‘This sum­mer is full of play­ful pos­si­bil­ity’

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Lis­ten. You can al­most hear that last school bell clang­ing, send­ing its ju­bi­lant re­ver­ber­a­tions into the warm, pos­si­bil­i­ty­filled air... The sprawl­ing six weeks of the sum­mer hol­i­days – all 42 glo­ri­ous days of them – are al­most upon us. In­deed, for schools in Scot­land, North­ern Ire­land and pri­vate schools across the UK, they’re al­ready here.

At times it seems as though these six weeks of youth­ful free­dom will last for­ever. So what on earth are you go­ing to do with them? Whether you’re a beach fiend, thrillseeker, wildlife fan, fun-lov­ing fam­ily or ad­ven­tur­ous ex­plorer who wants to make the most of the (fin­gers crossed) good weather, we’ve come up with a few ideas to fill your days. And if you’re stuck in the of­fice through it all? Why not take on your favourite ac­tiv­ity, be it theme parks, beaches or his­tory, and tick off one a week?

Free (01726 870146; na­tion­al­trust. org.uk/lansal­los) In­ves­ti­gate the beaches of Mar­gate, Rams­gate and Broad­stairs with a Coastal Ex­plorer kit. The back­pack is full of equip­ment – from fish­ing nets and mag­ni­fy­ing glasses to cloud charts and binoc­u­lars. There are also trail maps, marine ID gear and in­struc­tions for mak­ing sun­di­als and sand art. Bag hire £5 (01843 577577; visit­thanet.co.uk/coastal­ex­plor­ers) Chatsworth one of the coun­try’s top 10 her­itage sites. And it’s look­ing bet­ter than ever, hav­ing just emerged from a decade-long restora­tion. The Chatsworth Re­newed ex­hi­bi­tion goes be­hind the scenes, show­cas­ing pre­vi­ously hid­den cran­nies; kids can fol­low a restora­tion trail, make an urn and han­dle old arte­facts.

Ex­hi­bi­tion un­til Oct 21; £23/£14.50 adult/child (01246 565300; chatsworth.org) Co­in­cid­ing with the 250th an­niver­sary of Captain Cook’s first Pa­cific ex­pe­di­tion in the En­deav­our (built in Whitby), HM Bark En­deav­our, a full-scale replica, will open as the town’s new­est vis­i­tor at­trac­tion. Step aboard to learn about Cook’s dis­cov­er­ies plus all as­pects of 18th-cen­tury naval life, from sail­ing skills to scurvy.

Opens early Au­gust; £7.50/£4.50 adult/ child (en­deav­our whitby.com) Open­ing on Fri­day, Winch­ester Sci­ence Cen­tre’s Ex­plorer: Space zone is an im­mer­sive jour­ney through the so­lar sys­tem. Get hands-on with me­te­orites, star­dust and moon lan­ders, watch a live show about satel­lites and try pro­gram­ming a Mars rover or mak­ing and launch­ing a rocket.

£12/£8.40 adult/child (01962 863791; winch­ester­science cen­tre.org)

Chatsworth House, main; Winch­ester Sci­ence Mu­seum, be­low

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