We Stay are researching the UK’s top staycation destinations to help you discover all the entertaining and fun activities that are on your doorstep!
With the onset of summer, it’s no surprise that families have their calendars filled to the brim with fun-filled days out, featuring a range of activities to be experienced under the sun. Although it’s summer, we know that sunshine is not guaranteed and can lead to you being stuck inside in dismissal of the rain.
Whether it’s raining or the sun is shining, the fun doesn’t have to end – So wrap up warm and get prepared for a range of activities to get you outside the house in Leicestershire and together with the family!
1. Indoor Climbing & Obstacle Challenges
Just because it’s raining doesn’t mean you can’t get your body moving and participating in new and exhilarating ways. Leicestershire is one of the perfect locations, boasting prime centres for both kids and adults such as ‘Social Climbing’ and ‘Ape Index.’
Social Climbing features towering climbing walls over 700sqm with a range of different ages and abilities of climbers and is rated “#1 of 110 things to do in Leicester” according to Trip Advisor (2021). A range of memberships are available on their site from day entries to monthly memberships all-year-round.
Social Climbing – https://www.social-climbing.com/
Similarly, Ape Index is an indoor activity centre for a range of talents and activities. The centre features a large bouldering wall with ninja warrior obstacle races and equipment, encompassing a wide range of climbing training aids. It’s rated one of the top #20 things to do in Leicestershire and they offer a range of classes, personal training and party events.
Ape Index –http://apeindex.rocks/Default.aspx
2. Laser Tag With The Family
‘Megazone Leicester’ offers the perfect alternative to outdoor paint-balling, providing an immersive zero contact war play, in an atmospheric location featuring intense music, dry ice and a plethora of cool effects for participants to enjoy. They welcome families with children over 6 years old and host a range of other activities inclusive of their ‘Challenge Zone’ which allows players to show off their skills in a fast-fulled and intensive target game. Another activity many people find themselves engaging with is known as ‘The Raid,’ a new individual activity comprising of a one-man-mission with a laser maze. ‘Megazone Leicester’ offers 3 perfect activities for those with kids of all ages, with an additional foyer arcade and dedicated party rooms.
Megazone Leicester – https://www.megazoneleicester.co.uk/
3. Museum Hopping
Why visit one museum when you can visit four in the same day, or across the span of 2 days? Leicestershire is the perfect host for a range of top tier museums to visit and spend as a day outing with the whole family.
The ‘National Space Centre’ is a museum and educational resource digressing on the elements and facts of the world of space, science and astronomy. Located on the north side of the city in Belgrave, Leicester, the ‘National Space Centre’ benefits from an intriguing architectural structure devised by Nicholas Grimshaw. What better way to take the family on an educational day out by exploring space and engaging in over 150 interactive experiences?!
National Space Centre – https://spacecentre.co.uk/
The ‘Leicester Museum & Art Gallery’ was one of the very first public museums within the United Kingdom, opening in 1849. The museums architecture was crafted by the world-renowned Joseph Hansom and provides free general entry to all visitors (pre-booking is a requirement). The museum is close to the city centre and offers a wealth of rich history with displays of both international and local science, historical and art ornaments. The museum hosts an array of temporary exhibitions, events and featured collections with a range of galleries including: Ancient Egypt, Wild Space, the Victorian Art Gallery, Dinosaurs, Picasso Ceramics: The Attenborough Collection, Arts & Crafts Gallery and the intern internationally renowned German Expressionism collection. There’s no doubt you’ll be able to find a room for for every member of the family to enjoy.
Leicester Museum & Art Gallery – https://www.leicestermuseums.org/leicester-museum-art-gallery/
For families with mature kids, the ‘King Richard III Visitor Centre’ provides an educational resource and immersive experience encompassing on the life of King Richard III and the discovery of his remains in 2012. Within 2 years, in 2014 the site was opened on the site of Greyfriars, a medieval friary where Kind Richard III was originally buried. The museum boasts a wide range of activities and rooms for families to explore and participate in, including detective activities to explore and uncover the plot lines and connections which piece together to create the story of a ‘medieval murder, mystery and mayhem.’
King Richard III Visitor Centre – https://kriii.com/
The ‘Retro Computer Museum’ offers a historical experience and public preservation for the public, displaying the evolution and development of computer and console systems from the 1960s onwards. This museum will surely provide a stroll down memory lane for adults, whilst helping to keep kids cultured on the evolution of the tech industry. The museum is ideal for those looking for lazy day outs, yet provides a mix of both entertainment and history to balance out the day.
Retro Computer Museum – https://retrocomputermuseum.co.uk/
4. Family-fun Archery
‘Archery Legends Experience’ is a unique arrow shooting indoor archery centre for a range of ages and skillsets, making the perfect activity for rainy days. The centre is furnished with a wide range of targets and equipment to help everyone channel their inner Robin Hood, whilst enjoying the challenge and experience that archery boasts. The centre welcomes all participants over the ages of 7 and is designed for individuals, facilities, groups, team building experiences and birthday parties, offering an extensive range of activities inclusive of beginner courses, pay and shoot and archery courses for the entire family.
Archery Legends Experience – http://archerylegends.co.uk/
5. Theatre Productions
Leicestershire provides a wealth of theatre productions across a range of theatres such as the ‘Curve Theatre,’ based in the cultural quarter in Leicester City Centre, also formally known as the Leicester Performing Arts centre. This beautiful architectural structure was cultivated by Rafael Viñoly and holds a large capacity of up to 902 people. This modern architecture composition was opened on the 4th of December 2008 and presents some of the most popular theatre choices such as: Grease – The musical, Dial M For Murder, Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, Six, Hairspray and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The ‘Curve Theatre’ hosts a wide selection of productions for each family to choose from, making it an idealistic way to spend the day/evening together!
Curve Theatre – https://www.curveonline.co.uk/
6. Indoor Trampoline Parks
Another more intensive, blood-pumping and exhilarating way to get the whole family off their feet and into the air is by spending time doing somersaults and cartwheels in an all-inclusive indoor trampoline park such as ‘Flip Out Leicester.’ This fun filled centre offers activities such as large foam pits, trampoline walls, ninja warrior courses, tracks, freestyle stunt boxes and gladiator pits – The perfect area for upcoming parkour stars. The centre provides a dedicated kids’ area for young kids and gentle play, with designated platforms for parents to watch over and enjoy a cup of coffee.
Flip Out Leicester – https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/attractions/flip-out-leicester-f8de8834
7. Indoor Go Karting
For families with kids aged 8 and above, ‘TeamSport Indoor Karting Leicester’ is worth taking a look into – What better way to channel your inner auto racing star by engaging in some fierce competition with kids and adults racing against each other in an adrenaline-boosting competition? The thrilling 500m track is specifically designed with two levels, featuring bends, long straights and ramps within a safe and controlled environment for the whole family to enjoy. For extra safety, the team use special cadet karts designed for children between 8 and 12 and have a friendly team of Teamsport employees on hand at all times to offer guidance and support.
TeamSport Indoor Karting Leicester – https://www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/attractions/teamsport-indoor-karting-leicester-d31bc36b
8. Leisure Centre Activities
A classic and highly popular experience for the entire family to participate in includes ‘Parklands Leisure Centre,’ an all-inclusive leisure centre featuring a wide array of activities, boasting low prices such as:
Swimming – £2.80
Climbing – £10.95
Football – £35.00
Badminton & Basketball – £8.75
Table Tennis – £3.90
Parklands offers an excellent alternative to outdoor activities, with an amazing four-tier soft play world zone for kids under 12 years old – a fabulous way to keep the little ones busy for hours! The soft play zones are complete with spider webs, trampolines, fun brick houses, wave slides and other exciting obstacles for the kids to enjoy.
The centre features an indoor climbing zone for climbers as young as 4 and above, with all the necessary equipment provided and full support from the friendly team which are on-hand and supervise at all hours.
Parklands is also home to one of Leicesters premier sports venues inclusive of a 5-a-side football court, indoor badminton, basketball courts, table tennis and a 25-metre swimming pool. The centre also offers a complete on-site gym with a range of swimming lessons, courses and other aquatic activities – More than enough to keep the whole family engaged for weeks on end!
Parklands Leisure Centre – https://www.everyoneactive.com/centre/parklands-leisure-centre/
9. Hollywood Bowl Leicester
As part of the UK’s best ten pin bowling alley, filled with bowling fun, arcades, gaming areas and complimented with a designated indoor dining and a bar section, “Hollywood Bowl Leicester,” is a guaranteed way to get the family laughing and competing against each other in a friendly manner. The bowling chain features 26 bowling lanes, with exclusive VIP areas, an American themed diner and a fun-packed amusement area to entertain the whole family for a fantastic day out!
Hollywood Bowl Leicester – https://www.hollywoodbowl.co.uk/leicester
What better way to wrap up the day with a wholesome and healthy family activity to be enjoyed by all ages? “The Midlands Roller Arena” provides the perfect roller skating arena to be enjoyed by everyone. The centre includes seating areas for spectators, changing facilities, lockers, showers, a cafe and hosts Roller discos every Friday and Tuesday evening – Something you definitely don’t want to miss out on! The centre offers birthday party sessions, a range of skating courses, private and group lessons alongside fitness classes to participate in.
10. Roller Skating & Disco Nights
The Midlands Roller Arena – https://www.midlandsrollerarena.com/
Come rain or shine, there is nothing stopping you from participating in these fun-filled and leisurely activities to keep the whole family engaged in during the summer holidays. Whether you prefer intense adrenaline-fuelled ventures or more relaxed outings, this list presents a perfect combination of the two, in order to help you balance your family’s summer holiday calendar and offers the best solutions to facilitate for rainy days.
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