A six-week stretch of time to keep the kids entertained can be daunting for any parent- so we’ve listed some great days out and attractions placed all over the East of England if you need some inspiration!
Written by Lily Webber
Enchanting Production of Babe the Sheep Pig, 24-27 August
Enjoy this heart-warming play which takes one of the best loved children’s stories, and brings it to life on stage. With a screen play written by David Wood (James and the Giant Peach, BFG) and puppets made by the award-winning Max Humphries this captivating new production is a must-see to enchant kids and grown-ups a like. Babe and the residents of Hogget’s Farm will visit The Watford Colosseum from Thursday 24 August to Sunday 27 August 2017 as part of a major UK Tour.
Science Mad Kids Will Love Chelmsford Science Museum
Calling all science geeks and history nerds! If you’re looking for some more educational ways to fill the summer look no further than the Chelmsford Science Museum. The museum is set within beautiful gardens making it a perfect destination for a summery picnic lunch. Entry to the museums and gardens is free. To discover more about Chelmsford Museum, visit: www.chelmsford.gov.uk/museums
Kids go free at the Maui Waui Festival, 25-27 August
There’s nothing better than a family festival! Taking place 25-27 August at Peakhill Farm in Suffolk, Maui Waui is a three-day festival of international music, performance, arts, theatre, circus and cabaret, where children aged 12 and under are free to attend!
Now in it 5th year, it is fast becoming one of the area most exciting festivals in East Anglia, pulling in accomplished as well as undiscovered bands and performers from all around the globe, yet still is known as one of Suffolk’s best kept secrets! There’s a great family feel with lots to do for children as well as adults; hosting world class bands, full circus shows in a dedicated circus tent, small upbeat bands and acoustic acts, plus cabaret and comedy. Book tickets at www.mauiwauievents.co.uk
Summer Holiday fun at the Alive Leisure venues
If you need to keep the sport-crazy kids entertained then Alive Leisure will be buzzing all the way through this Summer Holidays with great value activities for the kids. And the leisure centres aren’t just covering sports! A range of activities from arts to swimming are being staged at the sport centres and many of them are only £1! For the complete diary of activities click here.
Fairy Tales and Legends Day- Free, 20 August
For a fantastic, free day out go to the Kings Lynn Corn Exchange for the magical and enchanting Fairytales & Legends Day. The day will be themed around Jack & The Beanstalk and will be a fun-filled day for everyone involved. You can help grow a beanstalk, have your face painted, or go on the bouncy castle. The day will run from 10am to 3pm on Sunday 20 August. www.aliveleisure.co.uk
New £1m TeamSport indoor go-karting track in Dunstable
If you’re looking to wear out some energetic youngsters and make this summer holiday memorable then ‘TeamSport’ Karting is perfect. This newly refurbished £1 million track in Dunstable is great for everyone looking for a high action day out and is one of the best Go Karting places in the UK! Find out more here: https://www.team-sport.co.uk/go-karting-dunstable
Roll Up, Roll up John Lawson’s Multi Award-Winning Circus is back
A show for all the family, this circus is filled with both laughs and thrills, and it’s not to be missed@ Visit the award-winning Van Hage at Great Amwell for an exciting show that both children and adults will enjoy. Three shows are running every day from 19-28 August at 11am, 1pm & 3pm.
Adult Ticket: £6.50 Child Ticket: £6.50 Book at www.vanhage.co.uk
Spooky, Silly New Ride at Adventure Island, Southend, Essex
Southend’s Adventure Island has a brand new, exclusive ride. ‘Spooksville’ is populated with dinosaur spacemen, clowns and zombies. Based on ScoobyDoo, this latest addition is just one of many attractions at seaside’s free Admission fun park – a destination which will keep the whole family occupied all day long! Don’t forget to stop for some candyfloss and hot donuts on the way home! Find out more at www.adventureisland.co.uk
Woburn Abbey launches two new Children’s Trails
To offer younger visitors a great, new experience at Woburn Abbey, two brand new trails have been created. Visit the Abbey and Che Foo, Duchess Mary’s beloved dog will guide you through the rooms with plenty of challenges to complete along the way. Duchess Mary, also known as The Flying Duchess was the wife the 11th Duke of Bedford and she loved Che Foo more than any of her other pets. Through the trail children will find out more about Duchess Mary and her other pets as well as lots of other interesting facts about Woburn Abbey.
Humprhry Retpon, the Landscape Gardener who designed many of the historic features within the Abbey Gardens will take Children on a discovery tour. Kids find out about wildlife, plants and garden features and they finish off with becoming a garden designer themselves, designing a garden feature they would like to add to the Woburn Abbey Gardens.
Both trails are at no extra cost and are included in the entry price.
Baby Loves to Boogie disco at Ipswich Maritime Festival, 20 August
Join DanceEast at this year’s Ipswich Maritime Festival, and boogie your Sunday morning away. A special Baby Loves to Boogie disco will be taking place at the Jerwood DanceHouse as part of the weekend celebrations on Sunday 20 August, championing the town’s maritime history with a special Viking theme.
Get your arts and crafts hats and dancing shoes on for a fun-filled morning at the DanceHouse. Tots and their families can enjoy a disco at a baby-friendly volume, as well as lots of arts & crafts activities taking place in the building for all the family to get involved. Booking in advance is encouraged but spontaneous arrivals are welcome too.
Throughout the festival weekend there will be historical re-enactments, a variety of vessels, street food, fairground rides, punch and judy, stalls and children’s activities along the Ipswich Waterfront. A stage of live music performances, fire performers and a firework display finale on the Sunday night will complete the action.
The Ipswich Maritime Festival is the town’s way of celebrating its maritime history, and how this has shaped the development of the town following the recapture of Ipswich from the Vikings 1,100 years ago.