8 exciting places to visit during the school summer holidaysDiscover a place to visit which has been rated AA Covid Confident
After months of home-schooling there is no doubt that you all deserve some fun this summer. The UK has many exciting places for families to visit but we understand that many people still feel nervous about venturing out.
To help you learn more about the procedures that individual tourist attractions have put in place, we have introduced the AA Covid Confident mark. All those who have achieved this mark are listed on our website with more details about the policies they have introduced as part of reopening.
We've have picked out eight attractions from around the UK which have already received the AA accreditation.
Otterton Mill, Devon
Set beside the River Otter in one of Devon's loveliest valleys is Otterton Mill. It celebrates the very best in local foods with an award-winning café-restaurant, artisan bakery and Devon food shop. You can discover exceptional works of art and West Country crafts in the gallery and gift shop and learn about ancient traditions with on-site milling. All of this is located in the idyllic setting of the historic working watermill and beautiful surrounding natural countryside.
Eden Camp Modern History Theme Museum in Malton, North Yorkshire
This national award-winning museum presents the most comprehensive display of British civilian life during World War II, in the unique setting of an original prisoner of war camp. Life-size tableaux and dioramas incorporate sound, light, and even smell effects to create the atmosphere of the 1940s. Other sections of the museum cover military and political events of the war and British military history from World War I to modern warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan. The museum also houses an extensive collection of military vehicles, artillery, and associated equipment. Since reopening all staff are required to wear a mask when in public facing areas and shift patterns have been altered and staggered to reduce contact as far as possible. They have hourly cleaning routines for all toilets and food outlets with a maximum capacity of 500 people.
Canonteign Falls, Exeter
Situated within Dartmoor National Park in the heart of Devon’s Teign Valley, Canonteign Falls are both natural and man-made waterfalls that tumble down ancient rock formations to the lakes below. It offers some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in Devon. There are three scenic walks catering for all ages and abilities, plus a Victorian Fern Garden and a Secret Garden. A children's play area includes a zip wire, wooden play galleon, trampolines, and a mini assault course. It is a fully outdoor attraction, but disposable gloves and masks are available at reception if guests would like to use them.
St Eval Kart Circuit, Cornwall
Located on the North Cornwall Coast in between Newquay and Padstow, St. Eval Kart Circuit is a fantastic outdoor track. It features a dedicated family circuit which is designed to cater for 7 years olds and above, including mum and dad. A dedicated adult only track for those looking for something a bit more adventurous is also available alongside a dedicated circuit for 3 to 6 year olds. As part of their reopening they have introduced online booking, with digital sign in and race results now available via the customers own mobile device. All visits are now pre-booked to control visitor numbers and capacity has been reduced to maintain correct social distancing.
Kirklees Light Railway, West Yorkshire
This wonderful three-and-a-half-mile narrow gauge railway runs on the track-bed of the old Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway’s branch line to the village of Clayton West. The railway hosts a range of special events throughout the year. Capacity on the train rides has been reduced by 50% or more since reopening and the carriages are disinfected at the end of each journey. The playgrounds have new capacity and time limits and are disinfected at regular intervals through the day. Masks and hand gel are available to purchase in the gift shop.
Weston Park, Shropshire
Built in 1671, this fine mansion stands in elegant gardens and a vast park designed by 'Capability' Brown. Three lakes, a miniature railway, and a woodland adventure playground are to be found in the grounds, and in the house itself there is a magnificent collection of pictures, furniture, and tapestries. There is also a farm shop, art gallery and restaurant. The team have introduced a "Dome to Dine" to support those who have been shielding or are nervous due to the Covid pandemic. The Dome provides a private setting situated next to the Granary Brasserie and is hosted by a dedicated professional team to support and reassure guests.
River Dart Country Park, Devon
With over ninety acres of woods, scenic walks and beautiful lakes, the River Dart and breath-taking parkland is the perfect setting for all kinds of outdoor activities and occasions. Extensive adventure playgrounds are included for those camping, where children can rough-and-tumble over space nets, swing through trees on jungle ropes, or even capture a wooden pirate ship surrounded by water. Toddlers are not left out either with the Toddlers Beach and Playground (Lilliput), just perfect for tiny explorers. To help manage Covid-19 they have added over 60 hand sanitiser stations around the site with an additional eight hand washing sinks. A one-way system is in place in all buildings and bookings must all be done online with a limit of 450 people. Sneeze screens have been installed in all outlets and payment is by card only.
Wildwood Escot, Devon
At Wildwood Escot in the beautiful heart of East Devon, you’ll find amazing animals, a magnificent maze, outdoor adventure play, terrific traversing walls, a heart-stopping drop-slide, 40 metre zip line and an authentic Saxon village. It is set in the stunning surroundings of the historic Escot Estate. There’s so much to do it’s not easy to fit it all in, but if you’re up to the challenge you’ll be rewarded with a fabulous, family day out. As part of reopening, queue areas are controlled with signage and floor markings and the cafe offers a takeaway service only. A one-way system is in place throughout the park with additional hand sanitising stations in place.
Looking for more places to visit?
It’s a fantastic resource to help you plan your summer holidays and comes with the added insight into what covid measures have been put in place.