5 of the best summer events for families in Lanarkshire

Schools are out for summer and here in Lanarkshire, that means the days are not only longer but packed with fun activities for all the family.

We’ve been counting down the days until the start of summer and now that it’s here, we have a guide to the five best family-friendly days out here:

Summerlee Summer Fun

Take the kids to the Museum of Scottish Industrial Life this summer for a guaranteed fun day out. Running until August 15, there will be daily programmes of family activities including arts and crafts, traditional games, mine tours and tram rides.

Anyone for a soor plum…? For those who have a sweet tooth, the museum will be staging ‘Sweetie’, an exhibition about the history of confectionery-making in the area.



Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered

Are you a scorcher at Scrabble? Marvelous at Monopoly? Or terrific at Trivial Pursuit? The Game Plan: Board Games Rediscovered exhibition celebrates board games from throughout the ages and across the globe.

From July 20 to November, board game enthusiasts can visit New Lanark World Heritage Site to try their hand at the interactive displays and check (mate!) out over 100 items on show.



Heavy Horse Show

Clydesdale horses, Shetland Ponies and foals will be competing to be the Champion of Champions at this year’s Heavy Horse Show at The National Museum of Rural Lifeon July 15. A day of events including stunt riding shows, craft workshops and a children's hobby horse arena will have the whole family horsing around.

Rides of the majestic Clydesdale Horses are included in the entry fee – Yee-haw!



The McDougall’s Treasure Hunt

Shiver me timbers! This interactive musical event is sure to float your boat for anyone looking for a family friendly day out.

‘X’ marks the spot where it’s all happening at the Motherwell Concert Hall on August 5.Help Max, Auntie Aggie and Morag the Rabbit find the hidden treasure of Captain McDougall before the scallywag pirates.


Cycling Routes

Hold on to your handle bars, Lanarkshire has some brilliant cycling routes to enjoy this summer.

From the Kilsyth Hills to Strathclyde Country Park,the whole family can go the distance, or take things at your own pace whilst taking in the stunning Scottish scenery, wildlife and historical features along the way.


For details on other summer activities in Lanarkshire, visit our What’s On page.

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