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Weekend Extra: Metro has found plenty of outdoor fun to entertain the whole family over the holidays…

Stories to tell: Minack Theatre will be hosting storytelling sessions from its stunning coastal location

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Storytelling overlooking the Atlantic Ocean

Penzance’s Minack Theatre is a stunning open-air amphitheatre looking out to the Atlantic ocean. Through the summer it is hosting morning storytelling shows for kids, often based around Cornwall’s myths and legends, comedy for all ages with Bash Street Theatre’s The Strongman, a production of Wind In The Willows, and improv comedy and theatre with Mischief Movie Night (12+). There’s also a series of gigs and a production of Olivier-winning play Stones In His Pockets. . Until Sep 26, minack.com/whats-on

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Drive-in movies

At The Drive In is laying on afternoon and early evening screenings of family-friendly films (Toy Story, Back To The Future, The Lion King, Grease), accompanied by fun and games including karaoke, silent disco and interactive quizzes. You can even order food and drink by phone and have it delivered to your window. Over the summer, At The Drive In is pulling into Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Cardiff, Bristol, London, Southampton and Brighton. atthedrive.in

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Outdoor cinema

There’s outdoor cinema under the stars and then there’s outdoor cinema in gorgeous, atmospheric surroundings — and that is Lost Cinema’s USP. So pack up a picnic and head to medieval fortress Berkeley Castle in Gloucestershire for a screening of Rocketman (Aug 21), country manor Buscot Park in Oxfordshire for the time of your life with Dirty Dancing (Aug 22), or Salisbury Cathedral where there are screenings of Rocketman, Grease and Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban (Aug 28 to 30). thelostcinema.co.uk

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Drive-in kids’ theatre

Horrible Histories Car Park Party has morning and matinee shows of Birmingham Stage Company’s rollicking Horrible Histories’ production, Barmy Britain. Recommended for ages five-plus, it’s a whistle-stop tour from the Romans to World War II and it’s safe to say that history lessons have never been so fun and full of fart gags. Car Park Karaoke, with Massoake, is also a great family time event. Aug 14-15, Powderham Castle, carparkparty.com

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Festival of outdoor theatre

Cirencester’s Barn Theatre is hosting an outdoor theatre festival with ten productions taking place at Ingleside Pavilion & Gardens. BarnFest has plenty of kids-focused shows to help pass the summer holidays, including top-notch clowning from Tweedy, productions of perennial favourites Wind In The Willows, Doctor Dolittle and Hans Christian Andersen’s The Emperor’s New Clothes. For teenagers, there’s the thought-provoking Instructions For A Teenage Armageddon (above). Get your theatre fix in while you can. Until September 5, barntheatre.org.uk

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Cute dinosaurs

Recreate your own version of Jurassic Park as you enjoy the interactive Dinosaur World Live show and its enthralling dino puppets from the comfort of your car. The show’s a surefire hit for over-threes, and you can expect to see T-rexes and baby triceratops in the charming production, which has taken up residency at The Drive In at Troubadour Meridien Water (Enfield), north London, for the summer. dinosaurworldlive.com

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Zipping around

In the foothills of Snowdonia, north Wales, Zip World has three locations offering all kinds of adrenaline-fuelled fun. Zip World Penrhyn Quarry reckons it’s home to the fastest zipline in the world (Velocity 2, ages ten-plus) reaching speeds of more than 100mph as you fly head first 500 metres above a lake. Zip World Slate Caverns has a four-person zip line travelling 1,890 metres. Zip World Forest is ‘fab’ for younger children — with a gentle rollercoaster ride through the woods. zipworld.co.uk

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Street food

Oh how we’ve missed street food — wandering between stalls having a taste of what’s on offer before finally deciding on something to eat and then getting food envy and wanting what our mate/partner/kid has got. Glasgow’s Platform is a 35,000sq ft indoor food market, underneath Glasgow’s Central Station, with 350 seats and an app for minimum hassle (and contact) ordering. Expect everything from Korean fried chicken to Jackfruit fishcakes — plus there’s an on-site brewery and a full events programme. Just don’t eat before you go! platformgla.co.uk

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Thrilling outdoor shows

Greenwich & Docklands International Festival has been bringing world-class performing arts to east London for more than 20 years. This summer you can enjoy circus and theatre (including Black Victorians, above) and arts such as Booker Prize-winner Bernardine Evaristo’s The Weavers Of Woolwich in a programme themed around community. Aug 28 to Sep 12, various venues, festival.org/gdif

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Scottish wildlife

There are safaris where spotting the exotic Big Five is the name of the game, and then there’s the award-winning Highland Safari in Aberfeldy, Scotland — where you can get up close and personal with majestic red deers, antlers-and-all, or take a drive to explore the Highlands’ breathtaking landscapes and vistas where you might see red deer, famous grouse and golden eagles. If you’re setting sail, hop on board the boat Iolaire (Scottish gaelic for eagle), for a wildlife tour of Loch Tay, accompanied by stories of local myths and legends. highlandsafaris.net

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All-action adventuring

Thrill-seeking kids (and adults) have ten action adventure experiences to dive into at the former Special Forces soldier and TV personality’s theme park, Bear Grylls Adventure centre. Experiences include a wind tunnel (above) giving you a taste of skydiving at 12,000 feet; a high ropes challenge with 36 obstacles; snorkelling with reef sharks and rays; plus archery, climbing walls and escape-room challenges. It reopened in early July so its Covid-19 safety measures are well oiled and drilled. beargryllsadventure.com/birmingham

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Canoeing and kayaking

The Wye Valley (above) and ancient Forest of Dean is a seriously stunning combination and its dreamy picture postcard qualities are no longer secret thanks to featuring in Netflix’s hit series Sex Education. And while you can walk and cycle, gently canoeing or kayaking in down the River Wye, in and out of England and Wales, is as lush as it gets, especially for twitchers — with kingfishers, peregrine falcons and herons to spot. wyedeantourism.co.uk

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Monkeying around

Take your pick from one of Go Ape’s 34 locations across England, Scotland and Wales for a combination of the great outdoors, nerves, adrenaline and exhilaration. Thetford Forest is home to the first Go Ape, opened in 2002, and offers a high-ropes treetop challenge, family-friendly treetop adventuring and Segway exploration. You’ll also find biking trails, archery and bushcraft workshops. goape.co.uk