Here are over 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.
1. National Forest Adventure Farm, Farmarama
The National Forest Adventure Farm is hosting Farmarama from 16th July to 5th September, including the Maize Maze, a foam party, a princess sing-a-long, pirate show and more! We love their events and have always had great fun there, so will definitely be heading down to check this out!
2. Warwick Castle
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, so it’s great to see it back for summer as well as the new Zog Show. The Falconer’s Quest birds of prey show is fantastic, the Ward of the Roses love show is back too and there’s even Dragon Slayer events on throughout the summer too.
Check out our review of the Zog Trail at Warwick Castle here or find out more here.
3. West Lodge Farm Park
Those who follow us on social media will know how much we LOVE West Lodge Farm Park and this award-winning farm is a great place to visit in the school holidays.
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.
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 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.
5. Bluebell Dairy, Bluebell’s Big Summer
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, you can enjoy activities such as the Maize Maze, Alien Landing Crop Circles, Foam Party and more… as well as water bomb battles too!
They also have the Summer Pass for unlimited visits throughout the summer for just £18.50 per person!
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.
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. Keep an eye on their social pages for discounts as they often have reduced park tickets.
Check out our reviews here:
Visit the Gulliver’s Theme Parks website here.
8. National Space Centre, Leicester
The National Space Centre is running the Space Ranger Summer from July 9th to September 4th, every day from 10am-5pm with very special interactive activities including VR experiences, hands on crafts, space ranger training and movie making opportunities inspired by our favourite Space Ranger, Buzz Lightyear.
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.
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 as well as a seaside pirate day on July 31st, picnic in the park on August 14th, and more.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13. Twycross Zoo
Twycross Zoo is one of our favourite zoos and this summer you can enjoy the brand new Gruffalo Discovery Land, as well as the Summer Sundown events too. They also have a Festival of Animals running throughout August with a parade, steel drums and more on selected days.
What’s more, Twycross Zoo has a great outdoor splash park area to play in too – just head towards the penguins!
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!
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 you can enjoy the brand new Splash Cove outdoor splash park area and swan pedaloes to hire too.
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 it’s always a great place to bounce off some energy!
With trampolines, foam pits, balance beams and more, we really do recommend a visit to 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.
18. Wistow Maze
Wistow Maze is a great day out for the family, and this year’s maze design in the shape of a the Coronation Crown, to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
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.
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.
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.
This summer they also have Pirate Days on 28th & 29th July as well as a summer fete on 20th & 21st August!
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.
22. Hatton Adventure World – Dinosaurs Alive
Hatton Adventure World is hosting the Dinosaurs Alive event this summer, from 23rd July to 4th 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!
With funfair rides, bouncy castles, falconry displays, spring animals and more, Hatton Adventure World always makes a great day out.
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.
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.
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 too – 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!
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.
27. Nottingham Water Sport Centre
The Nottingham Water Sports Centre is a great place to get outdoors and 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.
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
29. 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.
What’s more, they also have the Splash Landings Hotel with waterpark, which you can book to access for a day, including all the flumes and outdoor/indoor areas too. Check back soon for our full review!
30. Drayton Manor – Summer of Fun
Thomas Land & Drayton Manor has a Summer of Fun again this summer.
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 new Adventure Cove.
31. 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.
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
32. 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 recently upgraded restaurant (a great place for cake and coffee!), but you can also enjoy their corn maze later in July too.
33. Bradgate Park
Bradgate Park is a gorgeous day out for all the family, including a great place to paddle or hike to see the views.
Another favourite park of ours is Bradgate Park, with deer to visit, walks, an accessible path, cafes, toilets, and even a beautiful stream for paddling.
You can head to the top of Old John to enjoy the views and take the paths around the country park, or enjoy cycling, scooting and walking along the tarmac pathway through the middle.
This summer, you can also enjoy their Forest Fridays at £5 per child. Find out more here.
34. Kayak Explorer Day Trips, Let’s Get Lost
We could not be more excited for our kayak adventure this year with Let’s Get Lost – last year’s kayaking trip was our first official adventure of the year!
We booked a two-hour Explorer Day trip, and can’t wait to go back again – what’s more, they’re offering taster sessions this year too.
It is suitable for children age 5 and above, with all equipment included.
35. Wicksteed Park
You know it’s nearly Summer when the boats make their return to the beautiful Lake at Wicksteed Park! From July 23rd to September 4th get ready for summer fun in the sun at Wicksteed Park!
Enjoy all of your favourite rides and attractions across the entire park. Plus enjoy walking across the expanse of the scenic surroundings, prepare your prefect picnics in the park and row your boats across the lovely lake.
Find out more here
36. The Outwoods Sculpture Trail
From the 2nd June til 24th July, you can enjoy the Into the Outwoods sculpture trail, with 70 tree people lining the 1.25 mile woodland trail, opening on the 2nd June to mark the Platinum Jubilee.
Parking is just £1, toilets and cafe are available.
37. Go Ape
GoApe have adventures all year round, whatever the weather!
Kids and adults from the age of 4 (minimum height restrictions in place) are able to enjoy the Treetop Adventures, with even more adventures to step up to as children get older as well as nets and segways too!
We had so much fun at Go Ape Chessington for Lily’s 6th birthday. The GoApe obstacle courses are high in the trees, and are complete with zip wires, wobbly bridges, ropes and more.
38. Leicester – Summer in the City
Leicester City is bringing back their Summer in the City again this year with a city-centre beach, summer funfair, wonderful bikes, sculpture trail and more as well as family friendly activities across the summer.
What’s more, Leicester’s Caribbean Carnival is back this year on 6th August – a truly awesome event in the city with such incredible vibes.
Find out more here
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