Hooray for half term! Fab ideas for families and students

Whether you want to keep the little ones entertained for half term or are counting down till you’re free for reading week, here’s the UK’s best cities to visit and exactly what to do while you’re there. Because who wants to spend half term on the sofa anyway?


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  • Make friends in the animal kingdom

    Where: ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park

    A fun-filled week off with the kids is never complete without a trip to the zoo, so prepare for a roaring good time at London Zoo! From lions to gorillas and penguins too, your little monkeys can make loads of friends in the animal kingdom and even help save the planet at the zoo’s Superheroes and Villains event.

  • Go from West London to the Wild West

    Where: Moonshine Saloon, 535 Kings Road, London, SW10 0SZ

    When: Open Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays

    Fancy a break from boozing at the SU? Then check out Moonshine Saloon! At this undercover cocktail bar, all you have to do is bring your own liquor and y’all soon be enjoying personalised cocktails while experiencing life in the Wild West.


  • See Dippy the dinosaur

    Where: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery,

    When: Saturday 26th May – Sunday 9th September

    The Natural History Museum’s famous Diplodocus replica has gone on tour – and he’s stopping off in Birmingham for the summer! At the free Dippy on Tour event, you and the family can see the full skeleton cast, measuring in at a whopping 70 foot long. Our top tip? Reserve your free ticket to guarantee you see Dippy – he’s a popular dino, don’t you know!

  • Chow down on street food

    Where: Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth, B9 4AG

    When: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday

    It’s taken Birmingham’s food scene by storm and trust us, you and your mates will go crazy for Digbeth Dining Club. Serving up some of the most sumptuous eats from the city’s local street food vendors, you can taste your way through a whole range of cuisines and cultures, all while enjoying drinks and listening to music from DJs.


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  • Bounce to your heart’s content

    Where: Inflata Nation, ​Textilose Road, Trafford Park, Manchester, M17 1WA

    Perfect for the little ones with (what seems like) an endless supply of energy, take them straight to Inflata Nation. At this indoor inflatable theme park, the kids can bounce, climb, and slide all over the place – including into the UK’s largest ball pit. The arena’s not just reserved for kids though, so Mum, Dad, even Nan – everyone’s welcome to join in the fun!

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  • Spend a day at the Trafford Centre

    Where: Trafford Centre

    Whether you’ve got cash to splash or are eagerly awaiting that moment when your student loan hits your bank account, the Trafford Centre is a haven for shopping, food and entertainment. After you’ve browsed the shops, reward yourself by eating like a king (or queen) at the giant, cruise-liner themed food hall. If you want to make the most of your visit, why not have a game of mini golf or a trip to the cinema?


  • Experience hands-on history

    Where: SS Great Britain, Great Western Dockyard

    It’s Bristol’s number one attraction and this half term, there’s loads for the little ones to do aboard the SS Great Britain. From climbing the rigging of the legendary liner to getting a photo with Britain’s greatest engineer, Mr Brunel, they’ll see history brought to life like never before.

  • Discover incredible rising talent

    Where: Buy your Wristband from Thekla (BS1 4RB), performances are across various locations in Bristol

    When: Saturday 26th May

    Festival lovers – this one’s for you. See a huge line-up of established performers and rising talent at the award-winning metropolitan music festival, Dot to Dot. The musical menu is second to none and previous line-ups have included Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa and Mumford and Sons. Just swap your e-ticket for wristband on the day at the Wristband Exchange, and you’ll then have access to all the different venues across the city.

What have you got planned for this half term / reading week? Let us know with a tweet to @nationalexpress or tag us in your photos on Instagram.


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