Endless Family Activities on Offer this summer across England

Thursday 08 July 2010

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

For Middle East guests looking for the ideal family getaway, England offers unforgettable family-fun experiences all within close proximity to London.

Alton Towers, Legoland, Chester Zoo and historic Stonehenge are just some of the top attractions on offer throughout the summer months.

“A great attraction or activity can often make the perfect holiday. Middle East families should take advantage of England’s great summer weather and endless activities and events, all within close proximity to major cities across England,” said Carol Maddison, UAE Manager, VisitBritain.

Chester Zoo, Chester

Chester Zoo, located two hours away from London by train, offers over 7000 animals and 400 different species, including some of the most endangered species on the planet. In the 110 acres of parkland Middle East guests can see Black Rhinos, giraffes, elephants, lions, tigers, reptiles and birds amongst many others.

Legoland, Windsor

Legoland, just under an hour away by train from Central London, offers a full day of fun where kids can take advantage of more than 50 thrilling rides, shows and attractions to choose from. Visitors from the region can also see some of the most exciting cities in the world at Miniland - which uses 35 million Lego pieces to create scenes from London, Paris and Amsterdam.

Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Located in Wiltshire, Stonehenge is just under two hours from London by train. Stonehenge stands impressively as a prehistoric monument of unique importance, a World Heritage Site, surrounded by remains of ceremonial and domestic structures - some older than the monument itself. Many of these features - earthworks, burial mounds and other circular ‘henge’ monuments - are accessible by road or public footpath. Stonehenge’s orientation on the rising and setting sun has always been one of its remarkable features. Whether this was simply because the builders came from a sun-worshipping culture, or because - as some scholars believe - the circle and its banks were part of a huge astronomical calendar, remains a mystery.

Alton Towers, Staffordshire

Alton Towers Resort is the UK’s leading short break resort, offering an unrivalled selection of attractions for the whole family to enjoy together. Made up of hotels, a theme park and water park, guests of all ages can enjoy an abundance of fabulous fun-packed activities.

The Alton Towers Theme Park offers tons of terrific rides, amazing live shows and weird and wonderful costume characters. New rides for 2010 include TH13TEEN, the ultimate theme park thrill ride. Never has so much theme park technology been combined in one fantastically thrilling ride.TH13TEEN is located in an area of unexplored woodland known as the Dark Forest, and is a guaranteed adrenaline-pumping experience.

For more information contact:

VisitBritain Media Team

pressandpr@visitbritain.com

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