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Perfect kids days out, children's rainy day activities, fun days for kids, historical attractions, animal attractions, parks, zoos, museums, gardens and places of interest for the whole family.

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Climbing centre in bristol

The Climbing Academy

Come & Try a Taster Session!

Bouldering is a form of rock climbing done on low level walls above crash mats. Come down and try out one of our Taster sessions or book onto an Induction TCA is a purpose built bouldering facility in the heart of the city. If you’re already a climber then just come down and fill out a registration form and you can climb whenever we’re open. If you’ve never tried it before then for ADULTS why not come down and do our Induction session. It only costs £20 and includes free lifetime membership (normally £10), shoe hire and a goodie bag at the end!

For KIDS (aged 8-16), we run Boulder Club. This is a selection of courses, starting with a Taster session and up through Level’s 1-5 right up to Squad who compete at national level. We provide kids with a logbook to record achievements, and certificates as they progress through the levels.

It’s a great environment to learn to climb whilst having fun with friends. For more information please see our website. Please be sure to book in advance to avoid disappointment, as spaces do fill up quick.

We also run private sessions for SCHOOL groups and FAMILY INDUCTIONS, please visit the website for more information.

BRISTOL:
Tel: 0117 907 2956
 

GLASGOW:
Tel: 0141 429 6331
 

Tel:

0117 907 2956

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Queens ice and bowl located in Bayswater, London W2 Queens is the ultimate entertainment centre. 50,000 sqft of activities including Ice skating with state of the art sound and light, 12 lanes of Ten Pin Bowling, Private Karaoke rooms, Fully licensed bar, Specialty foods, home made Italian ice cream parlour, video and novelty games.

Whether you want to learn to ice skate, try your hand at a game of ten pin bowling, enjoy a drink in the bar or sample some of our freshly prepared food the choice is yours. If you are looking for something less active then amuse yourself with our wide selection of video games and amusements.

You can now savour the delights of freshly made Italian ice cream with sumptuous Belgium waffles, freshly baked pastries, paninis and croissant. We serve a variety of food as well as our extremely popular freshly made pizzas, garlic bread, hot n spicy chicken wings and much much more!

Queens is the ONLY venue to offer everything under one roof, enabling you to ten pin bowl, sing your heart out and ice skate whatever the weather

Address: 17 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 4QP

Tel:

020 7229 0172

Fax:

020 7229 5207

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Warwickshire

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Boat hire for families

The Boathouse has been hiring out small boats and running passenger vessels on the Avon for over 100 years. The Avon is a real delight; explore over 3 miles of peaceful river and historical sites. Enjoy a quiet picnic under the willows or simply laze on the river and have fun. We supply:

Small Boat Hire

  • Rowing Boats
  • Outboard Motor Boats
  • Pleasure Punts and Canoes

River Cruises

  • Private Charter of Passenger Boats
  • Hire of our exclusive Venetian Gondola
  • Special packages with top local restaurants and pubs for small or large groups

Perfect for days out with children in Stratford-upon-Avon. There is no better way to experience the river’s tranquil waters than with Avon Boating:

Address: The Boathouse, Swan's Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS

Tel:

(01789) 267073

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Devon

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Water sports for kids in Devon

Get wet - climb high - stay low, whatever you want, you can do it!

Skern Lodge Outdoor Activity Centre on the North Devon coast will give you a day or stay to remember, where adults and children alike will find fun, challenge, inspiration and laughter.

  • Activities throughout the summer holidays
  • Family holidays from 1 night stay
  • Day or half day bookings
  • RIB Powerboat charters
  • Birthday parties

Book today and see why we were voted best activity experience 2017/2018

Address: Skern Lodge, Appledore, Bideford, North Devon EX39 1NG

Tel:

01237 475992

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North London

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Somers Town Community Sports Centre

Address: 134 Chalton St, London NW1 1RX

Tel:

020 7419 4365

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Devon

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Riverside Leisure Centre

Address: Cowick Street, Exeter, EX4 1AF

Tel:

(01392) 221 771

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Bedfordshire

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Kidsworld

Web: www.kidsworldbedford.co.uk

Address: 9 Kings Way, Bedford MK42 9BJ

Tel:

01234 326309 / 01234 354184

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Devon

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Lords Meadow Leisure Centre

Address: Commercial Road EX17 1ER

Tel:

(01363) 776 190

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Wrexham

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Farmworld

A working dairy farm set in beautiful countryside with adventure park, rabbit cuddle corner and lots more. Enjoy the tractor tour, pony ride, bouncy castle, and during the main season the SPECIAL children\'s shows. On the farm see Brutus the bull, and the dairy herd; visit the animal paddocks and see the PIGS, DEER and LLAMA. Feed the ducks and the flight of doves.

Web: www.farmworld.co.uk

Address: Erddig, Wrexham LL13 0YP

Tel:

(01978) 840697

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East Sussex

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Yesterday's World

Step into the world of yesterday - today.

Find yourself transported back into a bygone age, navigate your way through your journey in time, reliving Victorian and Edwardian Britain and onwards to the 1960s and beyond. Housed in a charming medieval hall-house, the exhibition offers you the opportunity to see many rarities including Queen Victoria's personal effects and letters written by Queen Elizabeth II about her courtship with Prince Philip.

Web: www.yesterdaysworld.co.uk

Address: Battle, nr Hastings TN33 0AQ

Tel:

(01424) 774269

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North Yorkshire

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Skipton Castle

Skipton is one if the best preserved and most complete medieval castles in England. View the Banqueting Hall, the Kitchen, the Bedchamber and Privy. Climb from the depths of the Dungeon to the top storey of the Watch Tower.

With over 900 years of history the whole family can enjoy a wonderful day out.

Web: www.skiptoncastle.co.uk

Address: North Yorkshire, BD23 1AQ

Tel:

(01756) 792442

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Birmingham

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens were opened in 1832. They were designed by J. C. Loudon, a leading garden planner, horticultural journalist and publisher. Apart from the glasshouses, which were added during the latter half of the 19th century, the layout of the Gardens is much the same today as Loudon's original design.

Address: Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3TR

Tel:

(0121) 454 1860

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Address: Blunsdon Station, Tadpole Lane, Blunsdon, Swindon SN25 2DA

Tel:

(01793) 771615

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Somerset

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TROPIQUARIA

Web: www.tropiquaria.co.uk

Address: WASHFORD CROSS, WATCHET TA23 OQB

Tel:

01984 640688

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North London

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Harrow School Old Speech Room Gallery

This well known school houses a collection of Egyptian, Greek and Roman artefacts. Regular temporary exhibitions include paintings, books and natural history.

Address: 5 High Street Harrow on the Hill, Middlesex HA1 3HP

Tel:

(020) 8872 8205

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Buckinghamshire

Watersports for kids

Start Your Adventure at ALF Villages!

ALF Villages offer outdoor activities for the day or as a residential trip with either indoor accommodation or camping.

Join us for a day’s activities with your family or allow your young people to enjoy a day with us over the holidays or after school.

We offer exciting birthday parties, after school courses, school holiday activity days and even Parent Days when the kids are back at school!

Kids days out in Longridge, a Thames side activity centre in Marlow, which offers water and land activities including Kayaking, Sailing, Rowing and Climbing. Green Park in Aston Clinton a beautiful estate of woodland and meadows that offers land based outdoor activities, including archery and climbing together with an indoor swimming pool and sports hall. Shortenills in Chalfont St Giles is a beautiful environmental training centre offering storytelling and woodsman skills for all ages. And our new centre in Little Marlow is an athletics track with club room and full athletics facilities that are close to water, so ideal for Triathlon training too.

Tel:

0330 303 0101

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Hertfordshire

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Stevenage Museum

Address: St George's Way, Stevenage SG1 1XX

Tel:

(01438) 218881

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Bedfordshire

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Stockwood Discovery Centre features extensive and diverse collections that tell the stories of real people, exploring the history of the region from prehistoric times to the evolution of Stockwood House and the Farley estate.

Address: Stockwood Park Golf Club, London Rd, Luton LU1 4LX

Tel:

01582 548600

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Devon

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South Dartmoor Leisure Centre

Address: Leonards Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0SL

Tel:

(01752) 896 999

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West Yorkshire

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Chevin Forest Park

Web: www.chevinforest.co.uk

Chevin Forest Park covers almost 700 acres of moorland and woodland overlooking Otley on a steep, north facing escarpment ridge.

Facilities for picnics, walking, rock climbing and bridleways for horse riding and cycling.

Tel:

0113 395 7400

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East Sussex

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Pooh Corner

All the 'Enchanted Places' including the famous 'Poohsticks bridge' are found in the Parish of Hartfield. When AA Milne wrote the Winnie-the-Pooh stories back in the 1920s his son, the young Christopher Robin, visited the shop every week with his Nanny. This little shop built three centuries ago has the largest selection of 'Pooh-phernalia to be found anywhere in the world.

Web: www.poohcorner.co.uk

Address: High Street, Hartfield, East Sussex TN7 4AE

Tel:

(01892) 770456

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Cornwall

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Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Address: St.Newlyn East Newquay Cornwall TR8 5LX

Tel:

(01872) 510317

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Berkshire

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Family entertainment

Norden Farm Centre for the Arts based in Maidenhead, Berkshire is a family friendly arts centre offering a wide range of activities and entertainment for adults and children of all ages.

In the school holidays we have family shows, arts and crafts, storytelling and children’s movies – there is something on every day.

During the summer, we bring in over 12 tonnes of sand and create The Maidenhead Beach – somewhere for children to play for free while parents can enjoy something to eat and drink at the beach side café.

Our Christmas shows are based on children’s story books and are perfect for younger children. Previous shows have included The Owl who was Afraid of the Dark, How to Catch a Star and Kipper’s Snowy Day. In 2015, we are delighted to welcome back Percy the Park Keeper in One Snowy Night, based on the hit books by Nick Butterworth.

Our annual Community Lantern Parade takes place in December and brings together families to create willow lanterns then parade them through Maidenhead Town Centre, accompanied by musicians and dancers.

Throughout the year, we host groups, classes and workshops for pre-school children, children and young people. All activities are led by DBS checked arts professionals.

Our range of activities for pre-school children includes weekly Blossom Ballet classes, Teddy Bears Music Club and Little Wrigglers dance classes.

Our exciting choice of after school classes for older children includes Bollywood Dance, Kathak Dance, Contemporary Dance, Youth Theatre, Digi Den, After School Arts Club and Arts Awards.

To see everything going on at Norden Farm, go to our website or find us on Twitter and Facebook: @nordenfarm and www.facebook.com/nordenfarmcentreforthearts

Address: Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Tel:

01628 788997

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Northern Ireland

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Castle Coole

Castle Coole is the family home of the Earls of Belmore. Designed by James Wyatt, this magnificent neo-classical house was completed in 1798. Set in a 700 acre estate with parkland and extensive woods.

The interior of the house was created by some of the leading craftsmen of the late 18th century with chimney pieces carved by Westmacott, plasterwork created by Rose, scagliola columns and pilasters created by Bartoli. Other attractions include the magnificent state rooms with their sumptuous Regency furnishings and the State Bedroom said to have been prepared for a visit by George IV in 1821.

Address: Enniskillen, County Fermanagh BT74 6JY

Tel:

+44 (0)1365 322690

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West Yorkshire

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Armley Mills

Armley Mills, once the world’s largest woollen mill, is now an award-winning industrial museum. Exhibits dating from the 18th and 19th centuries show the history of textiles, clothing and engine and locomotive manufacture in the area.

The museum also illustrates the history of cinema projections, including the first moving pictures taken in Leeds, as well as 1920s silent movies. During the regular 'working weekends' several exhibits are operated including water wheels, a steam engine and the great spinning `mules'.

Kids days out in Leeds

Web: www.leeds.gov.uk/armleymills/

Address: Canal Road, Armley, Leeds LS12 2QF

Tel:

(0113) 263 7861

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Bedfordshire

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Oasis Beach Pool

Address: Cardington Road Bedford Bedfordshire MK42 OBZ

Tel:

(01234) 272100

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Warwickshire

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Kenilworth Castle & Elizabethan Garden

Discover a past, rich with the famous names and events of history. Wander through rooms used lavishly to entertain Queen Elizabeth I and hear of extravagant water pageants and the siege of 1266.

Good annual programme of events.


Address: Castle Green, Off Castle Road, Kenilworth CV8 1NE

Tel:

(01926) 852078

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South London

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Springhealth Leisure Club

Address: Pools on the Park, Old Deer Park, Twickenham Road, Richmond, TW9 2SF

Tel:

020 8940 0561

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Warwickshire

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Twycross Zoo

Twycross Zoo opened in 1963 on a site in Leicestershire. Initially a comparatively modest collection, it has grown into one of the major British zoos, attracting over 450,000 visitors a year. It is famous for its collection of primates.

Web: www.twycrosszoo.com

Address: Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 3PX

Tel:

(01827) 880250/880440

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Tyne & Wear

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Kids days out in Tyne & Wear

Life Science Centre

Uncover the secrets of life at Life Science Centre, the North's premier science centre, which takes visitors on an exciting hands-on journey through the life sciences.

Web: www.lifesciencecentre.org.uk

Address: Times Square, Scotswood Road, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4EP

Tel:

(0191) 243 8223

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Oxfordshire

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Oxford Ice Rink

Web: www.oxford.gov.uk/leisure

Address: Oxpens Road, Oxford, Oxfordshire OX1 1RX

Tel:

(0844) 893 3222

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Kids days out in Leeds

Thackray Museum

The Museum was the inspiration of Paul Thackray, grandson of Charles F Thackray, founder of the medical company bearing his name in Leeds in 1902.

The displays, which opened in March 1997, explain the ways in which people’s lives have changed over the last 150 years as a result of improvements in public health, medicine and healthcare. The museum collection has over 35,000 objects which, in particular, include a vast range of surgical instruments dating from the late 19th century to the present day. The collection also includes a unique collection of English pharmacy ceramics. The library has over 8,000 books, including the largest collection of medical trade literature in the world.

Web: www.thackraymuseum.org

Address: Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN

Tel:

(0113) 244 4343

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UKClimbing.com

UKClimbing.com offers a comprehensive list of local climbing centres throughout the UK.

Web: www.ukclimbing.com/databases/listings/clubs.html

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Berkshire

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Here at the Park you can meet the animals at the farm, go for a ride on the miniature railway, climb, swing or slide in the Adventure Playground. Try the Crazy Golf, Rowing Boats or Pedalos. Take the whole family with you on one of the Nature Trails.

Facilities: miniature railway, adventure playground, petting corner, free parking, picnic, camping, fishing, café/restaurant, baby/disabled, gift shop.

On the Hampshire/Berkshire borders between Reading and Basingstoke. Just off the A33 and easily accessible from the M4 (Junction 11) and M3 (Junction 5). Open daily March to November 10.00am to 5.30pm. Admission is £4.00 for adults, £2.00 for children (up to 15). Under 5's are free and there are concessions for Senior Citizens. Dogs are welcome.

Address: Riseley, Nr Reading RG7 1SP

Tel:

(0118) 9326444

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Devon

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Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway

Web: www.paignton-steamrailway.co.uk

Address: Queen's Park Station, Torbay Road, Paignton TQ4 6AF

Tel:

(01803) 555872

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East Sussex

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Hastings Museum

Built in 1920 the museum offers an insight into local history. The art gallery holds a permanent exhibition of fine art and china.

Web: www.hastings.uk.net/attractions/museums/hastingsmuseum.html

Address: Johns Place, Bohemia Road, Hastings, East Sussex. TN34 1ET

Tel:

(01424) 781155

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Norfolk

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Kids days out in Norfolk

North Norfolk Railway

The North Norfolk Railway offers a 10.5 mile round trip by steam train (vintage diesel trains on some journeys) through a delightful area of North Norfolk designated as being of outstanding natural beauty.

Events are organised throughout the year. Please log onto the website for full details.

Web: www.nnrailway.co.uk

Address: The Station, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8RA

Tel:

(01263) 820800

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Natural History Museum at Tring

Web: www.nhm.ac.uk/tring

Address: Akeman Street Tring Hertfordshire HP23 6AP

Tel:

020 7942 6171

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Bedfordshire

Parks & Open Spaces in Bedford

Web: www.bedford.gov.uk/leisure_and_culture/parks_and_open_spaces.aspx

Tel:

01234 267422

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Somerset

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Oldown Country Park

Oldown Country Park is set in beautiful countryside just north of Bristol. Oldown offers a farm activity centre, woodland walks, adventure playgrounds, a steam train and much, much more.

Web: www.oldown.co.uk

Address: Old Down House, Tockington BS32 4PG

Tel:

(01454) 413605

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Berkshire

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Salters Steamers

Address: 1 Thames Side Windsor Berkshire SL4 1QN

Tel:

(01753) 865832

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English Rural Life (The Museum of)

Rural history including agricultural hand tools, farm wagons, horse drawn ploughs,dairying equipment, livestock accessories, land drainage material and country crafts.

Address: The University of Reading , Whiteknights, PO Box 229, Reading RG6 6AG

Tel:

(0118) 931 8660

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Berkshire

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Lego Land

Paradise for children! They can learn how to drive and earn their driving licence, pan for gold, brave the pirate rapids and enjoy more than 40 rides, live shows and attractions. The park is divided into five different areas each surrounded by beautiful gardens and parkland.

Web: www.legoland.co.uk

Address: Winkfield Road, Windsor SL4 4AY

Tel:

(0990) 040404

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Powys

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King Arthur's Labyrinth

King Arthur's Labyrinth is an underground visitor attraction in Mid Wales with a unique presentation that has captured the public imagination. The tour of the Labyrinth includes a walk of a quarter of a mile through the caverns and the temperature underground is cool. Warm clothes and sensible footwear are advised.

Address: Corris, Machynlleth, Powys SY20 9RF

Tel:

(01654) 761584

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Hampshire

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Whitchurch Silk Mill

Whitchurch Silk Mill was built on the River Test in Hampshire in 1800. Silk has been woven here since the 1820/1830s. Now a working museum open to the public, the mill produces high quality silks to order for theatrical costume, interior designers and historic houses. Facilities include tearoom and gift shop.

Web: www.whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk

Address: 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch RG28 7AL

Tel:

(01256) 892065

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Buckinghamshire

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Cowper Memorial Museum

The Cowper and Newton Museum is an independent museum run as a charitable trust,. It is housed in Orchard Side, the home of the eighteenth century poet, letter-writer and classical scholar William Cowper. Events are organised throughout the year.

Web: www.cowperandnewtonmuseum.org

Address: Orchard Side, Market Place, Olney, Buckinghamshire, MK46 4AJ

Tel:

(01234) 711516

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Scottish Highlands

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Eilean Donan Castle

Visit the website of this magical castle for full details.

Web: www.eileandonancastle.com

Address: Dornie, by Kyle of Lochalsh, , Scotland IV40 8DX

Tel:

(01599) 555202

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Devon

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Morwellham Quay

Established in 1970, this preserved village and historic port, in a beautiful riverside setting, depicts the life and work of a busy C19th industrial community. Costumed staff give talks and demonstrations in restored cottages, workshops and on the quayside. Visitors can try on Victorian costumes and children can make (and take away!) a length of rope or experience child labour on the Ore Dressing Floor. The wooden ketch 'Garlandstone' and the riverside tramway into a real copper mine are highlights.

Web: www.morwellham-quay.co.uk

Address: Morwellham, Tavistock PL19 8JL

Tel:

(01822) 832 766

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Northern Ireland

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Exploris

Exploris is one of Europe's finest public aquaria where you will see the wonders of the Irish Sea, from 2 metre long conger eels to ponderous octopus.

Web: www.exploris.org.uk

Address: The Ropewalk, Castle Street, Portaferry, Co. Down BT22 1NZ

Tel:

(028) 4272 8062

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Osterley Park & House

Spectacular mansion surrounded by gardens, park and farmland.

Address: Jersey Rd, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 4RB

Tel:

020 8232 5050

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Historic Irish Castles

Information on many interesting castles throughout Ireland including Blarney Castle.

Web:
www.majestic-castles-in-ireland.com

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Staffordshire

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Family days out in Staffordshire

National Memorial Arboretum

The National Memorial Arboretum is the UK's year-round centre of Remembrance. The Arboretum is a unique haven of peace, contemplation and hope for the future. It consists of 150 acres of wooded parkland within the National Forest in Staffordshire where visitors can both enjoy and learn about the trees and their surroundings, and reflect upon their special symbolism.

The Arboretum has a lot to offer both young and old. Come for a day out to enjoy the peace and tranquillity, the trees, the memorials, the history, the sense of national pride.

Web: www.thenma.org.uk

Address: Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR

Tel:

01283 792333

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South London

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London Aquarium

See the fascinating and mysterious creatures from the globe's magnificent oceans, seas and rivers. Come face to face with piranhas from the tropics, poisonous lion fish from the Indian Ocean, find 2 meter long sharks or stroke a friendly ray in the beach pool.

Web:
www.londonaquarium.co.uk

Address: County Hall, Riverside Building, Westminster Bridge Road SE1 7PB

Tel:

(020) 7967 8000

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Hampshire

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Fun House

Basingstokes first giant indoor adventure playground!

Wonderful entertainment for children up to the age of 12. Have fun on the Giant Slides, Aerial Runway Rope Nets, Ball Pools and more. Parents room and coffee lounge. Facilities for disabled children and adults. On-site parking. Parties catered for to include party bags, invitations and birthday tea. Please contact us for full details.

Address: Whitney Road, Daneshill Ind Est, Basingstoke, Hants RG24 8NS

Tel:

(01256) 471066

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Birmingham

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Northfield Pool & Fitness Centre

Address: Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham B31 2PD

Tel:

(0121) 464 1058

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Bedfordshire

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Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre

Address: Old Warden Park Biggleswade Bedfordshire SG18 9EA

Tel:

(01767) 627527

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Gwynedd

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Electric Mountain

Electric Mountain is First Hydro\'s Visitors Centre in Llanberis, close to the shores of Llyn Padarn and set against a magnificent backdrop of towering mountains and breathtaking scenery. Here, visitors of all ages can discover the amazing powers of hydro-electricity in an exciting, interactive and educational environment.

Web: www.fhc.co.uk/electric_mountain.htm

Address: Llanberis, Gwynedd. LL55 4UR

Tel:

(01286) 870636

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Pembrokeshire

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Welsh theme park

Oakwood Theme Park is situated in Pembrokeshire in Wales and offers thrilling rides and attractions for the whole family.

Choose from exciting rides for thrill seekers and more sedate rides for younger children.

They also have a variety of catering options throughout the park.

Oakwood After Dark is available throughout August. The park remains open until 10pm and all rides are illuminated creating a very different experience!

Address: Canaston Bridge, Narberth, Pembrokeshire SA67 8DE

Tel:

01834 815170

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Dorset

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Max Gate

Novelist and poet Thomas Hardy designed and lived in this house from 1885 until his death in 1928. Here he wrote Tess of the d\'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and The Mayor of Casterbridge, as welll as much of his poetry.

Address: Alington Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2AB

Tel:

01297 489 481

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Address: Wickford Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex CM3 5QZ

Tel:

(01245) 425394

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Somerset

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Family days out in Somerset

Spectacular Cheddar Gorge & Caves

Explore Britain's biggest gorge from the dramatic cliffs rising 450ft to the stunning stalactite caverns. This world-famous beauty spot is a National Nature Reserve, reveals many fascinating stories of our prehistoric ancestors, and is an international centre for caving and rock climbing.

A great day out for families, nature and history lovers, and outdoor adventurers.

Web: www.cheddargorge.co.uk

Location: Cheddar Gorge & Caves, Cheddar, Somerset BS27 3QF

Tel:

+44 (0) 1934 742343

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Cornwall

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Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Web: www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk

Address: Lostwithiel Road Bodmin Cornwall PL31 1AQ

Tel:

0845 125 9 678

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Essex

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Family days out in Essex

Hedingham Castle

Enjoy a fantastic family day out at Hedingham Castle, a Norman Castle with one of the finest Keeps in England. Visit the beautiful gardens ideal for a summer picnic. Take a walk through the extensive woodland and around the lake.

Visit the website to see full details and dates for special events throughout the year including jousting, archery and re-enactment battles.

Web: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

Address: Hedingham Castle, Castle Hedingham, Essex. CO9 3DJ

Tel:

(01787) 460261

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Hampshire

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Play Days Indoor Soft Play Centre

Address: 2 Stewart Road Daneshill Industrial Estate Basingstoke RG24 8NF

Tel:

(01256) 346173

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Surrey

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Monks Hill Sports Centre

Address: Farnborough Avenue, South Croydon, CR2 8HD

Tel:

020 8651 0984

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Northern Ireland

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Castle Ward

Castle Ward is situated in 700 acres approx three miles from the village of Strangford.

Built in 1760, the house has facades in both Classical and Gothic styles. The house and estate are open to the public and include many period rooms, landscaped gardens, a fortified tower house, Victorian laundry, a theatre, restaurant, shop, saw mill and a working cornmill.

Address: Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS

Tel:

+44 (0)28 4488 1204

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Cornwall

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Newquay Zoo

Web: www.newquayzoo.org.uk

Address: Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 2LZ

Tel:

(01637) 873342

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Family days out in Cornwall

Experience Devon’s Crealy’s legendary attractions, combining magic and myths, wild rides and exciting adventures, whilst getting nose to nose with nature and animals.

Enter the land of Crealy magic where you’ll fly through the air, splash through flowing water, explore mystical woodland, meet the friendliest creatures and uncover ancient stories of dinosaurs, ogres, knights and Romans. With the brand new attractions, the Wilderness trail with deer and treehouses, Vortex, the triple tube watercoaster and Maximus the Roman rollercoaster.

With all this to do, you will find there’s too much to do in just one day! So, because Crealy loves to see you time and time again, you’ll get to come back free of charge!

Check online for special event dates and more information. Remember, if you’re planning on a few visits this year, the best value of all is to become a Crealy Member, giving free unlimited entry to both Parks for a whole twelve months, for less than the cost of four day passes!

Magical Family Fun is Guaranteed at Crealy Great Adventure Parks.

Devon's Crealy Great Adventure Parks
Sidmouth Road, Exeter, Devon EX5 1DR
Tel : 01395 233200
Email: [email protected]

Cornwall's Crealy Great Adventure Park
Tredinnick, Wadebridge, Cornwall PL27 7RA
Tel: 01841 540276
Email: [email protected]

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Buckinghamshire

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Hellfire Caves

Web: www.hellfirecaves.co.uk

Address: West Wycombe Hill Road West Wycombe Buckinghamshire HP14 3AJ

Tel:

(01494) 533 739

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Surrey

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Orleans House Gallery

Stroll in the woodland gardens before visiting the house named after its most famous resident Louis Phillippe, Duc d,Orleans.

Regular art activities take place for 5-12 year olds in school holidays. Sunday Fundays are aimed at our younger club members 3-5 year olds.

Address: Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DJ

Tel:

(020) 8831 6000

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Central London

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Family days out in London

Get inside London's most famous bridge.

Facilities: play area, baby/disabled.

Address: 202-203 Grange Road, London SE1 3AA

Tel:

020 7403 3761

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East London

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Ragged School Museum

Address: 46-50 Copperfield Rd, London E3 4RR

Tel:

(020) 8980 6405

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Ceredigion

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Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park

This unique farm park is stunningly located on a scenic headland, overlooking the nature reserve of Cardigan Island, just 200 yards offshore.

It is home to thousands of seabirds and a flock of wild Soay sheep, originally from the Isle of Soay near Skye. The area is also home to Atlantic grey seals and the only resident population of bottle-nosed Dolphins in England and Wales.

Web: www.cardiganisland.co.uk

Address: Gwbert, Cardigan, Ceredigion, West Wales SA43 1PR

Tel:

(01239) 612196

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Cambridgeshire

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Parkside Swimming Pool

Address: Gonville Place, Cambridge, CB1 1LY

Tel:

(01223) 446 100

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Perth & Kinross

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Kids days out in Perthshire

Active Kids Adventure Park in Perthshire offers a great day out for the whole family

  • Adventure Park with exciting attractions for children of all ages
  • Indoor soft play area suitable for children under 7 years
  • Coffee shop with homemade food and delicious home baking
  • Fun packed birthday parties

Open 7 days a week from 10:00-17:00 (Mon-Fri) and 11:00-17:00 (Sun).

Address: Burnside Farm, Stanley, Perthshire PH1 4QB

Tel:

01738 827286

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East London

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Newham City Farm

Address: Stansfeld Road, Beckton E6 5LT

Tel:

(020) 7474 4960

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Pepsi Trocadero

Themed restaurants, shops, high tech attractions, best spot for techno-teens. Sun-Thur 10am-midnight. Fri-Sat 10am-1am.


Address: 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 0TR

Tel:

(020) 7439 1719

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Gwynedd

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Penrhyn Castle

Penrhyn Castle is an extravagant example of early 19th century neo-Norman architecture. Among its fascinating features are a one-ton slate bed made for Queen Victoria and a spectacular Grand Staircase. The castle boasts one of the best art collections in Wales, paintings include Rembrandt, Gainsborough and Canaletto.

rhyn’s 45 acres of grounds include parkland, wooded walks and a Victorian walled garden with many exotic trees and shrubs. The gardens offer stunning views of Snowdonia and the Menai Strait. The stable block, houses two railway museums, doll museum, two exhibition galleries and shop.

Address: Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4HN

Tel:

(01248) 353084

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North London

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Kids days out in London

COME CLIMBING WITH GECKOS (for kids aged 9 to grown-ups) at The Castle, London’s premier indoor climbing centre. Be excited, challenged & rewarded! Improve your balance, coordination, fitness & strength. Build your self-confidence and overcome your fears! All this and have fun at the same time! Fully qualified, experienced instructors.

CLIMBING PARTIES! Fun and exciting parties for children aged 9 and upwards. £180.00 for up to 6 children, £300.00 for up to 12, fully inclusive of kit, entry into The Castle, and instruction. Maximum ratio of six children to one instructor at all times.

FAMILY FUN! New ‘have a go’ sessions for anyone ages 5 and above’

THREE DAY HOLIDAY CLIMBING COURSES! Three-day beginners and intermediate climbing courses during the school holidays aged 9 and upwards.

INDIVUDUAL TUITION! Begin, learn & improve! Intensive tuition for small groups of up to three students. All levels welcome.

CLIMBING CLUB! Weekly club for beginners, intermediates and advanced climbers.

OUTDOOR TRIPS! Trips for kids of all abilities to outdoor climbing venues:

Address: The Castle Climbing Centre, Green Lanes, London N4 2HA

Tel:

07776 176007

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Norfolk

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Kids days out in Norfolk

BeWILDerwood is an award winning wild and imaginative outdoor adventure park. With magical treehouses and hints of intriguing characters, BeWILDerwood brings a curious difference to the Norfolk Broads.

BeWILDerwood is home to enchanting creatures such as Boggles, Twiggles, the Thornyclod Spider and vegetarian Crocklebogs! The setting for the book, “A Boggle at BeWILDerwood”, by local children’s author Tom Blofeld, gives children the chance to follow in the footsteps of the lead character Swampy, a 2ft Marsh Boggle with a taste for adventure. High in the trees there are miniature Twiggle villages and low in the marshes Boggle village life will captivate your imagination.

Attractions include the Broken Bridge where you have to walk over invisible glass 7 metres above the ground, the Wobbly Wires, a daring zip wire slide and the Slippery Slopes, not for the faint hearted.

No matter how young (or old!) you are, if you’re brave enough you can clamber, crawl, climb, slide and swing your way around our mystical world, creating your own adventure. Parents are encouraged to play alongside their children, which makes for a fabulous and brilliantly exciting time for the whole family.

Fantabulous events run throughout the season and we do great birthday parties!

Tel:

01603 783 900

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Wiltshire

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Museum of the Great Western Railway

Web: www.steam-museum.org.uk

Address: Kemble Drive, Swindon SN2 2TA

Tel:

(01793) 466646

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Toys for children in Dorset

Maize Maze 2020 - Visit the amazing Dinosaur themed Maize Maze at the Toy Barn in Sherborne, Dorset. Getting lost has never been so much fun. Find all the hidden letters to discover the secret word. Once you have finished exploring the Maze, the children can play on the climbing frames, trampolines and swing frames. Bring a picnic or purchase snacks, ice creams and cold drinks from our Toy Shop.

Advance booking is essential so that we can control the number of people and adhere to social distancing requirements. For tickets and information please go to www.toy-barn.co.uk or call 01935 815040

The Toy barn is a family run business specialising in outdoor play equipment. We are on a working farm with the largest display of play equipment in the South West. We run outdoor birthday parties in our Orchard playground with the use of Pedal Go Kart on our small track.

  • Toy Shop: traditional wooden toys, games, puzzles, dolls houses, castles, farms and figures.
  • Outdoor Climbing frames: A wide selection of timber and metal swings frames, climbing centres, play houses and sandpits
  • Outdoors games: Croquet, ball games, Kites, Hammocks, Cocoons and bean bags.
  • Play houses. We manufacture our own range of wooden cottages.
  • Trampolines: We have a demonstration in-ground trampoline on site and we stock a wide range of above ground trampolines including Supertamp and Springfree
  • Ride on toys: Tractors to Go-karts, trikes and scooters. Wooden sit on toys for toddlers.
  • Parties: Hire our Orchard Playground with our pedal powered go-karts for a unique birthday party.
  • Commercial: We supply and install play equipment in schools, parks and pubs.
  • Events: We run several events every year, including an Easter Egg Hunt and a Summer and Halloween Maize Maze.
  • We can do site visits and we install residential play frames and trampolines.

The Toy Barn is a great shop to bring your kids to. Try out our ranges of trampolines and climbing frames. Our years of experience can help you make a sound decision and answer questions about options and quality. For special events see our web site and social media pages.

The Toy Barn Outdoor Display is at Blackmarsh Farm, Sherborne, Dorset DT9 4JX 01935 815040

Tel:

01935 815040

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Norfolk

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St James Swimming & Fitness Centre

Address: Blackfriars St, King's Lynn, PE30 1NN

Tel:

(01553) 764 888

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Hampshire

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Kids days out in Hampshire

INTECH Science Centre

INTECH family science centre, Winchester is an under cover, all-weather visitor attraction and education centre. There are 100 hands-on interactive science and technology exhibits, ideal for the child aged 5-12. Check out our monthly science shows, holiday activities and birthday party package on our website.

Café, outdoor picnic area, free ample parking, disabled access Situated on the A31, three miles east of the M3 (Jcts. 9 or 10) and close to the A272.

Web: www.intech-uk.com

Address: Telegraph Way, Morn Hill, Winchester SO21 1HX

Tel:

(01962) 863791

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Family days out in Cornwall

DairyLand Farm World

DairyLand Farm World offers attractions and entertainment for a great day out for the whole family … rain or shine!

There is so much to do at DairyLand in Cornwall :

 

  • The Bull Pen indoor play area with soft play areas & ball pool
  • Drop slides and Raging bulls ride
  • Mini tractors
  • Get up close to our farm animals in Pat-a-Pet
  • Adventure playgrounds
  • Farm animals & bottle feeding
  • Pony Rides
  • Woodland lakes
  • Lamborghini hayride
  • Milking parlour see our Rare breed herd milked daily
  • Birthday parties

Our philosophy has always been to promote a better understanding between town and country through fun attractions and activities that reflect farm park life. Visit our website for full details and to see a guide of what is on throughout the day.

Web: www.dairylandfarmworld.com

Address: Nr Newquay, Cornwall TR8 5AA

Tel:

01872 510246

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North London

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ZSL London Zoo


Address: Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY

Tel:

(020) 7722 3333

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Kids days out in Glasgow

Glasgow Science Centre

Glasgow Science Centre is one of Scotland’s must-see visitor attractions, containing hundreds of hands-on exhibits, the ScottishPower Planetarium and Scotland’s only IMAX(R) Cinema. The Science Mall houses hundreds of hands-on exhibits and live Science Shows that demonstrate science in a fun and entertaining way. With live star shows, spectacular films and expert commentary in the ScottishPower Planetarium, you're sure to have a great day out!

Journey with the Simpsons to another dimension in CyberWorld 3D or enjoy a wild Theme Park adventure in Alien Adventure 3D on Scotland's most powerful film experience at GSC IMAX® Cinema. With a screen bigger than a 5-a-side football pitch and a digital 12,000 watt sound system, the IMAX shows 2D and 3D films that will amaze and astound you.

Web: www.glasgowsciencecentre.org


Address: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

Tel:

(0141) 420 5000

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East Sussex

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Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum

One of the south coast's most historic landmarks, discover over 200 years of history at this Napoleonic fortress, named one of the top ten military museums in the UK.

Built to defend the south coast from Napoleon's forces it still stands as a unique monument to that time and now houses the largest military collection of its kind in the south of England, along with a vibrant events programme.

Entry to the parade ground and battlements is FREE, with admission charged only inside the fortress and military exhibition. Plus get a free return visit with each ticket! A great day out for kids!

Address: Royal Parade, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN22 7AQ
Web: www.visiteastbourne.com/things-to-do/redoubt-fortress.aspx

Tel:

01323 410300

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South London

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National Army Museum

Please contact the museum for information on their themed special weekend events. Each weekend addresses different aspects or era of the British Army past and present. Activities for children include art workshops and story telling.

Address: Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HT

Tel:

(020) 7730 0717

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Address: Harbour Road Seaton Devon EX12 2NQ

Tel:

01297 20375

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Cornwall

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Amazing Cornish Maize Maze

The Amazing Cornish Maize Maze offers family fun and kids days out at Smeaton Farm near Saltash in Cornwall - a giant themed corn maze with puzzles and quizzes.

Web: www.amazingcornishmaizemaze.co.uk

Address: Smeaton Farm Pillaton Saltash Cornwall PL12 6RZ

Tel:

(01579) 351833

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North London

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Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre

Medieval museum centred around a tithe barn. There is parkland, gardens and a children's playground with live music on Sunday lunchtime.

Harrow & Wealdstone.

Address: Headstone Manor Pinner View, Harrow HA2 6PX

Tel:

(020) 8861 2626

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Dorset

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Hardy's Cottage

The small, thatched cottage where poet and novelist Thomas Hardy was born in 1840. It was built by his great-grandfather and is little altered since.

Address: Higher Bockhampton near Dorchester DT2 8QJ

Tel:

(01305) 262366

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North London

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London Planetarium

For over 40 years this world famous Planetarium has enthralled visitors with star shows in the great green dome. Today the experience is more exciting and fun than ever, with plenty to offer children and adults and all would-be astronomers!

Facilities for disabled.

Address: Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LR

Tel:

(020) 7935 6861

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East Sussex

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Paradise Park

Web: www.paradisepark.co.uk

Address: Avis Road, Newhaven, East Sussex BN9 0DH

Tel:

(01273) 512123

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Hertfordshire

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Welwyn Roman Baths

Address: Welwyn Bypass Welwyn AL6 9FG

Tel:

(01707) 271362

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Hertfordshire

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Kids days out in Hertfordshire

Willows Farm Village

Acres of Family Fun For Everyone At Willows Farm Village!

Situated in Hertfordshire just a short distance from London, Willows Farm Village is a unique attraction set in 50 acres of beautiful countryside. As well as lots of hands-on animal experiences there's an exciting programme of special demonstrations everyday with extra weekend and holiday children’s activities, so there's always something new to see.

Children's Parties at Willows Farm Village are fantastic fun, and include admission to the Farm Village, with a unique mix of animals, adventure and all-out activity!

Web: www.willowsfarmvillage.com

Address: Coursers Road, London Colney, St Albans AL2 1BB

Tel:

(01727) 822444

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Cornwall

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Antony House

Antony House features some exceptional furnishings. A splendid collection of portraits including examples of works by Reynolds and a painting of Charles I at his trial. There are 25 acres of landscaped gardens adjacent to the house, and some 50 acres of natural woodland to explore. The house and gardens were donated to the National Trust in 1961.

Kids days out in Torpoint in Cornwall

Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/antony/

Address: Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 2QA

Tel:

(01752) 812191

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Bristol

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Bristol Zoo Aquarium

Shimmering spots, stripes and spines are always on show in the colourful Aquarium. Here you'll discover over 70 different species of fish, from a wide variety of tropical and temperate, freshwater and marine habitats including the clown fish and the giant gourami.

Web: www.bristolzoo.org.uk

Address: Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton BS8 3HA

Tel:

0117 974 7399

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Nottinghamshire

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Kids days out in Nottinghamshire

The Tales of Robin Hood

The Tales of Robin Hood, Nottingham's most popular tourist attraction, invites you to step back in time to the days when England's best loved outlaw waged war against his arch enemy, The Sheriff of Nottingham. Enter a world of mystery and merriment, where legend and adventure lives on.

The whole family will enjoy a real adventure riding through Medieval Nottingham in unique adventure cars. Smell its smells as you flee from the evil sheriff, see the expertly captured scenes from the original tales of Robin Hood and hear the hustle and bustle of everyday life in the Middle Ages.

As night falls, our Grand Hall comes alive with Medieval Banquets and Murder Mystery evenings. We also organise great ‘Little Outlaw's’ Birthday Parties that include a trip around the attraction, invitations and party food. Special events are also held throughout the year.

Address: 30-38 Maid Marian Way, Nottingham, NG1 6GF

Tel:

(0115) 948 3284

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Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Butterfly & Insect World

Take an exciting journey through a tropical rainforest, experience the life and learn about the creatures. See exotic butterflies and tropical birds flying free, handle snakes and spiders, see poisonous frogs and scorpions, leaf cutter ants and much much more.

Web: www.edinburgh-butterfly-world.co.uk

Address: Dobbies Garden World, Lasswade, Midlothian EH18 1AZ

Tel:

(0131) 663 4932

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Central London

London Embankment

Walk along the Thames taking in the historical views of the Houses of Parliament and many famous bridges and monuments. Take a trip on one of the many boats which offer lots of different destinations.

See this link for details: www.london-footprints.co.uk/wkembankmentroute.htm

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Tyne & Wear

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The Lightfoot Sports Centre

Address: Wharrier Street, Newcastle, NE6 3BR

Tel:

(0191) 265 5597

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Central London

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Madame Tussaud's

Madame Tussaud's has attracted and amazed people the world over, after all, where else can you mingle with movie stars, be counted amongst world leaders or line up along side your sporting heroes?

Web: www.madametussauds.com/London


Address: Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LR

Tel:

0871 894 3000

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Cornwall

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Killarney Springs

Web: www.killarneysprings.com

Address: Killarney Springs Killarney Morewenston Nr Bude Cornwall EX23 9JF

Tel:

(01288) 331 475

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Somerset

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HorseWorld

Visit the HorseWorld visitor centre, located near Bristol. At our visitors centre, you can meet many of the rescued horses, ponies and donkeys and enjoy a whole host of other attractions in the beautiful listed Mendip stone farm buildings.

Web: www.horseworld.org.uk

Address: Staunton Manor Farm, Staunton Lane, Whitchurch, Bristol BS14 0QJ

Tel:

(01275) 540173

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Devon

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Milky Way Adventure Park

Web: www.themilkyway.co.uk

Address: Clovelly Bideford Devon EX39 5RY

Tel:

(01237) 431 255

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Essex

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Mountfitchet Castle

Formerly an Iron Age hill fort, this historic site was also a Roman signals fort and later a Saxon and Viking settlement before being attacked in 1066 by William the Conqueror who built a wooden motte and bailey castle here.

Web: www.mountfitchetcastle.com/

Address: Mountfitchet Castle, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex CM24 8SP

Tel:

01278 813237

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Family days out in Warwickshire

Kate Boats

Kate Boats is a family run canal business established for over 18 years. Our hire fleet offers narrow boat cruising holidays on the Grand Union Canal, from bases at Warwick and Stockton.

Whether you're looking for a family holiday with a difference or just want to unwind and take life at a more tranquil pace, each boat in our narrow boat fleet provides a level of comfort and convenience that is normally associated with privately owned craft.

Kate Boats we will give you the personal care and attention that you require to ensure you enjoy your holiday to the full whether you have previously enjoyed a holiday on the waterways or are a 'land lubber' looking to experience life afloat for the first time.

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.kateboats.co.uk

Address: The Boatyard Nelson Lane, Warwick CV34 5JB

Tel:

(01926) 492968

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South London

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Natural History Museum

Visit the website for details of the latest exhibitions.

Web: www.nhm.ac.uk

Address: Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD

Tel:

(020) 7942 5000

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Address: Berrynarbor Ilfracombe Devon EX34 9SL

Tel:

(01271) 867 474

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Cambridgeshire

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Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Web: www.sedgwickmuseum.org

Address: Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ

Tel:

(01223) 333456

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Devon

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Family days out in Devon

Kents Cavern is a spectacular natural cave notable for its archaeological and geological features and one of the most important Stone Age sites in Europe. A brilliant place for family days out in Devon!

There’s lots of exciting things happening at Kents Cavern all year round. Visit the website for all the latest details.

Looking for a birthday party with a difference? Cave explorer's birthday parties are a magical experience for children aged 6+. Visit the caves with a fun experienced guide, enjoy lunch and activities.

Address: 91 Ilsham Rd, Torquay, Devon TQ1 2JF

Tel:

01803 215136

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Stirling

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Kids days out in Stirling

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

  • Drive through Wild Animal Reserves
  • Boat trips to Chimp Island
  • Sea Lion Shows
  • Birds of Prey Displays
  • Fun Fair
  • Restaurant & Bar Facilities
  • Gift Shops
  • Adventure Playground
  • Pets Farm & Lemur Land
Open: 7 days a week 15th March – 20th October 2008, 10am – 5.30pm. Last admission 4.30pm

Directions: J10 M9 4 miles along A84 towards Callander signposted on M9 & A84. On-site parking

Address: By Stirling FK9 4UR

Tel:

(01786) 841456

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North London

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The Playhouse (London) Children's Indoor Centre Ltd

Address: The Old Gymnasium Highbury Grove School London N5 2EG

Tel:

020 7704 9424

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North London

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The Play Station

Address: 2a Brabant Road, Wood Green, London N22 6XB

Tel:

(020) 8889 0001

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Hampshire

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Royal Navy Submarine Museum

Web: www.rnsubmus.co.uk

Address: Haslar Jetty Rd, Gosport PO12 2AS

Tel:

(023) 9251 0354

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Somerset

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Animal Farm Adventure Park

Visit this adventure park and fun farm that is bursting with entertainment. Kids can pet goats, donkeys and llamas and have fun in the Playbarn's slides and ball pools.

Kids days out in Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset

Web: www.animal-farm.co.uk

Address: Red Rd, Berrow, Burnham-on-Sea, Somerset TA8 2RW

Tel:

(01278) 751628

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Kids days out in Cornwall

Trethorne Leisure Farm

Come rain or shine families are guaranteed a great time at Trethorne Leisure Farm. We have 45,000 sq ft of undercover entertainment.

  • Excellent Indoor Assault Course
  • Gladiator Duel
  • Feed the Animals
  • Family Fun on our Giant Astra Slide
  • Free Fall Slide
  • Miniature Ponies
  • Crazy Golf
  • Roller Racers

And much more!

Address: Kennards House, Launceston PL15 8QE

Tel:

(01566) 86324

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The National Trust - Buckland Abbey

Take a voyage of discovery to 13th century Buckland Abbey, the home of Sir Francis Drake. The story of this medieval monastery, which was uniquely converted into a Tudor home, unfolds through exhibitions, ancient buildings and furnished rooms.

Explore the legendary life of Sir Francis Drake, his circumnavigation and the story of the Armada. See the Drake memorabilia including his famous drum and standards.

A beautiful new Elizabethan garden has been created which complements the unusual box hedged herb garden besides the massive stone Great Barn. The estate offers miles of lovely walks.

Family activities often arranged, especially during the school holidays, telephone for more details. Presented in association with Plymouth City Museum. There is a licensed restaurant/tea room serving home made lunches and teas and a National Trust gift shop. An information leaflet is available for disabled visitors; there is limited wheelchair access to the Abbey.

Address: Yelverton, Devon PL20 6EY

Tel:

(01822) 853607

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Playzone

Address: Unit 4A Oak Park Industrial Estate North Harbour Road, Cosham PO6 3TJ

Tel:

(023) 92 37 99 99

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Hampshire

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Marwell Zoological Park

Over one thousand wild animals including red pandas, zebras and many endangered species in 100 acres of beautiful parkland. Make friends with the domesticated breeds.There's an adventure playground, railway, free road train and other amusements. Easily accessible from the M3 and M27. Please phone or log onto our website for directions and nearest railway station.

Web: www.marwell.org.uk

Address: Thompsons Lane, Colden Common, Winchester SO21 1JH

Tel:

(01962) 777900

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Buckinghamshire

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Zoom Childrens Funhouse

Web: www.zoomindoorplay.co.uk

Address: The Old Chiltern Theatre 14 Station Rd, Beaconsfield, HP9 1QR.

Tel:

(01494) 673005

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West Midlands

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Crash!Bang!Wallop!

Crash!Bang!Wallop! has all the things kids love! This is the Midlands biggest most thrilling indoor fun centre for children, an indoor adventure wonderland where children can spend hours of adventure and exploration. We have a giant main play area including firing cannons!, a double helix tunnel slide!, a huge wavy slide!, log ramps and ball pits, bif bash and so much more! We also have our own sports area, separate babies and toddler areas and a car track!

Why not have your childs party at Crash!Bang!Wallop! - they’ll love it and we do parties all day every day!

Crash Bang Wallop opens at 9.30am every morning , 7 days a week and shuts at 6.30pm weekdays and 7.30pm on saturdays and sundays. Hope to see you soon!!

Web: www.crashbangwallop.biz

Address: 114-116 Lindon Road, Brownhills WS8 7BW

Tel:

(01543) 377100

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The Cathedral was designed in the Early Christian Byzantine style by the Victorian architect John Francis Bentley. The first stone was laid in 1895 and the building was completed eight years later. Log onto the website for full history details.

The front entrance to the Cathedral is off the Piazza. Access is from Victoria Street, Ashley Place, or Ambrosden Avenue. The entrance to Clergy House is on Francis Street.Great for kids days out in Central London.

Service Times: (020) 7798 9097

Tel:

(020) 7798 9055

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Address: Washford Cross, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0QB

Tel:

(01984) 640688

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West Sussex

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Chichester Harbour Water Tours

Web: www.chichesterharbourwatertours.co.uk

Address: 12 The Parade East Wittering West Sussex PO20 8BN

Tel:

(01243) 670504

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East Sussex

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The Llama Park

Kids days out in Forest Row in East Sussex

Web: www.llamapark.co.uk/

Address: Wych Cross, Forest Row, East Sussex RH18 5JN

Tel:

01825 713698

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Shipwreak Heritage Centre

Visit this award winning museum, the only shipwreck centre of this standard in Britain. There is loads to see including a spectacular audio-visual show which features a voyage in time to the reign of Richard lll. Visitors will linger over the huge collection of personal and commercial artefacts brought up from the sea bed.

Address: Rock-a-Nore Rd, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3DW

Tel:

(01424) 437452

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Warwickshire

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Ragdoll

The Ragdoll Shop is the home of Tots TV, Teletubbies, Rosie and Jim and Brum. You can watch your favourite Ragdoll programmes on a replica of the Ragdoll boat and see yourself in the Tots TV secret house. Operate the control panel and play on the slide in the Teletubbies play area or have a ride on Brum or the Noo-noo. Call for more information.

Address: 11 Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6EP

Tel:

(01789) 404100

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Essex

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Colchester Zoo

Web: www.colchester-zoo.co.uk

Address: Maldon Road Stanway Colchester Essex CO3 0SL

Tel:

(01206) 331292

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Gloucestershire

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Cotswold Farm Park

Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park is the home of Rare Breeds Conservation. We are open every day until the 22nd December. We have something for everyone, whatever the weather.

Fun activitirs for all ages including the Touch Barn where children and adults can meet and make friends with the farms smaller residents. Visit Adam’s Kitchen for a relaxing cup of tea and a slice of homemade cake.

Location: Guiting Power, nr. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 5UG

Web: www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk/

Tel:

+44 (0)1451 850 307

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Devon

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Torridge Pool

Address: Churchill Way, Northam, Bideford, EX39 1SU

Tel:

(01237) 471 794

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Buckinghamshire

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Bucks Goat Centre

Web: www.bucksgoatcentre.co.uk

Address: Layby Farm Stoke Mandeville Buckinghamshire HP22 5XJ

Tel:

(01296) 612983

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A World of Wildlife awaits you where a fun-filled interactive approach will ensure the most memorable day out. Take a journey of discovery to experience at close quarters an abundance of tame and exotic wildlife in acres of beautifully landscaped gardens overlooking the Solent.

Email: [email protected]

Address: Wildlife Encounter, Springvale, Seaview, Isle of Wight PO34 5AP

Tel:

(01983) 612153

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Kent

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Pavillion Leisure Centre

Address: Kentish Way, Bromley BR1 3EF

Tel:

(020) 8313 9911

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Gwynedd

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Padarn Country Park

Padarn Country Park set amongst the dramatic scenery of Snowdonia is an ideal place to sample what the countryside can offer. A great day out with numerous attractions from fishing to the quarry hospital museum and much more.

Address: The Quarry Hospital Llanberis, Caernarfon , Gwynedd LL55 4TY

Tel:

(01286) 870892

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Conwy Butterfly Jungle

See many of the worlds most beautiful tropical butterflies in free flight around you set in 2000 sq ft of jungle garden. Experience full rainforest surround sound. Souvenir shop, refreshments, picnic area on site. Toilets and parking nearby.

Web: www.conwy-butterfly.co.uk

Address: Bodlondeb Park, Conwy LL32 8DU

Tel:

(01492) 593149

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Family days out in North london

Alexandra Palace, the iconic north London destination venue is bursting with culture and heritage that no other destination in London can offer. The Peoples Palace boasts a 7acre building surrounded by 196acres of beautiful park land while offering some of the best panoramic views of London. Ally Pally is a great place to visit all year round… Keep up to date with what’s on here http://www.alexandrapalace.com/whats-on/

You’ll never be short of things to do here with your family as there is something for everyone:

Ice Rink and Ice Café
The ice rink provides a unique blend of Victorian splendour, opulent history and modern technology to create the backdrop for up to 1250 skaters and spectators. With an extensive programme of public skating, figure skating, ice dance, ice hockey and Skate UK courses, the ice rink has something for everyone. For more information including opening times go to: http://www.alexandrapalace.com/ice-rink/

Bar and Kitchen
Great for family lunches and dinners, there is both indoor and outdoor seating available with a panoramic view of London. Hot and cold meals, as well as snacks are available all day. The Bar & Kitchen opens daily from 11am.

Golf course
Have a game while enjoying one of the best panoramic views of London’s skyline, the 10 hole Pitch & Putt course and putting green in the park is open daily throughout the summer.

Boating lake and café
The Boating Lake and Cafe overlooks the park and is open all year round to enjoy fishing, pedalling across or sitting around at the Lakeside café.

Little dinosaurs
All year round adventure soft play centre with café serving refreshments for its patrons. A great escape for kids and their parents all in a beautiful partly wooded setting. Open every day and perfect for parties!

The Park/Garden centre
The site offers a diverse mix of landscapes including woodlands, formal gardens, playing fields, meadows and conservation areas. Birds, bats, foxes and invertebrates have all made their home in the trees, plants and wild flora making it ideal for a great family day out.

Skating Park
A great place to maximize and sharpen your skateboarding skills or just watch others perfect their grinds and ollies. There is enough to keep you busy including ramps, 2 fun boxes and 2 grinds… and what’s more – it’s FREE

So… discover your Ally Pally for the ultimate kids day out in North London

Address: Alexandra Palace Way, Wood Green, London N22 7AY

Tel:

(020) 8365 2121

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Gwynedd

Kids days out in Gwynedd

Portmeirion Village

The village of Portmeirion stands on a rugged clifftop on its own private peninsula overlooking Cardigan Bay on the coast of Snowdonia. It is surrounded by acres of sub-tropical woodlands and miles of sandy beaches.

Portmeirion was built from 1925 to 1976 by visionary Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis, who wanted to prove that development need not mean defilement. All the cottages in the village are let as rooms and suites as part of the Hotel Portmeirion or as self-catering cottages sleeping up to 8 people. The village has several cafes and eight different shops.

Many know Portmeirion as the location for Patrick McGoohan's classic "The Prisoner" television series. It is also known for the Portmeirion Pottery, designed by Clough's daughter Susan Williams-Ellis. A new contemporary styled brasserie opened at Castell Deudraeth in 2001.

Portmeirion is signposted from the A487 at Minffordd midway between Penrhyndeudraeth and Porthmadog.

Web: www.portmeirion-village.com

Tel:

(01766) 770000

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Hampshire

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Fun House Indoor Soft Play Centre

Address: Whitney Road RG24 8NS

Tel:

(01256) 471066

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Devon

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Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary

Web: www.ottersandbutterflies.co.uk

Address: Buckfast Steam & Leisure Park Buckfastleigh Devon TQ11 0DZ

Tel:

(01364) 642916

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Kids days out in Milton Keynes

Bletchley Park

Travelling under the guise of 'Captain Ridley's Shooting Party', a small team of scholars-turned-codebreakers arrived at Bletchley Park in the summer of 1939.

Their mission: to crack the Nazi Enigma cypher. The odds against them were a staggering 150,000,000,000,000,000,000 to 1. Their success in breaking this seemingly 'unbreakable' code was one of the greatest intellectual achievements of the twentieth century.

By March 1946 they were all gone, removing every scrap of evidence of their codebreaking exploits as they left. Their efforts in breaking those 'unbreakable' codes in the utmost secrecy caused Winston Churchill to coin the phrase "the geese that laid the golden eggs and never cackled". It would be decades before Bletchley Park would start to reveal its secrets.

By 1991, the Park was deserted, its buildings facing demolition. The Bletchley Park Trust was formed with the aim of preserving the site for posterity. So began a long and arduous campaign. The Trust fought off hostile bids from property speculators and waded through a mountain of Government red tape to clinch a deal that saved Bletchley Park for the nation.


Web: www.bletchleypark.org.uk

Address: The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Milton Keynes MK3 6EB

Tel:

(01908) 640404

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Surrey

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Birdworld

A World of Birds and So Much More!

Birdworld is the largest bird park in the UK. Set in beautiful gardens, a great day out for the whole family.

Found within the grounds you can also visit the Underwater World where you can marvel at the colourful tropical fish, jungle swamps, sea reefs and other wonders of marine life from around the world.

A must for all the children is the Jenny Wren Farm where you can feed and pet all their animals. Log on for full details.

Address: Holt Pound, Farnham GU10 4LD

Tel:

01420 22992

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Oxfordshire

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Didcot Railway Centre

Web: www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

Address: Didcot Oxfordshire OX11 7NJ

Tel:

(01235) 817200

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Central London

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Family days out in London

British Museum

The Museum is free to all visitors. It is open daily 10.00–17.30, and late on Fridays. There is always something free for families to do together, see the link below for the latest events.

Web: www.britishmuseum.org

Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Tel:

(020) 7323 8181

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Cheshire

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Tatton Park

Everything you love to do ...

Bring your family down to the farm at Tatton Park this summer for the fabulous Little Baa event.

Kim Lewis is an author and illustrator of charming children’s books all about rural life and we have some original artwork and transcripts from her books, including Floss, Emma's Lamb, Just Like Floss and Shepherd's Boy. Children will love following the Little Baa trail round the farm, dressing up as a shepherd, and looking for Floss's mischievous puppies hiding in the maize maze.

Kim visits the farm on 2nd August to sign copies of her books. Other farm activities include regular talks on our livestock and the opportunity to meet our newly hatched out chicks and ducklings. Additionally, the farm is hosting the Fun Dog Show on 10th August and the English Country Weekend on the August bank holiday weekend.

Also at Tatton, children will have great fun in the gardens with the maze and trail to follow, there is also a family trail in the mansion and of course the adventure playground to let off any excess energy. Pick up a Nature Trail leaflet while you are here and enjoy an ice-cream from the Tuck Shop while you explore. There are also car shows, outdoor theatre and Viking Sunday to entertain families this summer: check out the website for full details.

Great family days out at: Tatton Park, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 6QN
Web: www.tattonpark.org.uk

Tel:

01625 374400

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Buckinghamshire

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Gulliver's Land

Web: www.gulliversfun.co.uk

Address: Livingstone Drive, Newlands, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK15 ODT

Tel:

(01925) 444888

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Brighton Museum & Art Gallery

May 4th 2002 saw the reopening of Brighton Museum & Art Gallery, transformed by a £10 million redevelopment, with a complete redisplay of its rich and diverse collections. This project is part of a larger regeneration scheme creating a vibrant cultural centre in and around the Royal Pavilion Estate in the heart of the new city of Brighton & Hove. Please contact the museum for opening times.

Address: Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1EE

Tel:

(01273) 290900

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Northern Ireland

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Dunluce Family Entertainment Centre

The Dunluce Centre is a large family entertainment complex situated in the heart of Portrush. The centre features unique attractions designed to provide thrills and enjoyment for all the family.

Address: 10 Sandhill Drive, Portrush, Co Antrim BT56 8BF

Tel:

+44 (0)28 7082 4444.

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East London

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Eastbury Manor House

Address: Eastbury Square, Barking, London IG11 9SN

Tel:

020 8724 1002

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East Sussex

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Kids days out in East Sussex

Lewes Castle is one of the oldest castles in England, built soon after the Norman Conquest. The views over the town of Lewes, the River Ouse and the surrounding Downs are worth the climb up the Keep.

Barbican House Museum, opposite the Castle, tells the story of Sussex from the Stone Age through the medieval period. Displays include flint tools, pottery, weapons, jewelry and other archaeological discoveries. It also houses a model of Lewes during the Victorian period.

Special family sessions on archaeological and historical themes are held all year. Other events include a Medieval Day and open-air theatre performances.

Address: 169 High Street, Lewes BN7 1YE

Tel:

(01273) 486290

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Kids days out in Devon

The Greatest Day Out In Devon

The largest Family Theme Park in South West has 11 action packed Zones with all weather family fun. Experience white knuckle rides like the high flying Swing Ship and pulse pounding Avalanche, fly down water coasters that electrify and small rides that delight.

Explore indoor Fun Factories and discover cuddly creatures and exotic animals, birds and insects at the Zoo-Farm. Then watch exciting owl and hawk displays.

From 4th November – 27th March 2014 we are open weekends and Devon School Holidays only. For just £7.15 per person you can take your whole family for an action packed day of Winter fun at Woodlands Family Theme Park. With vast indoor centres nearly the size of two football pitches there is so much fun to choose from. (Watercoasters, Toboggan Run, Avalanche, Arctic Gliders, Dune Buggies, Pedal Boats are closed during the winter.)

Address: Dartmouth, Devon TQ9 7DQ

Tel:

(01803) 712598

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Hertfordshire

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The Hawksmoor Centre

Address: Potters Lane, Borehamwood WD6 5NX

Tel:

(020) 8387 5600

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Quasar

Lots of fun for boys and girls aged 7+, even adults can join in! They will organise a 2½ hour party to include food, drinks and party bag.

Address: 20, Queensway, Enfield, Middlesex EN3 4SA

Tel:

(020) 8804 9996

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Address: Marine Parade, Weston-Super-Mare BS23 1BE

Tel:

(01934) 641603

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Devon

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Kents Cavern

Web: www.kents-cavern.co.uk

Address: Cavern House Ilsham Road Torquay Devon TQ1 2JF

Tel:

(01803) 215136

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Cambridgeshire

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Cambridge Museum of Technology

Web: www.museumoftechnology.com

Address: The Old Pumping Station, Cheddars Lane, Cambridge CB5 8LD

Tel:

(01223) 368650

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Cambridgeshire

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Hamerton Zoo Park

Hamerton Zoo park is great for a kids day out. There's more than just seeing our collection of animals including Play Areas, Picnic areas and Gardens, Gift Shop, Coffe Shop and out Stroll-a-Safari allows you to get up close to our domestic animals and you can even feed some of them.

Address: Hamerton Zoo Park, Hamerton, Nr Sawtry, Cambridgeshire PE28 5RE
Web: www.hamertonzoopark.com

Tel:

01832 293362

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Northern Ireland

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Lough Neagh Discovery Centre

The Centre enjoys a unique and beautiful setting on the edge of the Lough where visitors can learn all about the history, the culture and wildlife in and around Lough Neagh.

Address: Oxford Island National Nature Reserve, Lurgan, Craigavon, Co Armagh BT66 6NJ

Tel:

+44 (0)28 38 322205

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Museum Of London

Great place to learn about the history of London and its people.

Web: www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Address: 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

Tel:

020 7001 9844

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The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary was established in 1987 to provide a safe, permanent home for any donkey in distress or otherwise in need of care and attention.

Public support for the charity\'s work has enabled the sanctuary to help over 200 donkeys gain a better quality of life and provide a peaceful environment for them to enjoy the rest of their days.

Registered Charity No. 1001061

Web: www.donksanc.demon.co.uk

Address: Lower Winstone Farm, Wroxall, Isle of Wight PO38 3AA

Tel:

(01983) 852693

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Perivale Athletics Track

Address: Stockdove Way, off Argyle Road, Perivale, Middlesex UB6 8TJ

Tel:

(020) 8575 5776

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Cumbria

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Lakes Aquarium

Lakes Aquarium is situated on the shores of Lake Windermere featuring freshwater and marine life and an underwater otter tunnel and stingrays.

Kids days out in the Lake District in Cumbria

Web: www.lakesaquarium.co.uk/

Address: Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8AS

Tel:

015395 30153

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Cheshire

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Blue Planet Aquarium

Britain's largest aquarium attraction, two floors of interactive displays. Caribbean Reef tank, 71 metre under water walkway, featuring Europe's largest collection of Sand Tiger Sharks with over 2000 fish. Visit the world's deadliest frogs.

Web: www.blueplanetaquarium.com

Address: Longlooms Road, Cheshire Oaks, Ellesmere Port CH65 9LF

Tel:

(0151) 3578800

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Essex

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Sidney Russell Leisure Centre

Address: Parsloes Avenue RM9 5QT

Tel:

(020) 8270 4308

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North London

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RAF Museum

Journey through the history of flying. Want to be a pilot? Want to fly a plane? How do planes fly? The answer to this and many other questions can be found in our new interactive gallery, full of fascinating experiences for you to try for yourself. Open seven days a week 10am-6pm.


Address: Grahame Parkway, London NW9 5LL

Tel:

(020) 8205 2266

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Days out with Kids in Dorset

Possibly the most important surviving house of the Romantic and Picturesque style of architecture; Highcliffe Castle is situated on the cliff top overlooking Christchurch Bay in Dorset.

Once home to Mr Selfridge, Highcliffe Castle is a fabulous day out for the whole family, the castle offers regular exhibitions and seasonal events as well as The Real Mr Selfridge Experience

Visit the extensive grounds and take a stroll down the Zig-Zag path to the beach.

Highcliffe Castle is open daily from 1st Feb to 23rd Dec

Address: Highcliffe Castle, Rothesay Drive, Highcliffe, Dorset BH23 4LE

Tel:

01425 278807

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London Transport Museum

Using imaginative and dynamic displays the museum takes you on a fascinating journey through time from 1800 to the present day. Look out for the under 5s Fun Bus, try the bus and tube simulators, meet characters from the past see models and working displays and get interactive in the many "KidZones". More fun learning than you thought possible.

Address: Wellington Street, Westminster, London WC2E 7

Tel:

(020) 7379 6344

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Trampoline park in Norwich

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Fun for the whole family at Gravity in Norwich! The premier indoor trampoline park offering a wide range of activities for all ages.

  • Open Jump - allows use of trampolines, dodgeball court, battle beams, airbag, basketball and more
  • Gravity Rocks - more than just climbing walls! Each themed wall is aimed at different levels of fitness and ability
  • Parties - unique ‘build your own’ party packages
  • Parent & Toddler special events

Address: Riverside Entertainment, Wherry Rd, Norwich NR1 1WT

Tel:

0330 159 5815

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Kids days out in Staffordshire

Alton Towers

One of the biggest theme parks in Europe. Lots to do for the whole family. Thrill rides galore including Nemisis, Black Hole and Energizer. Shows throughout the day. Lots for younger kids. In addition to the theme park visit the gardens and woodland walks. Picnic areas available and lots more!

Kids days out in Alton, Staffordshire

Web: www.altontowers.com

Address: Staffordshire ST10 4DB

Tel:

(01538) 703344

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East London

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Mile End Climbing Centre

Why not try Indoor Rock Climbing. We are open to the public and offer Junior Climbing Club for ages 8-16. Birthday parties and holiday schemes available.

Address: Haverfield Road (formerly Cordova Rd.) Bow, London E3 5BE

Tel:

(020) 8980 0289

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Jungle Jungle

Address: 3a West Way, Walworth Ind Est, Andover SP10 5AS

Tel:

01264 336360

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West Sussex

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Kids days out in West Sussex

Chichester District Museum

Children and families are welcome at Chichester District Museum!

We have displays on local geology, archaeology and history, and each gallery has a variety of hands-on activities for children. Please see our leaflet or website for details of special exhibitions, events and activities.

Web: www.chichester.gov.uk/museum

Address: 29 Little London, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1PB

Tel:

(01243) 784683

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The Jewish Museum


Address: Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street NW1 7NB

Tel:

(020) 7284 7384

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Mid Lothian

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Scottish Mining Museum

Since the Scottish Mining Museum was established in 1984 it has provided a great day out for all the family. The museum is based at one of the finest surviving examples of a Victorian colliery in Europe, the Lady Victoria Colliery at Newtongrange, just nine miles from Edinburgh.

Web: www.scottishminingmuseum.com

Address: Lady Victoria Colliery, Newtongrange, Dalkeith EH22 4QN

Tel:

(0131) 663 7519

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Kensington State Palace Apartments

The palace was home to the late Diana, Princess of Wales. Acquired by William III and Mary in 1689 as a country retreat, today it reveals the splendour of 300 year of court life. The Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection includes clothes worn by six generations of Royal children.

Address: Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 4PX

Tel:

0844 482 7777

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Court Farm Country Park

Web: www.courtfarmcountrypark.co.uk

Address: Wolvershill Road Banwell Weston-Super-Mare Somerset BS29 6DL

Tel:

(01934) 822 383

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Glamis Castle

The home of the Earls of Strathmore and Kinghorne, the childhood home of HM The Queen Mother, and the legendary setting for Shakespeare's Macbeth.

The Lyon family began to build the Castle you see today in about 1400. The Castle rooms contain a rich variety of furnishings, tapestries and works of art. Our experienced guides ensure that our visitors gain a full understanding and appreciation of the Castle's history, legends and anecdotes.

Web: www.glamis-castle.co.uk

Address: Angus, Scotland DD8 1RJ

Tel:

(01307) 840393

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Address: Enterprise House, Bird Hall Lane, Stockport SK3 0XS

Tel:

(0161) 474 5762

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Carmarthenshire

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Aberglasney Gardens

Spectacularly set in the beautiful Tywi valley of Aberglasney, the gardens make a greta kids day out in Carmarthenshire

The gardens cover approximately 10 acres, including two woodlands.

Web: www.aberglasney.org

Address: Llangathen, Carmarthenshire SA32 8QH

Tel:

(01558) 668998

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How We Lived Then

Address: 20 Cornfield Terrace, Eastbourne, East Sussex BN21 4NS

Tel:

(01323) 737143

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Essex

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Audley End House

Orginally built by the first Earl of Suffolk between 1603-1616 this country mansion remains one of the most significant Jacobean houses in England. Successive owners have left their stylistic imprint, both inside this wonderful house and in the surrounding parkland.

The gardens are ‘Capability’ Brown’s most successful pastoral landscapes and remain substantially as they were when first created. Later features include a restored Parterre garden, a rose garden and fountains, and the restored 19th century walled kitchen garden now in use as a working organic kitchen garden. Attractions thoroughout the year include open-air concerts, craft and garden shows and landscaped garden walks.

Kids days out in Walden in Essex

Address: Saffron Walden, Essex CB11 4JF

Tel:

(01799) 522399

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Xscape is the ultimate entertainment destination for families offering a unique combination of extreme sports and leisure activities for all ages, where you can play, eat and shop all day and all night.

REAL snow slopes, purpose-built body flying tunnel, rock climbing walls, bowling, multiplex cinema, gym and fitness centre, numerous bars and restaurants and urban retail outlets all under 1 roof plus free family entertainment every school holidays Xscape is the ULTIMATE ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATION

Locations: Renfrew, Milton Keynes and Castleford

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Norfolk

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Norfolk Wildlife Centre

We have Wild Animals from Around the World, a Pets Pavilion and a Model Farm. Two Children's Play Areas and Tea-room Gardens in a 30 acre Landscaped Country Park where you can see Wallabies, European Lynx, Barbary Apes, Otters, Iguanas, Snakes, Tortoises and birds of all sizes and colours and many more Wild Animals. We have many enclosures that you can walk through and get that little closer to the animals, enabling you to feel at one with nature.

Open Every Day 1st April to 31st October 10.00am - 5.30pm. 1st November to the 31st March 10.30am - 4.30pm. Weekends and School Holidays.

The Norfolk Wildlife Centre is the Perfect Day Out for all the Family!

Web: www.norfolkwildlife.co.uk

Address: Fakenham Road, Great Witchingham, Norfolk, NR9 5QS

Tel:

(01603) 872274

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National Coal Mining Museum

Come rain or shine there\'s lots to see and do! Your tour starts when you collect your helmet and lamp. Then ride the cage 450 feet underground, exploring a hidden world with local miner as your guide.A chance to see what mining life was really like. See mining conditions from the early days to the present day.

This is a real coal mine so warm clothes and sensible shoes are recommended. Children under 5 are not permitted underground but are admitted free to the surface.

Please phone for full details and opening times.

Address: Caphouse Colliery, New Road, Overton, Wakefield, West Yorkshire WF4 4RH

Tel:

(01924) 848806

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Climbing centre for kids

Climb, Bowl, Play and Eat – Out of Bounds has it all!

Experience our BRAND NEW family activity centre. Starting with the best thing to come out of New Zealand since the bungee jump... Our Clip n Climb arena has all the features for toddlers to grandparents.

Enjoy a game or two of bowling with our Brunswick bowling lanes or let the children wild in our soft play structure.

Once you have worked up your appetite then enjoy the family favourites of Pizza Oven or Coastal Coffee.

Finally experience a brand new sport taking the UK by storm in FootGolf or if you are a traditionalist then we have Pitch and Putt available.

What are you waiting for?

Looking to celebrate a special occasion or organising an event? Groups are welcome at Out of Bounds – enquire today.

Tel:

01903 788588

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Polkyth Leisure Centre

Address: Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4DB

Tel:

(01726) 223 344

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Oxfordshire

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Thame Leisure Centre

Address: Oxford Road, Thame, OX9 2BB

Tel:

(01844) 215 607

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Pendon Indoor Model Village and Railways

Web: www.pendonmuseum.com

Address: Long Wittenham, Abingdon OX14 4QD

Tel:

(01865) 407365

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Beale Park

Spend a fantastic day out in Beale Park with its' two large splash pools, farm animals, bird aviary, ponies, large adventure playground, pets' corner and more. Something for everyone!

Kids days out in Reading in Berkshire

Web: www.bealepark.co.uk

Address: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NH

Tel:

0844 826 1761

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Norfolk

Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve

Visit Blakeney Point National Nature Reserve, owned by the National Trust, the major attraction in the Norfolk Broads. The picturesque harbour is used for recreational sailing and you can take daily trips to the Nature Reserve you can see a colony of common and grey seals and many varieties of birds.

Seal Trips and Ferries to Blakeney Point
Bishops' Boats Seal Trips Tel. 01263 740753
Temples Seal Trips Tel. 01263 740791
Beans Boat Trips Tel. 01263 740505

Address: North Norfolk Coast, East Anglia

Category: Days out with Kids

Address: Tiburstow Hill Road, Godstone RH9 8LX

Tel:

(01883) 742546

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Exbury Gardens

Exbury Gardens, the home of the de Rothschild family, is one of the most famous woodland gardens in the world. Rhododendrons, camellias and azaleas abound in this lovely English garden.

Web: www.exbury.co.uk

Address: Exbury, Nr. Southampton, Hampshire, SO45 1AZ

Tel:

(023) 8089 1203

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Somerset

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Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park

Apex Leisure and Wildlife Park covers over 42 acres offering gentle walks, fishing lakes and beautiful birds. Toddlers and juniors will love the traditional style play area and the more adventurous older children and adults have fun on the trim trail which runs parellel to the footpath around the lake.

Kids days out in Burnham on Sea, Somerset

Address: Marine Drive, Burnham on Sea, Somerset TA9 3YY

Tel:

0845 408 2540

Category: Days out with Kids

Multiple Areas

National Museums of Scotland

The Museum of Scotland presents for the first time the history of Scotland - its land, its people and their achievements - through the rich national collections. The stunning series of galleries take you from Scotland's geological beginnings through time to the twentieth century.

Web:
www.nms.ac.uk

Tel:

(0131) 225 7534

Category: Days out with Kids

Derbyshire

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The National Tramway Museum

You'll love it! - from a pink knuckle ride to a lazy day, we've got what it takes to make a Great Day Out whatever your age. Relax with us, explore technology, experience the past, ride through history on Vintage Trams from all over the world.

Web: www.tramway.co.uk

Address: Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP

Tel:

(01773) 852565

Category: Days out with Kids

Northern Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

Spanning a chasm some eighty feet deep is the famous Carrick-a-Rede rope bridge, A two hand railed bridge caged bridge was installed by the National Trust during Easter of 2000.

The area is exceptional in is natural beauty, to the left as you come down the steep hill is Larrybane headland which once stretched out towards Sheep Island and had a promontory fort on the top dating to 800AD, underneath large caves once served as home to boat builders and a safe resting place from winter storms. Facilities include a tea room.

Address: Ballintoy, North Antrim

Tel:

+44 (0)28 2073 1159/1582

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Kent

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Malory Sports Centre

Address: Launcelot Road BR1 5EB

Tel:

(020) 8697 2773

Category: Days out with Kids

Address: Seafront, Southend-on-Sea SS1 2ER

Tel:

(01702) 442211

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Fife

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Deep Sea World

Web: www.deepseaworld.com

Address: Battery Quarry, North Queensferry KY11 1JR

Tel:

(01383) 411 880

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Hertfordshire

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Scotts Grotto

Web: www.scotts-grotto.org

Address: Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9JQ

Tel:

(01920) 464131

Category: Days out with Kids

North London

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Pirates Playhouse

Large soft play area for hours of fun. 

Address: Sobell Leisure Centre, Hornsey Road, London N7 N7 7NY

Tel:

(020) 7609 2166

Category: Days out with Kids

Gloucestershire

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Bristol Aero Collection

Web: www.bristolaero.com

Address: Hangar E2 Kemble Airfield Cirencester Gloucestershire GL7 6BA

Tel:

(01285) 771204

Category: Days out with Kids

North London

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London Canal Museum

Journey through history of London's canals.

Web:
www.canalmuseum.org.uk

Address: 12-13 New Wharf Road, London N1 9RT

Tel:

(020) 7713 0836

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Suffolk

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Kids days out in Suffolk

Plenty of Thrills at Pleasurewood Hills in 2011

Escape to the exciting 50-acre family fun park for adventure and entertainment, with a mix of rides there’s something for the whole family to enjoy.

Thrill-seekers will love the amazing rides -‘Wipeout’- the tallest, fastest and most extreme rollercoaster in the East of England! White-knuckle rides ‘Enigma’, ‘Fireball’ and ‘Thunderstruck’ will spin you wild with excitement whilst for smaller adventurers there’s a selection of fun family-friendly rides.

Catch the fantastic entertainment, the spectacular Circus & Street Art Shows with BMX bikes, the new clown show, innovative urban dance around the park and the original Sea Lion and cheeky Parrot Show.

After a day of thrills on the rides and exploring the park, relax in the range of restaurants with locally sourced fresh and healthy ingredients for an excellent choice of hot and cold food and drinks.

Address: Leisure Way, Corton, Lowestoft, Suffolk NR32 5DZ

Tel:

01502 586000

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South Wales

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Dylan Thomas Centre

The Dylan Thomas Centre is now the main focal point for a celebration of Dylan Marlais Thomas. Refurbished in 1995 to host the British Year of Literature, this splendid building has a permanent exhibition on Dylan and his life, as well as an excellent restaurant. The Centre is also home to the Ty Llen literature programme that puts on many literary events throughout the year.

Web: www.swansea.gov.uk/DylanThomas

Address: Somerset Place, Swansea , West Glamorgan SA1 1RR

Tel:

(01792) 463980

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Oxfordshire

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Hobbs of Henley

Hobbs of Henley have ben established for 136 years and provide families and children with the opportunity to enjoy the River Thames at Henley from April to October.

Families can either hire self drive launches for up to 12 people by the hour or for the day or buy tickets for our one hour boat trips that take place everyday and feature a recorded commentary.

Boat hire is from 10-6pm and the one hour rivertrips run at different times - it is always best to call (01491) 572035 to find out the times.

Details of Rowing Boat, Motor Boats and Rivertrips and prices are on www.hobbs-of-henley.com

Address: Station Rd, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1AZ

Tel:

(01491) 572035

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Dorset

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Compton Acres

Compton Acres is a 10 acre site with twelve individual gardens offering one of the most varied selections of gardens in one place anywhere in Europe.

Compton Acres\' model railway - opened in November 2002 - will be of interest to visitors of all ages. Sited in a separate and dedicated building 1,200ft.of track has been laid with 15 trains - both steam and modern - running through a variety of landscapes.

Address: Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset BH13 7ES

Tel:

(01202) 700778

Category: Days out with Kids

Multiple Areas

National Museum & Galleries of Wales

A comprehensive, easy to use web site where you will find information on museums and galleries throughout Wales.

Web:
www.nmgw.ac.uk

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Nottinghamshire

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Awarded Visitor Attraction of the Year (over 100,000 visitors) in the East Midlands Tourism Excellence in England Awards 2005 The White Post Farm Centre is a great day out for all of the family!

We have over 3000 animals, shows and exhibitions are organised throughout the school holidays with special events for Christmas and Halloween. Other activities include an Outdoor Play Area an Indoor Play Barn with indoor soft play area, perfect for under 8's!

We also organise fantastic birthday parties that include holding animals as well as a birthday meal in the Lunch Barn.

Address: Farnsfield, Newark NG22 8HL

Tel:

(01623) 882977

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Address: 320 Camp Road, St. Albans AL1 5PE

Tel:

(01727) 815557/869693

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Leicestershire

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Kids days out in Leicestershire

Rockingham Castle

Built on the orders of William the Conqueror, the castle spans many years of exciting history including visits by medieval kings, the Tudors and civil unrest. It is still home to the Saunders Watson family. Surrounded by Gardens and the Great Park a visit to Rockingham Castle is a great day out for the whole family.

Web:
www.rockinghamcastle.com

Address: Rockingham, Market Harborough, Leicestershire, LE16 8TH

Tel:

(01536) 770240

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Greater London

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Museum Of Rugby

Visit this famous venue to experience behind the scenes guided tours, see the players tunnel and changing rooms. Enjoy the history with touchscreens, video clips and films.

Address: Rugby Rd, Twickenham TW1 1DZ

Tel:

(020) 8892 8877

Category: Days out with Kids

Hertfordshire

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Chiltern Open Air Museum

Web: www.coam.org.uk

Address: Newland Park, Gorelands Lane ,Chorleywood, Hertfordshire HP8 4AB

Tel:

(01494) 871117

Category: Days out with Kids

Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight Zoo

Admire the most beautiful and dangerous of creatures including: Royal and White Bengal Tigers, Chinese Tigers, Siberian Tigers, Leopards, Jaguar and Black Panther PLUS many exotic species including Lemurs, Monkeys, Reptiles, Birds, Insects and Giant Spiders.

Web: www.isleofwightzoo.com

Address: Yaverland's Seafront, Near Sandown, Isle of Wight, UK PO36 8QB

Tel:

(01983) 403883/405562

Category: Days out with Kids

Essex

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Adventure Island - The UK's Number 1 Free Admission Fun Park

Kids days out in Southend-on-Sea

Web: www.adventureisland.co.uk

Address: Sunken Gardens, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1EE

Tel:

(01702) 443400

Category: Days out with Kids

East Sussex

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Eastbourne Miniature Steam Railway

Web: www.emsr.co.uk

Address: Lottbridge Drove Eastbourne East Sussex BN23 6NS

Tel:

(01323) 520229

Category: Days out with Kids

Birmingham

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Stechford Cascades

Address: Station Road, Stechford, Birmingham B33 8QN

Tel:

(0121)464 5596

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Warwickshire

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Stratford Butterfly Farm

Experience hundreds of tropical butterflies, flying free in a jungle setting of exotic plants, fish filled pools, and splashing waterfalls. See strange and fascinating animals in Insect city. Enter Arachnoland to get close to deadly and dangerous spiders - in perfect safety!

Address: Swan's Nest Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LS

Tel:

(01789) 299288

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Cumbria

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The Dock Museum takes you on a historical tour of Barrow and the developments that have occurred in the town since the 19th century. Before its progression to shipbuilding, the town was the biggest iron and steel producer in the world.The museum charts the changing face of the town with an audio-visual presentation in addition to the many exhibits.

Address: North Road , Barrow in Furness , Cumbria LA13 0TJ

Tel:

(01229) 870871

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North London

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Abney Park Cemetery

This Victorian cemetery which was originally an arboretum is now a nature reserve with a distinctly gothic feel. The visitors centre provides information on its local history and the famous people buried here. Great place for kids days out in North London.

Address: South Lodge, Abney Park, Stoke Newington High Street N16 0LH

Tel:

(020) 7275 7557

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South London

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The Horniman Museum & Gardens

Address: 100 London Rd, London SE23 3PQ

Tel:

(020) 8699 1872

Category: Days out with Kids

Bedfordshire

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Thurleigh Farm Centre

Farm Shop, PYO Soft Fruit, Farm Animals, Tea Room, Play Area, Picnic Area. Huge 4 acre maize, tractor/trailer rides, nature walks and lots more. We cater for children's parties, choose from a selection.

 

Address: Cross End, Thurleigh MK44 2EE

Tel:

(01234) 771597

Category: Days out with Kids

Dorset

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Oceanarium Bournemouth

The Oceanarium contains marine life from both oceans and rivers all in naturally-themed habitats. Attractions include a 350,000 litre ocean tank recreating Australia’s barrier reef. A fantastic day out for the whole family.

Visit onto their great website where you will find all the information about the oceanarium plus many interesting marine facts, competitions and stories.

Web: www.oceanarium.co.uk

Address: Pier Approach, West Beach. Bournemouth BH2 5AA

Tel:

(01202) 311 993

Category: Days out with Kids

Gloucestershire

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Perrygrove Railway

Web: www.perrygrove.co.uk

Address: B4228 Coleford to Lydney road Coleford Gloucestershire GL16 8QB

Tel:

(01594) 834991

Category: Days out with Kids

Cambridgeshire

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St Neots Recreation Centre

Multi-activity sports centre. Facilities include swimming pool, 2 squash courts, fitness studio, bar/catering area, floodlit multiactivity pitch (hockey/football size), small multiactivity area, (3 tennis court size), 5 badminton court sports hall, aerobics/function room & health suite (sauna & steam room). No membership fee.

Address: Barford Road, Eynesbury PE19 2SA

Tel:

(01480) 388700

Category: Days out with Kids

Lancashire

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Blackpool Zoo

Web: www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk

Address: East Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8PP

Category: Days out with Kids

Multiple Areas

Children's Indoor Adventure Playgrounds

Centres at:

Audlett Drive, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX14 3NJ
Syon Park, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8JF
Blackburn Road, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU5 5BQ
Cavendish Street, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP3 8AX.
448 Perth Ave, Slough Trading Estate, Slough, Berkshire SL1 4TS

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Central London

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Bank Of England Museum

Discover the history of this famous bank. Admission is free. Opening times are 10am-5pm Mon-Fri. Open on the day of the Lord Mayors Show.

Kids days out in Central London

Address: Threadneedle St, London EC2R 8AH

Tel:

020 7601 4444

Category: Days out with Kids

Northern Ireland

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The Ulster History Park

The award-winning open-air museum of human settlement in Ireland.

Address: Cullion, Lislap, Omagh, Co. Tyrone BT79 7SU

Tel:

+44 (0)28 8164 8188

Category: Days out with Kids

Hertfordshire

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Cromer Windmill

Cromer Windmill, the last surviving windmill in Hertfordshire, is open to visitors with guides in attendance, from National Mills Weekend (the second weekend in May) until Heritage Weekend, which is the second weekend in September.

Address: Cromer, Hertfordshire SG2 7QE

Tel:

01763 271305

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Worcestershire

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All Things Wild

Go Wild at All Things Wild!!!

All Things Wild nature centre provides a fun, interactive and educational kids day out in Evesham offering a fantastic range of animals and activities.

Address: The Domestic Fowl Trust, Station Road, Nr Evesham WR11 7QZ

Tel:

01386 833083

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Oxfordshire

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The Pottery Place

Address: 48 High Street Witney Oxfordshire OX28 6HQ

Tel:

(01993) 704234

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Gloucestershire

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Kids days out

The UK's fastest growing aerial adventure centre

Head 4 Heights is the UK's fastest growing Aerial Adventure Centre.

We are open to the public and for all group bookings, including Corporate, School, Youth Group, Stag, Hen and Birthday Programmes.

You get the chance to tackle an exhilarating range of climbing, jumping and swinging activities, all in complete safety.

Tel:

01285 770007

Category: Days out with Kids

Hertfordshire

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Redbournbury Mill

Last used for milling in the 1950's, the mill is at the end of a massive rebuilding and restoration project, which took over ten years to complete. It is now established as a museum and as the only working mill on the River Ver.

Address: Redbournbury Lane, Redbourn Road, St Albans AL3 6RS

Tel:

(01582) 792874

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Cambridgeshire

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Kids days out in Cambridgeshire

Linton Zoo

At Linton Zoo emphasis is on conservation and education, while providing an enjoyable family day out. There is a wealth of rare and exotic creatures to see including Grevy's Zebra, Snow Leopards, Tigers, Lions, Tapirs, Lemurs, Binturongs, Owls, Parrots, Giant Tortoises, Tarantula Spiders and many others.

Set in 16 acres of beautiful gardens with plenty of picnic areas and a children's play area. There is also a coffee shop and gift shop (restricted winter opening hours).

Web: www.lintonzoo.co.uk

Address: Hadstock Road, Linton, Cambridgeshire CB1 6NT

Tel:

(01223) 891308

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West London

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Pollock's Toy Museum

Web: www.pollockstoymuseum.com

Address: 1 Scala Street, London W1T 2HN

Tel:

020) 7636 3452

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South Yorkshire

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MAGNA

MAGNA is the UK’s first Science Adventure Centre. Situated within the former Templeborough Steelworks, the centre offers an exciting exploration of earth air, fire and water - a chance for visitors to create their own adventure through spectacular hands-on interactive challenges.

There are four Adventure Zones where visitors can unearth the mysteries of our world in a playful and stimulating environment. Visitors get the chance to take part in a number of thrilling activities, including dodging lightning, operating real JCB’s, firing a water cannon at live targets and experiencing a fire tornado up close!

Web: www.magnatrust.org.uk

Address: Sheffield Road, Templeborough, Rotherham, South Yorkshire S60 1DX

Tel:

(01709) 720002

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Gloucestershire

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Holst Birthplace Museum

Visit Cheltenham's Regency terrace house where Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets was born in 1874. The story of the man and his music is told alongside a fascinating display of personal belongings including his piano.

The museum is also a fine period house showing the upstairs downstairs way of life in times past, including a working Victorian kitchen and laundry, elegant Regency drawing room and charming Edwardian nursery.

Web: www.holstmuseum.org.uk

Address: 4 Clarence Road, Pittville, Cheltenham GL52 2AY

Tel:

(01242) 524846

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Berkshire

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The Living Rainforest

Address: Hampstead Norreys Newbury Berkshire RG18 0TN

Tel:

(01635) 202444

Category: Days out with Kids

Bedfordshire

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Wild Britain

Address: Renhold Road, Wilden, Bedford Bedfordshire MK44 2PX

Tel:

(01234) 772770

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Hampshire

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Hayling Seaside Railway

Address: Sea Front Road Hayling Island Hampshire PO11 9AG

Tel:

(02392) 327427

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East London

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Plashet Zoo

Admission is free, donations are welcome. Goats, Turkeys and a pony roam free. See all kinds of birds. Open every day from 10am-5pm except Mondays. Located in Plashet Park. which als offers tennis courts, a playground and picnic tables, making this an ideal place for a day out.

Address: Rutland Road (off Shrewsbury Road), Plashet Park, London E7 8AJ

Tel:

(020) 8503 5994

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Hampshire

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Finkley Down Farm Park

There is so much to see and do! Touch, feel, play, it's fun all day. Daily activities, feed the animals, have a picnic, groom a pony, lots undercover so the weather won't spoil your day!

Open mid-March to the end of October 10am-6pm.

 

Address: Andover, Hampshire SP11 6NF

Tel:

(01264) 352195

Category: Days out with Kids

East London

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Brooks Farm

Address: Skeltons Lane Park ,Leyton E10 5BS

Tel:

(020) 8539 4278

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West Sussex

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Mill Road Leisure Sports

Address: Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PA

Tel:

(01903) 884615

Category: Days out with Kids

Surrey

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Tolworth Recreation Centre

Address: Fullers Way N., North Tolworth, Surbiton, KT6 7LQ

Tel:

020 8391 0684

Category: Days out with Kids

Cornwall

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The Playzone

 

 

Address: Carbis Bay, Laity Lane, St. Ives TR26 3HW

Tel:

(01736) 799499

Category: Days out with Kids

Shropshire

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Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Events that happened in this valley changed our world. Two centuries ago it was filled with sounds and smells of early industry. This is where the Industrial Revolution began. Today it is a deeply wooded, tranquil and beautiful valley and home to museums and monuments of great historic importance.

Web: www.ironbridge.org.uk

Address: The Wharfage, Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7AW

Tel:

(01952) 435 900

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Cornwall

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Newquay Waterworld

Address: Trenance Leisure Park Newquay Cornwall TR7 2LZ

Tel:

(01637) 853829

Category: Days out with Kids

East London

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Address: Vestry Road, Walthamstow E17 9NH

Tel:

020 8496 4391

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Oxfordshire

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Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

Web: www.cholsey-wallingford-railway.com

Address: 5 Hithercroft Road Wallingford Oxfordshire OX10 9GQ

Tel:

(01491) 835067

Category: Days out with Kids

East Sussex

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Underwater World

Address: Rock-a-Nore Road, Hastings Old Town TN34 3DW

Tel:

(01424) 718776

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Berkshire

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Basildon Park

Visit the park with a fabulous mansion within its grounds containing historically important paintings and furniture. Quiz sheets available for children. Enjoy the nature trails and surrounding parkland. Please phone for full details. Picnic and Restaurant facilities.

Address: Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire RG8 9NR

Tel:

(01189) 843040

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North Yorkshire

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Family day out in North Yorkshire

SO MUCH TO DISCOVER, EVEN MORE TO ENJOY

Flamingo Land in Malton is a family resort and theme park with rollercoasters, rides for all ages and conservation zoo projects.

Enjoy our sensational extreme rides and our great choice of family and kids rides throughout the park

As well as our fabulous theme park you Flamingo Land is the UK’s most visited Zoo with over 140 species of reptiles, mammals and birds.

For a great family day out in North Yorkshire see our website.

Address: Flamingo Land, Kirby Misperton, Malton, North Yorkshire YO17 6UX

Tel:

0871 9118000

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Carmarthenshire

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Museum of Speed

Opened in 1996, the museum interprets the Pendine area, focusing on the use of the sands at Pendine for land speed attempts and racing. The main exhibit for the summer season is \'Babs\', the motor car used by Parry Thomas on his fatal attempt at the record in 1927. Other record breaking and fast vehicles can be seen at other times.

Address: Pendine, Carmarthenshire SA33 4NY

Tel:

(01994) 453488

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Norfolk

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Wroxham Barns

Wroxham Barns is a collection of restored 18th century barns set in 10 acres of Norfolk countryside. Within the barns can be seen craftsmen working at different crafts ranging from paintings to cider pressing, woodturning to stained glass and lots more.

The Junior Farm offers the perfect place for children to enjoy a hands-on experience with farm animals. You can also enjoy the Williamson's Traditional Fair where you can step back in time and bring your favourite childhood memories to life.

Web: www.wroxham-barns.co.uk

Address: Tunstead Road, Hoveton NR12 8QU

Tel:

(01603) 783762

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South London

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Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Visit the hallowed turf on centre court, view the magnificent trophies, watch film footage from the 1920's to the present day.

Web: www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/museum_and_tours/index.html

Address: Church Rd, London SW19 5AE

Tel:

(020) 8946 6131

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Surrey

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Kew Gardens

World famous botanical gardens cover 300 acres and houses some 40 thousand different plants. Palm house and the Princess of Wales conservatory, which has ten different climatic zones ranging from rainforest to desert.

Web: www.kew.org

Address: Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB

Tel:

(020) 8332 5000

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Devon

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World of Country Life

Web: www.worldofcountrylife.co.uk

Address: Sandy Bay Exmouth Devon EX8 5BU

Tel:

(01395) 274533

Category: Days out with Kids

Central London

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HMS Belfast

Explore Europe's only surviving big gun armoured war ship from WWII. Seven days a week. Treat your child to a wonderful birthday party aboard ship. Call for futher details. 10am-6pm summer. 10am-5pm November until the end of Feb.

Web: www.iwm.org.uk/visits/hms-belfast

Address: Morgan's Lane, Tooley Street, London SE1 2JH

Tel:

(020) 7940 6300

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Central London

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Cabinet War Rooms

A labyrinth of 21 underground rooms, preserved as they were in the 1940s, from where Churchill and his War Cabinet planned the military campaigns of World War II.

Web: www.iwm.org.uk/visits/churchill-war-rooms

Address: Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AQ

Tel:

(020) 7930 6961

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West Sussex

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Fishers Farm Park

Web: www.fishersfarmpark.co.uk/

Address: Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green RH14 0EG

Tel:

(01403) 700063

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West Sussex

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Leisure park for families

Bordered by Littlehampton’s award winning sandy beach and trendy promenade Harbour Park is the perfect place for an exciting family day out by the sea whatever the weather.

Splash land on the Log Flume, take a turn on the Caterpillar Coaster. Try family favourites like the Dodgems and the Whirlpool Waltzer or check your handicap on The Sharksville Adventure Golf Course. Rides for younger children include a Giant Slide, trampolines, Mini Car Circuit and many more attractions that will guarantee an enjoyable day out.

Open all year round is the Indoor Kingdom of Fun soft play area, prize ticket arcade games and the Harbour Kitchen offering a wide range of food and refreshments.

Price: Books of 10 Ride Tickets, Ride all day Wristbands, Annual Pass’s

  • FREE Entry
  • Open All Year Round (outdoors March – October)
  • Indoor & Outdoor Attractions
  • Birthday Parties
  • Sandy Beach
  • Crab Fishing
  • Trendy Promenade with Gift Shops, Restaurants, Ice Cream Parlours and beautiful views of Littlehampton Harbour & South Downs National Park.
  • ONLINE DISCOUNTS

Address: Arun Parade, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN17 5LL

Tel:

01903 721200

Category: Days out with Kids

Gloucestershire

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Dean Heritage Centre

Web: www.deanheritagemuseum.com

Address: Camp Mill, Soudley Forest of Dean, Dean GL14 2UB

Tel:

(01594) 822 170

Category: Days out with Kids

Gloucestershire

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Dean Forest Railway

Web: www.deanforestrailway.co.uk

Address: Norchard Forest Road Lydney Gloucestershire GL15 4ET

Tel:

(01594) 845840

Category: Days out with Kids

West Yorkshire

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Tropical World

Normally open all year round excluding Christmas Day, Tropical World is one of the UK's most popular garden tourist attractions and home to the largest collection of tropical plants outside Kew Gardens. Each year over 1,000,000 visitors discover exciting new worlds, alien landscapes and exotic plant life - all in the heart of Leeds.

From continually changing plant displays in the Coronation House to a tropical insect collection. Don't miss out on the new Australasia House or a visit to the gift shop and Canal Gardens tea room. Finally, when you step out of Tropical World back into this world take the opportunity to enjoy a stroll in the 700 acre Roundhay Park with its lakeside walks, display gardens and sports facilities.

Address: Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER

Tel:

(0113) 266 1850

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Kent

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The Splashes

Address: Cozenton Park, Bloors Lane, Rainham ME8 7EG

Tel:

(01634) 377 509

Category: Days out with Kids

East London

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Mudchute Farm

Mudchute Farm is one of the largest inner City Farms anywhere in Europe. We pride ourselves on our wonderful collection of British rare breeds and currently have over 200 animals and fowl on our farm! A fantastic day out for the whole family.

Throughout Mudchute Farm's landscape and buildings you will be able to view our British rare breed animals, horses and ponies everywhere. The larger animals graze in the outer enclosures and fields, while the smaller and perhaps more cuddly, are kept just next to the main courtyard in 'Pets Corner'.

Address: Mudchute Park & Farm, Pier Street, Isle of Dogs, London E14 3HP
Web: www.mudchute.org

Tel:

020 7515 5901

Category: Days out with Kids

Cornwall

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The Cornish Cyder Farm

Take a trip through the ancient process of cyder making. See the press house and bottlery where you will see traditional farm house cyders and Cornish Country fruit wines still being made.

Address: Penhallow Truro Cornwall TR4 9LW

Tel:

(01872) 573356

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North London

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Bruce Castle Museum

Set in 20 acres of parkland, Bruce Castle is now Haringey's local history museum. Highlights include the postal history collection, Victorian clothes and local art.

Open: Wed-Sun 1pm-5pm. Entrance free.

Address: Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU

Tel:

(020) 8808 8772

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Surrey

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Roker's Little Angels Playworld

Lots of fun to be found at Rokers Indoor Adventure Playground!

Challenge the bumpy "Four Lane Rainbow Slide" or take a ride on the "Ariel Glide". There's plenty to do. Obstacles galore as you move from floor to floor.
 

  • Exciting playframe - designed for 2-11 year olds
  • Separate Under 4's area
  • Great seating & Restaurant facilities
  • Party Package: from £6.95 a child

Address: Fairlands Farm, Aldershot Road, Guildford GU3 3PB

Tel:

(01483) 236667

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Northern Ireland

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Ice rink in Northern Ireland

Welcome to the the home of Northern Ireland's ONLY olympic size Ice Rink, biggest Ten Pin Bowling Alley and best indoor adventure playworld Indiana Land.

Address: 111 Old Dundonald Road BT16 1XT

Tel:

+44 (0)28 9080 9100

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Devon

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Kids day out in Plymouth

Survival Bushcraft and Wilderness Skills

Serious Outdoor Skills are now running activity days for children and youths.

We teach survival bushcraft and wilderness skills and have designed one day events for children and youth groups. These day events are a great way for young people to learn some great new skills, build their confidence and meet new friends.

Serious Outdoor Skills aim to deliver a really enjoyable and interesting day out in the great outdoors. Included in the events there will be sessions in shelter building, fire lighting, nature awareness, damper bread making on an open fire and other exciting and fun activities. Serious Outdoor Skills believe that it is important for young people to get outside and enjoy the wilderness and nature.

Venue: Plymouth

Tel:

01752 789351

Mobile:

07730278108

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Devon

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Becky Falls Woodland Park

Kids days out in Dartmoor in Devon.

Web: www.beckyfalls.com

Address: Manaton Newton Abbot Devon TQ13 9UG

Tel:

(01647) 221259

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Hampshire

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Longdown Activity Farm

Bottle feed our lambs and calves, hold a chick, brush our miniature ponies and get really close to the other animals. Fun for the whole family!

Web: www.longdownfarm.co.uk

Address: Longdown, Ashurst, nr Southampton SO40 4HU

Tel:

(023) 8029 2837

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Nottinghamshire

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The Theme Park uniquely designed for the under 10's.

Address: Rampton, nr Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 0HX

Tel:

(01777) 248274

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Multiple Areas

The Original London Sightseeing Tour

The Original London Sightseeing Tour provides a great way to travel around London. It is the only sightseeing tour to offer you total choice and flexibility. The Hop-on Hop-off service allows you to board any of our tour routes at over 90 different stops with a commentary in English or a wide choice of other languages. Our Kids' Club provides an educational but fun alternative for 5-12 year olds.

Web: www.theoriginaltour.com

Tel:

(020) 8877 1722

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Surrey

Museums in Surrey

There are over thirty museums in Surrey, so there's lots to choose from! Below is listed a few examples, log onto the website for full information on each museum including opening times and contact details

Bourne Hall Museum: Local History
Brooklands: Motor Sport & Aviation
Chertsey: Runnymead and Chertsey Abbey
Dorking & District: Local History
East Surrey: Exhibitions on local life
Elmbridge: Local history from pre-historic on.
Reigate Priory: Local history
Leatherhead: Local history
Haselmere Educational Museum: A mini British Museum!
Surrey Heath: Children's museum of local history

Web: www.surreymuseums.org.uk/

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Hampshire

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Milestones - Living History Museum

Web: www.milestones-museum.com

Address: Leisure Park, Churchill Way, West Basingstoke RG21 6YR

Tel:

(01256) 477766

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Carmarthenshire

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Carmarthenshire County Museum

The County Museum presents many aspects of Carmarthenshire\'s rich and varied past. Displays include local archaeology, Egyptology, pottery, portraits, landscape paintings, Welsh furniture, costume, a Victorian schoolroom, life on the farm and the homefront in WWII.

Address: Abergwili, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA31 2JG

Tel:

(01267) 231691

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Buckinghamshire

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Kids days out in Buckinghamshire

This great little award-winning Museum is aimed at 6 to 12 year olds and their families, and is situated in the village where Roald Dahl lived and wrote for 36 years.

Step through the chocolate doors to explore the Museum’s three fun and fact packed interactive galleries. Boy gallery focuses on Roald Dahl’s school days; Solo gallery features his original Writing Hut and the Story centre offers fantabulous creative displays and activities to fire imaginations.

There are always free craft activities on offer, and an exciting range of workshops, events, and free storytelling sessions take place in the school holidays and at weekends.

The Museum café serves a family-friendly range of home made food, and the shop is a treasure trove of books, toys and gifts. See here for Gift Shop

The Museum is open Tuesday – Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturday and Sunday 11am to 5pm. We are normally closed on Mondays but call us on the above number for occasional Monday openings, Easter and Christmas opening times.

Address: 81-83 High Street, Great Missenden HP16 0AL

Tel:

01494 892192

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South Yorkshire

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Middleston Railway

Having been established by an Act of Parliament in 1758, the Middleton Railway, Leeds, can claim to be the oldest Railway in the world. It also played host to the first commercially successful, revenue earning, steam locomotives which entered service there in 1812.

The railway currently operates passenger services over approximately 1 mile of track between its headquarters at Moor Road, Hunslet, Leeds and Park Halt, which is on the outskirts of Middleton Park.

Address: The Station, Moor Road, Leeds LS10 2JQ

Tel:

(0113) 271 0320

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Address: Whitewebbs Road, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 9HW

Tel:

(020) 83671898

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East Sussex

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Brighton Sea Life Centre

Combining the splendour of rich Victorian architecture with over 30 modern marine and freshwater habitats, and featuring one of the longest underwater tunnels in England. A fantastic day out for all of the family!

Web:
www.sealifeeurope.com/brighton

Address: Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB

Tel:

(01273) 604234

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Gwynedd

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Talyllyn Railway is an historic narrow-gauge steam railway, set in the beautiful Mid-Wales countryside. Running from Tywyn to Abergynolwyn and Nant Gwernol, the line passes the delightful Dolgoch Falls and there are excellent forest walks at Nant Gwernol. A great day out for the whole family.

Address: Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9EY

Tel:

(01654) 710472

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Oxfordshire

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Kids days out in Oxfordshire

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Take a break on animal adventure at the Cotswold Wildlife Park! Encounter Anteaters, peer at Giraffes, roar at the Lions or waddle like a Penguin, in over 160 acres of beautiful parklands.

Take a ride on the railway around the Park or climb into the tree house in the adventure playground. You’re never too old to visit, there’s something for everyone. Whether it’s the beautiful planting, or over 250 different species of animals, insects and birds. It’s wheelchair and pushchair friendly!

Take a picnic and watch the Rhinos and Zebras while you eat or enjoy lunch in the Oak Tree Restaurant.

Take shelter inside our Reptile House (if you dare) and peak at the snakes and crocodiles or hide away in the dark Bat House. Creep into the Tropical house and see if you can spot the sleepy Sloths or leap about with the Lemurs in their walk-through enclosure so much to do…!

Web: www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk

Address: Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JP

Tel:

(01993) 823006

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West London

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Barbican Centre

The Barbican is Europe's largest multi-arts and conference venue presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and education events. It is also home to the London Symphony Orchestra.

Excellent for kids days out in Central London

Address: Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Tel:

020 7638 8891

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Somerset

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Wookey Hole Caves

Wookey Hole Caves and Papermill are situated at Wookey Hole in the beautiful Somerset Mendip Hills, in South West England.

Web: www.wookey.co.uk

Address: Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset BA5 1BB

Tel:

(01749) 672243

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West Sussex

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Worthing Museum & Art Gallery

Opening times: Tues-Sat 10am - 5pm Closed Sunday and Monday.

Address: Chapel Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN11 1HP

Tel:

(01903) 221140

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Scottish Highlands

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The Active Heart of the Cairngorms

Award winning Craggan Outdoors, is based on beautiful Speyside in the Cairngorms National Park. We offer one of the widest ranges of outdoor activities available in the Scottish Highlands, either as day visitors for activities or holiday packages

We pride ourselves on offering easy access to a wide range of fun and challenging activities, including archery, art & creativity, clay pigeon shooting, climbing (indoor wall and outside rock crags), gorge walking, high ropes, kayaking, mini-quads, mountain biking, paintball, pony trekking, raft building, River Spey canoe trips, team problem-solving and white water rafting.

Tel:

01479 873283

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Merseyside

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Knowsley Safari Park

Knowsley Safari Park was opened to the public in July 1971 by the 18th Earl of Derby. The route through Knowsley Safari Park consists of a 5-mile (8 km) long route drive and the main attractions are lions, cheetahs, monkeys, giraffes, zebra, elephants, various antelopes camels, buffalo and white rhino as well as a group of tigers.

Knowsley Safari Park has become one of Merseyside's premier leisure attractions, winning several awards for tourism and its animal husbandry.

Web: www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/

Address: Prescot, Merseyside L34 4AN

Tel:

(0151) 430 9009

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North London

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Islington Ecology Centre

Address: 191 Drayton Park London N5 1PH

Tel:

(020) 7527 4374

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West Sussex

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Booth Museum of Natural History

Over half a million specimens, natural history literature and data extending back over three centuries are housed in this fascinating museum, including hundreds of British birds displayed in recreated natural settings. Plus butterflies, skeletons, whale and dinosaur bones. Please contact the museum for opening times.

Address: 194 Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 5AA

Tel:

(01273) 292777

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Dorset

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Corfe Castle

One of Britain's most dramatic ruins, this 1000 year old castle dominates the skyline of the Isle of Purbeck. Visit the family interactive visitor centre, superb gift shop and beautifully situated tea rooms. Exciting living history events, children\'s activities and guided walks organised regularly.

Address: Wareham, Dorset BH20 5EZ

Tel:

(01929) 481294

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North Yorkshire

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National Railway Museum

We are home to a wide range of railway icons and literally millions of artifacts, from Mallard - the world's fastest steam locomotive - to a lock of Robert Stephenson's hair.

Our vast collection, including 103 locomotives and 177 other items of rolling stock, tells the railway tale from Rocket to Eurostar. Permanent displays include “Palaces on Wheels”. Royal saloons dating back from the pre-Victorian era. Log onto our website for full details of what we offer and how to get there.

24hr Information Line: (01904) 686286

Web: www.nrm.org.uk

Address: Leeman Rd, York, North Yorkshire YO26 4XJ

Tel:

( 0844) 815 3139

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Greater Manchester

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Bolton Museums, Art Gallery & Aquarium

The Bolton Museum houses collections which cover Egyptian Antiquities, British Art from 18th - 20th Century, zoology, botany, geology collections and an activity centre for school parties and children. Regular exhibitions and special events.

The Aquarium houses both temperate and tropical fish and reptiles.

Web: www.boltonmuseums.org.uk

Address: Le Mans Crescent, Bolton, Greater Manchester BL1 1SE

Tel:

(01204) 3321991

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Northern Ireland

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Botanic Gardens

With nearly 6,000 square metres of galleries and large collections of art, history and natural sciences, it's all here to be discovered. The variety and richness of the collections is outstanding, with a constantly changing programme of temporary exhibitions, lectures and talks, films, workshops and family activities, backed up by a supporting cast of publications, educational resources and a superb team of professionals.

Address: Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT9 5AB

Tel:

+44 (028) 9038 3000

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Address: Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH

Tel:

(01223) 330906

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Isle of Wight

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Kids historical place of interest in isle of wight

Osborne House

Visit Queen Victoria's beloved family home and gardens where she spent most of her time after Prince Albert died and where she died in 1901.

View the Royal Apartments and nursery and her private study and bedroom.

Web: www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/osborne/

Address: East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6JY

Tel:

(01983) 200 022

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Edinburgh

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

The Edinburgh Military Tattoo was first performed in 1950 as the Army in Scotland's contribution to the Edinburgh International Festival.

Today, with its unique blend of music, ceremony, entertainment, and theatre set against the amazing backdrop of Edinburgh castle, it is without question one of the world's greatest shows.

Web: www.edinburgh-tattoo.co.uk

Tel:

(0131) 225 1188

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Hertfordshire

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Hatfield House, Park & Gardens

Web: www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Address: Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ

Tel:

(01707) 287010

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Cambridgeshire

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Railworld

Web: www.railworld.net

Address: Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 9NR

Tel:

(01733) 344240

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Hertfordshire

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indoor family activity centre

AMAZING NEW LEISURE EXPERIENCE

Cloud 9 is an incredibly fun and active indoor inflatable world for ALL AGES (adults & children above 1 metre tall), where gladiator, ninja warrior & total wipeout experiences collide.

Open weekends and school holiday weekdays from 10am-4pm.

Book online at www.cloud9leisure.com/book-now

Email: [email protected]

Tel:

0203 87 37 999

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Kent

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The Home of Charles Darwin

Address: Luxted Road, Downe, Kent BR6 7JT

Tel:

(01689) 859119

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Address: Trenhayle Farm Hayle Cornwall TR27 6HQ

Tel:

(01736) 755631

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Hertfordshire

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Mosquito Aircraft Museum

Web: www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Tel:

(01727) 826400

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Lake District

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Levens Hall

Leven Hall offers the finest Elizabethan rooms including the dining room with its embossed Cordova leather wall-coverings, and many elegant bedrooms. Throughout the house there are beautiful paintings, family memorabilia (connections with both the 1st Duke of Wellington and Nelson) and the earliest English Patchwork (1708).

The Topiary Gardens at Levens are world-famous in their own right, and are a must for any visitor to the English Lake District.

Web: www.levenshall.co.uk

Address: Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0PD

Tel:

(01539) 560321

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Lincolnshire

Find below information on a huge range of Children's sporting activities including tennis, archery, badminton, baseball, rugby, golf, rowing, football and lots more.

Belton Park Golf Club: Children's golf lessons, Londonthorpe Road, Grantham. 01476 567399
Lincoln Karate Academy: Children's martial arts club,447 Newark Road, Lincoln. 01522 531374
Lincolnshire Judo: Kids martial arts club,West Lindsey Leisure Centre, Gainsborough. 01427 616442
Bourne Leisure Centre: Queens Rd, Bourne. 01778 421435
Sleaford Leisure Centre: Boston Rd, East Banks, Sleaford. 01529 303081
The Station Sports & Leisure Centre: Station Road, Mablethorpe. 01507 472129
Castle Sports Complex: Albion St, Spalding, Lincolnshire. 01775 710496
Freestyle Fitness: Jessamine Cottage, Greyfleet ank, Saltfleet, Louth. 01507 338473
Horncastle Swimming Pool: Coronation Walk, Horncastle. 01507 522489
Plaza Family Entertainment Centre: Grand Parade, Skegness. 01754 763525
Jubilee Park Swimming Pool: Jubilee Park, Stixwould Rd, Woodhall Spa. 01526 353478
Louth Swimming Pool: Riverhead Rd, Louth. 01507 604738
Wragby Swimming Pool: Silver St, Wragby, Market Rasen. 01673 857776
Spalding Swimming Pool: Castle Sports Complex, Pinchbeck Rd, Spalding. 01775 725978
Skegness Indoor Swimming Pool: Grand Parade, Skegness. 01754 610675

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Somerset

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East Somerset Railway

Web: www.eastsomersetrailway.co.uk

Address: Cranmore Station Cranmore Shepton Mallet Somerset BA4 4QP

Tel:

(01749) 880417

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Greater Manchester

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Kids days out in Manchester

Portland Basin Museum

A lively modern museum in an historic canal-side setting. Experience the sights and sounds of a 1920s Tameside street. Discover what life was like down the mines and on the farm. Explore local crafts and industries and have fun with our interactives. With a shop, free car park, full accessibility and Café on the Wharf, it’s a great day out with something for all ages. And what’s more, it’s FREE!

FREE HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES! Every school holiday, including Bank Holidays.

Web: www.tameside.gov.uk

Address: 1 Portland Place, Ashton-under-Lyne, Tameside OL7 0QA

Tel:

(0161) 343 2878

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Birmingham

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Learn how Cadbury make some of their most famous brands, see the Cadbury Land Show which takes you on a fantastic journey into a magical chocolate land, dip your Cadbury chocolate the traditional way, jump into a Beanmobile and enjoy an enchanting ride through chocolate wonderland, lots of free samples and much more!

Address: Bournville, Birmingham B30 2LD

Tel:

(0121) 451 4180

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Oxfordshire

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Kids days out in Oxfordshire

Farmer Gow's ~ Activity Farm

Fabulous Family Day Out and Birthday Parties in Oxfordshire

Open daily (1 Jan - 23 Dec) 10am - 5pm

  • Meet the Animals ~ daily at 11am and at 2pm, bottle feeding, chick handling, egg collecting, goat walking ...
  • Trailer Rides ~ seasonal (April-October)
  • Bale Climbs ~ indoor and outdoor
  • Pedal Tractors ~ indoor and outdoor
  • Play Areas including Under 5s area
  • Cafe area, with wood burning stove
  • Farm shop ~ gifts, toys, meat, eggs, firewood
  • Picnic areas ~ indoor and outdoor

Birthday Parties ~

  • Available all year
  • 2.5 hours, morning or afternoon
  • Includes ~ Meet the Animals, Trailer Ride or Treasure Hunt, use of all the farm facilties
  • From £6 per child

Address: Longcot Road, Fernham, nr Faringdon SN7 7PR

Tel:

(01793) 780 555

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Address: 239 Baker St, London NW1 6XE

Tel:

(020) 7935 8866

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Norfolk

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Splash Leisure & Fitness Centre

Address: Weybourne Road, Sheringham, NR26 8HF

Tel:

(01263) 825 675

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Suffolk

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Kids days out in Suffolk

The National Stud

A day at The National Stud offers the chance to see behind the scenes of one of the most prestigious stud farms in the country.

What you can see on your visit depends on the season, but the tour takes in the superb stallion unit, along with the stallions in residence, nursery yards and mares and foals in their paddocks. Each tour lasts for approximately 75 minutes - visitors are advised to arrive 10 minutes before the tour is due to start.

Tours of the Stud take place daily from the 1st March to the end of September and on race days in October and November. Both individual and organised parties can be arranged. Facilities include a Gift and Coffee Shop.

Come to The National Stud and enjoy a great day out for all the family.

Tour Hotline: (01638) 666789
Email: [email protected]

Web: www.nationalstud.co.uk

Address: Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 0XE

Tel:

(01638) 663464

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Northern Ireland

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The Lagan Boat Company N.I. Ltd.

Official agents for Harland & Wolff Titanic memorabilia and the World's ONLY provider of authentic Titanic Boat Tours around the shipyards of Harland & Wolff in Belfast.

Address: 1 Donegall Quay, Belfast BT1 3EA

Tel:

+44 (0)28 9033 0844

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Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight Steam Railway

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway passes through five and a half miles of unspoiled Island countryside, recapturing the days of the branch line railway. Traditional rail travel brought to life again from a bygone age.

Web: www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

Address: The Railway Station, Havenstreet, Isle of Wight PO33 4DS

Tel:

(01983) 882204

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Hampshire

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Hollycombe Steam Collection

Web: www.hollycombe.co.uk

Address: Midhurst Road Liphook Hampshire GU30 7LP

Tel:

(01428) 724900

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Warwickshire

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Warwick Castle

Warwick Castle offers you a thousand years of history, a fabulous day out for the whole family.

Visit the dungeons where a prisoners fate was to be forgotten forever! The Armoury contains over 1000 pieces from all over Europe. The castle boasts beautiful staterooms and a chapel full of exquisite furnishings dating back to the 17th century. Walk through the magnificent gardens landscaped by Capability Brown. Events organised throughout the year include jousting, knights fighting and lots more.

Open every day except Christmas day.

Facilities: Restaurants, picnic area, open air barbecue, gift shops, disabled access.

Web: www.warwick-castle.com

Address: Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 4QU

Tel:

(01926) 406600

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Leicestershire

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Kids days out in Leicestershire

Belvoir Castle

Belvoir Castle occupies a commanding position with breathtaking views across the Vale of Belvoir. The present Castle is the fourth to have stood on the site since Norman times. From the elegance of the Elizabeth Saloon and the majesty of the State Dining Room to the delights of the Regents Gallery and the military splendour of the Guard Room, Belvoir possesses one of the most stunning interiors of the period.

The magical woodland gardens, set in a natural amphitheatre with fresh water springs, are carefully planned to ensure plants bloom all year round.

Kids days out in Grantham

Address: Belvoir, nr Grantham, Leicestershire NG32 1PD

Tel:

(01476) 870262

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East Sussex

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kids days out in East Sussex

Bluebell Railway

Join The Bluebell Railway and have a wonderful day out with your family steaming through the heart of the Sussex Weald. Viosit the website for full details of train times, birthday party options and special events including children's activities throughout the school holidays.

Web: www.bluebell-railway.co.uk

Address: Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex TN22 3QL

Tel:

(01825) 720825

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Broughty Castle & Museum

Broughty Castle sits imposingly at the mouth of the Tay. Built in 1496, it has faced many sieges and battles. These have left their scars - marks made by cannon shot are still visible.

Broughty Castle Museum houses fascinating displays on the life and times of Broughty Ferry, its people, the environment and the wildlife that live close by.

There is always something to see and do, with a changing programme of events, activities and displays.

Address: Castle Approach, Broughty Ferry, Dundee DD5 2TF

Tel:

(01382) 436916

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Hampshire

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Jane Austen's House

Visit Jane Austen's House, situated in the village of Chawton in Hampshire, where she wrote and revised her famous novels including Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma and Persuasion.

The pretty garden contains many varieties of plants and herbs common in the late 18th century. In the Old Bakehouse you will be able to see Jane's donkey carriage that she used when she was ill and too weak to travel far on foot.

Web: www.jane-austens-house-museum.org.uk

Address: Chawton, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1SD

Tel:

(01420) 83262

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Address: Newent, Gloucestershire GL18 1PP

Tel:

(01531) 822144

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Address: The Railway Station Minehead Somerset TA24 5BG

Tel:

(01643) 704996

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Multiple Areas

The Dungeons bring medieval horrors and gruesome waxwork displays of witchcraft, torture and plague to life. The Dungeons can now be found in London, York, Edinburgh and Hamburg. April-Sept: Seven days a week 10am-5.30pm. Oct-March: seven days a week 10am-4.30pm.

Facilities: café/restaurant, baby/disabled facilities.

Tel:

(020) 7403 7221

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Wiltshire

Wiltshire Attractions

Visit Salisbury and South Wiltshire where you will find a huge variety of attractions to see including Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument of unique importance. Log onto the website below for full details.

Visit the Rockbourne Roman Villa where you will see the largest known Roman villa in the area, set in the idyllic countryside and accompanied by a modern musuem. Also Wilton House and Wilton Carpet Museum, Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm Park, Farmer Giles Farmstead and lots lots more!

For walking and cycling enthusiasts please call (01980) 623255 for loads of info on routes, services and accomodation.

Web: www.visitsalisbury.com

Tel:

(01722) 334956

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East London

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William Morris Gallery

Web: www.walthamforest.gov.uk/william-morris

Address: Lloyd Park Lodge, Forest Road, London E17 4PP

Tel:

(020) 8496 4390

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Herefordshire

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Croft Castle

A great place to visit, Croft illustrates the turbulent history of this part of England. The essentially defensive exterior contrasts with the comfortable and decorative state rooms inside. Most date from the 18th century and there are fine plasterwork ceilings, rare furniture and family portraits. A walled garden and a fantastic avenue of 350-year-old Spanish chestnuts are added attractions.

Address: Nr Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 9PW

Tel:

(01568) 780246

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Greater Manchester

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Museum of Transport

The Museum of Transport has the biggest collection of vintage buses and coaches in the United Kingdom dating back over a 100 years. Log on for details of forthcoming events.

Web:
www.gmts.co.uk

Address: Boyule Street, Cheetham, Manchester M8 8UW

Tel:

(0161) 205 2122

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Conwy

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Great Orme Mines

Explore tunnels dug out 4,000 years ago leading to the amazing Bronze Age cavern. Great Orme Mines are situated within the picturesque surroundings of the Great Orme Country Park. The mines are only one mile from the centre of Llandudno, Wales' premier seaside resort.

Web: www.greatorme.freeserve.co.uk/

Address: Great Orme , Llandudno , North Wales LL30 2XG

Tel:

(01492) 870447

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Dorset

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Kids days out in Dorset

Monkey World

Set amongst the woodland of Dorset lays 65 acres of sanctuary for over 150 primates. Monkey World works in conjunction with foreign governments from all over the world to stop the illegal smuggling of apes out of Africa and Asia. At the park visitors can see more than 15 different species.

Web: www.monkeyworld.co.uk

Address: Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH

Tel:

(01929) 462537

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Multiple Areas

Fun On The River

Huge range of activities for the whole family on the River Thames from Windsor to Henley including cruisers and self-drive boats.

Address: Whytegates House, Berries Road, Cookham, Maidenhead

Tel:

(01628) 530600

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Kent

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Leisure centre in Kent

The Weald Sports Centre

We offer something for the whole family…

Our registered crèche (weekdays 9.30am-1.30pm) offers you the chance to enjoy our superb health & fitness facilities, knowing that your little ones are safe and happy.

Our Camp Energy holiday playscheme is here every school holiday… the perfect solution for your busy life ~ plus action-packed days for your child(ren). Full and half-day sessions available – ages 5-13yrs.

For great value & great fun book a Party Animals party soon…range of activities to suit the kids, and a range of prices to suit your wallet !!

Contact us today to find out more !

Email: [email protected]

Address: Angley Road, Cranbrook TN17 2PN

Tel:

(01580) 710720

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North Lanarkshire

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Go karting for kids

The Experience is the place to race in Glasgow, where you can experience the future of motorsports, today!

We offer a vast range of activities for the whole family including electric go-karting, laser tag, soft play, holiday activity clubs and kids’ parties.

The Experience has something for all the family to enjoy! As well as catering for family and friends, we have excellent facilities for team building days with colleagues which can be catered for by our award winning cafe.

Address: Lothian Street, Hillington Park, Glasgow G52 4JR

Tel:

0141 883 4005

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North London

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The Haringey Club

Address: 50 Tottenham Lane, Crouch End N8 7EE

Tel:

(020) 8348 2124

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Carmarthenshire

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Kidwell Tinplate Works

Kidwelly Tinplate Works was established in 1737 and operated with varying success until its closure in 1941. Rescued by the Kidwelly Heritage Centre and Tinplate Museum Trust in 1982, the old works now interprets not only the tinplate industry, but also coal mining and brick manufacture in the area. On display are the machinery and tools used in these former key industries of Carmarthenshire.

Address: Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire SA17 4LW

Tel:

(01554) 891078

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Surrey

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Tomlinscote Sports Centre

Address: Tomlinscote Way, Frimley, Camberley, GU16 5PY

Tel:

(01276) 670316

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Norfolk

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Sutton Windmill and Broads Museum

A Museum of social life, not too far back in the past, grown from the Nunn family's private collection. The Museum Buildings and Engine Houses contain a huge display of Woodworking, Plumbing, Cooper's, Tin and Blacksmith's tools; over 100 different Animal Traps and Taxidermy items; a Wartime Secton with leaflets, cards and recipes; Book Binding area; Horse Harness and much much more.

Sutton Mill is Britain’s tallest windmill. Built over 200 years ago, you can see the complete milling machinery, four sets of millstones, sack hoist and nine floors.

Address: Sutton, Norwich NR12 9RZ

Tel:

(01692) 581195

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Essex

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Old MacDonald's Farm

Web: www.oldmacdonaldsfarm.org.uk

Address: Weals Road, Brentwood CM14 5AY

Tel:

(01277) 375 177

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Conwy

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We have an indoor walk-through Wonderland Rabbit Hole with life-sized animated displays of some of the most colourful and well known scenes from the Alice story - an enchanting experience for all ages. Visitors are provided with a personal stereo and professionally recorded narration with sound effects.

Address: 3 & 4 Trinity Square, Llandudno, North Wales LL30 2PY

Tel:

(01492) 860082

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West Midlands

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Sparkhill Pool & Fitness Centre

Address: Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham B11 4EA

Tel:

(0121) 464 0813

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Kent

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Bromley Museum & Priory Gardens

Address: The Priory, Church Hill, Orpington BR6 0HH

Tel:

(01689) 873826

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Derbyshire

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Chatsworth House

A wonderful day out for the whole family! Chatsworth House is set in a 1000 acre park landscaped by Capability Brown in the heart of the Peak District.

Visit the magnificent house with one of the finest art collections in Britain and 5 miles of gardens as well as the Farmyard where children can get up close to a variety of animals. Children can play in the woodland Adventure Playground or paddle in the Cascade. See the tallest gravity-fed fountain in the world and lots more!

Web: www.chatsworth.org

Address: Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1PP

Tel:

(01246) 582204

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East Sussex

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Newhaven Fort

Web: www.newhavenfort.org.uk

Address: Fort Road Newhaven East Sussex BN9 9DS

Tel:

(01273) 517622

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North Yorkshire

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Tom Leonard Mining Museum

The Museum today offers visitors an opportunity to experience the underground world of a real ironstone mine and to explore the skills, customs and life of the Cleveland miner. It was these miners that helped make Cleveland the most important Ironstone mining district in Victorian and Edwardian Britain.

Web: www.ironstonemuseum.co.uk

Address: Deepdale, Skinningrove, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Cleveland TS13 4AP

Tel:

(01287) 642877

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Devon

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The Aquarium experience comprises a total of 50 live exhibits including 3 massive tanks. Over 4000 animals from 400 species are displayed in realistic habitats from local shorelines to coral reefs. In addition our technological zone, Explorocean focuses on ocean exploration and sustainability through innovative, interactive exhibits.

Address: Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth PL4 0LF

Tel:

(01752) 600 301

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Golf for kids

TopGolf is an innovative sports entertainment facility that’s fast becoming a favourite destination for all occasions.

It’s great fun, competitive, totally interactive and best of all you don’t need to be a golfer! Microchips in each ball record individuals’ performances and scores are instantly displayed on screen in your all-weather bay.

Play with family, friends, colleagues… whatever your age and ability, we’ll get you started and guarantee you’ll be hooked.

Locations: Addlestone, Chigwell and Watford

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Bedfordshire

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Kids days out in Bedfordshire

What makes a great day out?

Where else can you try out a quad bike and turn somersaults on a bungee trampoline? Here at Thurleigh Farm we like to think that we can provide some fun for everyone, be it riding on our tractor trailer up to the woods, cuddling a bunny, bottle feeding lambs or running wild in our indoor play barn, whooshing down the wavy slide or submerged in the ball pond.

Location: Cross End, Thurleigh, Bedfordshire MK44 2EE

Tel:

01234 771597

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Derbyshire

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Kids days out

CONKERS

CONKERS, the award winning attraction at The Heart of the National Forest, a unique mix of indoor and outdoor experiences to keep you and your family engaged for hours - whatever the weather. Five miles from Junction 11 off the M42.

Indoors there are four discovery zones designed for children and adults of all ages, which also includes the Enchanted Forest Adventure Play area, a simulated Tree Top Walk with a moving bridge and journey through the skies to the caves beyond. Visit the Fairy Labyrinth and experience Adventure Activity Days.

Keep the kids engaged at Conkers!

KIds days out in Swadlincote in South Derbyshire

Web: www.visitconkers.com

Tel:

01283 216633

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Hampshire

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Gosport Ice Rink

Web: www.planet-ice.co.uk

Address: Holbrook Recreational Centre, Fareham Road, Off Forest Way Gosport PO13 0ZX

Tel:

(02392) 511217

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North Yorkshire

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Kids days out in Yorkshire

Castle Howard

Castle Howard is one of Britain's finest stately homes, located in the beautiful Howardian Hills, fifteen miles northeast of the famous city of York.

Web: www.castlehoward.co.uk

Address: York, North Yorkshire Y060 7DA

Tel:

(01653) 648444

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North London

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New Bridge Park Centre

Address: Harrow Road, London NW10 0RG

Tel:

(020) 8963 1313

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Taggs Boatyard Ltd (Ditton Cruisers & Harts Cruisers)

Taggs Boatyard is a family run company offering a good selection of self drive cruisers for hourly, half day or full day hire. Relax and enjoy all the natural beauty that the River Thames has to offer, picnic on its banks, moor up and visit any spot that takes your fancy or stop for a bite to eat at one of the many riverside pubs and restaurants.

It couldn’t be easier, choose a boat and after an introduction to the simple controls just cruise away and enjoy the river at your leisure leaving the hustle and bustle of everyday life behind.

Please contact us on the above number or log on for further details.

Web: www.taggsboatyard.co.uk

Address: 44 Summer Road, Thames Ditton, Surrey (Nr 'Ye Olde Swan') KT7 0QQ

Tel:

(020) 8398 2119

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Hertfordshire

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A truly memorable wildlife experience for all the family. A former chalk quarry, near Tring in Buckinghamshire, this reserve has been transformed into a thriving centre for wildlife and supports more than 1,000 species. It boasts panoramic views of the surrounding farmland and Chiltern hills and has become a haven for many migrating birds.

Visitor facilities: visitor centre with displays on geology, wildlife gardening, bee-keeping, the Arable Weed Project and farming, farming museum, numerous bird hides by the lakeside and high on the hillsides, live animals including chickens, guinea pigs and our two Highland cattle. Surfaced car park. Open 10am to 5pm (closed Mondays). No dogs please.

Address: Tring HP23 5QG

Tel:

(01442) 826774

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Northumberland

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Chillingham Castle

Web: www.chillingham-castle.com

Address: Chillingham, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 5NJ

Tel:

(01668) 215359

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Hampshire

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Address: Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth Hampshire PO1 3TT

Tel:

(0)23 9285 7520

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South West London

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Tate Britain

Kids days out in London

Web:www.tate.org.uk

Address: Millbank London SW1P 4RG

Tel:

020 7887 8888

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Glasgow

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The Zoological Society of Glasgow and West of Scotland

Web: www.glasgowzoo.co.uk

Address: Calderpark, Uddingston, Glasgow G71 7RZ

Tel:

(0141) 7711185

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Cumbria

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Family days out in Cumbria

Windermere Steamboats & Museum

For a great day out for the whole family visit the Windermere Steamboats & Museum situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Windermere.

Windermere Steamboats & Museum offers:

  • A unique and historic collection of Steam and Motor Boats
  • Steam Launch Trips
  • Shop and Refreshments
  • "Swallows and Amazons" Exhibition
  • "Model Boats: You Too Can Do It!" Exhibition
There are many events held throughout the year including Steamboat, Model Boat, and Classic Motor Boat Rallies all held annually. Up to date information on other special events can be found on our website or from the Museum's Office.

Web: www.steamboat.co.uk

Address: Rayrigg Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1BN

Tel:

(0153) 944 5565

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Warwickshire

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Kids days out in North Warwickshire

Broomey Croft Childrens Farm

This award winning farm attraction is a fun family day out and has been laid out and organised to especially suite families with younger children.

There are plenty of opportunities to see and feed the friendly farm animals as close quarters.

For those tractor mad children we have free tractor and trailer rides daily during the weekends and school holidays.

There is a delightful tea shop on site, which serves hot, and cold snacks and has a good children’s menu.

The farm is kept spotlessly clean and a high priority is put on the well being of the animals and the enjoyment of the visitors.

Web: www.broomeycroftfarm.co.uk

Address: Bodymoor Heath Lane, Bodymoor, Near Tamworth, North Warwickshire B76 0EE

Tel:

(01827) 873844

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Cornwall

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Geevor Tin Mine

Web: www.geevor.com

Address: Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7EW

Tel:

(01736) 788662

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Berkshire

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Windsor Castle

Built over 900 years ago for William the Conqueror, the castle contains a wealth of history and beautiful treasures. Admission includes the State Apartments, Queen Mary's Dolls House, St George's Chapel, The Albert Memorial Chapel, The Precincts and The Gallery.

Web: www.windsor.gov.uk

Address: Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ

Tel:

020 7766 7304

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Cornwall

Cornishlight.co.uk

If you are planning to visit Cornwall log onto this website for great ideas for what to do and see.

Web: www.cornishlight.co.uk

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Buckinghamshire

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Bekonscot Model Village

Bekonscot Model Village is an entire miniature kingdom stuck firmly in an idyllic 1930s timewarp, it is the world's oldest model village.

There are six little villages in a 1½ acre miniature landscape of farms and fields, castles and churches, woods, lakes and rolling hills. Walking around, you’ll tower over the tiny population enjoying the fun of the fair, beaches, zoo and tramway, or lazily watching the cricket on the village green. Each village is linked by one of Britain's largest public outdoor model railways.

Kids day out in Beaconsfield

Address: Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 2PL

Tel:

(01494) 672919

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West Sussex

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Earnley Butterflies & Gardens

Web: www.earnleybutterfliesandgardens.co.uk

Address: 133 Almondington Lane, Earnley, Chichester P020 7JR

Tel:

(01243) 512637

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Buckinghamshire

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Old Gaol Museum

One of the first purpose-built county gaols in England, it now tells the story of Buckingham. The ancient cells with their double doors still remain. The Museum and the Tourist Information Centre are open Monday - Saturday 10am- 4pm all year round.

Web: www.mkheritage.co.uk/ogb

Address: Market Hill,Buckingham MK 18 1JX

Tel:

(01280) 823020

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Bowling for kids in Berkshire

Strikes Bowl Multiplex is the complete family entertainment centre where fun and excitement is guaranteed for all the family. Combining traditional 10 pin bowling, where we offer specially equipped lanes for the younger bowlers, along with the innovative Cosmic Bowl and "Planet Zoom", the indoor adventure play area for children.

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Cornwall

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World of Model Railways

Web: www.model-railway.co.uk

Address: Meaow Street Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6UL

Tel:

(01726) 842457

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Gwynedd

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Family days out in Gwynedd

The Sygun Copper Mine is an award winning family attraction situated in the heart of the Snowdonia National Park. There are winding tunnels and large, colourful chambers, magnificent stalactite and stalagmite formations and copper ore veins that contain traces of gold, silver and other precious metals. Our self-guided audiovisual tours allow you to explore the old workings on foot, in complete safety.

Tel:

(01766) 890595

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Kent

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Chislehurst Caves

It's cool in the caves! and they're open all year! Open seven days a week during school holidays. Wednesday-Sunday the rest of the year. Guided tours hourly from 10am-4pm.

Chislehurst Mainline station
Web:  www.chislehurst-caves.co.uk

Address: Old Hill, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5NB

Tel:

(020) 8467 3264

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Dorset

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The Keep Military Museum

The museum chronicles the military life of the following regiments: The Devonshire Regiment, The Dorset Regiment, The Devonshire and Dorset Regiment, The Dorset Yeomanry, The Queen\'s Own Dorset Yeomanry, The Dorset Militia, The Royal Devon Yeomanry and 94 Field Regiment RA. The museum includes a tea shop and gift shop and has wheelchair access to all floors.

Web: www.keepmilitarymuseum.org

Address: Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RN

Tel:

(01305) 26406

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Hertfordshire

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Berkhamsted Castle

Kids days out in Berkhamsted

Web: www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/berkhamsted-castle/

Tel:

(01604) 730320

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Trampoline parks

Safe Trampoline Fun & Fitness For All The Family

Trampolining is a hugely popular activity, and there’s a reason for that. Trampolining is a brilliant way to get your heart pounding and your eyes gleaming. Whether you’re a toddler, a teen, or a teen-at-heart, having a bounce can help you get fit in a way that’s fun and feels great.

Our indoor trampoline parks in Birmingham and High Wycombe boast the very best in bouncing equipment, from long tumble lanes to high performance arenas, from trapezes to dodgeball courts. We were the first trampoline park in the UK to bring a Rush Challenge Course to trampolining. Rush also offers our infamous Rush Wipeout and Gladiator Battle Beam – you might say adrenaline (and adventure) is in our blood!

You can soar to the ceiling knowing that we have your safety covered. Although trampolining is an extreme sport, our specially made equipment and well-trained staff help you feel the rush without having to worry for yourself or those around you.

For parents that need to work while the little ones play, we have a top notch cafe with excellent coffee and fresh, healthy food. Rush also offers fully-staffed creche facilities for the days you really need to focus.

If you’re looking for a stress-free venue for a kids party, after-school fun for all ages, or an unusual corporate team-building event, we have something for you. We offer a range of adult fitness classes and children’s activities at both of our parks, perfect for any level of confidence.

Family friendly trampoline park in:
RUSH HIGH WYCOMBE: Lexmark House, Coronation Road, Cressex Business Park, High Wycombe HP12 3TA
RUSH BIRMINGHAM: Unit 6 Avery Dell, Lifford Lane, Kings Norton, Birmingham B30 3DZ

Tel:

03454 500268

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Cheshire

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Stockley Farm

Fun for all the Family. Take the tractor and trailor ride from our car park at Arley Estate. Stroke, cuddle or help feed the animals. Watch the cows being milked, bounce in the straw, browse in the gift shop, enjoy refreshments in our café, have fun in the Let’s Make corner or relax with a picnic on the adventure playground. Pony rides. Nature trail. Suitable for disabled people. Birthday parties catered for.

Address: Arley, Northwich CW9 6LZ

Tel:

(01565) 777323

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Bedfordshire

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Ascott House and Gardens

Kids days out in Leighton Buzzard

Web: www.ascottestate.co.uk/

Address: Wing Leighton Buzzard Bedfordshire LU7 0PS

Tel:

(01296) 688242

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Worcestershire

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Kids days out in Worcestershire

West Midland Safari Park

West Midland Safari Park situated in Worcestershire is an all day attraction with impressive facilities.

See White Lions and Tigers, Giraffe, Elephants, Indian & African Rhino, African Wild Dogs, Cheetah and white Wallabies in the four mile self drive safari that combines with Discovery Trail - showcasing a Sea Lion Show; Twilight Cave, Seaquarium, Mark O’Shea’s Reptile World, Creepy Crawlies, walk-through Lemur Exhibit and friendly animal encounters as well as an Amusement Area with over 25 family orientated rides.

Web: www.wmsp.co.uk

Address: Spring Grove, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 1LF

Tel:

01299 402114

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East Sussex

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Family days out in East Sussex

The beautiful buildings at Michelham Priory have evolved over 800 years. The collections of furniture and artefacts on display trace the property’s religious origins through its life as a working farm and its development as a country house in the 1920s. Seven acres of superb gardens are entered through a 14th-century gatehouse. Explore the fully restored medieval watermill, Physic Herb Garden, a working forge, rope museum and the Elizabethan Great Barn, now used for weddings and functions.

See our website for events including the Antiques Fair, Medieval Weekend and popular Country and Game Fair.

Address: Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham BN27 3QS

Tel:

(01323) 844224

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Greater London

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Boston Manor House

Set in a public park this Jacobean manor house built in 1623 has beautiful English renaissance plaster ceilings in the state rooms on the first floor. The ground floor rooms are decorated in the style of the early 19th century.

Web: www.fobm.org.uk/House

Address: Boston Manor Road, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 9JX

Tel:

(020) 8560 5441

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Cornwall

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Address: Porthmeor Beach St Ives Cornwall TR26 1TG

Tel:

(01736) 796226

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Oxfordshire

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Mad Hatters Play Centre

Address: 42 Murdock Rd OX26 4PP

Tel:

(01869) 325544

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London Eye

The world's largest observation wheel towers 135 meters above the banks of the Thames allowing bird's eye views over London. On a clear day, you can see all of London's towers and spires and beyond the city 25 miles in each direction.

Web:
www.londoneye.com

Address: Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, SE1 SE1 7PB

Tel:

(0870) 5000600

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Isle of Wight

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Kids days out in Isle of Wight

Appuldurcombe House & Isle of Wight Falconry Centre

Ideally situated on the South side of the Island, just 2 miles in from the coast, we have wonderful child friendly cottages at both Ventnor & Shanklin.

The partially restored shell of the House and the grounds are the home of the Owl & Falconry centre, with exciting flying displays daily featuring many different owls & birds of prey from around the world. You can learn to fly a bird on our residential or non-residential courses “Become a Junior Falconer”

Set around the 300 acre Estate are seven self-catering cottages. Most are ‘listed’, some with private gardens. Each cottage is completely different & family friendly.

Family friendly holidays and kids days out in Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Address: Wroxall, Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 3EW

Tel:

(01983) 840188

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Humberside

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The Deep

Visit this unique attraction that will amaze and delight every member of the family. Discover the story of the world's oceans at The Deep. Take a ride in the world's only underwater lift and dare to walk beneath Europe's deepest tank for a glimpse of our global past, present and future.

Open to the public from 10am daily, the Submarium is already loved and enjoyed by visitors of all ages and from all corners of the world!

Web: www.thedeep.co.uk

Address: The Deep, Tower Street, Hull HU1 4DP

Tel:

(01482) 381000

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Norfolk

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Oasis Sports & Leisure Centre

Address: Pound Ln, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 0UB

Tel:

(01603) 462 462

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Address: Alresford Nr Winchester Hampshire SO24 9JG

Tel:

(01962) 733810

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North London

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Freightliners City Farm

Working farm, special under 5 activities twice a week, Tue - Sun 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm, no entrance charge.

Web: www.freghtlinersfarm.org.uk

Address: Sheringham Road N7 8PF

Tel:

(020) 7609 0467

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Built in 1700, it was a home and workplace for Samuel Johnson from 1748-1759and it was here that he compiled the first comprehensive English Dictionary.

Restored to its original condition it features a collection of period furniture, prints and portraits.

Web: www.drjohnsonshouse.org

Address: 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE

Tel:

(020) 7353 3745

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Surrey

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Bocketts Farm Park

Set in beautiful countryside at the edge of the north downs. A working family farm, outdoor paddocks and large covered area with many friendly animals. Displays of agricultural bygones, craft demonstrations, trialer and pony rides, picnic and play areas.

Facilities: play area, tea room, disabled, toilets and pinic area.

Address: Young Street, Fetcham KT22 9BS

Tel:

(01372) 363764

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North Yorkshire

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Kids days out in North Yorkshire

Birds of Prey Centre

The Birds of Prey Centre provides the public with the opportunity to enjoy the thrills and excitement of falconry with over 80 birds and 34 species.

Eagles, Falcons, Hawks and Owls will swoop and dive around you as you sit in a beautiful English garden. Our skilled handlers will explain why the birds hunt and fly as they do, where they come from in the wild and how they are trained. Following each breathtaking display you too may hold our Birds of Prey for The Ultimate Hands on Experience.

We also offer falconry courses or hawk walks ideal for a special Birthday or Christmas present, Let us arrange it all for you!

Web: www.falconrycentre.co.uk

Address: Sion Hill Hall, Kirby, Wiske, Nr Thirsk, North Yorkshire YO7 4EU

Tel:

(01845) 587522

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Cambridgeshire

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The Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey

The Farmland Museum and Denny Abbey near Cambridge, just off the A10 from Waterbeach. A fascinating historical site for a great kids day out that all the family will enjoy!

Location: Ely Road, Waterbeach, Cambridge, CB25 9PQ
Web: www.farmlandmuseum.org.uk

Tel:

01223 860988

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Essex

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House On The Hill

(ADJACENT TO MOUNTFITCHET CASTLE) Three attractions for the price of one. Visit the toy museum which has over 50,000 toys making it the largest toy museum in the world. See the vintage amusement and slot machine zone encounter where you can play the machines of yesteryear. Also see memorabilia of your favourite stars at the legends of rock and roll, film, TV & theatre experience. Open daily 10am-4pm. Situated 2 miles from junction 8 of the M11.

Address: Bayley Walls, 10 Grove Hill, Stansted, Mountfitchet CM24 8SP

Tel:

(01279) 813 567

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Birmingham

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Moseley Road Swimming Pool


Facilities: Baby Changing Facilities, Leisure Centre, Spectator Seating, Swimming Pool
Services: Birthday Parties, First Strokes - toddlers' swimming lessons, Junior Coaching, Parent and Toddler Swimming, Splash Sessions for children, Children's swimming lessons in Birmingham.

Address: Moseley Road, Balsall Heath, Birmingham B12 9BX

Tel:

0121 464 0150

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Berkshire

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California Country Park

Address: Off Nine Mile Ride Finchampstead Berkshire RG40 4HT

Tel:

(07966) 929 517

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Lancashire

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The Corgi Heritage Centre

The Corgi Heritage Centre features a complete history of the Corgi company from its early days as Mettoy, set up just before World War II, to the introduction of the Corgi name in the mid 1950's, right up to the present day. The Centre begins with a walk-through history with illustrations and examples of vintage Corgi models - "The Ones with Windows" - guaranteed to start you reminiscing!

Address: 53 York Street, Heywood, Rochdale, Lancashire OL10 4NR

Tel:

(01706) 365812

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Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tel:

020 7887 8888

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Monmouthshire

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Canal holidays in Wales

BEACON PARK HOLIDAYS

Explore the wonders of the beautiful Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal with Beacon Park Holidays. We offer a range if options for relaxing family holidays and days out on the canal.

Quality narrowboat hire holidays: We offer a choice of 13 luxury boats, the widest range on the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.

Full day, half day or hourly boat hire: Experience a lock, cross the river Usk 25ft up on the Brynich Aqueduct, pass 5 lift bridges and have lunch in Talybont or Pencelli in one of the canal side pubs or take a picnic.

Wharfinger's Cottage: Child friendly cottage holiday in Wales situated on our private wharf just outside Abergavenny. Set in a stunning location amongst 30 acres of broadleaf woodland on the side of the Blorenge mountain. Sleeps 6 people and is available all year round for short breaks or longer holidays.

Family friendly holidays and kids days out in Monmouthshire

Web: www.beaconparkcottages.co.uk

Tel:

01873 858277

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Weald & Down Open Air Museum is set in 50 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside. It is a very special place to wander amongst a fascinating collection of nearly 50 historic buildings dating from the 13th to the 19th century, many with period gardens, together with farm animals, woodland walks and a picturesque lake.

Daily activities include:

  • Tudor kitchen in action
  • Working water mill
  • Heavy horses at work
  • Working forge
  • Demonstrations by local craftsmen
  • Hands on activities

Address: Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0EU

Tel:

(01243) 811363

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The Mary Rose fought in many actions over a distinguished career of 35 years before sinking in 1545. This famous Tudor warship lay for 450 years under the seabed before being raised in 1982. The Mary Rose is the only preserved 16th Century warship in the world.

Tel:

(023) 9275 0521

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Devon

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Paignton Zoo

Web: www.paigntonzoo.org.uk

Address: Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU

Tel:

(01803) 697500

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Buckinghamshire

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Odds Farm Park

www.oddsfarm.co.uk

Family days out in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Address: Wooburn Common, High Wycombe HP10 0LX

Tel:

(01628) 520188

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Nottinghamshire

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Newstead Abbey

Formerly a medieval priory, Newstead is a beautiful historic house set in magnificent gardens and parkland extending over 300 acres.

Newstead is best known as the ancestral home of the poet Lord Byron. Visit Byron's own apartments, including important manuscripts and letters. Take a guided tour through the haunted Abbey's dark passages. Beautiful gardens including the Japanese garden, Spanish Garden and Rose Wood.

Facilities include restaurant, tea rooms, gift shop and children's play area

Address: Newstead Abbey Park, Nottinghamshire NG15 8GE

Tel:

(01623) 455900

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Hertfordshire

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Paradise Wildlife Park

We are a friendly family run leisure park which offers day long interest, excitement and enjoyment for all the family.

At Paradise Wildlife Park you can touch and feed our paddock animals which include Zebras and Camels! There is a great range of other animals to see including Meerkats, Lions, Red Pandas, Tigers, Spiders, Snakes and lots more.

We offer a range of different experiences beyond a family day out, that can create life long memories including feeding the big cats, and hands-on encounters with Meercats or Wolves. Ideal unique gift ideas for birthdays, Christmas, Anniversaries, or just as a special treat for that special someone!

Web: www.pwpark.com

Address: White Stubbs Lane, Broxbourne, Hertfordshire EN10 7QA

Tel:

(01992) 470 490

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West Midlands

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Black Country Living Museum

A friendly welcome awaits you at one of Britain's best open air museums. Discover a fascinating and different world where an old-fashioned village has been recreated by the canal as a living tribute to the skills and enterprise of the people of the Black Country, once the Industrial Heart of Britain.

You can wander around shops and houses, ride on a tramcar or fairground swingboat or just soak up the atmosphere. The exhibits reflect the industrial heritage of the area, an ironworks with rolling mill, a coal mine with colliery engine and a Newcomen Engine (a replica of the world's first steam engine), all in action on specific dates.

Address: Tipton Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4SQ

Tel:

(0121) 557 9643

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Cumbria

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Lake District Coast Aquarium

They pride themselves in being one of the best places to see some of the varied marine life of the Irish Sea. Although they don’t keep any mammals like seals or otters, they have a huge variety of fish and invertebrates (starfish, lobsters, etc) in 45 carefully themed and informative displays. A great day out.

Web: www.lakedistrict-coastaquarium.co.uk

Address: South Quay, Maryport CA15 8AB

Tel:

(01900) 817760

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Address: The Railway Station, Toddington, Gloucestershire GL54 5DT

Tel:

(01242) 621405

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Somerset

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Alstone Wildlife Park

For kids days out in Highbridge in Somerset, this family run park and zoo has a great range of animals including camels, emus, deer, owls llamas and a pets corner.

Address: Alstone Road, Highbridge, Somerset TA9 3DT

Tel:

(01278) 782405

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Cheshire

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Roller Grove

Address: Unit 1A Hazel Grove, Stockport SK7 4RA

Tel:

(0161) 483 1898

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Somerset

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Exmoor Falconry and Animal Park

Web: www.exmoorfalconry.co.uk

Address: West Lynch Farm Allerford Nr.Porlock Somerset TA24 8HJ

Tel:

(01643) 862816

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Hertfordshire

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Museum of St Albans

Web: www.stalbansmuseums.org.uk/Sites/Museum-of-St-Albans

Address: Hatfield Rd, St Albans AL1 3RR

Tel:

(01727) 819340

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Norfolk

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See a collection of different breeds of draft horses together with a number of breeds of ponies some of which have foals that are also on display. We also have a display of horse-drawn machinery wagons and other implements some in working order forming a fascinating collection from the pre-war horse era.

Daily activities are organised as well as special events throughout the year.

Address: West Runton Stables, West Runton, Cromer, Norfolk NR27 9QH

Tel:

(01263) 837339

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Blue Reef Aquarium

Blue Reef is part of an exciting new generation of sealife attractions designed to inspire deeper understanding and appreciation of the natural world. Great day out for kids.

Blue Reef Aquariums are situated in Southsea (Portsmouth), Tynemouth on Newcastle's coast, Tyne and Wear, Newquay in Cornwall and Hastings on the East Sussex coast.

Web: www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk

Category: Days out with Kids

Edinburgh

The museums, galleries and monuments owned and managed by the City of Edinburgh Council.

The site includes introductory information on each of the 11 venues, their permanent collections and other museum services also an updated guide to temporary exhibitions currently staged in our venues.

Tel:

(0131) 200 2000

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Kent

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Quasar

Fun for the whole family! Contact on the above number for birthday party details.

Address: 94 Bromley Hill, Bromley, BR1 4JU

Tel:

(020) 8466 7689

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Norfolk

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Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

One of the biggest Sea Life Centres in the country, the Great Yarmouth centre is home to a spectacular tropical shark display, one resident of which is Britain's biggest shark 'Nobby' the Nurse Shark. The same fantastic display with its walkthrough underwater tunnel, also features the wreckage of a World War Two aircraft. There are countless more delights here to absorb and fascinate, including over 50 native species ranging from shrimps and starfish to sharks, stingrays, conger eels and lots more. There are plenty of reminders too, of Great Yarmouth's rich fishing heritage which saw this resort grow steadily from a narrow sandbank to become one of the east coast's leading holiday destinations.

Web: www.greateryarmouth.co.uk

Address: Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 3AH

Tel:

(01493) 330631

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Suffolk

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Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

The Suffolk Owl Sanctuary at Stonham Barns in Suffolk provides a delightful place to visit to watch, study or simply enjoy the company of Owls and other birds of prey.

There are over 60 raptors at the Centre, all housed in spacious aviaries and flying free in narrated flying displays or demonstrations. You will also find at the Raptor Trust Hospital, an information centre about Owls, picnic areas and plenty of activities for children, plus the famous Owl Barn Gift Shop at Stonham.

The Sanctuary opens daily from 10.30am to late afternoon, 7 days a week. Flying demonstrations and talks take place up throughout the day from March to October.

Web: www.the-owl-barn.com/bbop/info.html

Address: Stonham Barns, Pettaugh Road, Stonham Aspal, Suffolk IP14 6AT

Tel:

(01449) 711425

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Wiltshire

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Longleat

Web: www.longleat.co.uk

Address: The Estate Office, Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire BA12 7NW

Tel:

(01985) 844400

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Somerset

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Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park

Web: www.cstwp.co.uk

Address: Cricket St Thomas Chard Somerset TA20 4DD

Tel:

01460 30111

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Somerset

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British Empire and Commonwealth Museum

Web: www.empiremuseum.co.uk

Address: Station Approach, Temple Meads, Temple Quay, Bristol BS1 6QH

Tel:

0117 925 4980

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Hampshire

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The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum

The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum hold the greatest collection of hardy trees and shrubs in the world. The Gardens cover 180 acres. Within this unique collection of more than 42,000 plants (12,500 different types), visitors will find much of interest throughout the year.

Web: http://www.hillier.hants.gov.uk

Address: Jermyns Lane, Ampfield, Romsey Hampshire SO51 0QA

Tel:

(01794) 368787

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Essex

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Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker

Web: www.secretnuclearbunker.co.uk

Address: Kelvedon Hatch Essex CM15 0LA

Tel:

(01277) 364 883

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Cornwall

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Lands End Visitors Centre

Web: www.landsend-landmark.co.uk

Address: Sennen Penzance Cornwall TR19 7AA

Tel:

0870 458 0099

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South London

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National Maritime Museum

Have a fabulous day out at the largest maritime museum in the world!

Log onto their website for details of current exhibitions and lots more.

Web: www.nmm.ac.uk

Address: Romney Rd, Greenwich SE10 9NF

Tel:

(020) 8858 4422

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Berkshire

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Pope's Meadow

Address: St Marks Road Binfield Bracknell Berkshire RG42 4BB

Tel:

(01344) 354441

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Bedfordshire

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Old Warden Shuttleworth Collection

Over 35 historic aeroplanes maintained in full flying condition Progress of aviation from 1909 Bleriot XI to 1941 Spitfire.

Address: Old Warden Aerodrome , Biggleswade SG18 9EP

Tel:

(01767) 627288

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Isle of Wight

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The Needles Park

Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, there\'s breathtaking scenery, a spectacular chairlift past amazing coloured sand cliffs, rides for the children, shops to browse through and places to eat in (or out).

Web: www.theneedles.co.uk

Address: Alum Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0JD

Tel:

(0870) 458 0022

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Essex

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Valence House Museum

Address: Becontree Avenue, Dagenham RM8 3HT

Tel:

(020) 8227 5293 / 4

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West Sussex

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Littlehampton Swimming & Sports Centre

Address: Sea Road, Rustington, Littlehampton, West Sussex BN16 2NA

Tel:

(01903) 725451

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Essex

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Colne Valley Railway

Web: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Address: Yeldham Road Castle Hedingham Essex CO9 3DZ

Tel:

(01787) 461174

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South London

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Kids days out in London

Enjoy the Beefeater tours to family trails. From April-December marvel at the Millennium Exhibition, highlights include 'The Doomsday Book' displayed for the first time ever. Special events in the school holidays when you can try armour on for size and win a prize after finishing a family fun trail. Don't miss the Crown Jewels see the legendary ravens and explore the 20 towers to discover why the Tower IS London.

Facilities: picnic, café/restaurant, baby facilities.

Address: 202-203 Grange Road, London SE1 3AA

Tel:

0844 482 7777

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Cornwall

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Royal Cornwall Museum

Find out the history of Cornwall from Stone Age to the present day at the Royal Cornwall Museum. The museum boasts collections of ancient Egyptian, Greek, and Roman antiquities, also a range of temporary exhibitions.

Web: www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

Address: The River Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SJ

Tel:

(01872) 272205

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Dorset

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Kingston Lacy

Outstanding 17th century house containing many treasures with beautiful gardens and woodland walks. Amenities include children\'s woodland play area, restaurant and gift shop.Exciting events organised throughout the year. Please phone for full details.

Address: Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4EA

Tel:

(01202) 883402

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Devon

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River Link

Web: www.riverlink.co.uk

Address: 5 Lower Street Dartmouth Devon TQ6 9AJ

Tel:

(0)1803-834488

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Bedfordshire

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Woodside Animal Farm & Leisure Park

Web: www.woodsidefarm.co.uk

Address: Woodside Rd,, Slip End Village Luton LU1 4DG

Tel:

(01582) 841044

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South London

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Family days out in London

Cutty Sark

On the afternoon of Monday, 22nd November 1869, a beautiful little clipper ship of 963 tons gross was launched at Dumbarton on the Scottish Clyde. On that day, she was given a name that was to become renowned throughout the seafaring world, and destined to win a place in the hearts of British seamen ~ second only to Nelson's own immortal 'HMS Victory' ~ and that was Cutty Sark.

She was towed to a mooring off Greenwich in 1951. Eventually, the Cutty Sark Society was formed by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and the ship was gifted to the society. In December 1954 she was moved into a specially constructed dry dock at Greenwich.

Since her official opening in 1957 by HM The Queen, the Cutty Sark has been visited by over 14 million people from all over the world.

Web: www.cuttysark.org.uk

Address: King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9HT

Tel:

(020) 8858 3445

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Kids days out in Cambridgeshire

Where excitement strikes every time

With centres all over the UK, a fun time of bowling with friends and family is waiting for you. Our centres all offer a wide range of facilities and dining options to make your experience a great one for the whole family.

If you'd like to throw a fantastic party this year, head for Megabowl & Tenpin. We've got a terrific party package that is available for groups of six adults or more and for children aged 5 years and over, our Birthday Party packages are great fun!

Check our website regularly for our latest news as well as to join our online club so you can be the first to hear about our exclusive offers, events and promotions.

Category: Days out with Kids

Somerset

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Roman Baths & Pump Room

The first stop for any visitor to Bath is the Roman Baths surrounding the hot spring at the heart of the City. The Great Roman Temple and bathing complex built almost 2000 years ago is one of the country\'s finest ancient monuments, still flowing with natural hot water.

Web: www.romanbaths.co.uk

Address: Stall Street , Bath BA1 1LZ

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South London

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Royal Observatory Visitor Centre

Opened in 1981, the RO Visitor Centre aims to introduce the general public and visiting groups to the fascinating world of modern astronomy and space research.

The Visitor Centre is housed in the original 1894 Observatory building and contains several exhibit areas, 2 large telescopes and a gift shop.

Web: www.rog.nmm.ac.uk

Address: Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 8XJ

Tel:

(0131) 668 8405

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Cambridgeshire

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Ramsey Leisure Centre

Address: Abbey Road, Ramsey, PE26 1DP

Tel:

(01487) 710 275

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Merseyside

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Kids days out in Merseyside

Acorn Venture Urban Farm

The Acorn Venture Farm is an educational and leisure facility offering families a great day out in Kirkby Merseyside

As well as a wide range of farm animals including sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, horses, poultry, rabbits and guinea pigs we also offer activities throughout the year including horse riding and seasonal events.

Our facilities include the farm shop, a café, toilets and hand washing. Outside we have two play areas and a woodland walk. We also have a room available for birthday parties and can offer supported daytime activities for people with disabilities.

We are open 10am - 4pm, 7 days a week.

Web: www.acornfarm.co.uk
Reg. Charity No.516925

Children's animal parties in Kirkby

Address: Depot Road, Kirkby, Merseyside L33 3AR

Tel:

(0151) 548 1524

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Central London

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

OPENED in 1996, this working reconstruction of the Globe Theatre was founded by Sam Wannamaker.
Situated on the South Bank of the River Thames adjacent to Bankside Powerstation.
The open air theatre runs from spring to autumn. The museum is open daily 10:00-17:00. Admission £5.

Web: www.shakespearesglobe.com

Address: Bankside, 21 New Globe Walk, London SE1 9DT

Tel:

020 7902 1400

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Gloucestershire

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MagicLand

Address: Meadow Road GL7 1YA

Tel:

(01285) 88557

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Surrey

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Horton Park Children's Farm

Lots of animals to touch and enjoy. Birthday parties are lots of fun here. Ask for details about food and party bags.

Web: www.hortonpark.co.uk

Address: Horton Lane, Epsom KT19 8PT

Tel:

(01372) 743984

Category: Days out with Kids

Northern Ireland

For centuries countless visitors have marvelled at the majesty and mystery of the Giants Causeway. At the heart of one of Europe's most magnificent coastlines its unique rock formations have, for millions of years, stood as a natural rampart against the unbridled ferocity of Atlantic storms. The rugged symmetry of the columns never fails to intrigue and inspire our visitors. To stroll on the Giants Causeway is to voyage back in time.

Address: Nr Portballintrae, Northern Ireland

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Kids days out in West sussex

The striking chequerboard facade on Shoreham High Street fronts one of the oldest lay buildings in Sussex, dating originally from the twelfth century. Towards the rear is a new extension, hosting displays, educational workshops, holiday activities and talks.

Marlipins Museum, once a Customs House, now holds artefacts from the long history of the Shorehamh area and the maritime past plus a collection of local archaeological material from prehistoric to medieval times. Upstairs are displays on the local silent film industry and transport.



Address: 36 High St, Shoreham-by-Sea BN43 5DA

Tel:

(01273) 462 994

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Denbighshire

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Pen Y Bryn Farm Park

Come along and enjoy the fun at North Wales's premier farm park. The park is set in the wonderful scenery of North Wales, enjoying marvellous views. It has free parking, picnic areas, cafe selling drinks, snacks and light lunches, kid's play areas, toilets and washing facilities, disabled access, nature trails, and lots of animals, including 'Solo' the Llama!

Web: www.pybfarmpark.co.uk

Address: Betws Gwerfil Goch, Corwen, Denbighshire LL21 8PB

Tel:

(01490) 420244

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Hampshire

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Family days out in Hampshire

The Home of Peppa Pig World!

Paultons Park is a theme park situated in the New Forest, Hampshire featuring rides and attractions including Peppa Pig World and a water park, adventure golf, a 4D cinema, birds and animals, beautiful landscapes and gardens and much more!

Visit Paulton Park for a great family day out in Hampshire

Address: Ower, Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire SO51 6AL

Tel:

(023) 8081 4442

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Kids days out in West Lothian

Almond Valley Heritage Trust

A family-friendly museum on a peaceful riverside site, with woods and fields extending for almost a mile. The traditional farm buildings and working watermill are home to many friendly farm animals, including highland cattle, rare breed sheep, and Clydesdale horses. There's a daily programme of activities, including milking demonstrations and handling sessions that allow you to get up close and personal with the farm’s varied residents. The museum houses displays and interactive exhibits that illustrate local history and tell the story of Scotland's shale oil industry. There are indoor and outdoor play areas to keep the kids entertained, plus a simulated archaeological dig, trampolines, go karts, tractor and trailer rides, and a narrow gauge railway.

Kids days out in Livingston, West Lothian.

Admission charges £6.50 adults £5 children (age 3 - 15 years)
Open daily 10:00am - 5:00pm closed 25th & 26th December and 1st & 2nd January

Address: Millfield, Livingston Village, West Lothian EH54 7AR

Tel:

(01506) 414957

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Edinburgh

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Edinburgh International Science Festival

Where else in the world can you . . .

... walk on red hot coals?
... dig to uncover a life-size dinosaur skeleton?
... take part in a scientific ghost-hunting experiment?
... have a conversation with science fiction writer Arthur C Clarke?
... get your hands on (and sit in the cabs of) a stunning assortment of big machines?
... make a 3D photo-realistic virtual image of yourself then use it in a computer game?

Web: www.sciencefestival.co.uk

Address: Roxburgh's Court, off 323 High Street, Edinburgh EH1 1PW

Tel:

(0131) 530 2001

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Downing Street London

Visit their web site for the latest news items and the opportunity to e-mail your questions to the Prime Minister.

Web: www.number10.gov.uk

Address: 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA

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Oxfordshire

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Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

Web: www.cprra.co.uk

Address: Station Road Chinnor Oxfordshire OX39 4ER

Tel:

(01844) 353535

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Cornwall

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Raze The Roof

 

 

 

 

 

Address: 30a Parkengue, Kernick Road Industrial Estate, Penryn TR10 9EP

Tel:

01326 377481

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Isle of Man

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Curraghs Wildlife Park

Great days out for families on the Isle of Man

Address: Ballaugh, Isle of Man IM7 5EA
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.gov.im/wildlife

Address: Ballaugh, Ramsey IM7 5EA

Tel:

01624 897323

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Gloucestershire

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Berkeley Castle

Scene of the brutal murder of Edward II in 1327 and besieged by Cromwell's troops in 1645, the castle is steeped in history.

The state apartments contain magnificent collections of furniture, tapestries and rare paintings by both English and Dutch masters. In the Great Hall the barons of the west country met in 1215 before going to Runnymede to force King John to put his seal to Magna Carta.

Home to the Berkeley family since it was built the castle is surrounded by terraced Elizabethan gardens and sweeping lawns.

Kids days out in Gloucester

Address: off A38 btw Bristol/Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL13 9BQ

Tel:

(01453) 810332

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East Sussex

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Family days out in East sussex

Anne of Cleves House

The oldest part of this lovely timber-framed house was built in the fifteenth century. Later it was given to Henry VIII’s fourth wife, Anne of Cleves, in her divorce settlement.

Parts are in period furnishings. Galleries tell the story of Lewes from fifteenth century to modern times, the role of local resident Tom Paine, the Lewes Bonfire traditions and the important Wealden iron industry. There are also displays of everyday domestic objects and children’s toys.

The enclosed garden gives a feeling of stepping back into an earlier age and will be the venue for a delightful Tudor Fair in October.

Kids days out in Lewes in East Sussex

Address: 52 Southover High Street, Lewes BN7 1JA

Tel:

(01273) 474610

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Powys

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Judges Lodging

An impressively restored town house that captures the Victorian \'upstairs, downstairs\' life of the household. Adjoining court and cell.

Please contact for full details of opening hours.

Address: Broad Street, Presteigne , Powys LD8 2AD

Tel:

(01544) 260650

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Address: A3124 Great Torrington Devon EX38 8PH

Tel:

(01805) 624067

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Bedfordshire

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RSPB Nature Reserve

Address: The Lodge Sandy Bedfordshire SG19 2DL

Tel:

(01767) 680541

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Somerset

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St James Street Pool

Address: St James Street, Taunton, TA1 1JH

Tel:

(01823) 350 100

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North London

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Roundwood Club

Address: Harlesden, London NW10 3ZP

Tel:

(020) 8965 3475

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South London

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Wimbledon Park

Address: Park Road, London SW19 2JE

Tel:

020 8545 3667

Category: Days out with Kids

Bedfordshire

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Hoo Hill Maze

Web: www.wuff.me.uk

Address: Hitchin Road Shefford Bedfordshire SG17 5JD

Tel:

(01462) 813475

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Merseyside

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Free activities for kids

Explore offers FREE, fun, creative activities for all the family every Saturday in the Hub at the Bluecoat. Great kids days out in Liverpool.

Drawing, painting, cutting out, sticking, planting, making, animation, photography ... it’s all going on at the Bluecoat during Explore sessions. Most of the activities are linked to artwork in the gallery so you can enjoy looking at the exhibition and then make some art of your own.

Creative session for all the family this half-term as we explore our current exhibition. Drop in for half an hour or stay as long as you like. Free activity sheets and trails also available during your visit. FREE from 1pm – 4pm.

Tel:

0151 702 5324

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Family day out in Dundee

A Great Day Out for the whole family ...

A trip to the award winning Discovery Point is an adventure in its own right as audiovisual shows, computer-based multimedia and displays of the actual artefacts of the crew transport you to Antarctica.

Climb aboard Captain Scott's ship RRS Discovery where you will follow in the footsteps of him and his crew, see how they lived, what they ate and witness their hardships and their triumphs. It's a fascinating tale of one of the most heroic voyages of exploration ever undertaken.

  • Hands on interactives
  • Audio visual show
  • Gift Shop and Cafe
  • Guided Tours available
  • Open all year, all weather attraction

Address: Discovery Point, Discovery Quay, Dundee DD1 4XA

Tel:

01382 309060

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Blackgang Chine

Over 40 acres of spectacular cliff-top gardens with attractions show and rides for all te family. You’ll find a magical mix of fantasy, legend, heritage and fun.

Address: Nr Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 2HN

Tel:

(01983) 730052

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Treak Cliff Cavern is the only place where Blue John Stone occurs naturally. Take a guided tour into the caves that have been mined since the 1750's. Experience the wonder of Witch's cave, Dream cave, limestone cave formations, stalactites, and stalagmites. Facilities include a coffee shop and gift shop.

Address: Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WP

Tel:

(01433) 620571

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South London

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Science Museum

Paradise for kids of all ages. Special birthday parties which are an all night extravaganza with a scientific twist! Enjoy an evening of fantastic activities rounded off by camping in the museum overnight. Watch stunning science films at our IMAX 3D Cinema.

Web: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Address: Exhibition Rd, South Kensington SW7 2DD

Tel:

(0870) 870 4868

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Kids day out in East Sussex

Drusillas

Enjoy a great family day out at Drusillas in East Sussex.

Our child friendly environment focusses on involvement with lots of hands-on activities and interactive displays. It’s the perfect day out for families with children!

See a great range of exotic animals, brilliant play areas, the interactive maze and the soft indoor-play jungle, Amazon Adventure.

Other attractions include taking a ride on Thomas the Tank Engine, Annie and Clarabel and seeing the Hello Kitty Secret Garden which includes themed fairground rides.

With all this and plenty more children's activities your kids will be happy and entertained throughout the day!

Address: Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS

Tel:

01323 874100