Entertaining your kids can be a tricky business at the best of times and it’s even more difficult during summer holidays. Today we present a few ideas, perfect for a day trip or a short weekend break.

Pools & Aqua parks

You don’t have to go on holiday to enjoy outdoor swimming. There are outdoor pools all around the UK, and they are great places to go when the sun is out. But if the weather isn’t good enough, take your kids to an indoor aqua parks, like Water World, which is a perfect day trip from Manchester or Birmingham, so you can still get that long-awaited water fun. If the kids are spending hours of fun splashing and swimming in the pool, then your day is going to be a success whatever the weather.


A trip to one of the UK’s many working farms during the summer holidays will not only be a fun day out, but can educate and inspire children to learn more about the world around them. They can also learn more about what’s in their food and about healthy eating. Lovely as they are, it’s not all about fluffy lambs and playful pigs – farms that open up their doors to visitors often hold educational classes and events for children through the school holidays.


Summer festivals are no longer just for mums and dads.  There’s a whole line up of great festivals for the whole family (mum and dad might as well come along, as you need someone to pay for the ice cream!). Many of these festivals are completely free, like the Lollibop in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (16-18th August), and offer all sorts of entertainment and educational activities that the little ones will love.

Hiking & Parks 

A traditional way of spending time together with the family is taking a hiking trip through beautiful scenery and going for long walks in national parks. It’s the perfect way to find out more about British culture and natural environment while getting fit … and it won’t ruin your budget! Check out our previous blog posts on suggestions for hiking trails and the best national parks.

 Hurry up and book some exciting summer breaks with your kids today and enjoy family holidays with Thistle Hotels. 

Choose your perfect summer city break in 28 landmark locations. Stay central and enjoy Thistle hotels, with rooms from just £65 a night! 

Book now for stays up until 1st September 2013.

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