Top 5 Activities for the summer holidays

The highly anticipated summer holidays have arrived. Are you looking for exciting activities for the whole family to enjoy? Look no further!


1. Go Ape

Kick off the holidays with a trip to the treetops. If you’re a family of adrenaline seekers, boundary pushers or are looking to try something new then Go Ape Dalkeith is for you.

The mega zip rides and sky-high platforms supply the thrills for adults and older children. Younger adventurers can take to the tree tops as well, conquering incrementally challenging courses to build their confidence and leave them feeling like a hero.

2. Fort Douglas Jumping Pillows

Hidden in the centre of the ultimate adventure park lies some bouncy brilliance. Fort Douglas is home to not one, but two spectacular Jumping Pillows that are calling your name this summer. There’s one for the big kids AND one for the mini jumpers, so no one gets left out of the bouncy madness.

3. Dalkeith Palace Family Tour

For families with history enthusiasts – or those that just enjoy a good nosey! -enjoy a small group, family friendly tour of the main rooms of Dalkeith Palace, mainly on the ground floor, this summer.

In this 30 minute tour, you’ll glance behind the doors of Dalkeith Palace. Hear about some of the intriguing characters who lived in these ancient walls and discover hidden features.

These tours run at 10:30 and 13.30 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until 03 September.

Ice Cream at Restoration Yard

4. Restoration Yard

Retail therapy, dining out and ice cream…sound like fun? The Store is packed with treats for all ages from toys and books to beauty and fashion.

The Kitchen is an all-day restaurant serving delicious breakfasts and lunches including kids’ menus. If it sounds like a holiday haven to you then come and enjoy a little restoration of self with the whole family at Restoration Yard.

Dalkeith Country Park trails

5. Dalkeith Country Park Trails

Take a slower and more relaxed approach to the holidays with the last, but by no means least, of our top 5 activities for the summer holidays.

You can explore The Park on foot with one of our waymarked walking routes, in the heart of Midlothian. Whether you fancy a two hour hike or leisurely amble in the countryside with a picnic, Dalkeith Country Park is the place to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.

Use our Bird Watchers Guide – created by our very own Park Rangers – to spot some incredible wildlife during your visit.

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