Perhaps you've just come back from a stint in the sun or maybe you've decided to stay at home this summer. While there are lots of reasons to go abroad, there's plenty going on in Britain as well. From Bristol to Edinburgh, we've rounded up a list of family friendly activities to do throughout the UK this summer.
Edinburgh Fringe (Image via Flickr)
The world's largest arts festival, Edinburgh's Fringe, returns this summer from 3rd - 27th August for its 65th year of showcasing some of the best international acts. From theatre and dance to comedy and street performances, there's plenty to keep the kids entertained at the world's largest arts festival with specific events specifically geared towards children. Ticket prices vary depending on the show and some are free of charge, but be sure to look online beforehand to browse this year's schedule and check capacity rates. If you're looking for great deals on places to stay in the heart of Edinburgh city centre, visit the Hotels4U website.
The Olympics are coming...(image via Flickr)
Leading up to the 2012 games, the Jewish Museum is hosting its very own event, Olympic Tales, to honour the arrival of the torch in Camden. Not only can you learn about the Olympic's Jewish connection, but the little ones can also make their own Olympic-themed souvenir to take home. Taking place on 22 July between 1-3pm, tickets cost £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children and under 5s are free. There are limited spots available, so be sure to book ahead before you go. If you're stuck for somewhere to stay, check out our London hotels nearby.
Bristol harbour (image via Flickr)
With seven different stages showcasing a range of arts from live music and dance to circus acts and craft fairs, it's not surprising that the Bristol Harbour Festival was shortlisted for Best Metropolitan Festival in 2010. Based along the city's harbour and the historic Queen Square, the weekend event also features markets where you can sample everything from German sausages and chocolate to rummaging for homemade trinkets. Taking place from 20-22 July, the free festival is ideal for a family day out.
Newcastle Gateshead (image via Flickr)
Kicking off 13 July-29th, Eat! Newcastle Gateshead is not your typical foodie fiesta. This Geordie-based event is one of Britain's biggest and most fun food festivals, with quirks such as 100-square metres of cake in the shape of Great Britain, made in homage to the year of the Jubilee and the Olympics. Other highlights include a range of stalls featuring cuisine from all over the globe, live cook-off competitions and classes for kids as well. Tickets go fast and prices vary, so book ahead before you go.
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