If half-term and May’s second bank holiday have crept up on you again, leaving you scrambling for ideas on where to take the kids and how to entertain them once you’re there – take a deep breathe, make a cup of tea and read on. With the ‘staycation’ the current “in” holidaying trend (recently promoted by everybody’s favourite animated plasticine characters, Wallace and Gromit), forget heading off to Europe and instead, look to what England has to offer.
Are you looking for a family break this summer? Something a little different that will captivate the whole family? Then look no further than the Latitude Festival. Taking place in July in the beautiful county of Suffolk, this is the perfect opportunity to plan a family adventure where you’ll enjoy a weekend of music, theatre, comedy, literature and more. And after this cultural medley, you can take the time to explore the historic towns, pretty villages and gorgeous coastline that make up this spectacular county.
The Latitude festival takes place at Henham Park in Southwold, within acres of stunning countryside originally used as hunting land. There is a working farm and brewery, as well as walks and trails which allow you to enjoy the beauty of the surrounding landscapes.
With four main stages making up this cultural extravaganza, acts such as The Maccabees, Rudimental, Matt Corby and Lee Nelson will accompany performances from the likes of the National Theatre of Wales, The Royal Exchange Theatre and The National Gallery presenting the Titian experience. Latitude is literally jam-packed with entertainment, with something stemming from every genre! Explore Suffolk’s beauty, book a cottage, and enjoy planning your tailor-made break.
The Southern area of the Peak District, known as White Peak, is well-known for its limestone hills that stretch as far as the eye can see; a natural geographic feature which makes the region popular for hill climbers and paragliders alike. The limestone and coal sedimentary rocks, which form most of the Peak District and date back to the Carboniferous period some 300 million years ago, have made the region a rich mining area for both coal and mineral veins including lead, silver, copper and tin which formed in the porous limestone rock.
But the limestone rock has also resulted in subterranean tunnels which predate the manmade excavations which would have started during the Roman occupation of Britain. Due to limestone’s porous and soluble nature, glacial meltwaters and water pouring off the Peak’s high ridges have not only carved deep valleys through the region but also found their way into and under the limestone rock, creating large natural cave formations.
Several of the larger and more accessible of these caves are now open as ‘show caves’, open to the public with guided tours of these mysterious and ancient caverns.
After a very cold and long winter, what better way to welcome the warmer months than by enjoying a long weekend away, relaxing with family and friends. May is blessed with two bank holidays that allow you to enjoy an extended weekend getaway. Wherever you go for the May bank holiday weekends, finding excellent entertainment in the UK won’t be hard. Whether you want to take a well-earned break at the beach or in the countryside, if you’re looking for inspiration for a great bank holiday weekend, here are a few places you may want to consider visiting:
Fun for the whole family in Gwynedd County, Wales
If you’re looking for a holiday rental where you can unwind surrounded by magnificent mountains, cascading rivers, wooded valleys and wild moors, then the Welsh county of Gwynedd is the place to go. It lies in the North West of Wales and is home to the stunning Snowdonia National Park. When you’re not hiking, cycling or swimming in a mountain lake you can explore the gorgeous Cumbrian coast or visit historical sites like Bangor Cathedral, Plas Glyn y Weddw art gallery, or the Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery. Visitors to Gwynedd County can enjoy some early May bank holiday fun at Caernarfon Castle. You’ll be able to travel back in time and meet medieval characters and participate in a variety of hands-on activities for the entire family. It’s not the only castle in Wales where you can enjoy some family fun during the early May bank holiday weekend. Caerphilly Castle and Raglan Castle will also be hosting some magical May Day entertainment.
The summer holidays are just around the corner and Easter is nearly upon us; hopefully it’ll bring some warmer weather! But if you’re looking for something to do with the kids now, take a look at Kent: a county with something for everyone.
1. Theatre lovers
If watching a show or film with the kids or your partner takes your fancy, why not try one of Kent’s many theatres. The Stag Community Arts Centre in Sevenoaks is a brilliant combination of theatre and cinema. Built originally as an Odeon cinema in 1937 the outside still looks very much as it did many years ago. The building has an interesting history of ownership and the inside has been refurbished several times. This majestic building hosts a variety of theatre and cinematic film with something to appeal to all tastes from family pantomimes to more classical theatre productions.