It’s the six-week summer holidays and that means the kids are off school and need entertaining. But don’t despair – we’ve created a quick guide to some of our favourite family-friendly places and events.

Chill Factore

If you just can’t wait for winter, take the kids skiing without leaving the country at Chill Factore in Manchester. With an incredible 180 metre long, real snow slope, 60m long luge ice slide and taster sessions for beginners, it’s a great place to learn a new skill, or just play in the snow!


The World of Beatrix Potter

If you prefer your activities a little more warm and fussy, why not enter into the world of Peter Rabbit and friends. An enchanting place which brings to life the much beloved characters of Beatrix Potter’s books, The World of Beatrix Potter is sure to delight children of all ages.

Under-twos go free and every bank holiday Monday Peter Rabbit himself makes a special appearance for ‘hug a bunny day’.



Continuing the nature trail, nestled in the heart of the National Forest, Derbyshire-based Conkers is fully-equipped with a discovery centre, outdoor activities, troll and fairy grotto!  With 100 interactive hands-on exhibits and experiences children can learn and have fun as they explore the wonders of the forest.

Visit: for a programme of events, and don’t miss the barefoot walk!


The National Space Centre

And if the rain doesn’t hold off, take your children along to the UK’s largest planetarium at the National Space Centre in Leicester which has a fun-packed programme of events throughout the holidays.  With special guests including Fireman Sam and Peppa Pig it’s a must for any budding young astronaut!


Nottingham’s City of Caves

Alternatively, discover a hidden world beneath your feet underneath the streets of Nottingham with a guided tour of the city’s historic caves.


Edinburgh Fringe Festival

And for the grown-ups, there is the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (August 2 -26) – three weeks of theatre, comedy, dance, physical theatre, musicals, operas, music, exhibitions and events in Scotland’s capital city.

Every year thousands of people flock to the city to see the acts including Russell Kane, Reginald D Hunter, Ardal O’Hanlon, Jenny Eclair, Al Murray and Lucy Porter. It’s also a great place to spot up-and-coming talent!

To check out the line-up and for ticket information visit: