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…
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!!