6 Ideas for Bank Holiday Family Fun

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April seems to have whizzed by at the speed of light and if like us, you’re scratching your head wondering how on earth it’s May already (we swear January was only last week?!) you’ll be pleased to hear we’ve got not 1 but 2 Bank Holiday weekends to look forward to this month.

Gone are the days of spending our extended weekend nursing a hangover with daytime TV and copious amounts of tea. Planning a Bank Holiday weekend with the kids in tow can feel like a military operation, especially if you’re looking to entertain the whole family. So, if you’re wracking your brains for something other than Peppa Pig re-runs to keep the kids entertained this weekend, we’ve rounded up our top picks for Bank Holiday fun.


Fish and Chips on Brighton Beach


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Sand castles, ice cream, and that one pesky seagull intent on stealing the last of your fish and chips. What Bank Holiday weekend would be complete without a trip to one of Blighty’s beaches? A seaside town with an edge, Brighton has become a popular destination for British seaside lovers. Pack a towel and head to the beach or wander down the famous Brighton Pier, home to traditional seaside stalls, fairground rides and arcade games the kids will love. If the weather takes a turn for the worse, pop into The Hove Museum and Art gallery to check out the family-friendly exhibitions.


Come Face-To-Face with Wild Beasts


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Featuring a host of A-listers from the animal kingdom, West Midlands Safari Park offers a haven for animal lovers big and small. With over 1700 different species, the self-drive safari allows guests to get up close and personal with the zoo’s inhabitants. Head into the African Plains, home to a herd of southern white rhinos or take a quick detour to Wild Asia and come face-to-face with the endangered Barasingha. For the pint-sized adrenaline junkie, West Midlands Safari Park also houses the Adventure Theme Park, perfect for a fun-filled weekend.


Take a Step Back in Time


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Despite its gruesome reputation, the Tower of London reawakens the tales of old within its 1000-year-old walls. Join the Beefeaters guided tour and take a trip to the interactive armoury exhibition or – when you’re feeling brave enough- visit the original 16th century executioners block famously where many of Henry VIII’s wives lost their heads. Once the kids have had their fill of gore, make your way to the Jewel House, home to the 23,578 dazzling gemstones that make up the Crown Jewels.


Picture-Perfect Picnics in the Peak District


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With picnic-perfect spots, endless views and scenic walking routes, the Peak District is fast becoming the must-visit spot for an active Bank Holiday weekend. Trek along one of the many walking routes discovering the quaint villages or stop off for a scone at one of the quintessentially British tea rooms. After you’ve explored all that the Peak District has to offer above ground, grab your hardhat and descend into Poole’s Cavern to unearth pre-historic discoveries and ancient ruins.


Catch a Show in the West End


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If you’re planning on visiting the Big Smoke over the Bank Holiday weekend, mosey down to London’s West End. There’s a selection of shows perfect for the family, including Aladdin the Musical. Based on the 1992 Disney animation, this magical show is sure to impress the brood. With breathtaking sets, lavish costumes and spectacular special effects, audiences are treated to a selection of classic songs from the original award-winning film score. We’ll warn you now, you’ll be belting out ‘A Whole New World’ in the shower for weeks.


 Indulge your Sweet Tooth at Cadbury World


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Arguably the closest thing we have to Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory, Cadbury World offers chocoholics the perfect excuse to grab armfuls of free chocolate educate the kids about the history of Britain’s favorite confectionery. Ride the Crunchie roller-coaster, visit the interactive Purple Planet for digital chocolate delights or roll up your sleeves and have a go at being a first-class chocolatier.


Feeling inspired? Check out our range of breaks and plan your perfect May Bank Holiday weekend here.

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