What To Do With The Kids This Summer Holiday

"Schools Out" written on a post-it note


Once again it’s time for the Hopewiser Guide to publish its latest instalment. This time (drum roll please) it’s the summer holidays! The children are obviously ecstatic at the fact they will have no homework for the next five or six weeks, the teachers are no doubt jumping for joy as well, but what about the parents? Well, some will be delighted at getting to spend some quality time with their young ones. The others however, are probably pulling their hair out whilst trying to scramble together over a month’s worth of activities.


If you’re a parent and fit in to either of the aforementioned categories then carry on reading as Hopewiser understands the pressure you’re all under. We have put our passion for addresses to good use to create a top picks list of some great events for you to enjoy this summer with your children. After all, it’s times like these that they will remember the most when they’ve grown up. So savour the forthcoming moments and bestow your trust in Hopewiser.



1. Free Summer Cinema at Spinningfields and the Trafford Centre


They say the best things in life are free, don’t they? Well, every Tuesday evening this summer you can look forward to a series of family-orientated films being shown on a massive outdoor screen in the Oast House Courtyard, Spinningfields, Manchester. What’s better is that it is 100% free. Perfect for those who are trying to stick to a budget.


The Avenue Courtyard, Spinningfields, Crown Square, Manchester M3 3AY


The thriving Northern hub that is Manchester is a haven for summer activity. The Trafford Centre is always a good call if you want to squeeze a bit of shopping into your day, but this year it would appear that it even has a beach! Until 3 September your children can look forward to plenty of beachside fun at Barton Square, including a sand play area complete with buckets and spades, and also deckchairs for you to keep a watchful eye over them. Don’t forget that the shopping centre also boasts a ten pin bowling alley and an Odeon IMAX cinema. These are just a couple of the events that you can look forward to in Manchester and the surrounding area this summer.


Trafford Centre


Regent Cres, Stretford, Manchester M17 8AA



2. Edinburgh Castle and Treasure Trail


If you fancy venturing a bit further afield this summer then why not try the Scottish capital of Edinburgh. With over 1000 years of history, Edinburgh Castle is always a popular jaunt for tourists and is suitable for all ages. All year-round you can gain entrance to the Crown Room, Great Hall, Royal Apartments, and the Battlements. Additionally, the 900 year old St. Margaret’s Chapel is bound to enlighten the history enthusiast amongst the family.


Edinburgh Castle


Castle Hill, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH1 2NG, Scotland


If you are worried about the children becoming bored then fear not because day out with the kids has listed The Edinburgh Treasure Trail as one of their own top picks! The 1.75 mile route is packed full of clues for you to find at your own pace. Be sure to check all of the plaques, monuments, and other interesting features around the city. What a great way to get to know Edinburgh, eh? I think we’ll sign up for that trip too!


Edinburgh Royal Mile, Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Lothian, EH1 1BP, Scotland



3. Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife, and Falconry Centre and the Kelham Island Museum


Navigating back towards the South and you will find yourselves in the Yorkshire city of Sheffield and there is plenty of fun and games lying in wait for all the family. First and foremost, the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife, and Falconry Centre is described as Sheffield’s best family attraction. The exotic animals, butterfly houses, animal shows and feeds are just some of the things that you and your tots will have to look forward to. You can find out more by visiting The Tropical Butterfly House’s website.


Woodsetts Rd, North Anston, Sheffield S25 4EQ


Additionally, the Kelham Island Museum provides an interesting history lesson about the city of Sheffield and its steelworks. Now you probably condemned the idea the moment you saw the words ‘history lesson’. Before you cast the idea aside, you should know that the mock-up machinery tools, work benches, and the working steam engine will provide the kids with an interesting insight into times gone by. And for those of you who have small children, there is a soft play area to keep them entertained.


Alma St, Sheffield S3 8RY



4. Blackpool Pleasure Beach and The Illuminations


Blackpool has been a well-known seaside resort for years now and it is full of exciting things for you and your family to enjoy this summer. What do you think of first when you envisage Blackpool? The Blackpool Tower of course. After all, a visit wouldn’t be complete without it. The Blackpool Tower Eye experience includes a 4D cinema that will take you on a trip down memory lane. After this you can venture up to the top of the tower, stepping out onto the SkyWalk to take in the 360 degree views.


Blackpool Tower


Promenade, Blackpool FY1 4BJ


And of course you must find the time to visit Madame Tussauds. Here you will be able to enjoy a one-of-a-kind celebrity experience where you will recognise faces whom are both old and new. For example, keep an eye out for the likes of David Beckham and Her Majesty the Queen. Oh, and don’t forget to take a quick selfie with the kids! This really is a must see attraction that will provide hours of fun. You can book tickets via the Visit Blackpool website.


87-89 Promenade, Blackpool FY1 5AA



5. Croydon Airport Visitors Centre and Coombe Wood


Last but by no means least in today’s Hopewiser Guide is the South-London town of Croydon. The borough is full of things to do so if you live around the Greater London area or are visiting for a day or two then why not try the largest commercial district outside of Central London?


For the aviation fanatic of the family, Croydon Airport Visitors Centre is a must! This free of charge micro-museum is open the first Sunday of every month so you’ll have to plan your trip wisely to avoid any disappointment. The airport is known as having the world’s first international terminal from the days where air transport was a brand new concept until the airport closed its doors in 1959. Visitors are also welcome to take a look around the world’s oldest air traffic control tower. Who would want to miss this?



Airport House, Purley Way, Croydon CR0 0XZ


For those who would prefer to spend the day walking through a scenic woodland, then Coombe Wood is the one for you. The colourful, picturesque gardens will provide the perfect place for a family picnic and to let your children explore the nature around them. And they’ll be dying to get inside the Coach House Café for a slab of cake whilst the parents enjoy a coffee.




Croydon CR0 5RQ



So that’s all from the Hopewiser Guide for today. We hope that you have found our list helpful and that it has provided you with some inspiration for you to have some lovely family days out together. Whichever you choose we hope that you have a lovely summer break. Don’t forget to plan your journey with our app, Proximity, which allows you to find your nearest transport and leisure facilities. Download for free today from the App Store or Google Play.