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Make it a summer to remember!

If you're struggling to find ways to keep the children entertained over the summer holidays, you might find the  YHA summer activity guide a useful little freebie!

A hub of information to all of the quirky and interesting events happening throughout England and Wales this summer.

Whatever the weather, there's something in there for everyone, from Nettle Festivals to Elvis Tribute Acts, Summer Camps for kids and Pirate and Smuggler weekends!

It's free to download and includes information on where to stay get the most out of your summer.

Whether you're tempted by the excitement of the World Bellyboarding Championships or the magic of hot air balloons in Bristol, YHA will help you make this your most memorable summer yet.

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With a theme of 'Children's TV Characters' for the fancy dress part of the race, it's sure to be an entertaining day for all the family! 90 teams will race beds along the course in the hope of raising money for worthy causes; last year the total came close to £100,000! YHA have a number of hostels ideally situated near to the race course so that you can really make a day of it.

YHA have teamed up with Visit England's year of the Bike campaign and are determined to get Britain cycling this summer!  If you're a self-certified cycle-oholic, L'Erocia Britannia is the place to be this June! As well as cycling there's also plenty of fun for the family with a vast array of food, drink, unique shopping and a fun fair. YHA are offering 10% off accommodation with code LBCYCL-001 at YHA Castleton Losehill Hall, YHA Hathersage, YHA Eyam, YHA Ilam Hall and YHA Ravenstor for this event.

Each summer, since 1971, a very special contest has been taking place. The International Birdman event, a competition for human powered flying machines. Now held in the picturesque seaside town of Worthing, entrants take it in turns taking off from a special ramp constructed on Worthing Pier. A substantial prize of £10,000 is offered for the furthest flight should a birdman achieve over a 100-metre distance. A true flight of fancy.

Hot air balloons of every colour and hue will take to the skies racing the sunrise as part of the Fiesta.Over 120 hot air balloons will take off from Ashton Court Estate at dawn and dusk, and light up the skies at night with evening balloon glows. 

  • YHA Day - 6-7 September 2014, England and Wales

Over 60 YHAs will be opening their doors. Which one have you always wanted to visit and what will you see when you do? 

Maybe you'll be supporting local musicians at a Battle of the Bands gig, enjoying a slice (or two) of homemade cake, or discovering a secret, stunning view. The possibilities are endless.

Why not become a member

Become a YHA member and you can also take advantage of discounted accommodation and exclusive access to special offers to help make summer more affordable.

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