7 free things to do this summer!

7 free things to do this summer!

BEST FOR… the whole family 

THE INTERNATIONAL HOT AIR BALLOON SPECTACULAR is a one-of-a-kind event in Scotland. Weather permitting, balloons are launched both first thing in the morning, and in the evening to create magical illuminations in the night sky. You’ll get to watch, though not fly!  (AUG 22-24).  Strathaven, South Lanarkshire. For details visit www.strathaven balloonfestival.co.uk

Train enthusiasts will be steamed up to learn about the GREAT RAILWAY TREASURE HUNT! This nationwide challenge encourages children under 14 to visit as many heritage railways and museums as possible, answering quiz questions along the way. There are cash prizes to be won (until SEP 30). To find out more and download quizzes, visit www.petersrailway.com/treasure-hunt.aspx


BEST FOR… Getting to know an area

Celebrate Yorkshire Day (Aug 1) at the HELMSLEY SUMMER CELEBRATION. A little mix of everything – from theatre and music, to wine tasting and even ‘welly wanging’! (AUG  1-3).  For more information visit www.visithelmsley.co.uk


BEST FOR… Foodies

Wear your roomiest clothing for a tasty day out at the FANTASTIC BRITISH FOOD FESTIVAL! The three-day event will showcase regional produce including gourmet marshmallows and Egyptian-inspired street food with lots of samples to try. (AUG 23-25).  At Wimbledon Park, South London. Call 01372 869648 or visit www.facebook.com/fantasticbritishfoodfests


BEST FOR... Culture lovers

The streets and open spaces of Hamilton and South Lanarkshire will come alive with giant Clydesdale horse sculptures as part of the READY, STEADY, GALLOP fun trail (until SEPT 6).  Ten weeks from June 25. For more details and to see pictures, visit www.readysteadygallop.co.uk


BEST FOR… Getting outdoors

Like to be beside the seaside? Check out the Wildlife Trust’s range of coastal activities and events for NATIONAL MARINE WEEK. There are downloadable factsheets, rock pooling advice and events for the whole family to enjoy (until AUG 10).  For information contact your local branch of the Wildlife Trust or visit www.wildlifetrusts.org

Get Fido’s tail wagging with a visit to BURN’S DOGS DAY OUT at Pembrey Country Park in September. The event is free, as is the micro chipping service, but a £1 charity donation is required to enter contests – and with prizes awarded for best fancy dress and waggiest tail, you’re sure to want to take part! (SEPT 7).  Pembrey Country Park, South Wales. For information call 01554 890482 or visit http://burnspet.co.uk



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