5 of the Best Summer Holiday Activities in England

The 5 Best Summer Holiday Activities in England

School is out and you might be wondering how to keep the family entertained during the summer holidays. The great news is that, even without venturing abroad, there’s a whole range of things you can do in England with the whole family, and lucky for you, we’ve rounded up the best summer holiday activities to make the most out of the sunny season.

Here are 5 of the best summer holiday activities in England:

  1. Visit London’s historical landmarks and attractions
  2. Attend festivals and summer events 
  3. Take a Thames river cruise
  4. Explore the countryside’s top sightseeing spots
  5. Go on a private tour

1. Visit London’s Historical Landmarks and Attractions

London comes alive during the summer, which is why one of the best things you can do is to visit the city’s famous historical landmarks and attractions.

Visiting these attractions in the summer holidays is great because, not only is the weather typically dry and mild, but the longer daylight hours mean that many outdoor attractions tend to extend their opening hours, allowing you more time to explore and learn about the city’s history and heritage.

Examples of Famous Historical Landmarks and Attractions in London

London is packed with famous historical landmarks which offer a glimpse into the city’s rich history. Here are some of the best landmarks to visit with the whole family:

  • Buckingham PalaceBuckingham Palace is the official residence of the British monarch in London and usually opens its State Rooms for public tours from late July to late September. 
  • The Tower of London – The Tower of London is a historic castle located on the north bank of the River Thames, with a history dating back over 1,000 years. During the summer months, you explore London’s iconic castle, get up close to the Crown Jewels and meet the legendary Yeoman Warders.
  • The National History Museum – This museum is a big favourite among visitors of all ages, exhibiting a diverse array of natural wonders and life on earth, including fossils, minerals, mammals and life-size dinosaur models. A great spot for the little ones interested in this side of history!
  • Imperial War Museum – The Imperial War Museum is the perfect place for the whole family to learn about the history of war and conflict in Britain, covering everything from World War II to the present day.
  • Westminster Abbey – Westminster Abbey is one of the most historically significant buildings in the UK and has been the site of coronations, royal weddings, and burials for over a thousand years, making it a living testament to British history and monarchy. Another must-see attraction for tourists and history enthusiasts alike. Discover our complete guide to visiting Westminster Abbey.
5 of the Best Summer Holiday Activities in England
Many London landmarks and attractions are child-friendly and welcome children of all ages

2. Attend Festivals and Summer Events

If you’re looking for something a little more lively, why not check out some of the most popular festivals and summer events in the city?

London hosts various events and festivals during the summer months for people of all ages, whether it be food festivals, music festivals, cultural festivals that take place near or within historical landmarks or flower shows. London is also home to a number of famous sporting events during the summer, such as Wimbledon for the tennis fans. 

The Best London Summer Events

Here are just some of the popular festivals and events that take place in London during the summer, with something suitable for everyone: 

  1. Wimbledon Tennis Championships 

Tennis enthusiasts from around the world flock to London in late June and early July to see the prestigious Wimbledon Tennis Championships. This very famous tournament is known for its exciting matches in the sunshine and iconic traditions like strawberries and cream and pimms and prosecco, perfect for anyone of all ages who have a love for watching tennis. 

  1. British Summer Time Hyde Park

If live live music is your thing then attending music outdoor festivals such as British Summer Time in Hyde Park is a great choice. Across multiple weekends, BST put on incredible shows featuring legendary headliners & support from today’s rising stars, plus great food and drink and hospitality packages.

5 of the Best Summer Holiday Activities in England
The great news is that the whole family can come along, and children under the age of 2 will be admitted free of charge. It’s important to note however, that children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult aged 18 years or over at all times.
  1. BBC Proms

The BBC Proms is a classical music festival that runs from mid-July to early September at the Royal Albert Hall, featuring daily concerts, with the famous “Last Night of the Proms” being a grand finale.

It  is one of the world’s largest and most renowned classical music festivals and the perfect summer activity for music enthusiasts across the world.

  1. Taste of London

For all you foodies out there, the Taste of London food festival is a fantastic place to visit, which showcases the city’s diverse culinary scene. Held in June, this event brings together top restaurants, celebrity chefs, and food vendors offering delicious samples of their cuisine. Another great activity for the whole family to enjoy during the summer holidays!

3. Take a Thames River Cruise

Another fantastic summer holiday activity is to take a Thames river cruise, which is a boat tour that takes place on the River Thames, offering passengers the opportunity to enjoy stunning scenic views of some of London’s most famous landmarks from the water, including the Houses of Parliament, the Tower of London, the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and many more. 

There are a range of Thames river cruises available, including sightseeing cruises, evening and dinner cruises, afternoon tea cruises and river bus cruises. Whatever the reason for taking a Thames river cruise, it provides a relaxing, enjoyable and memorable way to see the city in all its glory. 

4. Explore the Countryside’s Top Sightseeing Spots

For something a little more rural and away from the big city, we highly recommend exploring the stunning English countryside on offer. The English countryside in the summer offers a wide range of outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling and picnicking, and is a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful surroundings in dry, mild and (sometimes) sunny conditions. 

England’s countryside is also dotted with historic sightseeing sites, including castles, stately homes, and ancient ruins. Here are some of the most popular destinations:

  • Stonehenge – Stonehenge is one of the most important prehistoric sightseeing spots in the world and holds incredible historical significance. Its construction dates back over 4,500 years, and its purpose continues to be a subject of debate, making it a captivating place for history enthusiasts. 
  • The Lake District – Located in northwest England, the Lake District is famous for its breathtaking lakes, rugged mountains, and picturesque villages, and is a true paradise for hikers, nature lovers, and those seeking serene landscapes.
  • The Cotswolds – Situated in the southwest of England, the Cotswolds is an area of outstanding natural beauty, famous for its honey-coloured stone cottages, rolling hills, and cute market towns.
  • Windsor CastleHome to royalty and 1,000 years of royal history, Windsor Castle is an absolute must-see attraction for any royal enthusiast looking to get a countryside insight into the life of the royal family. 
5 of the Best Summer Holiday Activities in England
Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or to be at one with nature, the English countryside has something to offer for everyone.

Discover more about the best English countryside sightseeing spots here.

Book an England countryside tour from London and discover these stunning sightseeing spots on your next Summer visit to England, which brings us nicely onto our last and final point…

5. Go on a Private Tour 

Whether you’re visiting London for the first time or wanting to explore the plethora of historical landmarks across England, booking yourself onto a private tour is a fantastic way to explore these hotspots and educate yourself without the stress!

At Yellow Moon Tours, we’re able to create a unique and tailored private tour of London just for you. From Westminster Abbey to Buckingham Palace and from Stonehenge to Salisbury, we have years of experience in curating fun and informative private tours for families, couples, and solo travellers. 

If you’d like to book a private tour this summer or simply want to learn more about the services we provide, be sure to get in touch today.

And there we have it!  We hope this article has provided you with some inspiration on the best summer holiday activities in England.

For general inquiries or questions, contact us today at info@yellowmoontours.com or on 02032903665 to book your private tour today or check out our Instagram page.

Written by Kate Jones for Yellow Moon Tours, the private tours specialist covering private tours of London, private tours of Paris, New York private tours and Ireland private tours from Dublin.

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