Summer Activities for Children and Young People
The summer holidays are here!! With the easing of lockdown restrictions, there are lots of fun activities and events about to happen that you can look forward to. We’ve put together a helpful list filled with summer activities for children and young people to take part in; including places to go and visit, things to see and do for free, and exciting events happening across the North West.
National Trust Parks
Why not spend a day visiting one of the several National Trust parks that are located across the North West? If you have children or young people who are passionate about the great outdoors; this may just be the perfect day out for you! Explore magnificent houses, beautiful gardens, wildlife and dramatic landscapes.
If you visit the National Trust website, they actually have a webpage dedicated to school holidays in the North West. It’s filled with suggestions on how to spend your time and the different events that are happening at the parks over the next six weeks.
Thank You Weekend in Manchester
Visit the ‘Thank You Weekend’ event in Manchester on the 14th & 15th of August in the city centre from 1-6pm. The event is being held to celebrate the monumental work put in by everyone getting the city through the pandemic. It will be a free weekend of performance, art and culture celebrating the community spirit at the heart of the city.
As Manchester continues to welcome everyone back to its restaurants, galleries, shops, museums and other delights; there’ll be street theatre, music, dancing and colour popping up all around the city centre to add to the fun!
Beaches to Visit
If sun, sand and the sea is what you’re looking for; you may want to add some of these beaches to your list of places to visit this summer.
A National Trust site that has a beautiful sandy beach, sweeping sand dunes and pine forests to explore. There are lots of different walking trails that you can enjoy and you might even spot a rare native red squirrel! You could even take the ‘Red Squirrel Walk‘ which is a two hour loop that starts and finishes in the car park. The pine forests provide a great opportunity to dip out of the sun and catch a break in the shade.
Lytham St. Annes Beach
The beach at Lytham has everything you could possibly want for a fun day out. The golden sand is perfect for building sandcastles, playing games and running around on. Just behind the beach are some lovely gardens to walk through; as well as plenty of cafes and ice cream parlours to grab a seaside snack.
Blackpool South Beach
There are plenty of different things to do in Blackpool; so if you are planning on making a day of it, this could be the place for you! The South Beach is located near lots of exciting attractions, and can be a peaceful place for a picnic or paddle in the waves. Nearby is the Pleasure Beach, the South Pier and the Sandcastle Waterpark; as well as many other seaside attractions you would expect to see.
Pack yourself some lunch, some fun beach games and get your buckets & spades at the ready! There are lots of different amusements to see whilst taking a walk along the promenade; and a range of cafes lining the seafront for a quick coffee or ice cream.
If you want something a little different from your beach visit; why not head to Crosby to see the wonderful art installation by Antony Gormley. The fascinating piece, ‘Another Place’ is a permanent fixture at the beach, and features 100 life-sized cast iron figures dotted along the sand.
- Warrington Museum and Art Gallery – ‘travel through time and around the world’ when you visit the museum and art gallery in Warrington. There is a fascinating mixture of exhibitions on offer; and plenty of activities for children and young people to enjoy. There are trails to follow and quizzes in most galleries; as well as Roman armour that can be tried on, brass rubbing, jigsaws and colouring sheets.
Price: Free Entry
- Manchester Museum – find dinosaurs, skeletons, mummies and more across the three exhibition packed floors of the museum. Children and young people will be fascinated by the collection of roughly one million preserved animals; live reptiles and amphibians in the Vivarium; archaeology from the ancient world and much more.
Price: Free Entry (to book your free tickets, click here)
There are over 21,000 different exotic and endangered animals living at Chester Zoo; 500 species and 125 acres of islands and habitats to explore. Take a ‘trip around the world’ by visiting the wide simulation of ecosystems on offer; which provide a range of environments for lots of different wildlife. If you want to make your trip a little different, why not explore the range of resources provided by the zoo; such as walking trails to follow, animal fact files & much more. Be sure to download the Chester Zoo App or the printable map available here on their website; to ensure you don’t miss out on anything you want to see or do!
More Summer Activities for Children and Young People
Looking for more summer activities for children and young people? Why not take a look at one of our other blog posts below.
- Best Outdoor Activities for Children this Summer
- Summer Staycation Ideas for your Foster Children
- Top Tips for a Summer Day Out with a Foster Child
If you have any suggestions for places to visit this summer, leave a comment down below for others to see!