July Holiday Ideas
July is the hottest month in the United Kingdom. Though it is not hard to find a way to spend a great holiday in the summer as it opens a lot of outdoor and indoor activities for every taste, we would like to provide you with some of the most interesting ways of spending holidays in July.
FOREST RANGER ADVENTURES
If you want to get closer to nature and to gain some survival skills, there are nine forest holiday locations where you can take part in one of five existing forest ranger adventures. Locations are spread throughout the kingdom, so you will be able to pick the one closest to you. You can start your adventure in Strathyre, Ardgartan Argyll, Cropton, Keldy, Sherwood Forest, Thorpe Forest, Forest of Dean, Blackwood Forest or Deerpark.
If you want to discover some nice ideas for enjoying the forest, explore the best trails, learn more about local flora and fauna, as well as the history of the area and get to the great local part t the end of your adventure, you can take part in Forest Explorer Adventure.
All those who want to develop survival skills can take part in a 4-hours long Forest Survival Adventure available at Deerpark. Expert forest rangers will show you how to find the best shelter and, what is more, how to build it. You will learn how to find water and how to light a fire using both modern and traditional methods. After you will light a fire, you can enjoy hot drinks and toast marshmallow. Also, you will be taught how to make nettle rope or forage for wild food.
To discover the forest nightlife, you can take part in Forest Night Vision Adventure. Night vision equipment will help you to spy on night wildlife while you will be stalking through the woodland with an experienced forest ranger.
There is an adventure for kids as well. Catching bugs in mini beasts pots, learning all about plants and trees, playing games and making forest crafts – it is all about the Mini Forest Rangers Adventure. At the end of the adventure, each little explorer will get Mini Forest Ranger certificate and badge.
With Forest Rangers Adventures you will also be able to create your own private forest session. Personal Forest Ranger Adventure is a great chance to leave your own footprint in the forest. Before the adventure starts, you will have to answer a couple of questions so forest rangers will be able to design an event that will be perfect both for you and your party.
To learn more about the available dates and prices, visit the website: www.forestholidays.co.uk
THE BIG SHEEP
The Big Sheep is a world-famous racing that is held annually in North Devon. This fantastic family attraction includes sheep racing, great rides, the SW’s largest family Roller Coaster, Animal Magic and a plenty of other indoor and outdoor activities to make your family holiday unforgettable.
The Big Sheep is set on 40 acres of beautiful parkland with lots of attractions to create unique holiday memories for the whole family. During the past 25 years, the park welcomed over 2.5 million of visitors. The largest roller coaster, the Twister, a flying chairoplane ride, a lakeside train and tractor safari – all these makes the Big Sheep absolutely unique place to spend your holiday with a lot of fun and breathtaking memories.
The Big Sheep holds 12 hilarious shows, including the most famous – sheep race. Also, the park provides families with children with a unique lamb bottle feeding experience that allows enjoying the magic of a real farm. There are not only sheep children can feed. Puppies, chicks, rabbits, and even miniature ponies can be found here as well.
Jumping pillows, the war zone, splash zone, piggy pull-along, pony rides, swan boats, Ewetopia play zone with 45 fit climbing wall – all these attractions are waiting for you!
If you get hungry, you can always relax at the restaurant or cafe and try some delicious homemade food, including legendary Devonshire Cream Teas. You can also bring some food with you as there is well -maintained picnic area in the park.
For more information, visit the website: thebigsheep.co.uk
HARRY POTTER AND DOWNTON ABBEY SETS
If you are looking for the exciting cultural break, you can visit the magnificent Alnwick Castle that hosted such famous TV shows and movies as Harry Potter and Downtown Abbey. Visiting the Alnwick Castle will allow you to feel like you got behind the scenes of the modern British movie theater.
It was exactly the Alnwick Castle’s grounds where the first Quidditch lesson was created. To feel the magic side of the place, visitors are able to take part in a broomstick training session. Though in the real world there is no such place as Hogwarts, visiting Alnwick Castle is a great opportunity to bring some magic to your holidays.
Fans of Downtown Abbey TV Series will be able to feel the charm of the Brancaster Castle where the Crawley family stayed during season 5’s Christmas special. Visiting the Alnwick Castle with its renovated servants’ quarters and lavish State Rooms will allow you to feel like you are Lord or Lady Grantham.
The castle also features a great Downton Abbey exhibition. Here you will be able to give be photos, costumes, and props used during filming the series. Also, do not miss a chance to enjoy the gardens designed by famous English landscaper Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.
To get to the Alnwick Castle, you can catch the train that goes from London to Alnmouth. You will get to the castle in approximately 3 hours 40 minutes.
To learn more about the Alnwick Castle, visit the website: www.visitnorthumberland.com
If you love alternative music, WOMAD festival is definitely for you. Since the 1980s, WOMAD welcomes musicians, artists, and performers from all around the world to rock the hills of Wiltshire countryside. The festival is always full of unique people, aging hippies and New Age teens, and amazing artists who create a dazzling lively atmosphere of happiness and joy for 3 days annually. This year, the WOMAD festival takes place from 27 to 30 July.
Just grab your friends, grab your tent and do not forget to grab enough of energy to dance to the rhythms of music all day and night long. Enjoy brilliant performances of world-class artists who come here to share their talents with you.
The WOMAD is something you can not miss. It became so popular that it has gone global in the recent years, making people enjoy the art, music, and dances in such countries as UK, New Zealand, Australia, and Russia.
To learn more about the WOMAD, visit the website: womad.co.uk