Summer in the UK is defined as the months of June, July, and August. Traditionally it is when we can expect the best weather so most of these Summer family activities are outside. Please note that there may be affiliate links in this post. To learn more about what this means, please click here.
The activities have been split into three categories; Free or nearly free, low-mid cost, and high cost. Of course, what is cheap to one person may be expensive to another but it is believed that this best defines the activities by cost.
29 summer family activities
Free or nearly free!
- Set up your tent and have a family camp in the back garden.
All the fun of camping with no campsite fees and easy access to a bathroom! Even though it is just the back garden, to kids, it is an adventure that can be so much fun.
- Visit the beach to collect shells, build sandcastles and have a paddle.
A trip to the beach doesn’t have to be expensive. Park away from the amusements to avoid temptations. Play in the sand, paddle in the sea, skim stones and find shells and unusual stones.
- Have a family sports day in the back garden.
We have done this many times now and it is always so much fun. Even our emo teenager has requested that we do it again this summer!
- Fill the garden with waterbombs, jugs, and buckets of water, and have a good old-fashioned water fight!
Kids love nothing better than having permission to soak their parents! So chuck on some old clothes or a swimsuit and be a kid for a few hours!
- Make a fairy garden
There are kits that you can buy to do this, but there are also lots of tutorials online with ideas to make everything you need out of things that you already have.
- Visit local parks and play areas
Some local parks even have outside pools so you can have a whole day’s play and splash about for free.
- Make a bee water station
With the bees needing more help than ever, what better way to support them than to make a drinking station for them.
- Grow your own vegetables or strawberries
This can be a lovely little project if you have some room in your garden to give to the kids. They can have their own little garden to grow vegetables and it will give them more incentive to eat them too if they have grown them themselves. If you are short on space or do not have a garden, you can get pots in which you can grow strawberries and tomatoes straight from the pots.
- Grow some sunflowers
Another fun gardening activity for kids is to grow their own sunflowers. This can be good for children as they grow quickly and children can enjoy measuring how much the sunflower has grown.
- Go on a family bike ride
If you already have bikes then a bike ride can be a lovely family activity. If you have a car with a roof rack you could take your bikes to a local park or forest for more beautiful surroundings. Alternatively, places like Rendlesham forest have bicycles to hire for the day.
- Visit a skate park
If you have children who are keen to try skateboarding, a visit to a local skate park can be a lot of fun.
- Attend a local music day
Many councils have free music days in local parks over the summer months. They can be a lot of fun and as they are in parks there is plenty of space for the kids to run about and let off some steam.
- Take the camera out and take some summer-themed photographs of the natural world
The great thing about digital cameras is that you can take as many photos as you like and then delete the ones that you do not want. Giving a camera to the kids to get them to take pictures can be a lot of fun. If you do not have a camera let them use your phone camera instead. They could choose the best ones to print out and make a collage or scrapbook with.
- Join a summer reading challenge
Most libraries in England run summer reading challenges in the Summer holidays. Alternately, you could make your own one to inspire reading in your kids.
Low-Mid cost summer family activities
- Go strawberry picking
Going strawberry picking is one of my favourite memories from when my nana was still with us as a kid. Getting a basket to fill with lovely fresh strawberries is such a lovely way to spend an afternoon.
- Visit a butterfly house
A visit to a butterfly house can be a magical experience. Get close up with different species of butterfly. See how many different types you can spot. You could also buy a kit which lets you study the journey of a caterpillar to a butterfly which you then release into the world.
- Go crabbing
Crabbing can be so much fun. You can also look out for other sea creatures like starfish in rock pools too.
- Have a family picnic
Taking a picnic out can be a nice way to enjoy some time in nature. You could even have a no phone policy while out for some screen-free fun!
- Go boating
A visit to a boating lake can be a lot of fun. You could hire a rowing boat or a punt for your whole family or you could hire a canoe or kayak for those who are braver!
- Have a go at seasonal cooking
What better way to celebrate the summer than to do some seasonal cookery. You could do some baking with seasonal fruit and veg or for old children, you could have a competition of who can design the best menu using the most seasonal items.
- Host a family BBQ
On a nice sunny day what can be better than a BBQ. You could even get the children involved with planning the menu, setting up, making the food, and being a good host too.
- Visit a farm
A visit to a local farm can be great fun. Often there will be opportunities to handle small animals like rabbits and many farms sell bags of food to feed the animals with. Farms also normally have other activities included such as play areas and nature walks. It can be a great value day out.
- Visit a theme park
The UK has some great theme parks for those who like a thrill. A day at a theme park can be a real treat for the whole family. It is worth looking for offers too as there are often ways to make the entry price cheaper. The Sun newspaper often gives away free tickets if you collect a set number of tokens and cereal boxes or crisps often have two for one entrance offers.
- Visit a zoo or wildlife park
A day at a zoo or wildlife park is a must for any animal enthusiast. These days out are often educational as well as fun.
- Go camping
If you have survived a night in the garden, why not take your tent to an actual campsite! You can cook on a campfire, roast marshmallows, and really get into the camping spirit.
- Attend a local fair or fete
Travelling fairs can be a lot of fun, as they are often very atmospheric. Or if you are not so keen on the rides how about a traditional English village fete? Lots of stalls selling homemade and handcrafted items, a beer tent and a tombola. It is worth keeping an eye out for local things happening near you so you do not miss out.
- Go to an outdoor adventure attraction such as Go Ape
Attractions such as Go Ape are gaining popularity. Certainly made for the more athletic braver family members but for those who are game, it is sure to be a fun day out.
- Attend an outside theatre production or an outside movie.
The summer usually brings more things outside. There are often events such as theatre in the forest where plays are performed in outside venues. Movies are often shown outside too and sometimes for free.
- Visit the seaside and enjoy all of the attractions
A day at the seaside taking in all of the traditional attractions such as a stroll along the pier, some time in the arcades, and some rides on the seafront.
- Visit a historical site
For the family who has an interest in history, there are many sites and attractions that you can visit. A day at a castle learning all about the Romans? Maybe a visit to Stonehenge to discover the theories behind how this stone circle was erected and why. There are many options available.
I hope that you have enjoyed reading about these summer family activities. If you feel inspired I would love to hear from you. What ones will you be doing this summer?