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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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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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Merseyside

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Kids days out in Merseyside

Acorn Venture Urban Farm

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

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

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

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

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

Children's animal parties in Kirkby

Address: Depot Road, Kirkby, Merseyside L33 3AR

Tel:

(0151) 548 1524

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Hertfordshire

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Mill Green Museum & Mill

Address: Bush Hall Lane, Mill Green, Hatfield AL9 5PD

Tel:

(01707) 271362

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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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North Yorkshire

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Kids days out in North Yorkshire

Birds of Prey Centre

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

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

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

Web: www.falconrycentre.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01845) 587522

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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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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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West Sussex

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Kids days out in West Sussex

Chichester District Museum

Children and families are welcome at Chichester District Museum!

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

Web: www.chichester.gov.uk/museum

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

Tel:

(01243) 784683

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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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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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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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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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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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Carmarthenshire

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Aberglasney Gardens

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

The gardens cover approximately 10 acres, including two woodlands.

Web: www.aberglasney.org

Address: Llangathen, Carmarthenshire SA32 8QH

Tel:

(01558) 668998

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Norfolk

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St James Swimming & Fitness Centre

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

Tel:

(01553) 764 888

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Hampshire

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D-Day Museum and Overlord Embroidery

Web: www.ddaymuseum.co.uk

Address: Furzey Gardens, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea PO5 3NT

Tel:

(023) 9282 7261

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Derbyshire

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Kids days out

CONKERS

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

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

Keep the kids engaged at Conkers!

KIds days out in Swadlincote in South Derbyshire

Web: www.visitconkers.com

Tel:

01283 216633

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Carmarthenshire

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Carmarthenshire County Museum

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

Address: Abergwili, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA31 2JG

Tel:

(01267) 231691

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Pembrokeshire

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Welsh theme park

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

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

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

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

Address: Canaston Bridge, Narberth, Pembrokeshire SA67 8DE

Tel:

01834 815170

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Isle of Wight

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

Email: [email protected]

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

Tel:

(01983) 612153

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Somerset

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Court Farm Country Park

Web: www.courtfarmcountrypark.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01934) 822 383

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West Sussex

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Mill Road Leisure Sports

Address: Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PA

Tel:

(01903) 884615

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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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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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Bedfordshire

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

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

Tel:

01582 548600

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North London

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The Hornsey Club

Address: Tivoli Road, London N8 8RE

Tel:

(020) 8348 7859

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North London

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New Bridge Park Centre

Address: Harrow Road, London NW10 0RG

Tel:

(020) 8963 1313

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Surrey

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Rainbow leisure Centre

Address: East Street, Epsom, KT17 1BN

Tel:

(01372) 749606

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Dorset

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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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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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South Yorkshire

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Harewood House Trust

Harewood is a great family day out. Visit the Adventure Playground, explore the Gardens and Bird Gardens, take a boat trip across the lake or marvel at the collections in the House. With an extensive programme of events and exhibitions, Harewood offers something for all.

Web: www.harewood.org

Address: Moor House, Harewood, Leeds LS17 9LQ

Tel:

(0113) 218 1010

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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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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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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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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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Hampshire

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Hayling Seaside Railway

Address: Sea Front Road Hayling Island Hampshire PO11 9AG

Tel:

(02392) 327427

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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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Gloucestershire

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Prinknash Bird and Deer Park

Web: www.prinknash-bird-and-deerpark.com

Address: Prinknash Abbey, Cranham, Gloucester GL4 8EX

Tel:

(01452) 812727

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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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Hertfordshire

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Hatfield House, Park & Gardens

Web: www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Address: Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ

Tel:

(01707) 287010

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Somerset

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East Somerset Railway

Web: www.eastsomersetrailway.co.uk

Address: Cranmore Station Cranmore Shepton Mallet Somerset BA4 4QP

Tel:

(01749) 880417

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Somerset

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Cheddar Caves & Gorge

A major tourist attraction for over 200 years, visit the Cathedral-like Caves and Britain's biggest Gorge. Lots top see including Cheddar Man, Britain's oldest complete skeleton.

Web: www.cheddarcaves.co.uk

Address: Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3QF

Tel:

(01934) 742343

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Derbyshire

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The National Tramway Museum

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

Web: www.tramway.co.uk

Address: Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP

Tel:

(01773) 852565

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Address: Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH

Tel:

(01223) 330906

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Gwynedd

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Penrhyn Castle

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

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

Address: Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 4HN

Tel:

(01248) 353084

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North London

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The Haringey Club

Address: 50 Tottenham Lane, Crouch End N8 7EE

Tel:

(020) 8348 2124

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Kent

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Christmas Tree Farm

Address: Cudham Road, Downe Village BR6 7LF

Tel:

(01689) 861603

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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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East London

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Museum Of London

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

Web: www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Address: 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

Tel:

020 7001 9844

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Isle of Wight

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The Isle of Wight Donkey Sanctuary

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

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

Registered Charity No. 1001061

Web: www.donksanc.demon.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01983) 852693

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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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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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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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Surrey

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Birdworld

A World of Birds and So Much More!

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

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

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

Address: Holt Pound, Farnham GU10 4LD

Tel:

01420 22992

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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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Berkshire

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

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

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

Address: Riseley, Nr Reading RG7 1SP

Tel:

(0118) 9326444

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Dorset

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Compton Acres

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

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

Address: Canford Cliffs, Poole, Dorset BH13 7ES

Tel:

(01202) 700778

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Northern Ireland

Devenish Island

This site contains the substantial remains of Lough Erne\'s most important island monastery. St Molaise founded it in the 6th century on an historic pilgrim route to Croagh Patrick. It later became an Augustine Priory of St Mary. The remains include a Romanesque church and a 12th century round tower, crosses and the Priory Church. Visitors can climb the islands most striking feature, the perfect round tower, which is 30 metres tall.

Address: County Fermanagh

Tel:

+44 (0) 28 686 21588

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Ceredigion

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Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park

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

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

Web: www.cardiganisland.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01239) 612196

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Essex

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Rollerworld

Web: www.rollerworld.co.uk

Address: Eastgates Colchester CO1 2TJ

Tel:

(01206) 868868

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

Category: Days out with Kids

Somerset

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Dunster Castle

Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstercastle

Address: Nr Minehead Somerset TA24 6SL

Tel:

(01643) 821 314

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Tel:

(01702) 442211

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Oxfordshire

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Hobbs of Henley

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

(01491) 572035

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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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Isle of Wight

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The Needles Park

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

Web: www.theneedles.co.uk

Address: Alum Bay, Isle of Wight PO39 0JD

Tel:

(0870) 458 0022

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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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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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Family days out in Hampshire

The Home of Peppa Pig World!

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

Visit Paulton Park for a great family day out in Hampshire

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

Tel:

(023) 8081 4442

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Cornwall

Cornishlight.co.uk

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

Web: www.cornishlight.co.uk

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Buckinghamshire

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Bekonscot Model Village

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

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

Kids day out in Beaconsfield

Address: Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 2PL

Tel:

(01494) 672919

Category: Days out with Kids

Address: Whitewebbs Road, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 9HW

Tel:

(020) 83671898

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Address: Trenhayle Farm Hayle Cornwall TR27 6HQ

Tel:

(01736) 755631

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Thurleigh Farm Centre

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

 

Address: Cross End, Thurleigh MK44 2EE

Tel:

(01234) 771597

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Multiple Areas

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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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Multiple Areas

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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Surrey

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Bocketts Farm Park

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

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

Address: Young Street, Fetcham KT22 9BS

Tel:

(01372) 363764

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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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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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Oxfordshire

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Museum for kids

The River & Rowing Museum is great place for family days out. The museum is situated on the banks of the River Thames, a short walk from the centre of Henley on Thames.

The River & Rowing Museum has three galleries dedicated to Rowing, Rivers and the history of Henley on Thames. The Museum is also home to the wonderful Wind in the Willows exhibition. We also offer a year-round calendar of nature trails, craft workshops and family days.

Kids days out at The River & Rowing Museum, Mill Meadows, Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 1BF

Tel:

01491 415600

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Quasar

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

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

Tel:

(020) 8804 9996

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Kent

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Groombridge Place Gardens & Enchanted Forest

www.groombridge.co.uk

Address: Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9QG

Tel:

(01892) 861 444

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Central London

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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

Category: Days out with Kids

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

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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Gwynedd

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Family days out in Gwynedd

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

Tel:

(01766) 890595

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Essex

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Loughton Sports Centre

Address: Rectory Lane IG10 3RU

Tel:

(020) 8508 4662

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Tel:

(01793) 771615

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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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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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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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Oxfordshire

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Didcot Railway Centre

Web: www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

Address: Didcot Oxfordshire OX11 7NJ

Tel:

(01235) 817200

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Queensmead Sports Centre


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

Tel:

(020) 8845 6010

Category: Days out with Kids

Oxfordshire

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Museum of Oxford

The Museum of Oxford is the only museum dedicated to the history of the city and the University, making it the essential starting point for a visit to Oxford. There is an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions and family events, with regular family activities in the galleries and workshops for children.

Web: www.museumofoxford.org.uk

Address: St Aldate's, 40 Pembroke St, Oxford OX1 1DZ

Tel:

(01865) 252761

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Hertfordshire

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Welwyn Roman Baths

Address: Welwyn Bypass Welwyn AL6 9FG

Tel:

(01707) 271362

Category: Days out with Kids

Isle of Wight

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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

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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Essex

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Sidney Russell Leisure Centre

Address: Parsloes Avenue RM9 5QT

Tel:

(020) 8270 4308

Category: Days out with Kids

Oxfordshire

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Cherwell Boat House

Web: www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk

Address: Bardwell Road Oxford Oxfordshire OX2 6SR

Tel:

(01865) 515978

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Category: Days out with Kids

Central London

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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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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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Oxfordshire

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Children's indoor activities

Kidlington & Gosford Sports Centre

At KGSC we provide a fun, safe environment for children of all ages, with a wide range of sport and leisure activities available throughout the year.

  • Ofsted registered creche.
  • Holiday Activity Programmes.
  • 25m Swimming Pool.
  • Birthday Parties.
  • Swimming Courses.
  • Dance, Mini-Football and Squash courses.
  • & Much More.

Address: Oxford Road, Kidlington OX5 2NU

Tel:

(01865) 376368

Category: Days out with Kids

Buckinghamshire

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The Swan Pool & Leisure Centre

Address: London Road, Buckingham, MK18 1AE

Tel:

(01280) 817 500

Category: Days out with Kids

Dorset

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The Keep Military Museum

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

Web: www.keepmilitarymuseum.org

Address: Bridport Road, Dorchester DT1 1RN

Tel:

(01305) 26406

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Gloucestershire

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Kids days out

The UK's fastest growing aerial adventure centre

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

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

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

Tel:

01285 770007

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Category: Days out with Kids

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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Park Lodge Farm Centre

Address: Harvil Road, Harefield, Uxbridge UB9 6JP

Tel:

(01895) 824425

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Tel:

(01242) 621405

Category: Days out with Kids

Cornwall

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Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Web: www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk

Address: Lostwithiel Road Bodmin Cornwall PL31 1AQ

Tel:

0845 125 9 678

Category: Days out with Kids

Conwy

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Great Orme Mines

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

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

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

Tel:

(01492) 870447

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Gloucestershire

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Days out for families

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

Category: Days out with Kids

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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Northern Ireland

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The Argory

The Argory is a superb National Trust house dating from the 1820's, which has remained substantially unchanged from the turn of the century.

The house is situated in 315 acres of woodland overlooking the river Blackwater. The house contains some fascinating furniture including a superb 1824 cabinet organ.

Address: Moy, Dungannon, BT71 6NA

Tel:

+44 (028) 8778 4753

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Hampshire

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Exbury Gardens

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

Web: www.exbury.co.uk

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

Tel:

(023) 8089 1203

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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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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

Category: Days out with Kids

Buckinghamshire

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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Web: www.bucksrailcentre.org

Address: Quainton Road Station Quainton Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP22 4BY

Tel:

(01296) 655720

Category: Days out with Kids

North London

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The Jewish Museum


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

Tel:

(020) 7284 7384

Category: Days out with Kids

Warwickshire

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Mary Arden's House

Mary Arden's House has something for everyone; beautiful Tudor Farmhouse, Countryside Museum, Victorian Glebe Farm, falconary displays, working blacksmith's forge, prize winning livestock and much more.

Address: Station Road, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9UN

Tel:

(01789) 293 455

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Category: Days out with Kids

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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Family days out in Somerset

Spectacular Cheddar Gorge & Caves

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

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

Web: www.cheddargorge.co.uk

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

Tel:

+44 (0) 1934 742343

Category: Days out with Kids

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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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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Set against the beautiful backdrop of the Cotswold Hills, Sudeley Castle is steeped in history. The Castle was once home to Queen Katherine Parr, following her marriage to Sir Thomas Seymour, and Lady Jane Grey. Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth I all visited Sudeley. King Charles I stayed here and his nephew, Prince Rupert, established his headquarters at the Castle, during the Civil War.

Surrounding the Castle are the magnificent Gardens which won the HHA Christies Garden of the Year award in 1996. Special events organised throughout the year.

Address: Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 5JD

Tel:

(01242) 602308

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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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East London

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Brooks Farm

Address: Skeltons Lane Park ,Leyton E10 5BS

Tel:

(020) 8539 4278

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Cornwall

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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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Children's Indoor Adventure Playgrounds

Centres at:

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

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South London

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The Old Royal Naval College

Web: www.oldroyalnavalcollege.org

Address: 2, Cutty Sark Gardens Greenwich SE10 9LW

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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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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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Valence House Museum

Address: Becontree Avenue, Dagenham RM8 3HT

Tel:

(020) 8227 5293 / 4

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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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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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Kent

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Bromley Museum & Priory Gardens

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

Tel:

(01689) 873826

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North London

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The Play Station

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

Tel:

(020) 8889 0001

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

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

Web: www.drjohnsonshouse.org

Address: 17 Gough Square, London EC4A 3DE

Tel:

(020) 7353 3745

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Cambridgeshire

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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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Devon

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Riviera International Centre

Address: Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ

Tel:

(01803) 299992

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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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Surrey

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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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Isle of Anglesey

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Henblas Park

From Falconry to Sheepdog Shows, Adventureland and Shearing Shows ... you are never bored at Henblas!

Situated in the heart of Anglesey commanding superb views of Snowdonia, this family run establishment provides entertainment for the whole family - whatever the weather! Birthday parties organised, please ask for full details.

Web: www.parc-henblas-park.co.uk

Address: Bodorgan, Isle of Anglesey, North Wales. LL62 5DL

Tel:

(01407) 840440

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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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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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Berkshire

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Pope's Meadow

Address: St Marks Road Binfield Bracknell Berkshire RG42 4BB

Tel:

(01344) 354441

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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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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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Wiltshire

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Longleat

Web: www.longleat.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01985) 844400

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Bedfordshire

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Oasis Beach Pool

Address: Cardington Road Bedford Bedfordshire MK42 OBZ

Tel:

(01234) 272100

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Berkshire

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Lego Land

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

Web: www.legoland.co.uk

Address: Winkfield Road, Windsor SL4 4AY

Tel:

(0990) 040404

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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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South Yorkshire

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Sheffield Galleries

Log on for details on museums and galleries in Sheffield.

Web: www.sheffieldgalleries.org.uk

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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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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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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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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

Category: Days out with Kids

Address: 239 Baker St, London NW1 6XE

Tel:

(020) 7935 8866

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Family day out in North Yorkshire

SO MUCH TO DISCOVER, EVEN MORE TO ENJOY

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

0871 9118000

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Berkshire

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The Living Rainforest

Address: Hampstead Norreys Newbury Berkshire RG18 0TN

Tel:

(01635) 202444

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South London

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Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tel:

020 7887 8888

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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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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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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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Chiltern Open Air Museum

Web: www.coam.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01494) 871117

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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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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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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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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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Motion

Indoor skate park with wooden ramps for BMX bikes, roller blades and skate boards. We hire skates, padding and helmets. You can hire a room with scalextric at an hourly rate.

Address: 74-78 Avon Street, St Philips BS2 0PX

Tel:

(0117) 972 3111

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

Tel:

020 7367 6734

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Toys for children in Dorset

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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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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Address: 65 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH

Tel:

(020) 7703 6120

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Wimbledon Park

Address: Park Road, London SW19 2JE

Tel:

020 8545 3667

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The National Cycle Network is 5000 miles of safe, signed, attractive cycle routes, open and mapped in June 2000. It is made up of traffic-free sections and traffic-calmed road and minor roads, running right through urban centres and reaching all parts of the UK.

Sustrans is the charity co-ordinating the project and will continue to work with local authorities to expand the Network to a target of 10,000 miles by 2005.

For more information on the National Cycle Network and Sustrans and a copy of their free catalogue of maps, information sheets and technical publications please call the number above or visit their website.

E-Mail: [email protected]

Tel:

(0117) 929 0888

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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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Plashet Zoo

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

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

Tel:

(020) 8503 5994

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

Tel:

(01793) 852400

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Birmingham

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The Castle Pool and Adventure Play Centre

Opening Hours: Mon 9am-7pm, Tues/Thu 7.30am-9pm, Wed 9am-9pm, Fri 9am-9.30pm, Sat 9am-5pm, Sun 8am-6pm
Facilities: Adventure Play, Baby Changing Facilities, Leisure Centre, Soft Play Area, Swimming Pool, Vending Machines
Services: 50+ Aquatone, 50+ Swimming, Adult-Only Swimming, Aquatone, Birthday Parties, Children's Parties, Junior Coaching, Junior Strokes - children's swimming instruction, Lane Swimming - adult, Lane Swimming - junior, Parent and Toddler Swimming, Pre-school Activities, Rookie Life Saving, Splash Sessions for children, Swimming - general, Toddler Group, Under 5s

Address: Farnborough Road, Castle Vale B35 7ED

Tel:

0121 464 4644

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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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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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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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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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Fun On The River

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

Address: Whytegates House, Berries Road, Cookham, Maidenhead

Tel:

(01628) 530600

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Birmingham

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Kids days out in Birmingham

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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Essex

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Mountfitchet Castle

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

Web: www.mountfitchetcastle.com/

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

Tel:

01278 813237

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Family days out in 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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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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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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Surrey

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Tomlinscote Sports Centre

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

Tel:

(01276) 670316

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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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Free activities for kids

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

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

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

Tel:

0151 702 5324

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Cornwall

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Polkyth Leisure Centre

Address: Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4DB

Tel:

(01726) 223 344

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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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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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Hertfordshire

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Stevenage Museum

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

Tel:

(01438) 218881

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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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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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Kent

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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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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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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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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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Dorset

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Things to do in Dorset for families

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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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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East Sussex

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Underwater World

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

Tel:

(01424) 718776

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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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Cornwall

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Amazing Cornish Maize Maze

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

Web: www.amazingcornishmaizemaze.co.uk

Address: Smeaton Farm Pillaton Saltash Cornwall PL12 6RZ

Tel:

(01579) 351833

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cambridgeshire

St Ivo Leisure Centre

Address: Westwood Road, St Ives PE27 6WU

Tel:

(01480) 388 500

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Devon

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Riverside Leisure Centre

Address: Cowick Street, Exeter, EX4 1AF

Tel:

(01392) 221 771

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Multiple Areas

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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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Kids days out in Leeds

Thackray Museum

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

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

Web: www.thackraymuseum.org

Address: Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN

Tel:

(0113) 244 4343

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Address: Berrynarbor Ilfracombe Devon EX34 9SL

Tel:

(01271) 867 474

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West Sussex

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Fishers Farm Park

Web: www.fishersfarmpark.co.uk/

Address: Newpound Lane, Wisborough Green RH14 0EG

Tel:

(01403) 700063

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South London

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Springhealth Leisure Club

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

Tel:

020 8940 0561

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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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Cheshire

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SK8 Madness

Address: Brook St, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 7NH

Tel:

(01606) 42345

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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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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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Oxfordshire

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Mad Hatters Play Centre

Address: 42 Murdock Rd OX26 4PP

Tel:

(01869) 325544

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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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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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Isle of Wight

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Robin Hill

Robin Hill offers something for everyone including experiencing the thrill of 3 biggest rides on the island. Set in 88 acres of beautiful woodland and countryside the park offers activities and attractions for all ages.

Web: www.robin-hill.com

Address: Downend, Nr Arreton, Isle of Wight PO30 2NU

Tel:

(01983) 730052

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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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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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Northern Ireland

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Downhill Castle & Mussenden Temple Estate

With fabulous views over Ireland’s north coast the Estate includes ruins of the castle, a mausoleum, beautiful gardens and the renowned Mussenden Temple perched on the cliff edge.

Address: North Derry Office, Hezlet Farm, 107 Sea Road, Castlerock BT51 4TW

Tel:

+44 (0)28 7084 8728

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Aberdeenshire

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Kids days out  in  Aberdeenshire

Macduff Marine Aquarium

Discover the fascinating underwater world of the North Sea at Macduff Marine Aquarium! Meet hundreds of different sea creatures, including rays, octopuses, wolf fish and conger eels! Perfect for a great family day out.
 

Address: 11 High Shore, Macduff AB44 1SL

Tel:

(01261) 833369

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Cornwall

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Kids days out in Cornwall

Trethorne Leisure Farm

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

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

And much more!

Address: Kennards House, Launceston PL15 8QE

Tel:

(01566) 86324

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Kent

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Swallows Leisure Centre

Address: Central Ave, Sittingbourne, ME10 4NT

Tel:

(01795) 420420

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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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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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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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Shropshire

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Days out for kids in Oswestry

THE Countryside Experience

Situated near Oswestry in Shropshire is Park Hall; one of the region’s most exciting all weather family visitor attractions:

  • Daily Animal Activities
  • Indoor Play Barn
  • Outdoor Adventure Playground
  • Go Karts & Driving School
  • The Victorian School & Museum
  • Iron Age Roundhouse
  • Welsh Guards Museum Collection
  • Seasonal events throughout the year
  • Exciting and fun birthday parties

Address: Park Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4AS

Tel:

01691 671123

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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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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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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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North London

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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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Somerset

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Oldown Country Park

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

Web: www.oldown.co.uk

Address: Old Down House, Tockington BS32 4PG

Tel:

(01454) 413605

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East Sussex

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Discover Hastings

Smugglers Adventure, Blue Reef Aquarium and Hastings Castle. Three great attractions ... One great day out

Web: www.smugglersadventure.co.uk

Tel:

(01424) 422964

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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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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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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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South London

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Science Museum

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

Web: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Address: Exhibition Rd, South Kensington SW7 2DD

Tel:

(0870) 870 4868

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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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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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Perth & Kinross

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Kids days out in Perthshire

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

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

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

Address: Burnside Farm, Stanley, Perthshire PH1 4QB

Tel:

01738 827286

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East 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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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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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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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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Cornwall

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The Playzone

 

 

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

Tel:

(01736) 799499

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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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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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Powys

Welshpool & Llanfair Railway

Experience steam trains from a bygone age through spectacular countryside where you have a chance to see deer, birds of prey, heron, kingfishers and even otters. Edwardian style tearoom and well-stocked shops complete a great day out for the whole family.

Web: www.wllr.org.uk

Address: Powys

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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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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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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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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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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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Devon

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South Dartmoor Leisure Centre

Address: Leonards Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0SL

Tel:

(01752) 896 999

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Dorset

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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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Oxfordshire

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Thame Leisure Centre

Address: Oxford Road, Thame, OX9 2BB

Tel:

(01844) 215 607

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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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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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Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Web: www.dinosaur-park.com

Address: Higher Leigh, Combe Martin, Devon EX34 0NG

Tel:

(01271) 882486

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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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East Sussex

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Paradise Park

Web: www.paradisepark.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01273) 512123

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Broughty Castle & Museum

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

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

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

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

Tel:

(01382) 436916

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Birmingham

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Stechford Cascades

Address: Station Road, Stechford, Birmingham B33 8QN

Tel:

(0121)464 5596

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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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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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North London

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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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North Yorkshire

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Kids days out in Yorkshire

Castle Howard

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

Web: www.castlehoward.co.uk

Address: York, North Yorkshire Y060 7DA

Tel:

(01653) 648444

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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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Leicestershire

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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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Devon

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Monsters Mansion

Childrens Indoor Soft Play and Party Centre in Tiverton Mid Devon full of Activities and things to do.

Address: Elmore AFC, Heathcoat Way EX16 4DB

Tel:

(01884) 255692

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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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Cambridgeshire

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Railworld

Web: www.railworld.net

Address: Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 9NR

Tel:

(01733) 344240

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Gwynedd

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Kids days out in Gwynedd

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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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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Isle of Man

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Curraghs Wildlife Park

Great days out for families on the Isle of Man

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

Address: Ballaugh, Ramsey IM7 5EA

Tel:

01624 897323

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Dorset

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Kids days out in Dorset

Monkey World

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

Web: www.monkeyworld.co.uk

Address: Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH

Tel:

(01929) 462537

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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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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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Hertfordshire

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

Tel:

(01727) 815557/869693

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West Sussex

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Arundel Castle

This great castle, ancestral homeof the Dukes of Norfolk, dates from the Norman Conquest. Containing a very fine collection of furniture dating from the 16thC and paintings by Van Dyck, Reynolds, Gainsborough etc. Arundle Castle is still a family home reflecting the changes of nearly a 1000 years.

Kids days out in Arundel

Web: www.arundelcastle.org

Address: Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB

Tel:

(01903) 882173

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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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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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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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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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Bedfordshire

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Wild Britain

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

Tel:

(01234) 772770

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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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Birmingham

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Northfield Pool & Fitness Centre

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

Tel:

(0121) 464 1058

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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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Kent

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Chislehurst Caves

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

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

Address: Old Hill, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5NB

Tel:

(020) 8467 3264

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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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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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Isle of Wight

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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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Hertfordshire

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Water Hall Farm

Address: 14 The Valley Whitwell, Hitchin SG4 8BN

Tel:

(01438) 371256

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Hertfordshire

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Mosquito Aircraft Museum

Web: www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Tel:

(01727) 826400

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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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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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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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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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Hertfordshire

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indoor family activity centre

AMAZING NEW LEISURE EXPERIENCE

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

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

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

Email: [email protected]

Tel:

0203 87 37 999

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Kent

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Pavillion Leisure Centre

Address: Kentish Way, Bromley BR1 3EF

Tel:

(020) 8313 9911

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Buckinghamshire

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01494 892192

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Address: Washford Cross, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0QB

Tel:

(01984) 640688

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Isle of Wight

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Blackgang Chine

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

Address: Nr Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 2HN

Tel:

(01983) 730052

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Norfolk

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Oasis Sports & Leisure Centre

Address: Pound Ln, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 0UB

Tel:

(01603) 462 462

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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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Norfolk

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Wroxham Barns

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

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

Web: www.wroxham-barns.co.uk

Address: Tunstead Road, Hoveton NR12 8QU

Tel:

(01603) 783762

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Royal Navy - Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

A fantastic place for the whole family.

Ships to explore include HMS Victory, Mary Rose and HMS Warrior. There are various museums and interactive places to visit. Fun for everyone!

Web: www.flagship.org.uk

Address: Porter's Lodge, College Road, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth PO1 3LJ

Tel:

(023) 9286 1512

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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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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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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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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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Kent

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Brandshatch

Web: www.brandshatch.co.uk

Address: Longfield DA3 8NG

Tel:

(01474) 872331

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Cornwall

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Address: Porthmeor Beach St Ives Cornwall TR26 1TG

Tel:

(01736) 796226

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Bedfordshire

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Kids days out in Bedfordshire

What makes a great day out?

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

Location: Cross End, Thurleigh, Bedfordshire MK44 2EE

Tel:

01234 771597

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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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East London

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Newham Leisure Centre

Address: 281 Prince Regent Lane, Plaistow, London E13 8SD

Tel:

(020) 7511 4477

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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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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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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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West Yorkshire

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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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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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Cornwall

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Chez Play Zone

Address: The Old Telephone Exchange, Calenick Street ,Truro TR1 2JQ

Tel:

(01872) 858171

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Nottinghamshire

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

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

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

Address: Farnsfield, Newark NG22 8HL

Tel:

(01623) 882977

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Cheshire

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Blue Planet Aquarium

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

Web: www.blueplanetaquarium.com

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

Tel:

(0151) 3578800

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Hampshire

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Fun House Indoor Soft Play Centre

Address: Whitney Road RG24 8NS

Tel:

(01256) 471066

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Merseyside

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Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB

Tel:

0151 702 7400

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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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Gloucestershire

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Perrygrove Railway

Web: www.perrygrove.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01594) 834991

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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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Tyne & Wear

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Kids days out in Tyne & Wear

Life Science Centre

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

Web: www.lifesciencecentre.org.uk

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

Tel:

(0191) 243 8223

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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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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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North London

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The Playhouse (London) Children's Indoor Centre Ltd

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

Tel:

020 7704 9424

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West London

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Kensington State Palace Apartments

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

Address: Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 4PX

Tel:

0844 482 7777

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Hampshire

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Hurst Castle & Ferries

The only landing ferry to Hurst Castle leaves from Keyhaven Quay on the hour. Single fares are avaliable for those walking the shingle beach from Milford-on-Sea.

Hurst has military history from Tudor times to World War 11 and was the prison of Charles 1. Marvel at the 38 ton guns and magnificent Solvent views.

 

Address: 28 Park Rd., Milford on Sea, Lymington SO41 0QU

Tel:

(01590) 642500/642344

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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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Cheshire

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Hillside Bird Oasis

The hidden oasis with a touch of paradise. Penguins, pelicans, flamingoes and owls - waders, parrots, kookaburras and cranes. A magical visit for all ages.

Address: Beech Hill, Mobberley, Knutsford, Cheshire WA16 7HY

Tel:

(01565) 873282

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Oxfordshire

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Lakeside Superbowl

Web: www.lakeside-superbowl.co.uk

Address: Cherwell Centre, George Street, Banbury OX16 5BH

Tel:

(01295) 251222

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Log on for places of interest in Sheffield and the surrounding areas. Includes details about Zoos, Theme Parks, Farms, Museums, Galleries and Parks.

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Hertfordshire

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Kids days out in Hertfordshire

Willows Farm Village

Acres of Family Fun For Everyone At Willows Farm Village!

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

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

Web: www.willowsfarmvillage.com

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

Tel:

(01727) 822444

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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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Somerset

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Parish Wharf Leisure Centre

Address: Harbour Road, Portishead, BS20 7DD

Tel:

(01275) 848 494

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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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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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South London

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Crystal Palace Museum

Address: Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace SE19 2BA

Tel:

(020) 8676 0700

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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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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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Hampshire

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The Pyramids Centre

Address: Clarence Esplanade, Southsea PO5 3ST

Tel:

(023) 9279 9977

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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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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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Greater London

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Museum Of Rugby

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

Address: Rugby Rd, Twickenham TW1 1DZ

Tel:

(020) 8892 8877

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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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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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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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Hampshire

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Monkey Maze

Creche facilities for 2yrs-8yrs. Parent supervision for 0-10 years. Ball pond with slide, climbing frames, colouring and bricks. Drinks available.

Address: Unit 40/44, The Hart Shopping Centre, Fleet Road GU51 3LA

Tel:

(01252) 816041

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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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Kids days out in Glasgow

Glasgow Science Centre

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

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

Web: www.glasgowsciencecentre.org


Address: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

Tel:

(0141) 420 5000

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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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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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Surrey

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Oakwood Sports Centre

Address: Balcombe Road, Horley, RH6 9AB

Tel:

(01293) 822238

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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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West Sussex

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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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Berkshire

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Bucklebury Farm Park

Address: Bucklebury Reading RG7 6RR

Tel:

0118 971 4002

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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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North London

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Somers Town Community Sports Centre

Address: 134 Chalton St, London NW1 1RX

Tel:

020 7419 4365

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South London

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Family days out in London

Cutty Sark

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

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

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

Web: www.cuttysark.org.uk

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

Tel:

(020) 8858 3445

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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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Kent

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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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Gloucestershire

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farm activity for families

Cotswold Farm Park

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

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

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

Web: www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk/

Tel:

+44 (0)1451 850 307

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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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The Original London Sightseeing Tour

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

Web: www.theoriginaltour.com

Tel:

(020) 8877 1722

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Norfolk

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Norfolk Wildlife Centre

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

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

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

Web: www.norfolkwildlife.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01603) 872274

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Cambridgeshire

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Hamerton Zoo Park

Hamerton's 15 acres of parkland provide a safe home for a fascinating array of beautiful creatures from around the world. The park specialises in rare, endangered and unusual animals.

Lots of hands-on activities and play areas for children. Log on for full details.

Web: www.hamertonzoopark.com

Address: Hamerton, Nr Sawtry, Cambs PE28 5RE

Tel:

(01832) 293362

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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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North Yorkshire

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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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Cheshire

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Stockley Farm

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

Address: Arley, Northwich CW9 6LZ

Tel:

(01565) 777323

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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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North Yorkshire

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A visit to JORVIK is the perfect way to discover Viking-Age York, one of the most fascinating periods of the city's dramatic history.

Discover what life was really like over 1000 years ago in AD 975 and get face-to-face with the Vikings on the very site where archaeologists discovered the remains of the place they once called home.

Meet our Viking residents, see over 800 items uncovered here, and journey through a reconstruction of actual Viking-Age streets – complete with sounds and smells!

Address: Coppergate, York Y01 9WT

Tel:

(01904) 615505

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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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Powys

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Judges Lodging

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

Please contact for full details of opening hours.

Address: Broad Street, Presteigne , Powys LD8 2AD

Tel:

(01544) 260650

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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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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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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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Devon

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River Link

Web: www.riverlink.co.uk

Address: 5 Lower Street Dartmouth Devon TQ6 9AJ

Tel:

(0)1803-834488

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Hertfordshire

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Shaw's Corner

Shaw's Corner was the primary residence of the renowned Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw; now a historic National Trust property open to the public.

Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/shaws-corner/

Address: Ayot St Lawrence, near Welwyn AL6 9BX

Tel:

01438 820307

Category: Days out with Kids

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Historic Irish Castles

Information on many interesting castles throughout Ireland including Blarney Castle.

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

Category: Days out with Kids

Lancashire

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Blackpool Sea Life Centre

Welcome to Blackpool Sea Life Centre, one of the most fascinating, exciting and educational underwater adventures.

Explore a magical world with over 50 displays of the finest marine and freshwater creatures including sharks, rays, seahorses and pirahnas.

Web: www.sealifeeurope.com

Address: Golden Mile Promenade, Blackpool FY1 5AA

Tel:

+44 (0)1253 622 445

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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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East London

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Newham City Farm

Address: Stansfeld Road, Beckton E6 5LT

Tel:

(020) 7474 4960

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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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Shropshire

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Ironbridge Gorge Museums

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

Web: www.ironbridge.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01952) 435 900

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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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Monmouthshire

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Canal holidays in Wales

BEACON PARK HOLIDAYS

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

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

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

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

Family friendly holidays and kids days out in Monmouthshire

Web: www.beaconparkcottages.co.uk

Tel:

01873 858277

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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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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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Hertfordshire

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Aldenham Country Park

175 acres of wood and parkland. Rare breeds visitor centre, Winnie the Pooh's 100 acre wood. Adventure playgrounds. Excellent kids day out in Elstree

Address: Dagger Lane, Elstree WD6 3AT

Tel:

020 8953 9602

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Trampoline parks

Safe Trampoline Fun & Fitness For All The Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

03454 500268

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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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South London

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Natural History Museum

Visit the website for details of the latest exhibitions.

Web: www.nhm.ac.uk

Address: Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD

Tel:

(020) 7942 5000

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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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North London

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Islington Ecology Centre

Address: 191 Drayton Park London N5 1PH

Tel:

(020) 7527 4374

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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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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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Hertfordshire

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The Hawksmoor Centre

Address: Potters Lane, Borehamwood WD6 5NX

Tel:

(020) 8387 5600

Category: Days out with Kids

East London

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Eastbury Manor House

Address: Eastbury Square, Barking, London IG11 9SN

Tel:

020 8724 1002

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Suffolk

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Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

(01449) 711425

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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

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Category: Days out with Kids

West Midlands

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Sparkhill Pool & Fitness Centre

Address: Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham B11 4EA

Tel:

(0121) 464 0813

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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

Category: Days out with Kids

Hertfordshire

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Hertford Castle

Web: www.hertford.net

Tel:

(01992) 584322

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East Sussex

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Family days out in East Sussex

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

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

Address: Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham BN27 3QS

Tel:

(01323) 844224

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Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight Zoo

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

Web: www.isleofwightzoo.com

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

Tel:

(01983) 403883/405562

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Dorset

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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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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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Lincolnshire

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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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Norfolk

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Oasis Leisure Centre

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

Tel:

(01485) 534 227

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Berkshire

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Family entertainment

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Address: Altwood Road, Maidenhead SL6 4PF

Tel:

01628 788997

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Devon

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Morwellham Quay

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

Web: www.morwellham-quay.co.uk

Address: Morwellham, Tavistock PL19 8JL

Tel:

(01822) 832 766

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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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Carmarthenshire

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Museum of Speed

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

Address: Pendine, Carmarthenshire SA33 4NY

Tel:

(01994) 453488

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Hertfordshire

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Cathedral & Abbey Church Of St Albans

Tel:

(01727) 860780

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Somerset

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

Tel:

(01934) 641603

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Devon

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Lords Meadow Leisure Centre

Address: Commercial Road EX17 1ER

Tel:

(01363) 776 190

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East Sussex

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Kids day out in East Sussex

Drusillas

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

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

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

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

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

Address: Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS

Tel:

01323 874100

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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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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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Nottinghamshire

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

Address: Rampton, nr Retford, Nottinghamshire DN22 0HX

Tel:

(01777) 248274

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Kent

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Leisure centre in Kent

The Weald Sports Centre

We offer something for the whole family…

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

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

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

Contact us today to find out more !

Email: [email protected]

Address: Angley Road, Cranbrook TN17 2PN

Tel:

(01580) 710720

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Essex

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Kids days out in Essex

Acres of Magical Fun for everyone!

This fabulous Farm Attraction is situated in South Woodham Ferrers, Essex.

Meet all your farmyard friends, Tractor & Trailer Rides, Indoor and Outdoor Play, Animal Interactions, Pesky Pet Show, Birds of Prey, Pet Barn, Milking Demonstrations and much more

Address: Marsh Farm Road, South Woodham Ferrers, Essex CM3 5WP

Tel:

(01245) 321552

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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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TROPIQUARIA

Web: www.tropiquaria.co.uk

Address: WASHFORD CROSS, WATCHET TA23 OQB

Tel:

01984 640688

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East London

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