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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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West London

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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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Devon

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South Dartmoor Leisure Centre

Address: Leonards Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0SL

Tel:

(01752) 896 999

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Hampshire

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St Barbe Museum

St. Barbe Museum has been established to tell the special story of the coastal strip between the New Forest and The Solent, with its fascinating past and present.

The area has seen a thriving salt industry, smugglers landing their illegal cargoes on the coast, and has a long tradition of innovative boat building. The museum's aim is to capture the unique flavour of life in the district and to bring first class art exhibitions into the town.

Web: www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk

Address: New Street, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 9BH

Tel:

(01590) 676969

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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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Knebworth House, Park and Gardens

Web: www.knebworthhouse.com

Address: Knebworth Hertfordshire SG3 6PY

Tel:

(01438) 812 661

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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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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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Berkshire

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Rivermead Leisure Complex

Address: Richfield Avenue, Caversham, Reading, RG1 8EQ

Tel:

(0118) 901 5000

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Kent

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Malory Sports Centre

Address: Launcelot Road BR1 5EB

Tel:

(020) 8697 2773

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Hampshire

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Jungle Jungle

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

Tel:

01264 336360

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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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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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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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Winchester Cathedral

Visit the famous 900 year old Cathedral and see many of the places where the Benedictine monks once lived and worked.

See the tombs of Jane Austen and Izaac Walton, visit The Close where you will see the Deanery and houses dating back from the 17th century. Guided tours are available.

Web: www.win.diocese.org.uk

Address: 1The Close, Winchester, Hampshire SO23 9LS

Tel:

(01962) 857 200

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West London

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BBC Television Centre Tours

On a tour of London\'s BBC Television Centre, you will see behind the scenes of the most famous Television Centre in the world. You may experience areas such as the News Centre, Weather Centre, dressing rooms and studios, but due to the operational nature of the building, guarantees cannot be made. However this does mean we can plan your exact itinerary around what is happening on the day so no two tours are ever the same.

Please note that visitors must be 10 years and over and tours must be pre-booked. Television Centre is a large complex and tours involve a lot of walking.

Kids days out in West London

Booking Line: 0870 603 0304

Web: www.bbc.co.uk/tours

Address: Wood Lane, London W12 7RJ

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Gloucestershire

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Dean Forest Railway

Web: www.deanforestrailway.co.uk

Address: Norchard Forest Road Lydney Gloucestershire GL15 4ET

Tel:

(01594) 845840

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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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toddler activity groups

Our progressive play programme is designed to develop your child’s physical skills. Using bespoke colourful equipment, we focus on agility, balance, climbing and co-ordination, which enhances brain development and builds confidence.

Every session is supervised by our amazing specially trained staff, getting the best out of each child. Up until 3 years, grown-ups participate as well so that parents, carers and even grandparents can spend time with little ones as they develop.

The journey begins for babies from 6 months old who can sit up unaided. Here’s how our classes break down:

6 Months – Walking
Babies explore the equipment in a happy and relaxed environment. This enhances their brain development and helps them to reach key milestones such as crawling, cruising and walking, taking them onto the next class.

Walking - 2 Years
Confidently walking toddlers are now introduced to an exciting circuit of equipment as well as hand held co-ordination activities, developing their fine motor skills. ‘Circle Time’ helps language development through rhymes and action songs.

2 - 3 Years
Working together in small groups, little ones are introduced to stations with more challenging equipment to refine their agility, balance and climbing skills. Following instructions and learning to take turns develops their listening and social skills, as well as confidence.

3 Years - School Age*
Children now take part independently without their grown-up, putting into practice their skills for life. Our staff challenge each child individually to their full potential, preparing them for school, physically, socially and mentally.

Gymbobs (School Age - 7 Years)* Gymbobs is the pinnacle class of Tumble Tots, bringing together everything children have learnt so far! Using challenging equipment setups, relay races, team games and warm-up exercises, Gymbobs is a perfect addition to a child’s school P.E. provision.

*For the 3 Years - School Age and Gymbobs (School Age - 7 Years) classes, parents must remain on site. Please note that annual membership applies, class prices vary across the country and pre-booking is required.

Toddler activity groups in Amersham, Ashford, Aylesbury, Basingstoke, Bolton, Braintree, Bramhall, Brighton, Bromley, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Chester, Chigwell, Doncaster, Dulwich, Edinburgh, Ely, Epsom, Fylde, Glasgow, Gloucester, Grays, Harlow, Hertford, Huddersfield, Knutsford, Leicester East, Liverpool, Loughborough, Lymm, Macclesfield, Marlow, Medway, Mid Cheshire, Newark, Newcastle, North Cotswolds, Northampton, Norwich, Nottingham, Orpington, Oxford, Palmers Green, Penrith, Reading, Redditch, Salisbury, Sefton, Southend, St Albans, St Helens, Stourbridge, Sutton Coldfield, Telford, Trafford, Wakefield, Waltham Forest, Warrington, Weybridge, Winchester, Wirral, Wolverhampton, Worthing, York.

Tel:

(0121) 585 7003

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East London

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Geffrye Museum

Walk through time at one of London's most friendly and enjoyable museums.

Opened in 1914 the Geffrye Museum is set in elegant Grade 1 listed, 18th Century almshouses with delightful gardens. It is the only museum in the United Kingdom to show a specialist collection of English furniture and decorative arts in a chronological series of period rooms, from the 17th century with oak furniture and panelling, past the refined splendour of the Georgian period and the high style of the Victorians, to 20th-century modernity, seen in a 1930's flat, a mid century room in 'contemporary' style plus a late 20th Century living space in a converted warehouse.

The museum and gardens are brought to life through an imaginative programme of seminars, workshops, drama and music, which range throughout the year. Special exhibitions are mounted throughout the year, exploring a wide variety of themes relating to the period room displays.

Web: www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

Address: Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

Tel:

(020) 7739 9893

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West Sussex

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Family days out in West sussex

The remains of the Roman Palace at Fishbourne were discovered in 1960. See Britain’s largest collection of in-situ Roman floor mosaics and everyday Roman objects displayed in the museum gallery. The adjoining Collections Discovery Centre displays more artefacts from Fishbourne and Chichester district. Join a behind the scenes tour for an opportunity to handle some of these.

An audio-visual presentation explains the site and its history and outside, the garden has been replanted to its original plan.

Events throughout the year include Gladiator re-enactment in September and Roman army activities for the family in October.

Adult £6.80, Concessions £5.80, Child £3.60 & Family (2+2) £17.40

Email: [email protected]

Address: Salthill Rd, Fishbourne, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 3QR

Tel:

(01243) 785859

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South London

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Crystal Palace Museum

Address: Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace SE19 2BA

Tel:

(020) 8676 0700

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

Tel:

(01245) 425394

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Edinburgh

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Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh was founded in the 17th century on an area the size of a tennis court. It now extends to 31 hectares and incorporates Specialist Gardens at three very different locations in Scotland and is one of the world's finest botanic gardens.

Please visit the website for full details.

Web: www.rbge.org.uk

Tel:

(0131) 552 7171

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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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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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Berkshire

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Bucklebury Farm Park

Address: Bucklebury Reading RG7 6RR

Tel:

0118 971 4002

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Address: Abbotsham, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5AP

Tel:

(01237) 472366

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North London

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Quasar

Address: 13, Junction Rd, London N19 5QT

Tel:

(020) 7281 5001

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Hertfordshire

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North Herts Leisure Centre

Address: Baldock Road SG6 2ER

Tel:

(01462) 679311

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Cornwall

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Brocklands Adventure Park

Address: Brocklands Adventure Park Kilkhampton near Bude Cornwall EX23 9QW

Tel:

(01288) 321 920

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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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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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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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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

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West Sussex

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Holmbush Farm World

Web: www.holmbushfarm.co.uk

Address: Crawley Road, Faygate, Nr. Horsham RH12 4SE

Tel:

(01293) 851110

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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

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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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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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Kids days out in Derbyshire

With 18 Centres across the UK, Bowlplex, The Great Indoors, provides entertainment for all the family. There’s tenpin bowling, a late-licensed Stadium Sports Bar & Grill, Video World with all the latest arcade technology, the American Pool Pit, and much more.

Don’t let your little ones miss out on their special day. Our weekly Birthday Bash package is complete with unlimited games of bowling, a live entertainer and a visit from our own company mascot, Roley. This is no ordinary birthday party, this is a party charged with fun, laughter and energy, so join in the fun and let Bowlplex do the rest!

For bookings and further information on our packages or any excuse for a great day or night to remember, simply log on to our website where you will find full contact and address details of your local Centre.

So, can we interest you in The Great Indoors?

Kids bowling parties in Basingstoke, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Camberley, Castleford, Cwmbran, Dudley, Dunfermline, Glasgow, Nantgarw Oxford, Poole, Portsmouth and Tunbridge Wells

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North London

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Sobell Leisure Centre & Ice Rink

Address: Hornsey Road, London, N7 7NY

Tel:

020 7609 2166

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Hertfordshire

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The Fun Factory

Address: Five Oaks Primary & Nursery School, Travellers Lane, Hatfield AL10 8TQ

Tel:

(01707) 273912

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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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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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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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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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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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North London

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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

This outstanding Hindu temple offers an impressive sight. Made of Indian carved stone and marble, visitors are asked to respect the religious dress code and etiquette.

Address: 105-119 Brentfield Road, Neasden, Brent NW10 8LD

Tel:

(020) 8965 2651

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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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Devon

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Living Coasts

Web: www.livingcoasts.org.uk

Address: Torquay Harbourside Beacon Quay Torquay Devon TQ1 2BG

Tel:

(01803) 202470

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gloucestershire

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The Birthplace of Vaccination

Dr Jenner's House Museum was the home of Edward Jenner, the pioneer of the smallpox vaccination and the father of the science of Immunology.

Jenner's famous research on smallpox and his development of the first vaccine to protect against the horrific disease led to smallpox being the first and only human disease to ever have been eradicated in1980. This interesting museum and garden make a wonderful day out for the whole family.

Address: The Chantry, Church Lane, Berkeley, Gloucestershire GL13 9BN

Tel:

01453 810631

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Devon

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Riviera International Centre

Address: Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ

Tel:

(01803) 299992

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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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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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Devon

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Babbacombe Model Village

Babbacombe Model Village is a miniature village and railway in Babbacombe.

Kids days out in Torquay, Devon.

Web: www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk

Address: Hampton Avenue Babbacombe Torquay Devon TQ1 3LA

Tel:

(01803) 315315

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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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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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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

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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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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

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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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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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Wiltshire

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Pewsey Sports Centre

Address: Wilcot Road, Pewsey, SN9 5EW

Tel:

(01672) 562 469

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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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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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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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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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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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Hertfordshire

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Bishop's Stortford Museum

Address: Rhodes Arts Complex, South Road, Bishop’s Stortford CM23 3JG

Tel:

(01279) 722557

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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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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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North London

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Southgate Leisure Centre

Lots of fun for all children in the activity centre. Treat your child to a children's activity party. Activities include team games, football, uni hockey, party games, bouncy castle and lots more. Available Saturdays and Sundays. Telephone for further details.

 

Address: Winchmore Hill Road, London N14 6AD

Tel:

(020) 8882 7963

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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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Dorset

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The Dinosaur Museum

Britain's original and award winning Dinosaur Museum located in Dorchester, the county town of Dorset, only 7 miles from the Jurassic Coast.

Great day out for children and grown ups alike! The museum combines life-sized reconstructions of dinosaurs with fossils and dinosaur skeletons to create an exciting hands-on experience. Hands-on displays help tell the story of the giant prehistoric animals and their enthralling world millions of years ago.

Address: The Dinosaur Museum Icen Way, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1EW
Web: www.thedinosaurmuseum.com

Tel:

01305 269880

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Suffolk

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Rede Hall Farm Park

Children are able to have a \"hands on\" experience with the animals. Come and feed and touch the animals, bring a picnic and have a fantastic family day out.

  • Picnic area
  • Cafeteria and Gift Shop
  • Free Cart and Pony Rides
  • Farm Walks
  • A Working Blacksmith/Farrier Shop (operates on special occasions only)
  • Come and see old farm machinery being restored
  • Poultry, Game Fowl & Turkeys etc given free range in the farmyard

Address: Rede, Bury St. Edmunds IP29 4UG

Tel:

(01284) 850695

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Hertfordshire

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Bushey Museum And Art Gallery

Community museum charting the history of the local area. There is an art gallery upstairs with changing exhibitions.

Web: www.busheymuseum.org

Address: Rudolph Rd, Bushey WD23 3HW

Tel:

(020) 8950 3233

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West London

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National Gallery

Web: www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Tel:

(020) 7839 3321

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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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East Lothian

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The Scottish Seabird Centre

Scotland is world famous for its rich seabird life with its 10,000 kms of coastline being home to a vast variety of fascinating wildlife.

At the Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick, you can control remote cameras, sited on the Bass Rock and Fidra to explore the fascinating world of these amazing creatures, without disturbing them. Zoom, pan and rotate the interactive cameras to obtain the best views of the birds on their nesting sites.

Web: www.seabird.org

Tel:

(01620) 890202

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Central London

Covent Garden

Visit this enchanting place full of history. Wonderful daily market and street entertainers. Surrounded by museums, lots of pavement cafes and restaurants giving a continental feel. Just soak up the atmosphere and enjoy.

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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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Days out for families in east midlands

Twinlakes Theme Park has endless adventures of family fun packed with variety, adventure and fun for every member of your family.

Twinlakes is The East Midland’s No.1 all action, family tourist attraction, providing great days out, where the fun never stops!

Location: Melton Spinney Rd, Melton Mowbray Leicestershire LE14 4SB

Tel:

01664 567 777

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Manchester

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Manchester Museum

The Manchester Museum was opened to the public in 1885. The museum houses about six million items from around the world. Galleries include butterflies and carvings from India; birds and bark-cloth from the Pacific; live frogs and ancient pottery from America; fossils and native art from Australia; mammals and ancient Egyptian craftsmanship from Africa; plants, coins and minerals from Europe; art from past civilisations of the Mediterranean; and beetles, armour and archery from Asia.

Family activities and events organised throughout the year including school holidays.

Web: www.museum.manchester.ac.uk

Address: University of Manchester, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9PL

Tel:

(0161) 275 2634

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Painshill is a great day out in Cobham, Surrey for the whole family. The beautiful 18th century landscape garden comprises a 158 acre wonderland that has something for everyone. Visit the crystal Grotto, the Gothic Temple, Ruined Abbey, Turkish Tent and Gothic Tower. You can spend a whole day at Painshill or visit for a walk around the Serpentine Lake. Bring a picnic or visit Hamilton’s Tea Room.

Painshill also offers summer holiday activity camps. Kids can have a wild time with den building, woodland craft, campfires, treasure hunts and outdoor fun.

Visit the website to see a list of upcoming exciting events including adult workshops, children’s activities and family fun days

Address: Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE

Tel:

01932 868 113

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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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West Yorkshire

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Leeds City Art Gallery

There is something for everyone at Leeds City Art Gallery. You will find traditional prints, watercolours, paintings and sculptures as well as contemporary works made with plastic grapes and twintubs.

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

Address: The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA

Tel:

(0113) 247 8248

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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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Gloucestershire

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Puzzlewood

Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting place, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. Explore a mile of meandering pathways, with its fantastic tree and rock formations, through this 14 acre ancient woodland.

Web: www.puzzlewood.net

Address: Perrygrove Lane, Coleford GL16 8QB

Tel:

(01594) 833187

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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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Oxfordshire

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Spiceball Park Sports Centre

Address: Spiceball Park Road, Banbury OX16 2PG

Tel:

(01295) 257 522

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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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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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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

Category: Days out with Kids

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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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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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Cornwall

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Address: Porthmeor Beach St Ives Cornwall TR26 1TG

Tel:

(01736) 796226

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Gwynedd

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Discover the famous welsh tradition of slate mining dating from 1846 at this great tourist attraction. There are two main attractions:-

The Miners’ Tramway Tour
Ride into a network of spectacular man-made chambers. This is a guided tour and at various points you will alight to learn of the skills needed to extract slate – and to experience for yourself the sights and sounds of late nineteenth century mining conditions.

The Deep Mine Tour
Descend into the Deep Mine and be guided on foot via ten ‘sound and light’ sequences. Experience the unforgettable beauty of the underground lake - as the story of the slate miner’s life unfolds.

On the surface, many other attractions complete an enjoyable day out.

Address: Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 3NB

Tel:

(01766) 830306

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Kent

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The Splashes

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

Tel:

(01634) 377 509

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South London

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Open Weekdays 9am-11pm
The Southbank centre is a real asset to Londons cultural and visual landscape.

Address: Belvedere Road Southbank, London SE1 8XT

Tel:

0844 875 0073

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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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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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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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Devon

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Torridge Pool

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

Tel:

(01237) 471 794

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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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West Sussex

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The Grange Leisure Centre

Address: Bepton Road, Midhurst GU29 9HD

Tel:

(01730) 816841

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Cumbria

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Muncaster Castle

Muncaster Castle, home to the Pennington family for 800 years, is a genuine treasure trove of art and antiques. Its Great Hall, Octagonal Library and elegant Dining Room are all windows on a grand past. But Muncaster's wild history reveals a flipside to life in a stately home. The castle evolved from the Pele Tower, built to repel marauding Scots. Those who stay here say it is haunted by ghosts, including the legendary Tom Fool. Visit the Tapestry Room if you dare.

The wild setting of ancient woods and soaring mountains also provides opportunities to explore the designated paths and walks.

Web: www.muncaster.co.uk

Address: Ravenglass, Cumbria CA18 1RQ

Tel:

(01229) 717 614

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Warwickshire

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Teddy Bear Museum

Hundreds of wonderful teddy bears displayed in enchanting room settings in an Elizabethan building. Favourites like Sooty and Paddington plus rare early bears.

Address: 19 Greenhill Street, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LF

Tel:

(01789) 293160

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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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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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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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Isle of Wight

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The Natural History Centre

A unique collection gathered from the earth and the sea.

Web: www.shellmuseum.co.uk

Address: High Street, Godshill, Isle of Wight. PO38 3HZ

Tel:

(01983) 840333

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Northumberland

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Kids days out in Northumberland

Alnwick Castle

Alnwick Castle, known as the 'Windsor of the North', is a foreboding medieval castle, recently used for the Harry Potter films, with stunning State Rooms that contain fine furniture and paintings by Canaletto, Van Dyck and Titian. The Castle offers beauty and history also the gardens, the country walks in wonderful scenery, restaurant, shop and museums.

Please log onto the website at www.alnwickcastle.com or phone the number above for details of forthcoming events.

Kids days out in Alnwick Northumberland

Address: Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1NQ

Tel:

(01665) 510777

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Suffolk

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Days out for families in Norfolk

Make your day out an adventure with a visit to Africa Alive!. Explore the sights and sounds of Africa discovering lions, giraffe, meerkats, hunting dogs and many more animals from the African continent!

This summer enjoy our fantastic new "Meet the Meerkat Mob" walkthrough habitat and look out for special appearances from some children&'s favourite characters such as "Alice in Wonderland";Paw Patrol; Paddington; Minions; Trolls; Peter Rabbit and Hey Duggee as well as the ever popular Mighty Zulu Nation Theatre Troupe - check out our website for diary dates.

The spectacular centrepiece of Africa Alive!, our 'Plains of Africa', is the perfect place to spot five species of African savannah animals, including our graceful giraffe and heavyweight rhinos. During the summer months there is even the chance to get up close to these magnificent creatures with our awe-inspiring 'Plains of Africa' experience! You could choose to get even closer to our giraffe, ring-tailed lemurs, aardvarks or meerkats in one of our other amazing on the day experiences available.

Enjoy a bird's eye view of our magnificent lions from our viewing point 'Lookout Lodge' and visit 'Lemur Encounters', which offers you the chance to get right in with the action - as you walk-through the lemurs' enclosure! The zoo is also home some other amazing primates including bushbabies, colobus monkeys, and the endangered drill.

The zoo is set in 100 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside and also offers the chance to spot a wide range of British wildlife. Bird lovers can also enjoy spotting native nature from our 'Wader's Lake' boardwalk or seeing some African feathered friends on our Woodland Walk!

Learn some amazing facts about our animals during our exciting feeding talks or climb aboard the free Safari Roadtrain for an entertaining journey around the zoo. Look, learn and play in our fun-packed "Discovery Centre" and meet some of our smaller residents at the animal encounter sessions.

The zoo offers a great outdoor adventure play area, as well as restaurants, free car parking, disabled facilities and a gift shop, where you can find presents and gifts for everyone.

With many events taking place throughout the year, check out our website or follow Africa Alive! on social media to ensure you don't miss out!

Open daily at 9.30am all year, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. For admission prices and closing times please check our website www.africa-alive.co.uk or telephone (01502) 740291.

Address: Kessingland, Lowestoft NR33 7TF

Tel:

01502 740291

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Wimborne Model Town & Gardens

Visit this exact replica of the town centre as it was in the 1950’s. You will be impressed with the sheer attention to detail. Even the many shop windows display the goods and services which were available to the good folk of the town all those years ago, providing a most fascinating insight into the life and times of the period.

Discover the many streets and shops fronts as you find yourself being gripped by the timeless quality of the models. It is hard to imagine the skills and dedication of the model makers who toiled away at their task over half a century ago.

Web: www.wimborne-modeltown.com

Address: King Street, Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 1DY

Tel:

(01202) 881924

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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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Spend a full day out at the castle which dates from Roman times to WWII. Relive, using the latest technology, the castle under siege visit the maze of tunnels created to defend the castle in the middle ages and explore one of the wars best kept secrets, the tunnels used for wartime personnel and plenty more!
Facilities: gift shop, cafe/restaurant, toilets, land train.

Address: Harold's Road, Dover CT16 1HU

Tel:

(01304) 211067

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Kids days out in Lincolnshire

Burghley

Burghley House is the grandest house of the first Elizabethan age. It was completed by William Cecil, Lord Burghley in 1587. Today you can see eighteen State Rooms filled with wonderful paintings, furniture and fine art. During the week there are guided tours and at weekends there are guides in most rooms.

The extensive grounds include the Sculpture Garden, the South Garden and the Deer Park. The house is also the setting for the Burghley Horse Trials.

Web: www.burghley.co.uk

Address: Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3JY

Tel:

(01780) 752451

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Meet some of the watery world's craziest creatures, from prehistoric horseshoe crabs and sharp-shooting mantis shrimp, to the amazing puffer fish - which can expand to over twice its size when threatened! Whether it's odd, incredible or downright deadly Weymouth Sea Life Park lifts the lid on some of the marine world's strangest secrets.

Address: Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth DT4 7SX

Tel:

+44 (0)1305 788 255

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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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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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Gwynedd

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Inigo Jones Slateworks

Inigo Jones was established in 1861. Today the company prefabricates architectural monumental and craft items from natural welsh slate. Owing to popular demand the slate works are open to the public for a self-guided tour that includes an introductory video, taped commentary on a walkman as well as an historical letter cutting and calligraphy exhibition.

Web:
www.inigojones.co.uk

Address: Tudor Slate Works, Y Groeslon, Caernarfon, Gwynedd LL54 7UE

Tel:

(01286) 830242

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Cambridgeshire

St Ivo Leisure Centre

Address: Westwood Road, St Ives PE27 6WU

Tel:

(01480) 388 500

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Angus

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Camperdown Country Park

Camperdown Country Park is the largest public park in Dundee. The park which is home to no fewer than 190 species of trees, was opened to the public in 1949.

Camperdown also incorporates within its boundaries:

Camperdown Wildlife Centre - The wildlife centre is one of Dundee’s most popular attractions and is home to around 50 species of animals, birds and reptiles.
Templeton Woods - a haven for wildlife and a great location for woodland activities.
Clatto Reservoir - Dundee’s centre for outdoor watersports.

Web: www.camperdownpark.com

Address: Coupar Angus Road, Dundee DD2 4TF

Tel:

01382 431818

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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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Devon

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Northbrook Swimming Pool

Address: Beacon Lane, Exeter, EX4 8LZ

Tel:

(01392) 667 020

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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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Henry Moore Collections and Exhibitions maintains the Foundation's holdings of Moore's work. This consists of a major selection of sculpture, drawings and graphics, many of which were given by Moore in 1977.

Address: 74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH

Tel:

(0113) 234 3158

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Seymour Leisure Centre

Address: Seymour Place, London W1H 5TJ

Tel:

020 7723 8019

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Devon

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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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Somers Town Community Sports Centre

Address: 134 Chalton St, London NW1 1RX

Tel:

020 7419 4365

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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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Queensmead Sports Centre


Address: Victoria Road, South Ruislip, Middlesex HA4 0JE

Tel:

(020) 8845 6010

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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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Kent and East Sussex Railway/Bodiam Castle

Embark on a journey to another time, another world. A Victorian steam engine will take you along Britain's first light railway through miles of magnificent scenery. Arrive at Bodium Castle, the kind of castle that has everything a fairy tale castle should have.

Web: www.kesr.org.uk

Tel:

(01580) 765155

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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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Greater London

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Kew Bridge Steam Museum

Explore the fascinating history of London's water system from Roman times to the future. See the giant steam engines, the largest of which is over 3 storeys high! Engines are operated at weekends only.

 

 

Address: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford TW8 0EN

Tel:

(020) 8568 4757

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Golden Hinde, The

This is a full sized reconstruction of the 16th Century warship in which Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the world between 1577-1580, Drake was a sea captain who became history's most successful privateer. Crew members are in period dress, there are five decks of exhibits and artefacts. Give your child a birthday party or special occasion they will never forget!

Address: St Mary Overie Dock, Cathedral Street, London SE1 9DE

Tel:

(020) 7403 0123

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Hertfordshire

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Wimpole Home Farm

Web: www.wimpole.org

Address: Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston SG8 0BW

Tel:

(01223) 206000

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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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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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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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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

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Powys

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Powis Castle

Built by the Medieval Princes of Upper Powys and the ancestral home of the Herbert family since 1587. The castle itself houses the Clive Museum (Clive of India) and also contains a wealth of fine furniture and paintings.

Address: Welshpool, Powys SY21 8RF

Tel:

(01938) 554338

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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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South London

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The Horniman Museum & Gardens

Address: 100 London Rd, London SE23 3PQ

Tel:

(020) 8699 1872

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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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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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Address: Trenhayle Farm Hayle Cornwall TR27 6HQ

Tel:

(01736) 755631

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Cheshire

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SK8 Madness

Address: Brook St, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 7NH

Tel:

(01606) 42345

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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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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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The Tank Museum houses the world's largest and finest collection of Armoured Fighting vehicles from unique WW1 tanks to the latest main battle tank of the British Army - Challenger.

Address: Bovington, Dorset BH20 6JG

Tel:

(01929) 405096

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Somerset

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Parish Wharf Leisure Centre

Address: Harbour Road, Portishead, BS20 7DD

Tel:

(01275) 848 494

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Hertfordshire

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The Museum of everyday life in Roman Britain.

Address: St Michael's Street, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL3 4SW

Tel:

(01727) 751810

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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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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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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

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Family days out in Surrey

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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Cheshire

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Roller Grove

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

Tel:

(0161) 483 1898

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Birmingham

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Kids days out in Birmingham

Ten themed galleries of interactive, informative exhibits make up Thinktank, Birmingham’s museum of science and discovery. It’s a truly modern museum where visitors can investigate everything from locomotives and aircraft to intestines and taste buds! This exciting, award winning science centre offers ten galleries of historical artefacts, modern interactives and futuristic facts.

Combining science and entertainment in spectacular fashion there's something at Thinktank for everyone.


Address: Millennium Point, Curzon St, Birmingham B4 7XG

Tel:

(0121) 202 2222

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Lords Cricket Ground Tour and MCC Museum

Visit one of the most famous cricket grounds in the world for a fascinating insight into the cricket ground and historical artefacts.

St Johns Wood.

Web: www.lords.org

Address: Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood NW8 8QN

Tel:

(020) 7432 1033

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East Sussex

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Battle Abbey

Battle Abbey was founded in 1070 and is an important symbol of the Norman Conquest. The monastery was built on the very spot where Harold fell, fatally wounded by an arrow through the eye, a stone marks the site of his death.

The domestic buildings of the Abbey survive, and the restored 14th Century Gatehouse contains an Exhibition telling the history of the battle and the Abbey down to the present day.

Kids days out in Battle in East Sussex

Address: Battle, East Sussex TN33 OAD

Tel:

(01424) 773792

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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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Surrey

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Guildford Discovery Science Centre

A wonderful place for children to find out about science

Hands-on science - your hands are on the exhibits. The Guildford Discovery entertains and stimulates a better understanding of science.

The Guildford Discovery runs a series of special events throughout the year. Why not have a birthday party with a difference? Phone us for full details or log onto our website below.

Address: Thr Old Chaple, Ward Street, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4LH

Tel:

(01483) 537080

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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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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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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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Gloucestershire

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Gloucester Waterways Museum

Historic warehouse packed with rich collections and 21st century displays. Climb aboard heritage boats, delve into the world of Gloucester’s Victorian docks and meet the people and the wildlife of our wonderful waterways. Lots to see and do for all the family, plus well-stocked shop and café. Visit our website for details of boat trips, events and activities.

Web: www.nwm.org.uk

Address: Llanthony Warehouse, Gloucester Docks, Gloucester GL1 2EH

Tel:

01452 318200

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Address: Hay Lane, Wroughton, Swindon, Wiltshire SN4 9QT

Tel:

(01793) 852400

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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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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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MagicLand

Address: Meadow Road GL7 1YA

Tel:

(01285) 88557

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West Yorkshire

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Lotherton Hall

Lotherton was the home of the Gascoigne family, who created a charming home in the days before the first World War. Given to Leeds City Council in 1968, the house boasts fine furniture and painting with collections of ceramics and superb displays of costume.

Web: www.leeds.gov.uk/lothertonhall

Address: Aberford, Leeds LS25 3EB

Tel:

(0113) 281 3259

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Sparkhill Pool & Fitness Centre

Address: Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham B11 4EA

Tel:

(0121) 464 0813

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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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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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Cornwall

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Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Address: St.Newlyn East Newquay Cornwall TR8 5LX

Tel:

(01872) 510317

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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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Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo opened in 1913, in leafy hillside parkland just ten minutes from the centre of Edinburgh. Recognised as one of the world’s leading zoos. Lots of animals including all the favourites but the zoo's principal claim to fame is its army of penguins, the most assembled in captivity anywhere. At 2pm, every day between March and October, the penguin parade is one of Edinburgh's most bizarre sights.

Web: www.edinburghzoo.org.uk

Address: 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 6TS

Tel:

(0131) 314 0311

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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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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

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Address: Newent, Gloucestershire GL18 1PP

Tel:

(01531) 822144

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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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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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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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Berkshire

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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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Hampshire

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Hayling Seaside Railway

Address: Sea Front Road Hayling Island Hampshire PO11 9AG

Tel:

(02392) 327427

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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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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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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

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Surrey

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Oakwood Sports Centre

Address: Balcombe Road, Horley, RH6 9AB

Tel:

(01293) 822238

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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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Bedfordshire

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RSPB Nature Reserve

Address: The Lodge Sandy Bedfordshire SG19 2DL

Tel:

(01767) 680541

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Cornwall

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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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South London

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Eltham Palace & Gardens

Web: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Address: Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich SE9 5QE

Tel:

(020) 8294 8548

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North Yorkshire

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Drama classes for kids

Professional theatre offering drama, music, comedy, film & dance shows

Based at Thorpe Underwood Estate, King's Theatre offers an all-year-round programme of high-quality drama, dance and music productions as well as top-class comedy performances, seminar-style talks and regular film screenings.

The modern, 312-seat professional setting offers plays, musicals, pantomimes and shows for all ages from family to adult-only and welcomes stage productions from students, amateur and community theatre groups, musicians, dance troupes, touring production companies and professional stage theatre companies.

Email: [email protected]

Tel:

01423 333300

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Bedfordshire

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Bedford Museums

Kids days out in Bedford

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

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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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Buckinghamshire

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Spy Games

Spy HQ based in Milton Keynes

Experience the world of high espionage and secret agents with one of our fun and exciting organised camps for boys and girls aged 10-16.

Secret agent training includes learning how to operate hidden cameras, bugging devices and radio equipment, taking part in adrenaline pumping shoot-outs using our completely harmless laser tag guns, code breaking, dodging laser alarms and safe cracking.

All our instructors are experienced ex-surveillance specialists and have been fully vetted so you can be sure your child will have a fun and exciting day in a safe environment.

Web: www.spy-games.com

Tel:

0845 1303 007

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Cornwall

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Newquay Waterworld

Address: Trenance Leisure Park Newquay Cornwall TR7 2LZ

Tel:

(01637) 853829

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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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Warwickshire

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Hatton Country World

Where else could you start the day patting a piglet and end it panning for gold?

Hatton Country World Farm Park is a fun-packed paradise for children and adults, with a unique mix of animals, advenutre and all-out activity!

Web: www.hattonworld.com

Address: Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick CV35 8XA

Tel:

(01926) 843411

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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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Essex

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Royal Gunpowder Mills

Web: www.royalgunpowdermills.com

Address: Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY

Tel:

(01992) 707370

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The Original London Walks

We're by far the oldest established walking tour firm in London and with over 35 years in the business we're confident we've got it right. In practice that means an astonishing variety of routes, utter reliability, and - most important of all - superb guides. To go on a walk, meet your guide and fellow walkers on the pavement immediately outside the designated Underground station at the time stated. The walks last about two hours and take place rain or shine. Each walk ends at or near a London Underground station.

Tel:

(020) 7624 3978

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Kent

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Tiny Town

Tiny Town' represents a new concept in Children's soft play areas with state of the art 3G astro-turf football pitches, changing room and bespoke party log cabins.

The 20,000 sq ft 'Town' is made up of a number of soft play zones which are both educational and entertaining. It is the mission of Tiny Town to offer a great value destination for children and parents alike.

It's the place where children come to play, learn and dream about the future.

Location : Unit 2, Sheldon Way, Larkfield, Aylesford ME20 6SE

Address: Unit 2, Sheldon Way, Larkfield, Aylesford ME20 6SE

Tel:

01622 882 218

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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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Oxfordshire

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Mad Hatters Play Centre

Address: 42 Murdock Rd OX26 4PP

Tel:

(01869) 325544

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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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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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Hertfordshire

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Hertford Museum

Web: www.hertfordmuseum.org

Address: 18 Bull Plain, Hertford SG14 1DT

Tel:

(01992) 582686

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West Sussex

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Family days out

All year round family fun

Tulleys Farm in the heart of the stunning West Sussex countryside offers over 25 attractions and 4 miles of paths and fun!

Attractions include The Puzzle Park with many activities and adventure play and the Giant Maize Maze

We also offer family events throughout the year including Shocktober Fest, Pumpkin Patch and Spooktober Fest at Halloween, The Tulleys Family Christmas Experience, Christmas Shop and Natural Christmas Trees, The Big Hatch Easter Experience and The Giant Maize Maze and Puzzle Park throughout the summer.

In addition we have the famous Tulleys Tea Room serving a range of delicious hot and cold food, cakes and drinks.

Address: Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill Road, Turners Hill, Crawley, West Sussex RH10 4PE

Tel:

01342 718472

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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

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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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Address: The Railway Station Minehead Somerset TA24 5BG

Tel:

(01643) 704996

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Nottinghamshire

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Kids days out in Nottinghamshire

Ferry Farm Country Park & Restaurant

Ferry Farm offers something for everyone:

Farmyard: Here you will find various breeds of sheep, cattle, goats, ponies and donkeys in the paddocks. PONY RIDES at weekends and school holidays only. An assortment of animal foods is available from the entrance desk.

Indoor Barn: Our large wooden barn has new born animals. You can touch and see piglets, baby goats, guinea pigs, rabbits and calves, and when in season, mainly spring and early summer, bottle feeding of the lambs is available.

Adventure Playground & Indoor Activity Centre: Hours of entertainment!

Tractors: There is a safe surface area, fenced off for children to sit on and ride tractors.

Restaurant: Finish off a great family day out with a visit to our restaurant.

HAVING A PARTY FOR YOUR CHILD: Ferry Farm is a wonderful place for a memorable party for your child.

Web: www.ferryfarm.co.uk

Address: Boat Lane, Hoveringham NG14 7JP

Tel:

0115 966 4512

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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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As well as the impressive Tudor Jacobean mansion, Temple Newsam offers formal gardens and one of the largest parks in Europe. The 1,000 acre estate of gardens and woodland is stocked with rhododendrons, roses and azaleas, the grounds also offer numerous nature trails.

Home Farm, located in the Estate is home to the largest approved Rare Breeds Centre in the country. The Farm itself is a large working farm yard in which traditional animal rearing techniques are employed and where a fine collection of harvesting machines can be found.

Address: Temple Newsam Road, off Selby Road, Leeds LS15 0AE

Tel:

(0113) 264 7321

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Surrey

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Kids days out in Surrey

Chessington World Of Adventures

Fun for the whole family! Explore all six different lands including Beanoland where the world famous comic comes to life. If you're thirsty for thrills try Samurai, Rameses Revenge, the Vampire ride or Rattlesnake. Toy Town is dedicated to young adventurers and the animal areas are a quiet sanctuary where you can join in with feeding time.

Picnic areas available as well as on-site restaurants and snack bars.

Web: www.chessington.com

Tel:

(0870) 444 7777

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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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Staffordshire

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Blackbrook - The Zoological Park of the Moorlands

Set amid the Staffordshire Moorlands, Blackbrook Zoological Park has developed into a large and varied collection of some of the most rare and endangered species to be found in the world. Every visitor that comes to Blackbrook is surprised at the wide variety of birds, aniamls and fish on view. Children’s birthday parties are also catered for.

Address: Winkhill, near Leek, Staffs ST13 7QR

Tel:

(01538) 308293

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Norfolk

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Oasis Leisure Centre

Address: Central Promenade, Seagate Road, Hunstanton, PE36 5BD

Tel:

(01485) 534 227

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

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Essex

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Rollerworld

Web: www.rollerworld.co.uk

Address: Eastgates Colchester CO1 2TJ

Tel:

(01206) 868868

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Somerset

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Dunster Castle

Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstercastle

Address: Nr Minehead Somerset TA24 6SL

Tel:

(01643) 821 314

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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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Kentish Town City Farm

Make friends with farm animals. All ages. Tue - Sun 9.30am-5.30pm. No entrance charge.

Web: www.aapi.co.uk/cityfarm/home.htm

Address: 1 Cressfield Close, off Grafton Road, NW5 4BN

Tel:

(020) 7916 5421

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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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West Yorkshire

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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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Fife

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From sharks to seahorses, lobsters to lion fish, poison dart fish to piranhas...and not forgetting lovable seals. St Andrews Aquarium will transport you to an underwater world of adventure! Their vast variety of species will make for a great family day out!

Address: The Scores, St Andrews, KY16 9AS

Tel:

(01334) 474786

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Devon

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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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Cornwall

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The Playzone

 

 

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

Tel:

(01736) 799499

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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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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

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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

Category: Days out with Kids

Kent

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Pavillion Leisure Centre

Address: Kentish Way, Bromley BR1 3EF

Tel:

(020) 8313 9911

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THE MOST AMAZING MAIZE MAZE IN DORSET @ THE TOY BARN IN SHERBORNE Come for an adventurous day out exploring our giant maize maze. With a new design for 2021 inspired by Fairy Tales, you’ll need to choose your path wisely or face re-tracing your steps… There will be a Guess Who Game along the way and you’ll have to find all the letters to solve the anagram. You’ll also need to find the Turret, Bridge, Maize Motel and Dragon. Getting lost has never been so much FUN!

Once you’ve explored our huge maze, enjoy a selection of refreshments and snacks provided by our new pop up cafe while your children have fun on our play equipment or try their luck around the track on our famous pedal-powered go karts. It is advisable to wear stout footwear. In wet conditions wellingtons are advised. Dogs are welcome and must be kept on a lead at all times.

The Maize Maze is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10pm to 4pm. Last entry to the maze is at 3.30pm. £8 per person £28 for a 4 person group ticket – must include 1 adult 24th July 2021-3rd September 2021

  • 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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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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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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The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales.

This is a great place for a family visit. It is of interest to children and all age groups. Recently voted the best childrens' attraction in Yorkshire.

Address: The Tupgill Park Estate, Coverdale, Middleham, Leyburn, North Yorkshire DL8 4TJ

Tel:

(01969) 640638

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East London

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Hackney City Farm

Address: 1a Goldsmiths Row London E2 8QA

Tel:

(020) 7729 6381

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County Durham

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Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has stood on this spot as a place of prayer and pilgrimage for over 900 years. It contains the remains of Cuthbert, the saintly seventh-century bishop of Lindisfarne; it also holds the tomb of Bede, the chronicler of Cuthbert's life and the first English historian. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in England and part of a World Heritage Site.

Web: www.durhamcathedral.co.uk

Tel:

(0191) 386 4266

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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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West Sussex

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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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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

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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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Cambridgeshire

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Parkside Swimming Pool

Address: Gonville Place, Cambridge, CB1 1LY

Tel:

(01223) 446 100

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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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Warwickshire

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Kids days out in Warwickshire

Coventry Transport Museum

Coventry Transport Museum is full of inspiration, thrills and fun, with something to keep everyone in the family happy.

The Museum displays over 150 years of fascinating and unique history, but its not just a place for the past - you can design your own car, feel what its like to break the sound barrier at 763 mph and even travel into the future. With a world-renowned collection and dynamic displays the Museum is one of the major attractions in the region and a must-see for visitors of all ages. What's more its open every day and admission is free for everybody.

Open all year round (except Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day).
Museum Open: 10am - 5pm - (last admission to the Museum is 4:30pm)

Web: www.transport-museum.com

Address: Millennium Place, Hales Street, Coventry CV1 1PN

Tel:

(024) 7683 2425

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Essex

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Loughton Sports Centre

Address: Rectory Lane IG10 3RU

Tel:

(020) 8508 4662

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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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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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Merseyside

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Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB

Tel:

0151 702 7400

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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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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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Cambridgeshire

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Sawtry Leisure Centre

Address: Fen Lane, Sawtry, Huntingdon, PE28 5TH

Tel:

(01487) 832 161

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North Yorkshire

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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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Berkshire

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Kids days out in Berkshire

Berkshires premier hands-on science centre!

An exciting hands-on, interactive science and nature exhibition with over 90 bright and fun filled exhibits. Suitable for all ages, including toddlers. Launch the hot air balloon, freeze your shadow on the wall or play the harp with no strings. Set in 1,000 hectares of Crown Estate woodland visitors can enjoy a fantastic children’s play area, nature walks and cycle trails. The parking is free too! A great day out whatever the weather.


Address: Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW

Tel:

(01344) 354400

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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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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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Berkshire

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Salters Steamers

Address: 1 Thames Side Windsor Berkshire SL4 1QN

Tel:

(01753) 865832

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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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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

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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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Angus

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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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South Gloucestershire

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Thornbury Leisure Centre

Address: Alveston Hill, Thornbury, BS35 3JB

Tel:

(01454) 865 776

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Berkshire

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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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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

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Norfolk

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Family days out

There's so much to see and do at Banham Zoo and always something new to discover! See tigers, leopards, sea lions, giraffe, monkeys and so much more! The question is what will you do first?

Perhaps you'll visit our South America themed subtropical house ‘Eureka!’, home to sloths, monkeys, birds, reptiles and luscious planting; with some of new residents arriving later in the year this is one display you don't want to miss!

Join us for our daily animal feeding talks, 'Amazing Animals'! presentations and witness birds from all over the globe soaring and diving above your head in one of the most exciting free flying birds displays in the UK! Also enjoy the Free Safari Road train; indoor and outdoor play areas and fun and interactive sessions in our ‘Activities & Education Centre’.

See beautiful big cats such as Amur tigers, snow leopards, cheetahs and our beautiful but rare Sri Lankan leopards. Spot a huge range of primates including lemurs, monkeys and siamangs as well as our feathered friends such as flamingos, owls, parrots and ibis. 'Penguin Cove' also offers our guests the chance to see some of Africa’s coastal birds up close – including our colony of black-footed penguins who breed regularly here at Banham Zoo.

To round off the perfect family day out, the Zoo offers an excellent choice of eating facilities, a fantastic gift shop, free car parking, disabled facilities and much more.

We have many exciting events taking place throughout the year, so check out our website or follow Banham Zoo's social media to ensure you don't miss out!

Open daily at 9.30am all year, except Christmas Day and Boxing Day. For admission prices and closing times please check our website or telephone: 01953 887771 option 2.

Address: Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE

Tel:

01953 887771 Option 2

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Isle of Anglesey

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Museum of Childhood Memories

A visit to the Museum of Childhood Memories is a uniquely memorable experience. The collection is of absorbing interest to adults and children alike. From an historical angle, it illustrates visually the habits and interests that brought pleasure to families over the past 150 years.

Web: www.aboutbritain.com/museumofchildhoodmemories.htm

Address: 1 Castle Street, Beaumaris, Isle of Anglesey LL58 8AP

Tel:

(01248) 712498

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Gloucestershire

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Clearwell Caves Ancient Iron Mines

Web: www.clearwellcaves.com

Address: Clearwell Caves, Near Coleford, Royal Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire GL16 8JR

Tel:

(01594) 832535

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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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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 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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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West Sussex

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Kids days out in West Sussex

The timber-framed hall house sits on the edge of Ashdown Forrest in the picturesque Wealden village of West Hoathly. Built in the fifteenth century for the Priory of St. Pancras in Lewes, the property was later seized by Henry VIII. Central chimneys and a fine Horsham stone roof were added later when it became a substantial yeoman farmer’s house.

Now, containing seventeenth and eighteenth century country furniture, ironwork, textiles and domestic objects displayed in furnished rooms, it stands in a traditional cottage garden. The garden includes herbaceous perennials, shrubs, wild flowers and over one hundred and seventy herbs.


Address: North Lane, West Hoathly RH19 4PP

Tel:

(01342) 810479

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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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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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Hertfordshire

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De Havilland Heritage Museum

Web: www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Address: St Albans AL2 1BU

Tel:

(01727) 822051

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Somerset

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Riverside Leisure Club

Address: Station Road, Little Stoke, Bristol, BS34 6HW

Tel:

(01454) 888666

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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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East Sussex

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Family days out in East Sussex

The Observatory Science Centre

Is one of the country’s leading Hands-on Science Centres with over a 100 exhibits. Visitors of all ages can have fun as they explore and make their own discoveries.

As the former home of the Royal Greenwich Observatory, with its domes and telescopes, visitors can savour the unique atmosphere of a site where astronomers studied the heavens from the 1950’s to the 1980’s. Explore science on a grand scale at Herstmonceux’s exciting Discovery Park, our outdoor science playground.

Set amid beautiful East Sussex countryside, the green domes provide an exciting environment with plenty of picnic space and wheelchair access. A special event programme operates year round.


Web: www.the-observatory.org

Address: Hertsmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1RN

Tel:

(01323) 832731

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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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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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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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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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Tyne & Wear

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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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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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Bedfordshire

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Leighton Buzzard Railway

The Leighton buzzard railway is one of the few narrow-gauge light railways to survive in England. Built in 1919 to transport sand, the line has carried a steam-hauled passenger train service since 1968 and now houses one of the largest collections of narrow-gauge locomotives in the UK.

Web: www.buzzrail.co.uk

Address: Page`s Park Station, Billington Road (A4146), Leighton Buzzard LU7 8TN

Tel:

(01525) 373888

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Gloucestershire

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Forest Model Village

Web: www.forest-model-village.co.uk

Address: Old Park Lydney Park Estate, Aylburton GL15 6BU

Tel:

(01594) 845244

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Kids day out in Essex

River Lee Country Park

Stretching between Waltham Abbey in Essex and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire this 1,000 acre park has been transformed from old gravel pits to an inspiring country park for all the family to enjoy.

There’s miles of surfaced pathways making it the ideal place to enjoy an invigorating walk or cycle ride (cycle hire available) amongst picturesque surroundings. You can hop on an electric pleasure boat, pedalo or rowing boat at Lee Valley Boat Centre and navigate the River Lee, let the kids go wild in miles of open space while sitting back and watching the wildlife go by, or simply relax and unwind with a picnic.

If you’re an adrenalin enthusiast, a trip to the brand new Lee Valley White Water Centre (host to the London 2012 Canoe Slalom events) is a must. Whether you fancy riding the rapids yourself, or simply want to watch the action from the café terrace, it’s well worth a trip!

Car parks: Fishers Green car park, Stubbins Hall Lane, Crooked Mile, Waltham Abbey, Essex, EN9 2EF (no public transport)

Pindar car park, Windmill Lane, Cheshunt, Hertfordshire EN9 1XQ

For more information and inspiration for your visit, go to www.leevalleypark.org.uk

Tel:

08456 770 600

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

Tel:

(0161) 474 5762

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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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Derbyshire

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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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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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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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Cornwall

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Spirit of the West Theme Park

Web: www.chycor.co.uk/spirit-ofthe-west/

Address: Retallack Park St Columb Cornwall TR9 6DE

Tel:

(0)1637 881160

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Hertfordshire

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Cathedral & Abbey Church Of St Albans

Tel:

(01727) 860780

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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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Kids days out in South Yorkshire

Eureka! The National Children's Museum

Eureka! The National Children's Museum is a magical place where children play to learn and grown-ups learn to play.

Eureka! is the leading children's museum in the UK and gives children aged 0-11 a fun-packed day out. Everything at Eureka! has been designed to inspire children to find out about themselves and the world around them.

They can see their own skeleton, catch a wave, save a polar bear, build a house and even get a job at the Post Office, all in a day's play! In fact there's so much to see and do that you'll find yourself visiting again and again.

Web: www.eureka.org.uk

Address: Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE

Tel:

(01422) 330069

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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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Isle of Man

Isle of Man Tourist Attractions

Visit this useful website for information on family friendly places of interest, parks and museums.

Web: www.visitisleofman.com

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

Address: Rampton, nr Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 0HX

Tel:

(01777) 248274

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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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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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Views of the barrier, slide shows and exhibitions. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm Sat-Sun 10.30am-5.30pm.

Facilities: parking, play area, picnic, cafe/restaurant, baby/disabled.

Tel:

(020) 8305 4188

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The Flambards Experience

Flambards – Take a stroll through the award winning Victorian Village, a compelling life-size re-creation of a lamp-lit village of bustling streets, shops and alleyways. Or move forward to the Second World War in Britain in the Blitz, an undercover authentic life-size re-creation of a World War II blitzed street. Then enjoy the Wildlife experience animal show or just let the children play in the Cool and Tots Zone undercover play areas.

With all this as well as award winning gardens, a wide choice of picnic areas, catering and gift shops, every visitor can be confident of a superb full day out.

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.flambards.co.uk

Address: Helston, Cornwall TR13 0QA

Tel:

(01326) 573404

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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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North London

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The Hornsey Club

Address: Tivoli Road, London N8 8RE

Tel:

(020) 8348 7859

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Bedfordshire

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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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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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Kent

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Swallows Leisure Centre

Address: Central Ave, Sittingbourne, ME10 4NT

Tel:

(01795) 420420

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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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Birmingham

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Birmingham’s best beach is situated at the National SEA LIFE Centre.

The centre is a nationally renowned tropical paradise boasting a kaleidoscope of colour a rare underwater treat in the heart of such a vibrant evolving city. The adventure is an exploration through coral caves, lagoons, pools and ocean depths where visitors can marvel at sharks, stingrays, playful otters, magical seahorses and giant crabs. Walk on water with green sea turtles, sharks and shoals of tropical reef fish swimming alongside, above you and even beneath your feet. The enormous one million litre ocean tunnel is a unique experience for all ages.

The centre offers a full programme of feeding demonstrations and talks. Visitors have the opportunity to get involved with the Save our Seas Programme (SOS). Sign petitions, watch research at work and find out what you can do to protect these amazing creatures from the brink of extinction.

Fax: 0121 633 4787
Email: [email protected]

Address: The Waters Edge, Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HL

Tel:

(0121) 643 6777

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Littlehampton Swimming & Sports Centre

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

Tel:

(01903) 725451

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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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North Yorkshire

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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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Central London

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London Ducktours

London's road & river adventure. See London's famous sights as never before from historical amphibious DUKWs! Your adventure includes a splash down as you drive into the Thames.

Web: www.londonducktours.co.uk

Address: Chicheley Street SE1 7PY

Tel:

(020) 7928 3132

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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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Berkshire

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Pope's Meadow

Address: St Marks Road Binfield Bracknell Berkshire RG42 4BB

Tel:

(01344) 354441

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Bedfordshire

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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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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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Hampshire

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The Pyramids Centre

Address: Clarence Esplanade, Southsea PO5 3ST

Tel:

(023) 9279 9977

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East Sussex

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Pevensey Castle

Discover 2,000 years of history at this impressive castle with the aid of a free audio tour. Find out about its Roman origins, its turbulent history in the Dark Ages, its famous visitor in 1066 and its role in WWII. Perfect for picnics or you can eat in the Castle Cottage tea room

Address: Castle Road, Pevensey, East Sussex BN24 5LE

Tel:

(01323) 762604

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Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tel:

020 7887 8888

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Berkshire

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Highclere Castle

Web: www.highclerecastle.co.uk

Address: Highclere Park Newbury Berkshire RG20 9RN

Tel:

(01635) 253204

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East London

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Family days out in London

V&A Museum of Childhood

The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green, close to the Central line tube station, is home of the national collection of childhood-related objects, spanning the 1600s to the present day. FREE ENTRY. Open 10.00-17.45 daily (last admission 17.30)

The collection includes dolls, dolls' houses, puppets and teddy bears, games, childcare, clothing, furniture and art and photography. In addition, the Museum runs a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions and displays, a wide variety of activities, events and workshops for families on weekends and during the school holidays.

The Museum aims to encourage everyone to explore the themes of childhood past and present, and to develop an appreciation of creative design through our inspirational collections and varied public programme.

Address: Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

Tel:

+44 (0)20 8983 5200

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North London

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The Playhouse

Indoor adventure playground for children aged 6mths-10yrs

Address: The Old Gym, Highbury Grove School, Highbury, New Park N5 2EG

Tel:

(020) 7704 9424

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Bedfordshire

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Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre

Address: Mentmore Road, Linslade, Leighton Buzzard LU7 2AF

Tel:

(01525) 375765

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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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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

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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

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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Surrey

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Tomlinscote Sports Centre

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

Tel:

(01276) 670316

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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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Kids days out in Kent

Create Inn

Create Inn is a family run paint-your-own-pottery studio offering excellent unique fun for the whole family.

You do not need to have any previous experience or any artistic talent to create your own masterpiece. Just choose your item from a large range of unpainted pottery pieces and get creative! Select paints and brushes to decorate and personalise your pottery, we will then glaze and fire your piece, ready for you to collect in a few days time. Our friendly staff are always on hand to give advice and make sure everyone has a great time. Drinks and snacks are also available.

We also organise brilliant pottery painting and t-shirt painting birthday parties for both children and adults.

Address: 3 Empire Buildings, Waterside, Crayford, Kent DA1 4JJ

Tel:

01322 529204

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Kids days out

This is the fifth cathedral to be built on the site. It was designed by Sir Christopher Wren after its predecessor was destroyed by the Great Fire of London in 1666. St Paul's has been the setting for many historic occasions, including the marriage of the late Diana, Princess of Wales to HRH the Prince of Wales.

It has become a symbol of national endurance, particularly since it survived World War II bombing while many surrounding buildings were destroyed. The nave, transepts and choir are in the shape of a cross, as in a medieval cathedral, but the majestic interior reflects the Baroque movement in architecture.

Address: Saint Paul's Church Yard, City of London, London EC4M 8AD

Tel:

020 7246 8357

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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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Devon

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Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

Web: www.lynton-rail.co.uk

Address: Woody Bay Station Martinhoe Cross Parracombe Devon EX31 4RA

Tel:

(01598) 763487

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East Sussex

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How We Lived Then

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

Tel:

(01323) 737143

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Hampshire

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The New Forest Otter, Owl & Wildlife Conservation Park

The New Forest Otter, Owl and Wildlife Conservation Park is set in 25 acres of ancient woodland. Here you will find part of Europe's largest collection of multi-specied otters, owls and other indigenous wildlife.

Address: Longdown, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 4UH

Tel:

(023) 8029 2408

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Hertfordshire

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Mosquito Aircraft Museum

Web: www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Tel:

(01727) 826400

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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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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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For over a quarter of a century, the name Turk has been synonymous with fun afloat on the Thames. With our large, modern, versatile fleet and unrivalled experience we are able to provide a personal and flexible service to accommodate your needs and budget. We remain the first choice for any kind, or size, of party.

From April to mid-September we operate a scheduled, fully licensed passenger boat service between Richmond, Kingston and Hampton Court, enabling enjoyment of the historic landmarks and places of interest in this area.

Please contact (020) 8977 1567 for further information.

Address: Town End Pier, 68 High Street, Kingston-upon-Thames KT1 1HN

Tel:

(020) 8546 2434

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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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Hertfordshire

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Scotts Grotto

Web: www.scotts-grotto.org

Address: Ware, Hertfordshire SG12 9JQ

Tel:

(01920) 464131

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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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Address: 239 Baker St, London NW1 6XE

Tel:

(020) 7935 8866

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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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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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Dorset

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Bridge Street, Lyme Regis

Lyme Regis Museum stands in the heart of the town, just where the beautiful coastlines of Dorset and Devon meet on the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site. Built on the site of the home of Lyme’s renowned fossilist Mary Anning, the museum is one of the architectural gems of the town and is packed with fascinating displays. Find out about Lyme’s early and maritime history, its internationally important geology, its fossils and the many significant writers connected with the town, from Jane Austen to John Fowles.

Why not visit and see the Lyme Bay Ichthyosaur, the huge fossilised skull of a predator that swam the Dorset seas in the age of the dinosaur? The museum also runs its famous fossil walks where you can walk in the footprints of Mary Anning and discover your own fossil treasures from 200 million years ago.

Tel:

01297 443370

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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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Derbyshire

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Kids days out in Chester

Chester Zoo

Every visit to Chester Zoo is a unique and exciting experience! The UK’s number one Zoo, close to the historic city of Chester, is set in 125 acres of award-winning gardens. In this spectacular setting are over 21,000 animals – more than 500 species of rare, exotic and endangered wildlife. There’s so much to do and see, with lots of great activities for all the family. With more than one million visitors every year, the Zoo is an all-year round favourite attraction for kids of all ages!

There are lots of places for picnics, inside and outdoors, including the Arara Picnic Lodge. And if the sun is shining you can enjoy your lunch in the award winning gardens throughout the Zoo.

Web: www.chesterzoo.org

Address: Chester Zoo, Upton-by-Chester, Chester CH2 1EU

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Surrey

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Rainbow leisure Centre

Address: East Street, Epsom, KT17 1BN

Tel:

(01372) 749606

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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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Oxfordshire

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Oxford River Cruises

Web: www.oxfordrivercruises.com

Address: 34 West Street, Osney Island, Oxford OX2 0BQ

Tel:

(08452) 269396

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East Sussex

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Hastings Old Town Hall Museum

Trace the story of Hastings fishermen, learn about the impact of the Napoleonic Wars, see relics that have been excavated in Hastings and a life-sized figure of a Norman soldier in chain-mail.

Log on for full details on this fascinating museum .

Web: www.hmag.org.uk

Address: High Street, Old Town, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 1EW

Tel:

(01424) 781166

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Located on the southern tip of the Isle of Wight the Botanic Garden has exotic plants, trees, flowers and shrubs from around the world displayed in a series of temperate and sub-tropical gardens.

Address: Undercliff Drive, Ventnor, Isle of Wight, PO38 1UL

Tel:

(01983) 855397

Category: Days out with Kids

Greater London

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The Musical Museum

Wonderful nostalgic look at automatic musical Instruments. Makes a great day out for kids in Brentford.    

 

Address: 399 High St, Brentford TW8 0DU

Tel:

(020) 8560 8108

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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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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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Conwy

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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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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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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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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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South London

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The Museum holds a unique collection of artefacts and is the only place where you can learn the full story of this remarkable woman.

Address: 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW

Tel:

020 7620 0374

Category: Days out with Kids

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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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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West London

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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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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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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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West Sussex

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Mill Road Leisure Sports

Address: Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PA

Tel:

(01903) 884615

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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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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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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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Wiltshire

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Rabbit World and Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm Park

This attractive farm park is set in beautiful Wiltshire countryside with views to Salisbury Cathedral some 10 miles away. First opened in 1987 it has quickly become a major attraction and also home to a wide variety of endangered farm animals.

Web: www.rabbitworld.co.uk

Address: Amesbury Road, Cholderton, Salisbury SP4 0EW

Tel:

(01980) 629438

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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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Surrey

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Hampton Court Palace

Set in 60 aces of world famous gardens it is a living tapestry of history from Henry VIII, through the enlightened elegance of William III and Mary II, right up to the present day the palace is a vibrant community with fascinating tales to tell. Home of the world famous Hampton Court Maze, family trails are available all year.

Web: www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace

Address: East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Tel:

0844 482 7777

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Tel:

(01793) 771615

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Norfolk

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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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Surrey

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The Kingfisher leisure Centre

Address: Fairfield Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 2PJ

Tel:

020 8546 1042

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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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North London

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New Bridge Park Centre

Address: Harrow Road, London NW10 0RG

Tel:

(020) 8963 1313

Category: Days out with Kids

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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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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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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East Sussex

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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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Suffolk

Days out for families

The East Anglian Game & Country Fair family event will be taking place on April 27th & 28th 2019 at the Euston Estate near Thetford, just off the A11.

  • Exciting Main Arena Events
  • Dog Events
  • Equestrian Events
  • Children’s Attractions
  • Cookery Theatre
  • Shopping
  • Live Music

SAVE 25% off a Day Admission Tickets - Book tickets in advance either online or call 01263 735 828.

Tel:

01263 735 828

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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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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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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

Category: Days out with Kids

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Imperial War Museum

Visit the award-winning Imperial War Museums which tell the story of twentieth century conflict, see historical displays on the two world wars and the conflicts since 1945.

For details of the War Museums in Duxford, Manchester and London visit the website.

Web: www.iwm.org.uk

Tel:

020 7416 5000

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East London

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Brooks Farm

Address: Skeltons Lane Park ,Leyton E10 5BS

Tel:

(020) 8539 4278

Category: Days out with Kids

Central London

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Circular Cruises, Westminster

Kids days out in Central London. Westminster Pier, The Old Pump House, London

Tel:

(020) 7936 2033

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Hertfordshire

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Trent Country Park

Kids can visit animal corner and meet farm animals as well as running wild in over 400 acres of natural woodland and grassland.
Facilities: parking, picnic, café/restaurant, disabled.

Address: Cockfosters Road, Barnet EN4 0PS

Tel:

(020) 8379 3722

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Oxfordshire

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Oxford Bus Museum

Web: www.oxfordbusmuseum.org.uk

Address: Old Station Yard,Main Rd, Long Hanborough, Witney OX29 8LA

Tel:

(01993) 883617

Category: Days out with Kids

Somerset

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TROPIQUARIA

Web: www.tropiquaria.co.uk

Address: WASHFORD CROSS, WATCHET TA23 OQB

Tel:

01984 640688

Category: Days out with Kids

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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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

Category: Days out with Kids

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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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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Surrey

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Monks Hill Sports Centre

Address: Farnborough Avenue, South Croydon, CR2 8HD

Tel:

020 8651 0984

Category: Days out with Kids

Cornwall

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Phoenix Leisure Centre

Address: Coronation Park, Launceston,Cornwall PL15 9DQ

Tel:

(01566) 772 551

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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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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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Kent

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Chartwell

Churchill's family home:

Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

Address: Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS

Tel:

01732 868381

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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

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National Seal Sanctuary

The National Seal Sanctuary is set in the picturesque Helford Estuary, by the beautiful village of Gweek, in Cornwall. The Sanctuary is a busy rescue centre, and also has resident Grey Seals, Common Seals, Fur Seals, Californian and Patagonian Sea Lions, Goats, Ponies and Otters.

Web: www.sealsanctuary.co.uk

Address: Gweek, near Helston, Cornwall TR12 6UG

Tel:

(01326) 221361

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Kent

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Brandshatch

Web: www.brandshatch.co.uk

Address: Longfield DA3 8NG

Tel:

(01474) 872331

Category: Days out with Kids

Hampshire

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Ringwood Town and Country Experience

Web: www.rtce.co.uk

Address: Salisbury Road, Blashford, Ringwood, Hampshire BH24 3PA

Tel:

(01425) 472746

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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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Family days out in Bucks

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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Buckinghamshire

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The Swan Pool & Leisure Centre

Address: London Road, Buckingham, MK18 1AE

Tel:

(01280) 817 500

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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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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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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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North London

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Queen Elizabeth Centre

Address: Meadway, Barnet, London EN5 5RR

Tel:

(020) 8441 2933

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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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West Lothian

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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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Bristol

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Patchway Sports Centre

Address: Patchway High School, Hempton Lane, Almondsbury, BS32 4AJ

Tel:

(01454) 865 890

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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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Kids days out in Cornwall

The Seal Sanctuary now has three Seal Rescue Centres to visit. Apart from all being busy rescue centres each centre also offers the chance to see many different types of seal and other animals.

The National Seal Sanctuary in Helford Estuary is situated near the village of Gweek in Cornwall. The Scottish Sealife Sanctuary is set on the shores of Loch Creran, near Oban. At the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary in Norfolk you can also see Sharks, Otters, Penguins, Rays and Seahorses.

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Address: Chapter House, Montague Close, London SE1 9DA

Tel:

020 7367 6734

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Days out for kids

Join us for a unique, fun packed experience on one of the world’s most awesome High Ropes Adventure Courses. Amaze yourself as you take each of the challenges head on, from speedy zips, mid air jumps, suspended gravity defying climbing walls, and much more. The outdoors has never been this much fun. No experience or skill is required, just a sense of adventure. Everyone is welcome, we only ask that under 14’s need an adult on site*.

  • Great for 6-60yrs and up!
  • No experience or skill needed
  • A brilliant family day out
  • Best value courses in the UK
  • Friendly and experienced staff always just a shout away!

Kids days out in Milton Keynes, Manchester, Merseyside, Sheffield, Kirklington, Prescot, North Yorkshire & Staffordshire

Contact: [email protected]
Booking number: 0845 652 1736 (£2 charge applies for phone bookings)
Price: Range from £15 to £25 (see website for further details)

*Height, weight and medical restrictions apply. Please visit www.aerialextreme.co.uk for further information or bookings

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Exciting summer holiday adventure camps for children aged 9+

HOLIDAY CAMPS FOR 2019:

Buccaneer Sailing Expedition: Messing around in boats on the Norfolk Broads! (and learning some skills while we're at it)
Monday 8th - Friday 12th April 2019

Sweden Canoeing and Bushcraft: A week long canoe journey through the stunning Swedish Lake District for ages 13+
Sat 13th July - Sat 20th July 2019

Esoc Medieval Camps: Learning new skills whilst taking a sneak peek into life 500 years ago!
Camp 1 - Mon 8th July - Fri 12th July
Camp 2 - Mon 15th July - Fri 19th July
Camp 3 - Mon 22nd July - Fri 26th July

Children's residential adventure camps in Norfolk, East Sussex and Sweden

Tel:

0208 555 1948

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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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Hertfordshire

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

Tel:

(01727) 815557/869693

Category: Days out with Kids

Central London

Houses Of Parliament

Visit this world famous landmark and take in the hundreds of years of its colourful history. After a catastrophic fire in 1834 destroyed most of the ancient buildings, the present magnificent building was built using designs by Charles Barry who was assisted by Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin.

You can see parliament at work from visitors' galleries in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Tours of the building are only available by prior arrangement by contacting your local MP. If you should want to attend question time in the strangers gallery at the House of Commons please either contact your MP to ensure entrance or queue at St. Stephens entrance.

Web: www.parliament.uk

Tel:

(020) 7219 4272

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Berkshire

Royal Palaces

Buckingham Palace is open from 6th August. Visit one of the worlds most famous buildings, residence of our Royal family. Admire the State rooms, ballrooms and the splendour of its garden. See the important collection of paintings housed at the palace. Changing of the guards takes place most days at 11.30am, phone to confirm: Tel: (020) 7930 4832

For additional information on this and other royal residences including Windsor Castle, Holyrood House, Balmoral Castle and Sandringham House please visit the website.

Web: www.royalresidences.com

Tel:

(020) 7930 4832

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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 Yorkshire

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Scarborough Sea Life Centre

Web: www.sealifeeurope.com/scarborough

Address: Scalby Mills, Scarborough YO12 6RP

Tel:

(01723) 376125

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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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South London

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Seven Islands Leisure Centre

Address: 100 Lower Road, Surrey Quays SE16 2UG

Tel:

(020) 7237 3296

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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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