Top 7 things to do in the UK – Summer 2018
1. Zip-wire past famous landmarks in London – 22 May to 9 September
There’s so much to do in London this summer that it’s hard to know where to start. But one thing that does look set to be a winner is the world’s longest inner-city zip-line, which has taken up residence on London’s South Bank. Brave the 225-metre wire and you’ll get a great view of landmarks like the London Eye and Parliament as you speed past the city’s skyline. Up to three people can ride at the same time, so this is a brilliant one to do with friends. And while you’re in the capital make sure you hop on the megasightseeing.com London bus tour for a look at the rest of London’s best bits – minus the vertigo this time.
2. Take a boat trip along the River Avon in Bristol – all summer.
The city of Bristol straddles the River Avon, and a boat cruise along the water is a great way to get to know the place. There are lots of tours available, but Bristol Packet Boat Trips have a couple lined up that would make a great day out. Take the trip to Beese's Tea and Beer Gardens on a Friday, for example, and you’ll get an hour’s stop for lunch and a brew. Or go for the classic cream tea cruise along the historic harbor – it’s one hour 45 minutes long, so you’ve still got plenty of time to explore the city once you step foot on dry land.
3. Treat the kids to the CBBC Summer Social in Liverpool – 3-5 August
If you’re looking for something to do with kids during the school holidays, get them to Liverpool from 3-5 August and they’ll be wowed by CBBC’s biggest ever live event – the Summer Social. It all happens at Croxteth Hall and Country Park where there are immersive activity zones, theatre performances, discos and workshops – all hosted by their favourite CBeebies and CBBC characters. The main stage will be the hub of the action and you can expect musical performances from world-class orchestras, West End musical stars and teen favourites like Johnny Orlando.
4. Listen to live music at Ocean City Sounds in Plymouth – 26-27 July
Bastille, Ella Eyre and Professor Green will all take to the stage for Ocean City Sounds – two days packed full of live music in Plymouth this July. A day ticket is only £25, and it all happens on Plymouth Hoe, so you’ll get amazing views across Plymouth Sound while you’re there. Make sure you pay a visit to Tinside Lido while you’re in town – it was voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe and looks out over the sea. And if you’re visiting Plymouth later in the season, don’t miss the 7th annual Plymouth Seafood Festival from Saturday 15 to Sunday 16 September.
5. Go gin tasting in Norwich – 6-8 July
If you’re partial to a G&T, you’re going to want to book a coach to Norwich for the Gin Festival this July. There’ll be gins from all over the world, some exclusive varieties you won’t find anywhere else, and plenty of connoisseurs to tell you all about them. Factor in live music and a gin cocktail bar and you’re in for a gin extravaganza. Visiting Norwich with under-18s? Not to worry – the city has plenty of family-friendly events running at the same time. For one thing, Norwich has been named one of the UK’s Six Cities of Circus, and the Lord Mayor's Procession will feature a circus-themed parade on the same weekend as the gin festival, followed by a Big Top circus festival in Chapelfield Gardens.
6. Take the family to Splendour Festival, Nottingham – 21July
Nottingham’s Wollaton Park is a lovely place to visit all year round – it clocks up an amazing 500 acres of parkland and is home to hundreds of resident deer. But visit on 21 July and you’ll find the place full of families enjoying the 10th edition of Splendour Festival, which features The Charlatans, Paloma Faith and The Stranglers this year. The park itself is just to the west of the city centre, so you can tie it in with a city break.
7. Take a coach to the airport then jet off overseas – anytime.
Did you know you can now take the megabus to several UK airports? That includes London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Bristol, Birmingham, Southampton, Manchester and Edinburgh airports – so you can save money on train fare and airport parking, and have more to spend when you get to wherever it is you’re going. So you can say yes to that extra ice-cream – or another glass of sangria…