We’ll have fun, fun, fun!
Your at-a-glance guide to things to do over the half term break
Make a splashIf you regularly tuned in to TV’s Wipeout show you’ll love Aqua Parcs.OK, so it’s not quite so high octane, but you do get to charge around more than 30 waterborne obstacles including slides, jumps and bouncing balls.The 120m long floating adventure park is based at Willen Lake, although run by independent operators.It’s brilliant fun for kids and grown-ups, but be warned - you are going to get very wet!Book online and enter the code MKC20 to get a 20 per cent discount on the price of your ticket.http://aquaparcs.co.uk - [email protected]
Skipper your own boatFrom Union Canal Carriers narrowboat hire base at Braunston, day boat hirers can enjoy a choice of three delightful routes through the Warwickshire countryside, each with a canalside pub to visit along the way.‘Ouzel II’ can carry up to 12 people. She is equipped with a kitchen with hot and cold running water, a three-ring gas hob, crockery, cutlery and kettle – perfect for a picnic afloat. There’s also a flushing toilet on board.Week day hire is £140, £175 on weekends and bank holidays. Tuition is included. Unioncanalcarriers.co.uk - 01788 890784.
Water great weekendTake to the water at the 20th Crick Boat Show at Crick Marina, on the Grand Union Canal near Daventry, from Saturday til Monday.The annual event offers a great day out by the water, with more than 250 exhibitors, dozens of boats to look round, live music, children’s activities, a real ale marquee, a variety of food and drink stalls and free half-hour boat trips.Adult tickets are £13.60, concessions £14.50. Kids aged 16 and under go free.www.crickboatshow.com - 01283 742970.
Sail away, sail away, sail awayDiscover Willen Lake this half term. There’s a range of exciting water sports suitable for all ages. Hiring a boat is a great and relaxing way to get out on to the lake.Or you could learn to sail. Willen Lake has a series of taster and training events running throughout the summer to discover the cut of your jib.With a bit of tuition you’ll soon be unfurling the spinnaker and sailing off into the sunset. For the more athletic there is also wakeboarding, windsurfing and rowing. www.willenlake.org.uk - 01908 246599
Rock up and have a goBig Rock’s massive indoor climbing arenas in Bletchley and Kingston each feature hundreds of different color-coded climbs, from easy challenges for anyone new to climbing, to mega hard ones to test future world champions.Try it on your own, with your friends or with your family.The climbing is designed to be fun for everyone.It doesn’t matter what your ability is since the satisfaction from reaching the top is the same whatever your level.www.bigrockclimbing.com - 01908 583128
Park yourself at a picnicMilton Keynes has an amazing selection of parks and redways to explore.The weather is warming up so now’s the best time to get out into the great outdoors. Organised activities include Pushchairs in the Park at Stanton Low and the Easy Riders cycling events. For teenagers there is Parkland Explorers at Lodge Lake where you can take part in the freshwater investigation.Help look after the environment with a community litter pick at Furzton Lake, simply take a stroll around one of our beautiful parks, or just find yourself a quiet spot and enjoy a family picnic.https://www.theparkstrust.com/your-parks/ - 01908 233600
Zip along to WicksteedWicksteed Park, near Kettering, combines 147 acres of beautiful parkland with rollercoasters and rides to ensure a great day out for the whole family.The park boasts one of the UK’s longest zipwires and the fantastic Sway Rider as well as the new Clip ‘n Climb indoor climbing attraction for all the family to enjoy.Have a splash on Rocky River Falls or climb aboard the UK's most popular narrow gauge railway, which travels around the park, and meet the meerkats. There’s a 15 per cent discount on ride wristbands when you buy in advance online.Wicksteedpark.org
Every little AlpsWhy splash out a small fortune on a half term family skiing trip when Milton Keynes has its own ‘mountain’?The landmark Xscape dome in the city centre features a 170m long ski slope with real snow making it the perfect challenge for beginners and more seasoned skiiers.Learn to ski, snowboard or sledge, with family private lessons are £109.99.Skiing is one of the few sports where families can talk to each other while practising.Holiday camps run every day from 8.30am to 5.30pm where children can learn to ski or snowboard and also become a junior first-aider with the Mini-Medics course.www.snozone.co.uk - 0333 0030 520
Do it, do it!Don’t forget our four-legged friends.Back this weekend is Willen Lake’s ever-popular Big Doggie Do, featuring two days of dog shows, stalls and entertainment on Sunday and Monday.This year’s event will again have exciting areas like K9 Aqua Sport and have-a-go-agility.Owners can bring their pets along free from noon until 5pm each day at Willen Lake South.(There will be a photographer and videographer present and images and footage may be used in our marketing and promotional materials. Alert a member of staff it you are not happy to appear).https://www.willenlake.org.uk/events/big-doggie-do-250519 - 01908 246599