30+ ideas for days out, Summer holidays 2021

Please note, some events and activities are subject to change depending on Covid restrictions – we advise checking websites and social media to find out more.

Here are just 30 of our top family days out for the summer holidays in and around Leicestershire and the East Midlands, including Warwickshire, Northamptonshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Nottinghamshire and more.

The National Forest Adventure Farm - a great day out for all the family
The National Forest Adventure Farm – a great day out for all the family

1. National Forest Adventure Farm, Dino Summer

The National Forest Adventure Farm is hosting a Dino Summer from 17th July to 1st September, where you can meet dinosaurs, enjoy the Maize Maze, a a Raptor Run and more! We love their events and had great fun at their half term Fantasia Farm, so will definitely be heading down to check this out!

Find out more here or check out our review of the National Forest Adventure Farm here.

2. Warwick Castle, Zog Activity Trail

Words can’t describe how much fun Lily had at the Warwick Castle Zog Activity Trail – such a great day out for all the family. The Falconer’s Quest birds of prey show and indoor areas of the castle will also be open for exploring in time for Half Term.

Find out more here or check out our review of the Zog Trail at Warwick Castle here.

Lily loved the Zog Activity Trail at Warwick Castle
Lily loved the Zog Activity Trail at Warwick Castle

3. West Lodge Farm Park

Those who follow us on social media will know how much we LOVE West Lodge Farm Park and they are a great place to visit in the school holidays.

Pony rides at West Lodge Farm Park
Pony rides at West Lodge Farm Park

They also have free barrel rides, Lily’s favourite ever outdoor play area, animal petting, den making, pony rides, walking trails and more. You can also find their brand new adventure golf too.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

4. Manor Farm Park & Woodlands

Manor Farm Park & Woodlands is a wonderful day out with the family and they have launched an exciting and accessible new trail in the woodlands, bringing to life a series of children’s books and characters produced in association with the Natural History Museum in London – the World of Dinosaur Roar! Discovery Trail.

The World of Dinosaur Roar! Discovery Trail at Manor Farm Park & Woodlands
The World of Dinosaur Roar! Discovery Trail at Manor Farm Park & Woodlands

What’s more, as well as all the usual fun on the farm, you’ll also be able to  enjoy their animal experiences throughout the week too.

Find out more here or check out our review here of the brand new trail.

5. Bluebell Dairy Summer of Fun

We have made many great memories at Bluebell Dairy and recently enjoyed one of their Ice Cream Getaways camping weekends.

The Summer of Fun at Bluebell Dairy
The Summer of Fun at Bluebell Dairy

From cow cuddling and alpaca walking through to animal petting, the indoor and outdoor play areas and jumping pillows too, Bluebell Dairy is a little gem for all the family to visit – not to mention their incredible ice cream!

Throughout the summer, they also have a brand-new summer pass for unlimited visits for just £14.99 and a new zip wire too!

Find out more here or check out our review here.

Goat grooming at Bluebell Dairy
Goat grooming at Bluebell Dairy

6. National Trust Properties

We are huge fans of visiting National Trust properties with our membership, especially Calke Abbey and Stoneywell, however all the properties we visit are great for exploring, and they often have events going on for each of the school holidays too.

Find out more here or check out our review of Calke Abbey here.

Exploring Calke Abbey with her Learning Resources UK Kidnoculars
Exploring Calke Abbey with her Learning Resources UK Kidnoculars

7. Gulliver’s Theme Parks

We’ve lost count how many times we’ve visited Gulliver’s Theme Parks – they’re great place to head for a day or an overnight themed stay with the kids.

Check out our reviews here:

Gulliver’s Kingdom & Explorer’s Retreat Matlock Bath
Gulliver’s Land & Adventurer’s Village Milton Keynes
Gulliver’s Valley South Yorkshire

Visit the Gulliver’s Theme Parks website here.

Gulliver's Valley theme park South Yorshire
Gulliver’s Valley theme park South Yorshire

8. National Space Centre, Leicester

The National Space Centre is running the One Giant Leap into Summer from July 10th to September 5th, every day from 10am-5pm with an Earth from Space exhibition, to find out more about satellites, follow the trail to see amazing artefacts and enjoy science busking sessions.

Not only is it hours of fun, with interactional exhibits suitable for all the family, you also get a free return pass to use within the year.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

9. Moira Furnace Museum & Country Park

We recently visited volunteer-run Moira Furnace before a timeslot at Calke Abbey and it was absolutely fantastic. With canal boat rides at weekends and through school holidays, their museum and stunning woodland and canal-side walks, it really is a special place to visit.

Throughout the summer, they also have outdoor theatre events to enjoy too!

Find out more here or check out our review here.

Enjoying a canal boat ride at Moira Furnace
Enjoying a canal boat ride at Moira Furnace

10. Twin Lakes theme park

Twin Lakes is one of our favourite theme parks, set in 100 acres of countryside as well as a fantastic water park too.

With rides suitable for children of all ages, daily events and even a farm to enjoy, we have always enjoyed our visits to Twin Lakes.

On July 23rd, they also have a Schools out Summer Party, with the water park, pirates and more!

Find out more here or check out our review here

Rollercoaster fun at Twin Lakes Theme Park
Rollercoaster fun at Twin Lakes Theme Park

11. Swadlincote Snowsports Centre

If you’re looking for a day out for kids over the age of 4, that’s great for younger and older kids as well as adults too Swadlincote Snowsports Centre is your answers. With snow tubing, a toboggan run, drop slide, ski lessons and holiday clubs, it is a great place to visit in the school holidays.

Swadlincote Snowsports Centre is a fantastic day out for all the family
Swadlincote Snowsports Centre is a fantastic day out for all the family

Find out more here or check out our review here

12. Gloworm Festival

Gloworm Festival is one that is close to our heart – a fantastic festival for children of all ages, based at Thoresby Park, Nottingham.

Outfit goals... when you match the Gloworm festival sign!
Outfit goals… when you match the Gloworm festival sign!

You can visit for a day or the whole weekend, but however long you spend there, it will be an EPIC time.

With sponsors including Playmobil and CBeebies, live music from the likes of Andy and the Odd Socks, meet and greets, food, funfair and more, it is an amazing event.

Book your tickets or find out more here or check out our review here.

13. Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo is one of our favourite zoos and this summer from the 24th July they’re hosting a Summer of Adventure event, with a fantastic new ‘beach’, beach games, island princess show and more.

Find out more about the summer holiday event here or check out our review here.

Twycross Zoo
Meeting the giraffes at Twycross Zoo

14. SnowDome Tamworth

There is so much fun to be had at Tamworth SnowDome, whatever the weather. From their amazing snow fun park to their climbing walls and tobogganing too, we’ve always loved our visits to SnowDome.

We recommend signing up to their newsletter for huge discounts on all their activities, but we can’t recommend it enough for an adventure with the family!

Find out more here or check out our review here.

Snow much fun! Enjoying the snow fun park at SnowDome Tamworth
Snow much fun! Enjoying the snow fun park at SnowDome Tamworth

15. Conkers

There is so much to do for all the family at Conkers, from barefoot walk and outdoor adventure ropes, to enjoying their play areas, crafts, sensory trail, discovery centre and more.

The Conkerchoo trail has always been a favourite with Lily, and this summer they even have brand new swan pedaloes to hire too.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for summer activities, visit their website here, or check out our review here.

The sensory trail through the woods is great fun at Conkers
The sensory trail through the woods is great fun at Conkers

16. Boost Trampoline Park (Northampton & Leicester)

Boost Trampoline Parks are in both Northampton and Leicester. Lily has bounced at Boost since she was 2 years old, and was really excited to head back upon reopening.

Boost Trampoline Park, Leicester
Boost Trampoline Park, Leicester

With trampolines, foam pits, balance beams and more, we really do recommend a visit to Boost Trampoline Park.

Check out our review here or visit their website here for session details.

Loving life at Boost Trampoline Park
Loving life at Boost Trampoline Park

17. Sundown Adventureland

As a dedicated theme park for under-10s, Sundown Adventureland is truly a special place to go. With a huge outdoor Angry Birds play area, sandpits to play in and plenty of rides for young kids to enjoy, there really is so much to do at Sundown Adventureland.

Check out our review here or visit the website here.

So much fun at Sundown Adventureland for under 10s
So much fun at Sundown Adventureland for under 10s

18. Wistow Maze

Wistow Maze is a great day out for the family, and this year’s maze design in the shape of a Phoenix rising from the flames, to mark new beginnings after a challenging year.

We loved visiting Wistow Maze in previous years and really do recommend it, with Wistow Rural Centre to visit afterwards too, just across the road. They also have children’s games including a brand-new mini maze in the activity funyard this year too.

The 2021 theme for Wistow Maze is a phoenix
The 2021 theme for Wistow Maze is a rising phoenix

They hope to open on Monday 19th July for the summer.

Find out more in our review here or keep an eye on their Facebook here for the latest updates.

19. Peak Wildlife Park

Peak Wildlife Park is a truly unique day out with the ability to come face-to-face with some amazing animals, including penguins, wallabies and lemurs.

With walk-through areas, daily talks, animal feeding and more, we really do recommend Peak Wildlife Park as a place to have fun, learn and meet some incredible animals.

Check out their website here or our review here.

Meeting the wallabies at Peak Wildlife Park
Meeting the wallabies at Peak Wildlife Park

20. Mini Meadows Farm

Nestled in 12 acres of rolling countryside in the village of Welford, Mini Meadows Farm provides a fun, educational and great value family day out for adults and children alike, whatever the weather.

With animals to meet and feed as well as some incredible indoor and outdoor play areas, we love our visits to Mini Meadows Farm.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

Forest school at Mini Meadows
Forest school at Mini Meadows

21. Windmill Farm Park

Windmill Farm Park in Leicestershire is a brilliant day out for the family. With brand-new jumping pillows, their indoor play area, animal feeding, events and outdoor play areas too, it is a fun, affordable and special day out this half term.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

Windmill Farm Park is set in the Leicestershire countryside
Windmill Farm Park is set in the Leicestershire countryside

22. Hatton Adventure World – Dinosaurs Alive

Hatton Adventure World is hosting the Dinosaurs Alive event this summer, from 24th July to 5th September.

Combining state-of-the-art animatronics, special effects & puppetry to create an incredible life-like experience. If you’re feeling brave, get up close & personal with the dinosaurs for meet, greet & photo opportunities, with Europe’s LARGEST walking dinosaur. But don’t worry… their expert Dino Rangers are on hand to keep you safe from those sharp claws & terrible teeth!

Visiting the guinea pigs at Hatton Adventure World
Visiting the guinea pigs at Hatton Adventure World

With funfair rides, bouncy castles, falconry displays, spring animals and more, Wonderful Whitsun at Hatton Adventure World sounds a great day out this half term.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

23. Tropical Birdland, Leicestershire

Tropical Birdland in Desford, Leicestershire, is a fantastic 6.5aces bird sanctuary. With a parrot walk, outdoor play area, walk-through aviary and woodland walks, as well as the Real Macaw Cafe, it really is a special day out at Tropical Birdland.

Booking is essential – find out more on their website or check out our review here.

Meeting the birds at Tropical Birdland
Meeting the birds at Tropical Birdland

24. Foxton Locks, Market Harborough

Foxton Locks is a series of locks on the Grand Union Canal which is made up of two staircases, each of five locks, dating back to the 1900s.

Managed by the Canal & River Trust, it is the UK’s longest and steepest locks and a truly unique place to visit. There are beautiful walks, including accessible routes across the canal (see the map for access), which are also suitable for cycling and even free downloadable activity packs for kids too.

Lily’s favourite part was helping the volunteers to open the lock gates for the barges to come through!

Check out our review here.

Foxton Locks is a truly unique day out for fun and learning too!
Foxton Locks is a truly unique day out for fun and learning too!

25. Bosworth Water Park

Bosworth Water Park is home to a man-made beach where families can play and paddle, a mini golf course, a huge adventure play area, sand pit and more.

You can hire pedaloes and even camp there if you wish! What’s more, you just pay for parking, which although seems expensive, you can have a great day out for all the family with no other entrance fees too!

Find out more here or check out our review here.

A day out on the beach in the East Midlands - Bosworth Water Park
A day out on the beach in the East Midlands – Bosworth Water Park

26. Beacon Hill Country Park

If you have little adventurers, a great free day out (minus parking costs) is Beacon Hill Country Park. You have the rhododendron labyrinth, wooden play area and cafe as well as access to wooden sculpture trails from the bottom car park as well as rocks to climb and stunning views from the upper car park.

Lily also enjoyed den building in the woodlands – there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

Check out our review here.

Beacon Hill Country Park is a great place to explore!
Beacon Hill Country Park is a great place to explore!

27. Nottingham Water Sport Centre

The Nottingham Water Sports Centre has a summer pass for just £20 this year to enjoy all their fantastic activities, including Sky Trail, Mini Golf, Archery Combat & Lagoon Flat Water Activities.

Amongst 270 acres of country park, it is a beautiful day out for all the family, and great as a staycation too thanks to their fantastic campsite with camping and glamping options.

National Water Sports Centre water activities
National Water Sports Centre water activities

Find out more here

28. Stonehurst Farm

Stonehurst Farm is a small family-run working farm in Leicestershire, where you can hold baby animals, feed the cows and sheep, collect the eggs, enjoy a tractor and trailer ride, children’s pony rides, and enjoy the play areas too.

We loved their farm shop for local produce during lockdown and you can enjoy home-cooked food from the teashop too.

Find out more here

Enjoying a day out at Stonehurst Farm
Enjoying a day out at Stonehurst Farm

29. Rocket Round Leicester

From 19th July – 26th September, 40 spectacular giant rocket sculptures will weave a trail of discovery across Leicester City like never before. 

The Rockets will form a stellar, free art trail through the city’s streets and open spaces, bringing together the community for an unforgettable event.

Schools, colleges and community groups have jumped aboard and decorated their own smaller version of the incredible Rocket sculptures – the Junior Jet! Each Junior Jet will stand proudly on their own miniature trail across Leicester’s cultural hubs a week early, you can see them from Monday 12th July.

Pick up a Trail Map from the Rocket Round Leicester Trail Hub shop in Highcross from Monday 19th July or download the app from the Google Play or App store today and launch straight into your space adventure!

Find out more here

30. Magic Alley, Stratford

Magic Alley in Stratford is launching an Enchanted Treasure Trail throughout the summer, including enchanting entertainers while you solve magical riddles and puzzles as you go along the trail to find the treasure.

You may even encounter unicorns, dragons and other magical creatures on your way, as well as get the change to play in the snow in the enchanted forest.

What’s more, you can get a certificate and prize on completion of the trail.

Book your space or find out more here

Visit Magic Alley in Stratford for a truly magical half term with a difference.
Visit Magic Alley in Stratford for a truly magical adventure with a difference.

31. Drayton Manor Summer of Fun

Thomas Land & Drayton Manor has a Summer of Fun from 22nd July to 31st August.

Not only do you get to enjoy their hundreds of rides and activities, as well as the 15 acre zoo, you can also check out their brand new Adventure Cove.

Find out more here or check out our review here.

32. Van Gogh Exhibition – The Immersive Experience

For something truly unique, check out the Van Gogh Exhibition in Leicester at All Saints Church.

The experience will let you discover the life of the artist in a new way: his time at the convent and in Arles, the secrets from the letters he wrote to his brother and much more. You will participate in a unique sound and light show that will immerse you in the world renowned and familiar images of Vincent Van Gogh.

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, Leicester
Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, Leicester

No one will leave uninspired. Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience is a 360 degree experience in the universe of one of the greatest geniuses of the last century.

Find out more here

33. Alton Towers / CBeebies Land

I know theme parks are an obvious choice, and one people often avoid in school holidays, but the theme park has recently opened the Gangsta Granny ride – a great new adventure in time for the holidays, and you can even stay in a Gangsta Granny themed room to make it a full adventure.

With CBeebies Land, Sea Life and more to explore, it really is a great day out.

CBeebies Land is great fun at Alton Towers
CBeebies Land is great fun at Alton Towers

Check out our review of CBeebies Land at Alton Towers here or find out more here.

34. LEGO Discovery Centre – NINJAGO

From 17th July to 5th September, the LEGO Discovery Centre in Birmingham is hosting the NINJAGO event.

Ninjago at Legoland Discovery Centre - feel what it's really like to Be Ninja!
Ninjago at Legoland Discovery Centre – feel what it’s really like to Be Ninja!

Join Lloyd, Cole, Zane, Jay, Kai and Nya to ‘BE NINJA’, celebrating 10 years of LEGO NINJAGO.

  • Find the Golden ninja in MINILAND – The hunt is on to spot Lloyd, Kai, Cole, Zane, Jay and Master Wu, so they can start their adventure.
  • Meet Your LEGO NINJAGO hero, Lloyd!
  • Build a Ninja creation for a chance to win a rare Golden Amulet!
  • Experience LEGO NINJAGO in the 4D cinema!
  • Race your LEGO NINJAGO build down their zip line challenge!
  • Not forgetting all of their usual LEGOtastic activities including 2 rides!

Share the joy, lose yourself in the spirit of LEGO NINJAGO and feel what it’s really like to Be Ninja!

Book your tickets and find out more here

35. Cattows Farm

From strawberry picking and other seasonal fruit picking to daily inflatables, Cattows Farm is fun for all the family.

We recently checked out their brand new restaurant (a great place for cake and coffee!), but you can also enjoy their corn maze later in July too.

Keep an eye on their Facebook page for their latest updates or check out our review here.

Cake and inflatables at Cattows Farm
Cake and inflatables at Cattows Farm

Need more inspiration?

Check out our ideas for unique family-friendly staycations in the UK

Check out our favourite farm park and wildlife park campsites

Check out our recent collaboration with ideas for activities to do with the grandparents

Check out our 20 ways to make family walks more interesting

Check out our 10 top tips for camping with the family

Check out a blog collaboration we were involved with about ideas for summer sleepovers with grandkids

If you’re visiting toddlers this summer, check out this checklist for grandparents!

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