Art, men of straw, horses and action
Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (pictured), the biggest museum in Britain, is open again after a three-year, multi-million pound refurbishment. It has reformed itself into 22 galleries, with themes such as Creatures of the Past, Looking at Design and Every Picture Tells a Story, new discovery centres, a mini-museum for under-fives and an intention to tell interesting stories about the multiplicity of objects it holds - of which some 8,000 are on show. You might have to elbow your way in - 55,000 visitors swept through soon after opening earlier this month (0141 276 9599, www.glasgowmuseums.com).
This weekend East Kirkcarswell Farm, near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway, holds its fourth Wickerman Festival. Billing itself as Scotland's alternative music festival, it has nine stages, dance and cult music tents and a children's area, much like many other festivals. But then they set fire to a 30-foot-high wicker man on Saturday night. Arthur Brown of "Fire"
fame is also on the bill (01738 449 430, www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk, two-day ticket with camping pound;50; Saturday pound;35; under 13s free.
Tickets available on the day).
Children will find horse heaven and their parents can save pound;100 by booking online for a week's pony trekking in Lincolnshire with PGL Travel.
The price of pound;395 includes six half-day horse activities, six multi-activity sessions, and full board supervised accommodation at the Caythorpe Court adventure centre starting on July 29 (www.pgl.co.uk).
Activities Abroad offers an action-packed two-night weekend break in the Lake District, starting on August 11, for pound;275 per adult and pound;250 per child. Included: halfboard at the three-star Keswick Country House Hotel, activities - climbing, abseiling, gorge scrambling and Canadian canoeing - plus all equipment, instruction and supervision (01670 789 991, www.activitiesabroad.com).