Spending quality time with your family is always worthwhile, and it doesn’t have to cost the earth. To help you plan a big day, we’ve put together a list of our favourite experiences to share with your family this year. So, whether you’re looking for sheer thrills or the chance to meet a lion, check out our top five ideas for cheap family days out in the UK.
As the weather gets warmer and we head towards the school holidays, it’s a fantastic time to visit your local zoo or wildlife sanctuary with the family. Plus, you could even use an exclusive Chester Zoo NHS discount to save on entry if you’re a key worker.
A safe haven for over 20,000 animals, the zoo not only boasts an extensive conservation programme but also offers exciting, bespoke experience packages. With staff celebrating the recent birth of twin red-bellied lemurs, an incredibly rare species of primate, there’s never been a more exciting moment to visit Chester Zoo.
Are you ready for an adrenaline-filled day out? If you’re not scared of heights, embarking on a treetop adventure with Go Ape could be the experience you’ve been waiting for. You’ll find a Go Ape course in 34 unique locations across the UK, so no matter where you live, you won’t be too far away from one. Plus, since Go Ape usually build their courses and zip lines in forests, you’ll be able to enjoy some time in the great outdoors.
Yorkshire Wildlife Park
If you live in Yorkshire and you’re not looking to travel too far for your family day out, Yorkshire Wildlife Park could be a great shout. Situated just outside Doncaster, this fantastic conservation centre and tourist attraction offers close experiences with wild animals alongside private venue hire and short breaks, including glamping.
Not only is it one of the UK’s most beautiful historic landmarks, but with the castle set to open the world’s first Zog Playland adventure park for children, Warwick is focused on making sure there’s something for every member of the family to enjoy. This new playground will feature an imaginative step into a familiar world, with step-free access and immersive, sensory experiences.
If you ‘d like to do something a little bit different, an aquatic adventure could prove fascinating for the children and the grown ups in your family. Boasting over ten aquariums across the country, including in Manchester and Scarborough, it’s easy to reach your nearest Sea Life centre. Feel inspired as you pass through an Ocean Tunnel with graceful sharks swimming overhead, or why not feed the penguins?
It’s always worth doing a little bit extra to make irreplaceable memories with your loved ones. Go on, treat yourselves!