It is getting to that time during the summer where ideas to keep the children entertained and out of mischief are well and truly running dry.
You have visited all of the typical summer go-to spots and now you need something to do to keep the youngsters amused - but without travelling too far.
What if we told you that there is a whole host of things to do, right on your doorstep - all less than an hour away from Burton?
Places like shopping centres and leisure complexes may seem like less than impressive places to take the family, but there are always things to do; you just need to know where to find them.
Shobnall Leisure Complex
Prices - Varies depending on the activity.
Opening times - Monday until Friday, 9am until 10pm. Saturday and Sunday, 9am until 6pm.
Ages - Activities appropriate for the whole family.
The leisure complex, in Shobnall Road, Burton, has activities to suit all ages. From a huge play area and skate park to a sports hall, athletic pitch, tennis court and crazy golf pitches, the kids definitely won’t be bored on a day out to Shobnall Leisure Complex.
The centre is offering activities throughout the school holidays to keep kids amused, in conjunction with East Staffordshire Borough Council. The full timetable can be viewed online.
National Brewery Centre
Prices - Adults cost £9.95, child are £5.95 and concessions are £8.95.
Opening times - Open all week, 10am until 5pm.
Ages - All ages appropriate.
The National Brewery Centre has become synonymous with Burton throughout the years, sitting close to the centre of the town it is based in Horninglow Street.
Many of us pass it on the way to or from work each day, and some would have visited for the range of musical shows and alternative events held there throughout the year.
Only recently, X Factor winner Matt Terry and popular boy band Union J visited the centre as part of the line-up for BurtonFest which drew huge crowds.
The centre itself is open throughout the year to celebrate and educate visitors about the fine brewing history and heritage of Burton.
Exhibits show the various brewing techniques employed throughout the year, a complete history of the town, a collection of historic vehicles, a micro-brewery and a Shire horse collection.
Full information about what is on at the National Brewery Centre can be found online here.
Prices – Adults ticket costs £9.95 or £8.95 for a child.
Opening times - Open all week, from 10am until 6pm.
Ages - All ages appropriate.
Conkers, near Ashby, is a perfect mixture of exhilarating fun and outdoor relaxation.
Sitting in the National Forest, near Moira in North West Leicestershire, Conkers is a family-orientated centre, with play areas and discovery zones.
Included is 120 acres of woodlands, lakes, ponds and play areas to explore, so if you think you have seen it all, you must have spent a large amount of time here.
The centre's 18-stage activity trail challenge and the high and low ropes adventure is enough to get anybody’s heart pumping.
Even on a rainy day in the summer, Conkers has a solution, with a brand new 4D cinema, indoor play zones and more than 100 indoor interactive exhibits, split into four seasonal areas.
Throughout the summer, Conkers is hosting different themed days for children and information about what is available can be viewed online here.
National Memorial Arboretum
Prices - Free to visit, donations are welcome however.
Opening times - Open all week, from 9am until 5pm.
Ages - The whole family.
The National Memorial Arboretum, in Alrewas, as the name suggests is an attraction of intrigue for people across the county, with many travelling miles to visit.
The arboretum is at Alrewas, in Staffordshire and contains more than 50,000 trees.
Memorials are scattered throughout the area, which acts as a place to honour the fallen and recognise those who have served their country and made the ultimate sacrifice.
New features are constantly being added, including a World War Two sculpture recently unveiled by the Duke of Gloucester.
The arboretum is also known for events held throughout the year. There are no less than eight separate events being held during August.
One example is the August wildlife watch – where families are invited to engage with the insects and animals which call the arboretum home.
For more information about the events available at the arboretum, visit their website at http://www.thenma.org.uk/events-and-news/forthcoming-events/?bydate=2017.08 .
Prices – Varies.
Opening times - Monday until Wednesday, 9am until 6pm. Thursday and Friday, 9am until 8pm, Saturday, 9am until 7pm and Sunday 10.30am until 4.30pm. Limited access afterhours for some services.
Ages - Activities available for all ages.
Less than half an hour away from Burton is the Intu shopping centre in Derby, which offers far more than just shopping.
The recently opened golf and bowling complex brings together an American-themed arcade and restaurant, with 36 holes of mini-golf and a multi-lane bowling alley.
The Showcase cinema in the centre is displaying all of the country’s newest films, with war time thriller Dunkirk perfect for an older audience and the Emoji Movie for the younger ones.
The centre itself has a shop for everyone, from toy shops like the Entertainer for the younger ones, and a range of top designer shops like Next, New Look and River Island for men and women.
Restaurants like Wagamama, TGI Fridays and Nando’s are all available along with a whole host of others to make sure that you can eat whatever you fancy.
Information about what is available is online and can be viewed here. Just don't spend too much!
Prices - Pre-booked tickets are always cheaper, and cost £25 for those between the ages of 12 and 58, £20 for young ones between the age of four and 11 and also for visitors older than 60.
Opening times - 9.30am until 5pm.
Ages - Activities available for the whole family.
Drayton Manor theme park, near Tamworth in Staffordshire, is a fantastic day out for the whole family.
Do you dare take on thrilling rides like England’s only stand up rollercoaster, Shockwave? Or do you prefer the easy, more relaxing life chugging along with Thomas and friends at Thomas Land.
Drayton Manor, has around 40 rides in total, ranging from rollercoasters and tower drops for thrill-seekers to the 4D cinema, where audiences are really plunged into the film with interactive and immersive techniques for an unforgettable film experience.
If you’re not too fond of fast, blood-pumping rides, then there is still something for you, with animal adventures at the parks very own zoo. From owls and meerkats to tigers and kangaroos, the park is teeming with wildlife that is more than eager to say hello.
Full information about Drayton Manor's rides and events can be found online here.
Rebound trampoline park
Prices - Prices vary depending on the session you visit, but open jump session cost £10.
Opening times - The centre opens from 9am until 8pm throughout the week.
Ages - Appropriate for ages five and older.
Trampoline parks have become immensely popular across the past couple of years, with children and adults alike bouncing the troubles of the world away at parks dedicated to the sport across the country.
And the Burton area is not an exception, there are many across the area, least of which being Rebound trampoline park in Ashby.
And no, it is not just a role filled with trampolines, they are connected to let visitors run from wall to wall.
Take on your friends and family at dodge ball, jumping from trampoline to trampoline and trying to dodge the oncoming balls. Show off your moves and dive into the centre’s own foam pit, without a worry in the world as it catches and cushions your landing.
For full information about Rebound trampoline park in Ashby, visit their website online here.
Prices - Free, must pay for parking.
Opening times - Open between Tuesday and Sunday, from 11am until 4pm.
Ages - Appropriate for all ages.
The Moira Furnace Museum showcases the history of one of the most important blast furnaces of the industrial revolution. The museum runs alongside Ashby Canal, and throughout summer guests can enjoy boat trips on the Joseph Wilkes narrow boat.
The site, in Furnace Lane, Moira, houses a children’s play area, ancient woodland, lime kilns and a craft village and tea room.
Further information about visiting Moira Furnace is online and can be accessed via their website here.
APEX Climbing Centre
Prices - £6 between Monday and Thursday, then £8 at all other times.
Opening times - Monday until Thursday, 3.30pm until 8.00pm. Fridays, 3.30pm until 9.00pm, Saturday and Sunday, 9.30am until 9.00pm.
Ages - You must be at least five years old to participate.
The APEX climbing centre in Swadlincote is another great option for those looking for something to do over the summer holidays. The centre, based at Green Bank Leisure Centre, has 16 stations of different designs and difficulties for the ultimate challenge.
No experience is needed, and staff are on hand to get you strapped into the harness for 60 minutes of fun to complete challenges and race to the top.
So, there’s no excuse to be bored over the summer holidays, as there are so many things to do. Don’t forget that if it’s that fresh sea air you’re after, there are plenty of seaside resorts just a two hour drive away.
Find the full information about what you can do at the climbing centre on their website here.
Chocolate making at the Kandy Factory
Prices - Chocolate making experience for £12.99 per person.
Opening times - Open between 10am and 5pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Weekends are available only for as pre-bookings.
Ages - Appropriate for all ages, particularly the younger ones.
The Kandy Factory, based in Burton Market Hall, Burton, offers chocolate making experiences for all ages. The chocolate café offers workshops to create your own unique chocolate bars – and you might even be able to try a few bits!
Pre-booking is essential for any wanting to join in the fun, and can be done by popping into the store or visiting their website.
The Kandy Factory's website has loads of information, including how to book your own chocolate making session online here.
Prices – Free.
Opening times – There are no opening times for the reservoir.
Ages – Appropriate for all ages.
The reservoir in South Derbyshire is surrounded by areas of woodlands just waiting to be explored. There’s also a Jack and Jill willow sculpture and varied wildlife to see and great views of the Carvers Rocks Site.
The reservoir, located in Repton Road outside of Ticknall, also features a refreshment kiosk that opens in the summer months.
Price – Adult tickets cost £14.50 and children go for £7.50.
Opening times – Opening times are between 10am until 5pm, expect for the house which opens at 11am.
Ages – Appropriate for the whole family.
Calke Abbey, near Ticknall in Derbyshire is a classic English country house and is part of the National Trust.
The building had sat untouched for more than 100 years when the trust took it over in 1985.
The interior design of the building is almost identical to the standard it would have been when it was taken in the trusts hands in 1985.
Now, visitors are welcome to see the decaying structure of the building has been paused, but not reversed to show the decay of the building.
Throughout the summer the house holds a whole programme of events that allow the whole family to explore the house and its surrounding gardens.
A full list of events can be found online on their website here.