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Fun Summer Ideas For Your Family!

With the summer school holidays now in full swing, it can be hard to find local fun summer ideas for your family to keep them active without breaking the bank.

Relight Festival

30 shows in 17 days ranging from music and comedy to talks, kids shows and film screenings all designed with Covid restrictions in mind.

Big Top Cinema

Tuesday 1 August

  • Mary Poppins Returns – 10:00am, tickets £5
  • Toy Story 4 – 2:00pm, tickets £5
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – 6:00pm, tickets £5

Wednesday 1 September

  • The Secret Life of Pets 2
    • The Secret Life of Pets 2 – 10:00am, tickets £5
    • The Greatest Showman – 2:00pm, tickets £5
    • Black Panther – 6:00pm, tickets £5

Wolves Fan Forum

Join a stellar line up as we discuss everything Wolves FC!

  • Price (excludes booking fee): £20
  • Age Restrictions: Over 14 with Adult
  • Date: Wednesday 25th August
  • Time: 7.30pm

Jurassic Earth

A unique, immersive Dinosaur experience for all ages! This 75 minute, family-friendly experience features a Velociraptor, Spinosaurus, Triceratops, T Rex and the cutest Dinosaur Babies! Bring your Dino-Mites to see the most magnificent beasts to ever roam our planet!

  • Price (excludes booking fee): £20
  • Age Restrictions: N/A
  • Date: Monday 23 August
  • Time: 11:30am / 2:30pm / 5:30pm

Andy & The Odd Socks

  • Price (excludes booking fee): £12
  • Age Restrictions: N/A
  • Date: Wednesday 25 August
  • Times: 10.30am & 2pm

Kids Fest

Join a huge line up of some of your favourite kid performers for Kids Fest 2021.

  • Price (excludes booking fee): £7
  • Age Restrictions: N/A
  • Date: Saturday 28 August
  • Time: 9.30am / 12.15pm / 3pm

Shine

Bringing together some of the biggest stars from music and social media we have:

  • Nathan Dawe (early show) Roman Kemp (later show)
  • Max & Harvey
  • Nathan Evans
  • Ella Shaw
  • Since September

 

  • Price (excludes booking fee): £15
  • Age Restrictions: 11+
  • Date: Sunday 29 August
  • Time: 12pm (noon) / 3.30pm

Fireman Sam Show

Come along to Pontypandy and watch the adventures unfold!

  • Price (excludes booking fee): Adults – £16.50 + fees, Under 16’s – £15.50 + fees
  • Age Restrictions: N/A
  • Date: Tuesday 31 August
  • Time: 10.30am & 1pm

Northycote Farm

Northycote Farm has on its site a Tudor farmhouse which is steeped in history. The farmhouse itself is not always open to the public, but throughout the year, it is opened to the public for tours and other events.  Why not pack a picnic on a sunny day and find a secluded spot?

There are many informal walks through the woodland. These offer opportunities to view or photograph a wide variety of wildlife, in their natural habitats. Animals at the farm include:

  • Norfolk Black Turkeys
  • Geese, chickens, ducks & guinea fowl
  • Shropshire sheep
  • Pigs

Backyard Camping

Camping doesn’t have to far from home – why not set up the tent in the back garden and enjoy a night under the stars? For children that struggle with new environments, this allows them the security of being close to home whilst trying a new activity.

Stargazing

Stargazing can be a fun activity for people of all ages, and is a great way for children to get involved in outdoor activities.  A great local site is Cannock Chase, just twenty minutes from Wolverhampton with expanses of land to explore during the day and night.

Cosford Air Show / RAF Cosford

Right on our doorstep, RAF Cosford is a free day out for family (parking charges apply).  Let the kids explore the hangers filled with planes and helicopters.

Cosford Air Show is on 10 June and is popular with people for miles around. Whilst entering the premises can be expensive, some local Rugby Clubs or sports venues allow parking for around £10 per car. Pack the family, food and drink and make a day of it!

Nearby Parks

Make good use of the city’s local parks – go to your local park’s website, print the schedule of activities and tape it to the refrigerator.

The Beach!

Whilst there are no nearby beaches close to Wolverhampton, a day out doesn’t have to be expensive.  Get the kids involved in organising what to take; ball games, food and drink.  With the inclusion of towels and sunscreen, you can have a great day at Barmouth, Aberdyfy or similar this summer!

Birmingham Museums

It’s free to get into Birmingham’s main city centre museum and gallery.

Based in Chamberlain Square, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery is open Monday to Thursday from 10am to 5pm, Friday 10.30am to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am to 5pm. The museum is also open on bank holidays except December 26.

Dippy the Dinosaur – the diplodocus skeleton that once stood in London’s Natural History Museum – is on display here from May 26 to September 9, 2018, as part of a tour of the UK. Free tickets are available to see Dippy but they are selling out fast.

Lapworth Museum of Geology

One of the oldest specialist geological museums in the UK, this museum takes its name from award-winning Birmingham geologist Charles Lapworth and is located at the University of Birmingham.

The museum reopened in June 2016 after a £2.7 million redevelopment and includes a vast array of fossils and minerals – many of them from the Midlands and showing what the region was like millions of years ago.

You can see Roary the young allosaurus, along with other dinosaur fossils, a sabre-tooth tiger, giant ammonites, the creepy Coseley Spider and some Dudley Bug trilobites. Upstairs there are stunning displays of colourful crystals as part of an exhibition of local rocks and minerals.

Take a Hike

There are plenty of places to hike in and around Wolverhampton. In fact, we’re surrounded by lots of exciting places to explore.

  • Wolverhampton canal
  • The Wrekin
  • Cannock Chase
  • Bridgnorth

What ideas do you have for the summer to keep the kids busy?

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