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Book Now Family Fun

8 March 2018




Up the family fun factor in 2018 and put some of these must-dos in the diary. 


Here’s a fun selection of activities to book now throughout the UK, 


with plenty of ideas on what to dress the kids in, says Emma Howarth




Icon Rollercoaster


Max out the parental brownie points with tickets to ride Icon, Blackpool Pleasure 


Beach’s £16-million new rollercoaster opening this spring. Riders (over 130cm only) 


will experience the same sort of acceleration as a Formula One driver reaching 


heights of 27 metres with drops to match.



Spring 2018; Blackpool Pleasure Beach; blackpoolpleasurebeach.com




Walking with Dinosaurs


Back in the UK for 2018, this spectacular prehistoric show is touring arenas 


from London to Liverpool. With eighteen giant animatronics and state-of-the-


art staging this really is the greatest dinosaur show on earth.



20 July–30 December; various venues; dinosaurlive.com

Gifford’s Circus


This magical vintage circus has been touring the village greens of south-west England 


since 2000. Roll up for ponies, acrobats, jugglers, Tweedy the vaudeville clown and 


a bit of celeb spotting (everyone from Dawn French to Kate Moss is a fan).



12 May–24 Sep; various venues; giffordscircus.com




Camp Bestival


Family camping trips don’t come much better than this. Good vibes, great music 


(Simple Minds, Orbital, Basement Jaxx), cut-above street food and child-friendly 


entertainment galore.



26-29 July; Lulworth Castle, Dorset campbestival.net




The Good Life Experience


Set in the stunning Hawarden estate in Wales (and near Chester), this family-friendly 


weekend features campside cooking sessions and food foraging as well as a vintage 


funfair and top music line-up. Eat, forage, dance, camp and be merry.



Hawarden Estate, Flintshire thegoodlifeexperience.co.uk

Matilda The Musical


Grab your chance to see this award-winning show without having to take a trip to the 


West End. Matilda the Musical takes its catchy Tim Minchin tunes on the road this 


year with shows in theatres across the UK and Ireland.



5 Mar–12 Jan 2019; various venues; matildathemusical.com




Just So Festival


Midnight feasts, giant pillow fights and fairy hunts in the woods, Just So Festival 


is child heaven. Choose your tribe (fox, frog, stag, owl, fish or lion) and get dressed 


up for the Sunday Wild Rumpus parade celebrating the victors of the festival’s 


annual – and brilliantly bonkers – Tribal Tournament.




17–19 Aug; Rode Hall, Cheshire; justsofestival.org.uk

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