25 free things to do this Jubilee weekend

Teenagers can imagine themselves at the Burning Man Festival by marveling at the weird and wonderful sculptures that have been moved from the Nevada desert to the park outside Chatsworth House, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire. The 12 main pieces showcase the festival’s creative spirit, with three of the sculptures being specially built for Chatsworth by festival artists in collaboration with local people.

Geocache in the Hills, Monmouthshire

Use your smartphone’s GPS and try geocaching, which is like a great game of hide-and-seek where you search for digital treasures that you log with your phone. The Brecon Beacons National Park came up with the idea of ​​hiding 180 caches among the hills. Alternatively, there are two geocaching trails in Coed y Brenin Forest Park. The promise of treasure inspires children to move.

Stroll through the art on the docks, Liverpool

Albert Dock invites you to take an interesting stroll along the various waterfronts, past boats and shops. Visit Tate Liverpool for some culture, where one of the current free exhibitions focuses on travel and includes Hew Locke’s play Armada, which features a flotilla of boats and rafts suspended from the ceiling. Other works are by artists Anish Kapoor, Piet Mondrian and Sonia Boyce.

Secret Spies, Bradford

Even kids who yawn at the idea of ​​a museum might enjoy the high-tech nature of the National Science and Media Museum. The galleries attempt to distort reality through light and sound, while the temporary exhibition is currently about code breakers. Would-be spies can learn about different types of secret communications as well as modern cyber security. If all that fails, there’s also a retro games lounge (cost £2).

Think of The Thinker, Glasgow

A multi-million dollar renovation of the Burrell Collection introduced large touchscreens that appeal to youngsters and show films to give them a deeper understanding of the artifacts on display. The collections in this modernist building include 14 works by Auguste Rodin, including The Thinker, stained glass and tapestries, Chinese ceramics and paintings by Edgar Degas. Then stretch your legs at Pollok Country Park.

Find a Secret Beach, Cornwall

For a Celebrity Five style adventure, inspire teens to take a walk with the prize of a photogenic hidden beach as their reward. Lantic Bay is a good option as the National Trust car park is easy to find (£8 per day). The beach and clear sea look dreamy on the approach – a pristine and secluded pebbly cove with grassy cliffs as a backdrop – but it requires a steep climb to get back to the top. Have a picnic.


Cycle of Southwold, Suffolk

Southwold is an ideal base for a gentle, scenic cycle ride, leaving behind the quiet town streets and onto flat coastal countryside and lowland heathland. Head south to the dunes and artists’ community of Walberswick, then a little further to Dunwich, a town lost in the sea. Southwold Cycle Hire can help those in need of wheels.

Mine the hideous tales in Herefordshire

Combining storytelling with instructions for relevant crafts, these self-guided adventures explore the themes of Key Stages 2 and 3. Choose between four road trips covering 15 local attractions. The best is in rural West Herefordshire and offers free English heritage sites such as the fabled Arthur’s Stone and Clodock Church, which tells a chilling story, a river to paddle and a climb up Garway Hill for a tale of fairy kidnappers.

Sculpture unwrapped, Manchester

Out of the Crate at Manchester Art Gallery centers around 60 sculptures that have been in storage for years. For this exhibition, they were all simply unpacked and — without information or curation — left for inspection. What seems unconventional to adults might make the sculptures seem more accessible to children – it will be interesting to see what they make of them.

Stroll through the stone circle at Avebury, Wiltshire 25 free things to do this Jubilee weekend

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