16 August 2018

The results are in, and it’s official: the UK loves the great outdoors!

The results are in, and it’s official: the UK loves the great outdoors!
Fantasic For Families

The Great Britain Day Visitor 2017 Annual Report showed that outdoor activities are one of the most popular tourism activities within the UK.

Here at Fantastic for Families, we’re big believers in spending time together outdoors. Luckily, it seems that the rest of the population agrees! The Great Britain Day Visitor 2017 Annual Report revealed that visiting friends and family, exploring the area and engaging in outdoor activities are all in the top 5 most popular activities in the UK.

What better way to spend time together outdoors than at a festival? Roll out your sleeping bags and pitch your tent at Just So Festival, Rode Hall Estate, Cheshire, from the 17th to the 19th August. Voted the best family festival in the UK, with a love of stories and childhood escapades at its heart, Just So Festival enables families to step out of their day to day lives and into a wonderland of world class literature, arts, theatre, dance, music, comedy and creative pursuits together. This festival takes the whole family on a unique expedition of mischief and mayhem, to lands full of magical midnight feasts, curious creatures, raucous pillow fights, hidden retreats, top notch food, drink and boutique camping options and breath-taking beauty.

According to the Annual Report, 42% of UK tourism days take place in large cities or towns. So head to Manchester for Ockham's Razor and Contact: Switch + Tipping Point at Upper Campfield Market Hall on 15th, 18th and 19th August. Tipping Point sees five outstanding aerial performers enclosed within the circle of the stage, transforming long metal poles into a rich landscape of images. Poles are balanced, hung from the roof, swung, climbed up and clung to high above the audience, veering from catastrophe to mastery. Switch has been created by a group of young people and the artistic directors of Ockham’s Razor. Inspired by aerial circus, breakdance, martial arts and Shaolin stick fighting, Switch creates a shifting landscape of labyrinths, pathways and barriers to explore themes of division and integration.

The report also showed that in 2017, the UK population spent £62.4 billion on tourism days, with the average visit costing £37. For a budget friendly visit this summer, why not pay a visit to London on 18th August for CIRCULATE 2018: Conseqüències, a free, award-winning, playful and acrobatic dance-piece exploring the relationship between reality and fiction in everyday life. This joyful work explores the consequences of being late, off the mark and out of step with the rest of the world. Performed outdoors at The Albany, Deptford, the beautiful setting combined with the wonder of CIRCULATE will keep everyone in the family entertained and awestruck.

For even more ideas of where to go this summer, visit our event listings at www.fantasticforfamilies.com

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