5 Amazing 2018 Summer Holiday Activities For Children Who Love Books!
Looking for something exciting to do with your children during the summer holidays? Well, look no further! Here are five brilliant ideas for days out around the UK that will keep your kids entertained. Everything from reading children’s storytime sessions, to book-themed play areas, and some fantastic exhibitions based on some of the most famous books of all time.
Visit Local Libraries (Nationwide)
Starting simple – local libraries are a fantastic resource for parents and children alike. Lots of libraries will have dedicated storytelling sessions, with many also providing a host of activities for children of all ages throughout the week. Specific book-themed activities are fantastic for inspiring young minds and with BookTrust getting heavily involved with their BookStart campaign you can guarantee there’ll be something that children will enjoy. Not forgetting, of course, that your local library has a wide array of books for you to check out and read at home too.
To find your nearest library, click here.
Alice in Wonderland Theatre Matinees (Cheshire / London)
Alice in Wonderland is a bonafide classic. Enjoyed by children and adults alike, Lewis Carroll’s imaginative and whimsical world is sure to hook children from the beginning. Whether they know the book, the classic Disney film or haven’t yet heard the story of Alice, the White Rabbit, The Mad Hatter and more these matinee performances at the Grosvenor Open Air Theatre (Cheshire) and from children’s theatre company Sixteen Feet Productions (Brixton, Morden, Streatham, and Isleworth – London) are a sure-fire hit. Click on the links for more information. Both productions run until August 20th.
The Storybarn (Liverpool)
An interactive story centre, The Storybarn promotes adventure as much as it does reading. Located in Liverpool’s Calderstones Park, the experience that The Storybarn provides is unlike any other we’ve ever seen. Featuring storytelling sessions, crafts and a giant slide it’s a truly amazing day out. There’s also amazing ice cream too! For more informaiton, click here.
Harry Potter Studio Tour (London)
An obvious choice but a firm favourite here with us, the Warner Bros. Studio Tour – The Making of Harry Potter is an incredibly detailed, unique attraction that every Potter fanatic, young and old, need to visit. Exploring the vast film sets and getting to see the amazing costumes and design choices, it draws you into the world perfectly. Of course, everything here is based on the films, but the attention to detail when the books were translated to the big screen is clear for everyone to see. We won’t spoil anything, but you definitely need to take a day to explore this amazing exhibit. And with the addition of the Forbidden Forrest, there’s even more to see than ever before. Of course, with anything Potter-related, tickets are limited so be sure to book in advance.
Click here for more information. For more exciting Harry Potter sights, visit the House of Mina Lima too. It’s not too far from the Palace Theatre in London’s West End where Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is currently in residence.
The World of Beatrix Potter (Cumbria)
Peter Rabbit on the big screen has reignited interest in Beatrix Potter’s wonderful characters, so a visit to Windemere and The World of Beatrix Potter could well be in order for any family with young ones. See the author’s most famous stories come to life right before your eyes, sail across England’s largest lake, pay a visit to Mr McGregor’s garden and more. Click here to for more information.
For dedicated Beatrix Potter fans, a visit to Hill Top may also be in order.