Ice cream dribbling down your fist, sand squelching between toes, sky, blue beyond compare; done right, the summer holidays will provide your family memories to cherish for a lifetime.
The money-saving team at Quidco has come up with some of the best boredom busters to guarantee maximum fun over the school break.
Better still, if you’re not yet a Quidco member, you can get a £15 welcome bonus when you make your first purchase, find out how here.
For the budding marine biologist
Located in Scarborough, and readily accessible by car or public transport, SEA LIFE Aquarium is a fascinating glimpse at our aquatic buddies. Goggle at penguins, seals, turtles, sharks. Their latest addition is a Giant Pacific Octopus named Babs. This spectacular sucker is one of the most intelligent animals in the world, able to problem solve and negotiate complex mazes. From July, they’re running a special octonauts events for the wee ones. You can claim the Quidco £15 welcome bonus when you book your SEA LIFE tickets, find out how here.
For the thrill seeker
Visit Flamingo Land in Malton and you can scare yourself silly with a ride on Velocity, the UK’s only ‘motorbike launch coaster;’ a 60mph roller coaster that leaves your upper body unrestrained for maximum thrills. Flamingo Land also caters to little siblings, with a zoo, animal encounters, and a host of family friendly rides.
If rides aren’t your scene, Countrywide Paintball offers affordable games in both Sheffield and Wakefield. The £15 cashback bonus applies here too if you book via Quidco.
Journey back into the past
The Jorvik Viking Centre in Coppergate is the astonishing site of an excavated Viking settlement that is nearly 1,000 years old. Learn about the inhabitants of 10th century York as you ride around a reconstruction of the city as it was. If your older kids are bloodthirsty fans of Game of Thrones, here’s the chance for them to learn the true story of the Viking warriors that inspired so much fantasy fiction. You’ll have moppet-sized marauders by day’s end.
For the budding artiste
Challenging, inspiring, delightful, entertaining; the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is a free open-air exhibition site in Wakefield, stretching out over 500 acres of mind-expanding rolling hills. They frequently host family-friendly sculpture workshops. But even just a visit will provide the perfect family day out: fun, cultural, with inbuilt exercise and fresh air.
A walk on the wild side
Polar bears. Tigers. Baboons. Meerkats. For every safari animal you can dream of, and more, head to Doncaster’s Yorkshire Wildlife Park. Learn about their pioneering conservation work while marvelling and nature’s most majestic – and cutest – creatures. It’s an educational jaunt masquerading as family fun-time.
Travel in style, on the cheap
Don’t think you have to endure stuffy car drives to get to far flung adventures. Quidco offers cash back on Virgin Trains, National Express, East Midlands and Trainline fares, which will provide a stress free means of heading out of town and could earn you £15 cashback on your tickets. Enjoy a train picnic on the way there and save your cash for the day out.