18, 2019 / 0 Comments / in Holiday Tips / by Leisuretime

We Brits really do love our seaside holidays and this time we’re focusing on the delights of some of our more popular seaside resorts “up north”! They’re all famous for a warm welcome and some amazing entertainment and attractions from enormous rollercoasters, to high towers and scenic railways but whatever you are looking for in your perfect seaside holiday, we’re sure one of them will fit the bill…

 

 

Blackpool

Blackpool claims to be Britain’s most loved holiday destination, which should come as no surprise when you think about the huge range of attractions available all year round, as well as the new seafront, world-class events and spectacular lighting shows. If you are feeling adventurous take a trip up the famous Blackpool Tower, which soars 158 metres above the town or get your adrenaline pumping at Blackpool Pleasure Beach, where you can ride the UK’s tallest rollercoaster, the Big One. Quieter adventurers can appreciate Blackpool’s calmer side by strolling down the newly renovated South Promenade or for the dancers amongst you there is always the world-famous Tower Ballroom! Oh yes, and it is also easy to get around because there are very few hills to climb and a plethora of transport options…

 

 

Llandudno

Llandudno is one of the most popular and pretty coastal towns in North Wales. It’s known for North Shore Beach and 19th-century Llandudno Pier, with its shops and games arcade. Northwest of town, the cliffs of Great Orme headland jut into the sea. Llandudno is, without doubt, the ‘Queen of Welsh Resorts’. The long, crescent-shaped promenade and sweeping sands make it a perfect holiday destination all year round and a real favourite for Leisuretimers.

 

 

Morecambe

The pretty seaside resort of Morecambe is often referred to as the gateway to the Lake District. The resort boasts an expansive five-mile promenade which looks out across the majestic sweep of Morecambe Bay, perfect for an evening stroll to take in stunning sunsets and star reflecting waters. During the day, enjoy the extensive use of public art along the seafront; view the bronzed statue of Eric Morecambe, the town’s best-loved export and the many bird sculptures created by the Tern Project. In town, enjoy excellent shopping and the traditional Lancashire welcome and hospitality extended to all visitors. But make sure you don’t forget to sample the local cuisine, including the area’s famous thirst quencher, Nettle Beer, as well as mouth-watering potted shrimps and some of the best fish and chips in the country!

 

 

Southport

Despite being one of the most attractive resorts in England and the ‘The Floral Capital of England’s North-West’, Southport is all too often a much overlooked seaside destination. For those that take the time, the rewards are many because Southport just has so much to offer. Set amongst 22 miles of coastline and boasting plenty of beaches, Southport is designed for beach life and is a perfect place to relax and unwind. This classic seaside resort has scenic parks and gardens, fabulous shopping, exciting nightlife and a mouth-watering array of bars and restaurants. Of course, traditional seaside amusements also await; stroll down the UK’s oldest iron pier and try the old penny slot machines in the Pavilion at the far end, or ride traditional carousels at Funland. Family attractions include Southport Pleasureland, Splash World waterpark, Martin Mere and Farmer Ted’s. Whatever your seaside pleasure, Southport will deliver!

 

 


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Our favourite Seaside Resorts along the South Coast of England

May 17, 2019 / 0 Comments / in Holiday Tips / by Leisuretime

Over the last week or two, we have been reminded how glorious the weather here can be, something that has only helped reconfirm that the traditional British beach holiday is still alive and well! On the back of Brexit uncertainty and tightening household budgets, more and more people are opting to holiday in the UK and where better than at one of our great seaside resorts? Building sandcastles, having an ice-cream, fish and chips, a stroll along the pier or a good old stick of rock…all of these home comforts and more are waiting for you on a Leisuretime Seaside Holiday!

But where to go? Here are some of our favourite seaside resorts along the south coast of England for you to consider…

 


Bournemouth

For those looking for lots of things to do, Bournemouth is a top choice. The largest resort in Dorset, it boasts an amazing seven miles of sandy beaches, beautiful parks and gardens and a great choice of shops, pubs, restaurants and traditional seaside attractions. You can even rent the world’s oldest beach hut (Bournemouth invented beach huts in 1908) or hop onto one of the land trains that run along the promenade eastwards towards Boscombe and westwards towards Poole. For those looking for easy access to Bournemouth’s beaches, then just jump on one of the famous cliff lifts. You’ll be down in the sand in a flash and you won’t be out of breath!

 

 

The Isle of Wight

This diamond shaped island is a UK gem and one of Queen Victoria’s favourite spots. It is also one of the sunniest and warmest places in the country, located just a few miles from the South Coast of England. No passport is needed for the short ferry crossing, and once you're on the Island everything is within easy reach. The Isle of Wight has over 60 miles of stunning coastal scenery, lively resorts and quaint villages combine with a friendliness and old-fashioned charm to make for a really memorable seaside holiday.

 

 

Weymouth

Weymouth is one of the easiest resorts to get around with its candy-striped kiosks and deck chair lined golden, 3-mile beach which is ideal for leisurely stroll! Chuck in cockles and chippies and prepare to promenade down seaside memory lane. But Weymouth is about more than just that sandy shore. The town boasts a bustling harbour and some superb seafood along with some great pubs. You will never be short of things to do, with an abundance of natural and themed attractions for everyone to enjoy!

 

 

Torquay

Torquay is a great option as this thriving seaside town enjoys unusually pleasant weather all year round and never seems to slow down! There is a wonderful array of continental style cafes, restaurants and cocktail bars to enjoy in addition to all of the more traditional fish and chip bars, pubs and seaside attractions. Torquay has also become a real Devon foodie town and part of England’s Seafood Coast with a delicious selection of the freshest fish and seafood on offer from the nearby fish market along with a great array of cosy pubs and bars to enjoy and relax in!

 

 

Eastbourne

The sea breeze swishing through your hair, the sensation of the beach between your toes and the smell of vinegary chips lingering in your nostrils: everyone has vivid memories of their childhood seaside holidays and the traditional Victorian holiday resort of Eastbourne is one of our best-loved choices. It is also a wonderfully flat resort, which makes getting around so much easier! Eastbourne has a charm unrivalled on the south coast, with dazzling floral displays, magnificent Carpet Gardens, a delightful Victorian pier and a famous bandstand. The resort boasts a fantastic beach, with eight miles of coastline sheltered by the South Downs, itself designated ‘An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’.

 

 

St Ives

Winner of a showcase of national awards including best family holiday destination by Coast magazine and one of the 10 best European beach destinations compiled by TripAdvisor, St Ives is a seemingly subtropical oasis where the beaches are golden, the vegetation is lush and the light piercingly bright. It’s no wonder then that the town has been attracting artists for decades who have come to capture the area’s undeniable natural beauty and incredible light. Full of style and character, St Ives is a truly unique seaside destination.


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