AS the Olympic flame heads south, this summer is the ideal time to get away from the crowds to Scotland and into Lanarkshire. With a wide range of affordable events and activities for all the family on offer, VisitLanarkshire is encouraging visitors and residents to explore the region during this summer’s school holidays.
Crafty kids will be in their element in the arts and crafts workshops running throughout July at various locations across Lanarkshire. Children can create their own stained glass windows based on the Parisian style of the Notre Dame Cathedral or be transported to the land of Egypt as they learn about hieroglyphics and craft their own Egyptian tablets.
If the kids like to run wild, Palacerigg Country Park is the place to go. Home to a variety of animals including rare breeds of Eriskay ponies, North Ronaldsay and Boreray sheep and Bagot and Guernsey goats, Palacerigg is sure to keep the family entertained with badger watching, sheep shearing, pond dipping and much more this summer. One of the most popular family attractions in Central Scotland is Strathclyde Country Park which has all sorts of attractions at its doorstep to keep the kids busy, including the Watersports Centre, boat and cycle hire, sailing, leisurely walks, and the thrills and spills of M&D’s – Scotland’s only Theme Park.
If the rain makes an appearance, Summerlee, the Museum of Industrial Life in Coatbridge and the Heritage Centre in Motherwell are running weeklong themed workshops throughout July and August. Children can learn about a range of subjects including life in the 1940s, 1960s and living during the days of Queen Victoria. Other subjects on offer include construction, science and engineering and art with teaching through role-play and art skills with wood, paper and other natural materials.
Water babies will be happy, as Lanarkshire hosts numerous leisure centres such as The Time Capsule, located within the heart of Lanarkshire in Coatbridge. Recently re-opened after a £6.5 million refurbishment, this four-star swimming and leisure complex features a range of watery delights, with Coral Cove, Splashdown Island and Riptide River, a lazy river with a rapid ending. Other highlights include the spectacular Tornado Tantrum slide, the tsunami wave pool and the high speed Storm Chasers with twisting twin flumes. For visitors seeking a more restful experience, the sauna and steam room is the perfect place to de-stress, whilst the Relax Café Bar and the Waterfall Café provide a welcoming atmosphere for visitors to enjoy a snack.
Stephen Balfour, from VisitLanarkshire comments: “During the school holidays, many families are looking for affordable things to do and fun days out with a difference. With a range of events and exciting activities on offer in Lanarkshire throughout the summer, our local attractions offer both visitors and residents great experiences for the whole family. This summer is the perfect time to get out and see what Lanarkshire has to offer.”
There’s always more to discover in Lanarkshire… for more information on things to do and places to stay in Lanarkshire, visit: www.visitlanarkshire.com
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