The summer holidays are fast approaching and a trip to London is a great way to embrace warmer weather with your children. The capital has exciting activities in abundance — from outdoor paintball to bike tours — to establish a top-notch itinerary.
The end of the school year is right around the corner so, as a parent, you’ll have the task of keeping your kids entertained for the next six weeks. So how about a trip to London? A trip to the UK’s capital will provide more than enough sights and attractions for the grown-ups and a wide range of exciting activities for your children. Here are five of the best that should be on your to-do list.
- Explore London’s Parks
London boasts some of the most engaging historical landmarks and fantastic architecture in the world — and its parks aren’t too shabby either. No matter which area of London you are situated in, there is a nearby park to suit you needs. Scenery to die for, vast areas of grass to enjoy a picnic, live events, even a variety of wildlife — there really is something for everyone.
Hampstead Heath offers a beautiful location for long walks and a brilliant view, while Clapham Commons provides a more lively environment with tennis courts, grass pitches and a skate park to enjoy. If you want to introduce your children to wildlife they may have never seen in the wild, Richmond Park is home to over 650 deer and St James’s Park houses a broad range of birds, such as pelicans being fed every day at 2:30pm.
- Bicycle Tours
A tour of London’s vast array of sights is undoubtedly a must when visiting the city. The lengthy stroll between attractions or the added stress of public transport can make it a hard sell to children. The solution to your dilemma? A bike tour. Not only do you all get to see the sights and experience the attractions, but you’ll also benefit from the exercise and added enjoyment of a bike ride around the city.
London — like many over European cities — has become iconic for cycling, and therefore bike tours are an extremely popular tourist activity. While this does mean that you may have to book in advance to make sure you have a saddle to sit on, it also means that there are a wide range of tours to choose from.
- Outdoor Paintball
A day of paintball in London is a great way to give your kids an experience unlike any other. Taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy streets will be a nice change of scenery, especially as you and your kids will be spending the day immersed amidst the excitement of outdoor paintball. Travelling a little while out of the inner city into more rural surroundings allows you to experience paintball near London, which is a great change of pace for your children.
One key benefit of outdoor paintball is that it’s a suitable activity for a broad range of ages (8 years and upwards). Due to the use of lower powered weapons in kids paintball, it makes it a perfectly safe activity, leaving you with the ideal activity for a day of exciting family fun.
Much like paintball, zorbing is an activity that is difficult to compare with any other. In short, it involves being securely harnessed in a huge inflatable ball and rolled down a hill. Dizzying fun at its finest.
The majority of London is made up of urban environments that present no opportunity for Zorbing. Luckily, though, you won’t have to travel too far out of the city to experience it for yourself. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, you can travel to one location to experience Zorbing and paintball near London. There is a woodland facility just outside of the city that’s home to both activities and combine to make a brilliant day out for the kids.
A trip to London is a fantastic way to bond with your family, spend some time in a holiday environment and allow your kids to explore a new city for the first time. All of the activities mentioned above are perfect for children, but not designed with only kids in mind — meaning that the parents can have an equally as exciting day!