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15 Aug 2017
The summer holidays are well underway, and you’re already unsure how to keep your kids occupied for another few weeks! Fear not, we have some great ideas for you, so that you and the kids can have a great time this summer!
With events happening up and down the country, there really is something out there for everyone. From natural wonders at The Eden Project to flying broomsticks in Northumberland, your kids are bound to have their best summer yet. With all the excitement they’re bound to enjoy, they will never want to go back to school…
From Thursday 31st August, to 3rd September, Bournemouth Air Festival takes place, the UK’s biggest air festival at the seaside.
You’ll be blown away by all of the planes gracing the sky across the weekend, from wingwalkers to historic aircrafts, with a finale from the RAF’s Red Arrows flying in incredible aerobatic formation. The air show is also host to night air dusk displays, with helicopters and planes dazzling the crowd with pyrotechnic effects and firework displays!
And that’s not all, there will also be live music onshore, with Royal Navy ships offshore in an impressive military flotilla. On land, the Navy will also be based on the waterfront at the Royal Navy Village, where children can get their photo taken with the impressive crew who operate the world famous aircraft.
This summer, the kids can journey into space at The Eden Project. From now until 3rd September, kids can train at the Astronaut Academy so that they’re ready for their first mission on the solar system safari.
It’s not just for the kids; there’s also the opportunity to talk to NASA experts about space exploration, and if you and the kids want to know what it’s really like for yourself, then why not head to the giant inflatable spacewalk for a walk on the moon?
At the Eden Astronaut Academy, your little ones will be ready to take on alien encounters and learn all there is to know about our galaxy. If that’s not enough, they’ll also be able to jet off into space with the help of a 3D virtual reality experience! Leave the trainers by the door and put on your space boots this summer.
The music has been turned off, the singing has stopped, and the band has been unplugged; The Silencer has taken over the Sage… This summer, The Sage needs the help of your little ones to beat The Silencer and make sure that the music keeps on playing!
As the brave Defenders of the Sound, you will help your kids with a map on a mission to solve mysteries, and to release sounds trapped around the Sage. To mark your victory in defeating The Silencer, a grand music-making performance will begin, so that every child can get involved and be a part of the music.
Defending the music can be hard-work, so there’s even an opportunity to stop and eat some well-deserved food at the picnic to celebrate the triumphs of the day.
With a range of musical-themed activities to keep your young superstars occupied up until the 26th August, there’s something for everyone on this musical adventure around this iconic building this summer.
At Alnwick Castle, your children can step into the magical world of Harry Potter. The wizarding professors will teach them all that they need to know about mastering a broomstick; from learning to mount and dismount, corner and manoeuvre, they will be experts in no time – just make sure they don’t fly off without you!
Grown-ups are always the best at demonstrations, so make sure you’re ready to get involved and show the kids how it’s done. Right on the very same spot where Harry did his first flying lesson in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone – you can relive all the magic of the big screen this summer within the historic setting of Alnwick Castle.