Ideas for Summer Family Days Out in Staffordshire
Summer is finally here, even if the grey clouds overhead may sometimes disagree! But regardless of the weather here are a few activities to make the most of summer, get the kids out and about and save the pennies with the ‘Staffordshire Enjoy Card’, come rain or shine.
This summer unleash your wild side at the UK's number one forest adventure Go Ape! enjoying some of Britain’s finest treetop scenery while you zip-wire along.
Tiny Tarzans can join in the fun at the Tree Top Junior Adventure, but if you would prefer to keep your feet firmly on solid ground there is always the Forest Segway where you can enjoy the forest not on two legs but on two wheels!
Until Sunday 21st July 2013, benefit from 20% off both the Tree Top Adventure and the Forest Segway by showing your 'Staffordshire Enjoy Card'. However, the offer is not valid on Saturdays and pre-booking online is required using code ENJOYCA, so get booking now and don’t miss out on this great deal.
If you prefer taking to the water though, make a splash this summer at the UK's number one indoor tropical aqua park, WaterWorld! After hitting the many slides and flumes the park has to offer, why not relax in the spa or bubble pools and try to catch your breath? Plus after a swim, what better way to round off the day than to enjoy lunch in the fully licensed café bar on the water's edge, or make a quick pit stop in the amusement arcade or retail shop.
On presentation of the 'Staffordshire Enjoy Card', groups of up to five can enjoy discounted entry of £7.99 per person instead of the RRP £9.99 during weekends and school holidays. This offer is valid until Tuesday 31st December 2013.
Whether you're looking for a fun day out or entertainment for all the family, the impressive facilities at Midland Karting has it all, making sure everyone enjoys a day out with a difference.
With top class equipment, there are two challenging karting tracks for visitors to try out bringing out the best motorsport action for kids, families and friends. Plus with the 'Staffordshire Enjoy Card' you can enjoy 10% off the experience.
If you fancy a 9 mile walk, bike ride or just something that is fantastic for all the family then the Manifold Track is for you, with its beautiful woodland and picturesque views this location is really worth a visit.
Follow the former Leek & Manifold Light railway tracks and pass through Ecton and Wetton Mill on your way through, choosing from a number of lovely picnic sites to enjoy a tasty lunch.
For bicycle hire too, Brown End Farm Cycle Hire is also offering 'Staffordshire Enjoy Card' holders a 5% discount this summer with a choice of all-terrain and mountain bikes, tandems as well as smaller bikes, buggies and trailer-bikes for children.
If potteries and ceramics are more your thing, then a warm and friendly welcome will be guaranteed at the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery where you will be able to discover the world's best collection of Staffordshire ceramics, the Secret Garden and a unique collection of works from master artists such as Picasso, Durer and Degas.
With the museum and gallery open to everyone and completely free, this is a fantastic way to while away an afternoon with the kids.
This summer the Emma Bridgewater Factory, Stoke-on-Trent, has loads of fun planned to keep crafty little critters entertained during their holidays. Between Saturday 20th July and Monday 2nd September the Factory will be hosting a 'ginormous' tea party with decorating, dressing up, a weekly Pottery Club and delicious mouth-watering afternoon teas.
With a 'Staffordshire Enjoy Card' too, shopaholics can get 10% discount on purchases over £30 in the on-site Factory Shop.
If the weather is leaving a lot to be desired though, perhaps the ideal solution to a rainy day is a trip to the working Wedgwood factory which has more than 250 years worth of history to absorb. Visitors can enjoy hands on experience at the fun and friendly ceramic workshops, perfect for the whole family.
To top this off there are also some fantastic offers for 'Staffordshire Enjoy Card' holders. Between Saturday 20th July and Monday 2nd September 2013, up to three children will be admitted free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult. Plus, until Monday 23rd December 2013, Wedgwood is offering one free admission with a full paying adult for a day admission to the Visitor Centre.
Perhaps a more serene trip is what you had in mind? If so the Churnet Valley Railway is a great place to visit. With a timeless railway that takes you on a 10 ½ mile return journey through the picturesque Staffordshire countryside known as 'Little Switzerland', the round trip will give you a true taste of nostalgia.
Plus until December 2013, 'Staffordshire Enjoy Card' holders can benefit from the buy 1 get 1 free offer available.
Take a step back in time at the historic working Shugborough Estate where there is plenty to see and do - including exploring the elegant mansion house, looking around the Georgian farm, mill and dairy as well as the beautiful walled gardens.
The working estate, which is magically brought to life through the costumed history characters at Shugborough, is a great place to take the family and learn all about the fascinating heritage that makes up the estate's history.
On presentation of a 'Staffordshire Enjoy Card' get 2 admission tickets for the price of 1 between Saturday 16th March and Monday 28th October. Tickets include entry to Gardens, Mansion House, Servants Quarters and Farm.
For a day out with a difference, visit the National Brewery Centre for a truly unique experience. Kids and adults alike can become engrossed in the brewery's rich history, with the chance to take a guided tour around the centre and learn about the legendary Bass family.
The museum celebrates the social history of brewing in the world-renowned Burton upon Trent but also takes visitors through each interesting step of the brewing process. Plus with the chance to sample some great local ale at the end of a tour, adults will be happy to end the day in style!
Until Tuesday 31st December, 'Staffordshire Enjoy Card' holders can receive 2 for 1 on a standard visit entry ticket.
Green Fingered Kids
If you are after a well rounded day out for the whole family, this stunning location has a lot to offer. Children can monkey around at the adventure play area or explore in the 'Hide and Speak' maze and the UK's first Barefoot walk will not disappoint any member of the family.
On presentation of the 'Staffordshire Enjoy Card' visitors can receive 10% off day admission until Tuesday 31st December.
As previously seen on BBC2's Secret Gardens with Alan Titchmarsh, this beautiful Victorian Garden boasts a selection of exquisite plants from around the globe. There is a lot for the kids to see, learn and explore and there are plenty of opportunities for a good old fashioned game of hide and seek too!
Before Thursday 31st October, 'Staffordshire Enjoy Card' holders receive 2 for 1 on the entry of a full paying adult.
At Weston Park there is something for everyone, from those seeking a tranquil day out to those who love to indulge in a bit of history. This spectacular 17th century stately home is set in 1,000 acres of Parkland, perfect for a long stroll and a picnic.
Between Saturday 25th May and Sunday 1st September, get 2 for 1 on entry to the Park and Gardens on presentation of the 'Staffordshire Enjoy Card', the perfect excuse to enjoy a great day out!
For more information about summer savers in and around Staffordshire and for full terms and conditions of the special offers mentioned, go to our Special Offers page. Click this link to learn more about the Staffordshire Enjoy Card.