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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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Greater London

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The Musical Museum

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

 

Address: 399 High St, Brentford TW8 0DU

Tel:

(020) 8560 8108

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Cambridgeshire

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Railworld

Web: www.railworld.net

Address: Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 9NR

Tel:

(01733) 344240

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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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Essex

Colchester Museums

Log on for full information on the museums found in Colchester including the Colchester Castle museum with it's 2000 years of history dating back to Roman times.

Web: www.colchestermuseums.org.uk

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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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North London

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Harrow School Old Speech Room Gallery

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

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

Tel:

(020) 8872 8205

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Kent and East Sussex Railway/Bodiam Castle

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

Web: www.kesr.org.uk

Tel:

(01580) 765155

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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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West London

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Pollock's Toy Museum

Web: www.pollockstoymuseum.com

Address: 1 Scala Street, London W1T 2HN

Tel:

020) 7636 3452

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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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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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Hertfordshire

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Wimpole Home Farm

Web: www.wimpole.org

Address: Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston SG8 0BW

Tel:

(01223) 206000

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Northern Ireland

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Castle Ward

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

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

Address: Strangford, Downpatrick, BT30 7LS

Tel:

+44 (0)28 4488 1204

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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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Somerset

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TROPIQUARIA

Web: www.tropiquaria.co.uk

Address: WASHFORD CROSS, WATCHET TA23 OQB

Tel:

01984 640688

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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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Hertfordshire

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De Havilland Heritage Museum

Web: www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Address: St Albans AL2 1BU

Tel:

(01727) 822051

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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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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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Historic Irish Castles

Information on many interesting castles throughout Ireland including Blarney Castle.

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

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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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South London

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National Maritime Museum

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

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

Web: www.nmm.ac.uk

Address: Romney Rd, Greenwich SE10 9NF

Tel:

(020) 8858 4422

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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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Hampshire

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Marwell Zoological Park

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

Web: www.marwell.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01962) 777900

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Hertfordshire

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Paradise Wildlife Park

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

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

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

Web: www.pwpark.com

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

Tel:

(01992) 470 490

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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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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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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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North London

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Pirates Playhouse

Large soft play area for hours of fun. 

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

Tel:

(020) 7609 2166

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Devon

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Northbrook Swimming Pool

Address: Beacon Lane, Exeter, EX4 8LZ

Tel:

(01392) 667 020

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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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West Yorkshire

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Armley Mills

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

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

Kids days out in Leeds

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

Address: Canal Road, Armley, Leeds LS12 2QF

Tel:

(0113) 263 7861

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West Sussex

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Amberley Working Museum

Amberley Working Museum covers 36 acres of former chalk pits nestling under the South Downs. It has over thirty different buildings, hundreds of exhibits meticulously restored by our volunteers, a variety of working craftspeople, an enchanting nature and woodland trail, a railway station, bus depot and printing works, a dozen or so picnic areas, a children's playground, cafe and gift shop .... and more besides.

Kids days out in Arundel, West Sussex

Special events are run throughout the year.

Address: Amberley, nr Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9LT

Tel:

(01798) 831831

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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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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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Hampshire

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Winchester Cathedral

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

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

Web: www.win.diocese.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01962) 857 200

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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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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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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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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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Scottish Highlands

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Eilean Donan Castle

Visit the website of this magical castle for full details.

Web: www.eileandonancastle.com

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

Tel:

(01599) 555202

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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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Nottinghamshire

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Kids days out in Nottinghamshire

The Tales of Robin Hood

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

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

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

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

Tel:

(0115) 948 3284

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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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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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Hampshire

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Jungle Jungle

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

Tel:

01264 336360

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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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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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Gloucestershire

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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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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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Berkshire

Royal Palaces

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

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

Web: www.royalresidences.com

Tel:

(020) 7930 4832

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Berkshire

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Windsor Castle

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

Web: www.windsor.gov.uk

Address: Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ

Tel:

020 7766 7304

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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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West London

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Barbican Centre

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

Excellent for kids days out in Central London

Address: Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS

Tel:

020 7638 8891

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West Midlands

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Crash!Bang!Wallop!

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

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

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

Web: www.crashbangwallop.biz

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

Tel:

(01543) 377100

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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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Cambridgeshire

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Parkside Swimming Pool

Address: Gonville Place, Cambridge, CB1 1LY

Tel:

(01223) 446 100

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East London

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Address: Vestry Road, Walthamstow E17 9NH

Tel:

020 8496 4391

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Berkshire

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The museum is housed in two of Newbury's most historic buildings. The Cloth Hall was built in 1626-1627. The Granary was built in 1723.

The museum opened in the Cloth Hall in 1904 after the building had been restored in memory of Queen Victoria. The museum was extended in 1934 when new galleries were built between the two historic buildings and in 1985 further galleries were opened in the Granary building. Since April 1998 the museum has been operated by West Berkshire Council. There are 10 galleries on two floors.

Address: The Wharf, Newbury RG14 5AS

Tel:

(01635) 30511

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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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Central London

London Embankment

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

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

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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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Cornwall

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Phoenix Leisure Centre

Address: Coronation Park, Launceston,Cornwall PL15 9DQ

Tel:

(01566) 772 551

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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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East Lothian

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The Scottish Seabird Centre

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

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

Web: www.seabird.org

Tel:

(01620) 890202

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Sparkhill Pool & Fitness Centre

Address: Stratford Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham B11 4EA

Tel:

(0121) 464 0813

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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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Central London

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Family days out in London

British Museum

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

Web: www.britishmuseum.org

Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

Tel:

(020) 7323 8181

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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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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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West Sussex

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Earnley Butterflies & Gardens

Web: www.earnleybutterfliesandgardens.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01243) 512637

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Bedfordshire

Parks & Open Spaces in Bedford

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

Tel:

01234 267422

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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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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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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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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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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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Queensmead Sports Centre


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

Tel:

(020) 8845 6010

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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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Kent

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Christmas Tree Farm

Address: Cudham Road, Downe Village BR6 7LF

Tel:

(01689) 861603

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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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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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East London

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Ragged School Museum

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

Tel:

(020) 8980 6405

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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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North London

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The Jewish Museum


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

Tel:

(020) 7284 7384

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North London

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Southgate Leisure Centre

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

 

Address: Winchmore Hill Road, London N14 6AD

Tel:

(020) 8882 7963

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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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West Yorkshire

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

Address: 74 The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AH

Tel:

(0113) 234 3158

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Surrey

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Kew Gardens

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

Web: www.kew.org

Address: Richmond, Surrey TW9 3AB

Tel:

(020) 8332 5000

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East London

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Hackney City Farm

Address: 1a Goldsmiths Row London E2 8QA

Tel:

(020) 7729 6381

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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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Oasis Beach Pool

Address: Cardington Road Bedford Bedfordshire MK42 OBZ

Tel:

(01234) 272100

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Address: Trenhayle Farm Hayle Cornwall TR27 6HQ

Tel:

(01736) 755631

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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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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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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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South London

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London Aquarium

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

Web:
www.londonaquarium.co.uk

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

Tel:

(020) 7967 8000

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Oxfordshire

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Spiceball Park Sports Centre

Address: Spiceball Park Road, Banbury OX16 2PG

Tel:

(01295) 257 522

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Devon

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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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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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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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Cambridgeshire

St Ivo Leisure Centre

Address: Westwood Road, St Ives PE27 6WU

Tel:

(01480) 388 500

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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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Kent

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Pavillion Leisure Centre

Address: Kentish Way, Bromley BR1 3EF

Tel:

(020) 8313 9911

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01935 815040

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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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Gloucestershire

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Bourton Model Railway

Web: www.bourtonmodelrailway.co.uk

Address: Box Bush High Street, Bourton-on-the-Water GL54 2AN

Tel:

(01451) 820686

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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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Hertfordshire

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

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

Address: Tring HP23 5QG

Tel:

(01442) 826774

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Birmingham

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens & Glasshouses

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

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

Tel:

(0121) 454 1860

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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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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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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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South London

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Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

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

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

Address: Church Rd, London SW19 5AE

Tel:

(020) 8946 6131

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Our Dynamic Earth

Our Dynamic Earth offers a totally new concept in visitor entertainment. It will take you on a fascinating, ever-changing journey around planet Earth. You will travel back through time to witness the Big Bang. You will experience earthquakes, ice ages and tropical rainstorms. You'll travel to the depths of the oceans and fly high above towering glaciers and mountains. You will see, hear, feel and smell the planet as it was millions of years ago and how it might be in the future.

Web: www.dynamicearth.co.uk

Address: 112-116 Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh EH8 8AS

Tel:

(0131) 550 7800

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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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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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Somerset

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Cricket St Thomas Wildlife Park

Web: www.cstwp.co.uk

Address: Cricket St Thomas Chard Somerset TA20 4DD

Tel:

01460 30111

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Surrey

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Tomlinscote Sports Centre

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

Tel:

(01276) 670316

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East London

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Eastbury Manor House

Address: Eastbury Square, Barking, London IG11 9SN

Tel:

020 8724 1002

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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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North London

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The Hornsey Club

Address: Tivoli Road, London N8 8RE

Tel:

(020) 8348 7859

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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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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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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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Bristol

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Bristol Zoo Gardens

Enjoy an exciting real life experience and see over 300 species of wildlife in beautiful gardens.

Web: www.bristolzoo.org.uk

Address: Clifton, Bristol BS8 3HA

Tel:

(0117) 974 7300

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North London

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Lords Cricket Ground Tour and MCC Museum

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

St Johns Wood.

Web: www.lords.org

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

Tel:

(020) 7432 1033

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Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

Web: www.cholsey-wallingford-railway.com

Address: 5 Hithercroft Road Wallingford Oxfordshire OX10 9GQ

Tel:

(01491) 835067

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

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

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

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

Address: Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 3NB

Tel:

(01766) 830306

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

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

Tel:

(020) 8305 4188

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East Sussex

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Yesterday's World

Step into the world of yesterday - today.

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

Web: www.yesterdaysworld.co.uk

Address: Battle, nr Hastings TN33 0AQ

Tel:

(01424) 774269

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Kent

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Swallows Leisure Centre

Address: Central Ave, Sittingbourne, ME10 4NT

Tel:

(01795) 420420

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Gwynedd

Kids days out in Gwynedd

Portmeirion Village

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

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

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

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

Web: www.portmeirion-village.com

Tel:

(01766) 770000

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West London

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London Transport Museum

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

Address: Wellington Street, Westminster, London WC2E 7

Tel:

(020) 7379 6344

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East Sussex

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Pooh Corner

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

Web: www.poohcorner.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01892) 770456

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Buckinghamshire

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Spy Games

Spy HQ based in Milton Keynes

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

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

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

Web: www.spy-games.com

Tel:

0845 1303 007

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Hampshire

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Hayling Seaside Railway

Address: Sea Front Road Hayling Island Hampshire PO11 9AG

Tel:

(02392) 327427

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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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Cheshire

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SK8 Madness

Address: Brook St, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 7NH

Tel:

(01606) 42345

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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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Hertfordshire

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Hertford Museum

Web: www.hertfordmuseum.org

Address: 18 Bull Plain, Hertford SG14 1DT

Tel:

(01992) 582686

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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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South Gloucestershire

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Thornbury Leisure Centre

Address: Alveston Hill, Thornbury, BS35 3JB

Tel:

(01454) 865 776

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Cornwall

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Antony House

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

Kids days out in Torpoint in Cornwall

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

Address: Torpoint, Cornwall PL11 2QA

Tel:

(01752) 812191

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Cambridgeshire

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Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences

Web: www.sedgwickmuseum.org

Address: Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EQ

Tel:

(01223) 333456

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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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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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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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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

Guildford Attractions

Places to visit in and around Guildford, the historic county town of Surrey. Please log onto their website for full details of attractions, parks and accomodation within the area.

Web: www.guildford.gov.uk

Address: Guildford Tourist Information Centre

Tel:

(01483) 444333

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Central London

Houses Of Parliament

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

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

Web: www.parliament.uk

Tel:

(020) 7219 4272

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Devon

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Babbacombe Model Village

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

Kids days out in Torquay, Devon.

Web: www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk

Address: Hampton Avenue Babbacombe Torquay Devon TQ1 3LA

Tel:

(01803) 315315

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Oxfordshire

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The Pottery Place

Address: 48 High Street Witney Oxfordshire OX28 6HQ

Tel:

(01993) 704234

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South London

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

Address: 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW

Tel:

020 7620 0374

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Address: Whitewebbs Road, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 9HW

Tel:

(020) 83671898

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East Sussex

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Brighton Sea Life Centre

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

Web:
www.sealifeeurope.com/brighton

Address: Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB

Tel:

(01273) 604234

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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

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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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Cornwall

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Lands End Visitors Centre

Web: www.landsend-landmark.co.uk

Address: Sennen Penzance Cornwall TR19 7AA

Tel:

0870 458 0099

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Hertfordshire

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The Hawksmoor Centre

Address: Potters Lane, Borehamwood WD6 5NX

Tel:

(020) 8387 5600

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Southern Ireland

Dublin Zoo

The zoo offers a fantastic day out for the whole family.

Web: www.dublinzoo.ie

Address: Phoenix Park, Dublin 8, Ireland

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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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Kids days out in West Lothian

Almond Valley Heritage Trust

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

Kids days out in Livingston, West Lothian.

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

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

Tel:

(01506) 414957

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Norfolk

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Family days out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Address: Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE

Tel:

01953 887771 Option 2

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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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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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South London

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Crystal Palace Museum

Address: Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace SE19 2BA

Tel:

(020) 8676 0700

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Cornwall

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Brocklands Adventure Park

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

Tel:

(01288) 321 920

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East London

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Mudchute Farm

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

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

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

Tel:

020 7515 5901

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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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Berkshire

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Highclere Castle

Web: www.highclerecastle.co.uk

Address: Highclere Park Newbury Berkshire RG20 9RN

Tel:

(01635) 253204

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Kids days out in West sussex

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

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



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

Tel:

(01273) 462 994

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West Sussex

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Booth Museum of Natural History

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

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

Tel:

(01273) 292777

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Kids days out in Cambridgeshire

Where excitement strikes every time

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

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

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

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Northern Ireland

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Mount Stewart Gardens

Home to the influential Londonderry family, this impressive eighteenth century mansion houses works of art collected from around the world and is complemented with one of the greatest gardens in the British Isle.

Address: Newtownards, BT22 2AD

Tel:

+44 (028) 4278 8387/8487

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Hertfordshire

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Much Hadham Forge Museum

Web: www.hadhammuseum.org

Address: The Forge, Much Hadham SG10 6BS

Tel:

(01279) 843301

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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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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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North London

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London Canal Museum

Journey through history of London's canals.

Web:
www.canalmuseum.org.uk

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

Tel:

(020) 7713 0836

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Gloucestershire

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Gloucester Waterways Museum

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

Web: www.nwm.org.uk

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

Tel:

01452 318200

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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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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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Bedfordshire

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RSPB Nature Reserve

Address: The Lodge Sandy Bedfordshire SG19 2DL

Tel:

(01767) 680541

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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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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 model village now consists of two of the Isle of Wight's prettiest villages - Shanklin Old Village and Godshill. The models are made from coloured cement, many with thatched roofs. Everywhere there are hundreds of miniature trees and shrubs, all chosen for their willingness to respond to our 'coarse Bonsai' treatment.

Address: High Street, Godshill, Isle of Wight PO38 3HH

Tel:

(01983) 840270

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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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Surrey

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Monks Hill Sports Centre

Address: Farnborough Avenue, South Croydon, CR2 8HD

Tel:

020 8651 0984

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Hampshire

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Beaulieu - Home to National Motor Museum

A fabulous kids day out in the New Forest in Hampshire:

The National Motor Museum - World famous car museum
Palace House – Home of the Montagu family since 1538 set in glorious grounds and gardens
Beaulieu Abbey – Founded in 1204

Lots of fun things to do and see.

Web: www.beaulieu.co.uk

Address: Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7ZN

Tel:

(01590) 612345

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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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Kent

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Tiny Town

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01622 882 218

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

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

Tel:

(01492) 860082

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East London

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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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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

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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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Isle of Wight

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Amazon World Zoo Park

At Amazon World Zoo Park you can explore the Amazon Jungle with free flying birds, wander along the Amazon River and meet the Rainforest Animals. Then, if you dare, pass through to Insect World and on to Agriculture & Desert Land where Armadillos, Fennec Foxes, Porcupines and much more survive this desert environment.

Kids days out in Isle of Wight

Web: www.amazonworld.co.uk

Address: Watery Lane, Newchurch, Isle of Wight PO36 OLX

Tel:

(01983) 868560

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Address: A3124 Great Torrington Devon EX38 8PH

Tel:

(01805) 624067

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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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Hatfield House, Park & Gardens

Web: www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Address: Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ

Tel:

(01707) 287010

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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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East Somerset Railway

Web: www.eastsomersetrailway.co.uk

Address: Cranmore Station Cranmore Shepton Mallet Somerset BA4 4QP

Tel:

(01749) 880417

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Kate Boats

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

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

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

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.kateboats.co.uk

Address: The Boatyard Nelson Lane, Warwick CV34 5JB

Tel:

(01926) 492968

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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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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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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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Devon

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Milky Way Adventure Park

Web: www.themilkyway.co.uk

Address: Clovelly Bideford Devon EX39 5RY

Tel:

(01237) 431 255

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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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Surrey

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Tolworth Recreation Centre

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

Tel:

020 8391 0684

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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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Hampshire

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The Pyramids Centre

Address: Clarence Esplanade, Southsea PO5 3ST

Tel:

(023) 9279 9977

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East Sussex

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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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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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Bedfordshire

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Old Warden Shuttleworth Collection

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

Address: Old Warden Aerodrome , Biggleswade SG18 9EP

Tel:

(01767) 627288

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

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

Please contact (020) 8977 1567 for further information.

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

Tel:

(020) 8546 2434

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Essex

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Kelvedon Hatch Nuclear Bunker

Web: www.secretnuclearbunker.co.uk

Address: Kelvedon Hatch Essex CM15 0LA

Tel:

(01277) 364 883

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Salters Steamers

Address: 1 Thames Side Windsor Berkshire SL4 1QN

Tel:

(01753) 865832

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Hampton Court Palace

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

Web: www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace

Address: East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Tel:

0844 482 7777

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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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Manchester

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People's History Museum

The People's History Museum is the only national museum dedicated to the lives of ordinary people. Reconstructions, documents, objects and a world renowned collection of banners all housed in a former Edwardian pumping station, in the heart of Manchester.

A unique and fascinating insight into the past.

Web: www.phm.org.uk

Address: Spinningfields, Manchester, Greater Manchester M3 3ER

Tel:

(0161) 839 6061

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Address: Porthmeor Beach St Ives Cornwall TR26 1TG

Tel:

(01736) 796226

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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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Leisure park for families

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01903 721200

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Edinburgh

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Edinburgh 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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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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Chevin Forest Park

Web: www.chevinforest.co.uk

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

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

Tel:

0113 395 7400

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Kent

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Brandshatch

Web: www.brandshatch.co.uk

Address: Longfield DA3 8NG

Tel:

(01474) 872331

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Essex

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Mole Hall Wildlife Park

Web: www.molehall.co.uk

Address: Widdington Saffron Walden Essex CB11 3SS

Tel:

(01799) 540400

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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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Devon

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Riviera International Centre

Address: Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ

Tel:

(01803) 299992

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Glasgow

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The Zoological Society of Glasgow and West of Scotland

Web: www.glasgowzoo.co.uk

Address: Calderpark, Uddingston, Glasgow G71 7RZ

Tel:

(0141) 7711185

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East Sussex

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Pevensey Castle

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

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

Tel:

(01323) 762604

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Address: Alresford Nr Winchester Hampshire SO24 9JG

Tel:

(01962) 733810

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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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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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Kent

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Bromley Museum & Priory Gardens

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

Tel:

(01689) 873826

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kids days out in East Sussex

Bluebell Railway

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

Web: www.bluebell-railway.co.uk

Address: Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex TN22 3QL

Tel:

(01825) 720825

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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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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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Park Lodge Farm Centre

Address: Harvil Road, Harefield, Uxbridge UB9 6JP

Tel:

(01895) 824425

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Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tel:

020 7887 8888

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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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HorseWorld

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

Web: www.horseworld.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01275) 540173

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Hamerton Zoo Park

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

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

Tel:

01832 293362

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Warwickshire

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Hatton Country World

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

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

Web: www.hattonworld.com

Address: Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick CV35 8XA

Tel:

(01926) 843411

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Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Address: St.Newlyn East Newquay Cornwall TR8 5LX

Tel:

(01872) 510317

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

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

Locations: Renfrew, Milton Keynes and Castleford

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

Tel:

(01793) 852400

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

Tel:

020 7367 6734

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Kids days out in Scotland

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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toddler activity groups

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

(0121) 585 7003

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Scarborough Sea Life Centre

Web: www.sealifeeurope.com/scarborough

Address: Scalby Mills, Scarborough YO12 6RP

Tel:

(01723) 376125

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Kids days out in Isle of Wight

Appuldurcombe House & Isle of Wight Falconry Centre

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

(01983) 840188

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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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East Sussex

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Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01323 410300

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East London

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Plashet Zoo

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

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

Tel:

(020) 8503 5994

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Address: 65 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH

Tel:

(020) 7703 6120

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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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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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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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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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North Yorkshire

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Family day out in North Yorkshire

SO MUCH TO DISCOVER, EVEN MORE TO ENJOY

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

0871 9118000

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Bedfordshire

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Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre

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

Tel:

(01525) 375765

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Gloucestershire

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Holst Birthplace Museum

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

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

Web: www.holstmuseum.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01242) 524846

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Oxfordshire

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Cherwell Boat House

Web: www.cherwellboathouse.co.uk

Address: Bardwell Road Oxford Oxfordshire OX2 6SR

Tel:

(01865) 515978

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East London

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William Morris Gallery

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

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

Tel:

(020) 8496 4390

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Surrey

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Rainbow leisure Centre

Address: East Street, Epsom, KT17 1BN

Tel:

(01372) 749606

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

Tel:

(01934) 641603

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East London

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V&A Museum of Childhood

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

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

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

Address: Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

Tel:

+44 (0)20 8983 5200

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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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Hampshire

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Finkley Down Farm Park

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

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

 

Address: Andover, Hampshire SP11 6NF

Tel:

(01264) 352195

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Whitchurch Silk Mill

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

Web: www.whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk

Address: 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch RG28 7AL

Tel:

(01256) 892065

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Somerset

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Oldown Country Park

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

Web: www.oldown.co.uk

Address: Old Down House, Tockington BS32 4PG

Tel:

(01454) 413605

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Berkshire

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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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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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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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Worcestershire

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Kids days out in Worcestershire

West Midland Safari Park

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

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

Web: www.wmsp.co.uk

Address: Spring Grove, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 1LF

Tel:

01299 402114

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Berkshire

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Magnet Leisure Centre

Address: Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW

Tel:

(01628) 639 955

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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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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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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

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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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Scottish Highlands

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The Active Heart of the Cairngorms

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

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

Tel:

01479 873283

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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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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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Norfolk

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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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Cornwall

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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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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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Perivale Athletics Track

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

Tel:

(020) 8575 5776

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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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West Sussex

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Mill Road Leisure Sports

Address: Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PA

Tel:

(01903) 884615

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North London

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Mornington Sports Centre

Address: 142-150 Arlington Rd NW1 7HP

Tel:

(020) 7267 3600

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West Sussex

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Littlehampton Swimming & Sports Centre

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

Tel:

(01903) 725451

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Surrey

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An exciting range of rides for the whole family in over seven zones, including Europe's highest water ride, Thunder River and lots more.

Address: Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8PN

Tel:

(0870) 444 4466

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

Tel:

(01245) 425394

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Humberside

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The Deep

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

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

Web: www.thedeep.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01482) 381000

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Lincolnshire

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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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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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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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Oxfordshire

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Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

Web: www.cprra.co.uk

Address: Station Road Chinnor Oxfordshire OX39 4ER

Tel:

(01844) 353535

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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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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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Hampshire

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Playzone

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

Tel:

(023) 92 37 99 99

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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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Isle of Wight Wax Works

Set in three-quarters of an acre, in the historic 'Ye Kynge's Towne' of Brading, our attraction comprises five elements:
  • The Rectory Mansion - where you can 'rub' shoulders with famous and infamous characters from the past.
  • The Chamber of Horrors - enter if you dare!
  • World of Nature - featuring animal exhibits from around the World.
    Professor Copperthwaite - an extraordinary exhibition of oddities.
  • Candle Carving - watch this fascinating art (Easter to September)
  • Web: www.iwwaxworks.co.uk

Address: 46 High Street, Brading, Isle of Wight PO36 0DQ

Tel:

(0870) 458 4477

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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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Cornwall

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Polkyth Leisure Centre

Address: Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4DB

Tel:

(01726) 223 344

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Devon

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The Greatest Day Out In Devon

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

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

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

Address: Dartmouth, Devon TQ9 7DQ

Tel:

(01803) 712598

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

Tel:

(0161) 474 5762

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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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All year round family fun

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01342 718472

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Wiltshire

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Rabbit World and Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm Park

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

Web: www.rabbitworld.co.uk

Address: Amesbury Road, Cholderton, Salisbury SP4 0EW

Tel:

(01980) 629438

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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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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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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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Address: Royal Parade Eastbourne East Sussex BN22 7AA

Tel:

(01323) 411077

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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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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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Cambridgeshire

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Ramsey Leisure Centre

Address: Abbey Road, Ramsey, PE26 1DP

Tel:

(01487) 710 275

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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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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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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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Bruce Castle Museum

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

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

Address: Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU

Tel:

(020) 8808 8772

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Bedfordshire

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Birds of Prey and Conservation Centre

Address: Old Warden Park Biggleswade Bedfordshire SG18 9EA

Tel:

(01767) 627527

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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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Essex

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Colchester Zoo

Web: www.colchester-zoo.co.uk

Address: Maldon Road Stanway Colchester Essex CO3 0SL

Tel:

(01206) 331292

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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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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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Surrey

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Oakwood Sports Centre

Address: Balcombe Road, Horley, RH6 9AB

Tel:

(01293) 822238

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Central London

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Shakespeare's Globe Theatre

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

Web: www.shakespearesglobe.com

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

Tel:

020 7902 1400

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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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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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Northern Ireland

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Ice rink in Northern Ireland

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

Address: 111 Old Dundonald Road BT16 1XT

Tel:

+44 (0)28 9080 9100

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Buckinghamshire

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The Swan Pool & Leisure Centre

Address: London Road, Buckingham, MK18 1AE

Tel:

(01280) 817 500

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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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Family day out in Dundee

A Great Day Out for the whole family ...

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01382 309060

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

Tel:

(01793) 771615

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Buckinghamshire

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Bekonscot Model Village

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

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

Kids day out in Beaconsfield

Address: Warwick Road, Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire HP9 2PL

Tel:

(01494) 672919

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Wiltshire

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Pewsey Sports Centre

Address: Wilcot Road, Pewsey, SN9 5EW

Tel:

(01672) 562 469

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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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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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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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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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Essex

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Loughton Sports Centre

Address: Rectory Lane IG10 3RU

Tel:

(020) 8508 4662

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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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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.

Category: Days out with Kids

Address: Harbour Road Seaton Devon EX12 2NQ

Tel:

01297 20375

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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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West Yorkshire

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Leeds City Art Gallery

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

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

Address: The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA

Tel:

(0113) 247 8248

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Cumbria

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

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

Tel:

(01229) 870871

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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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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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Essex

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Royal Gunpowder Mills

Web: www.royalgunpowdermills.com

Address: Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY

Tel:

(01992) 707370

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Birmingham

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Stechford Cascades

Address: Station Road, Stechford, Birmingham B33 8QN

Tel:

(0121)464 5596

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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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Somerset

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Dunster Castle

Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunstercastle

Address: Nr Minehead Somerset TA24 6SL

Tel:

(01643) 821 314

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South London

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Royal Observatory Visitor Centre

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

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

Web: www.rog.nmm.ac.uk

Address: Blackheath Avenue, Greenwich SE10 8XJ

Tel:

(0131) 668 8405

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Downing Street London

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

Web: www.number10.gov.uk

Address: 10 Downing Street, London SW1A 2AA

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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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Derbyshire

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Kids days out in Chester

Chester Zoo

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

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

Web: www.chesterzoo.org

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

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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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Hertfordshire

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Cathedral & Abbey Church Of St Albans

Tel:

(01727) 860780

Category: Days out with Kids

Address: Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH

Tel:

(01223) 330906

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Norfolk

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Kids days out in Norfolk

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01603 783 900

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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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Devon

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South Dartmoor Leisure Centre

Address: Leonards Road, Ivybridge, PL21 0SL

Tel:

(01752) 896 999

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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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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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Hampshire

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Kids days out in Hampshire

INTECH Science Centre

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

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

Web: www.intech-uk.com

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

Tel:

(01962) 863791

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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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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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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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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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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

Category: Days out with Kids

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T & W Museums is a federation of 11 museums and galleries on Tyneside and Wearside.

The museums and art galleries which comprise TWM are:

Gateshead
Shipley Art Gallery
Newcastle
Discovery Museum
Hancock Museum
Laing Art Gallery
North Tyneside
Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum
Stephenson Railway Museum
South Tyneside
Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum
South Shields Museum & Art Gallery
Sunderland
Monkwearmouth Station Museum
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Washington F Pit

For full details of all the above:

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Cambridgeshire

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The Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey

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

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

Tel:

01223 860988

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Northern Ireland

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Botanic Gardens

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

Address: Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT9 5AB

Tel:

+44 (028) 9038 3000

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Hampshire

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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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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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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

Category: Days out with Kids

Address: Tiburstow Hill Road, Godstone RH9 8LX

Tel:

(01883) 742546

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Devon

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Paignton Zoo

Web: www.paigntonzoo.org.uk

Address: Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU

Tel:

(01803) 697500

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Hertfordshire

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Bishop's Stortford Museum

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

Tel:

(01279) 722557

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Devon

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Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway

Web: www.paignton-steamrailway.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01803) 555872

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Buckinghamshire

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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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Oxfordshire

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Pendon Indoor Model Village and Railways

Web: www.pendonmuseum.com

Address: Long Wittenham, Abingdon OX14 4QD

Tel:

(01865) 407365

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North London

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Abney Park Cemetery

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

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

Tel:

(020) 7275 7557

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Address: Washford Cross, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0QB

Tel:

(01984) 640688

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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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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

Category: Days out with Kids

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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Hertfordshire

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North Herts Leisure Centre

Address: Baldock Road SG6 2ER

Tel:

(01462) 679311

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Essex

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Family days out in Essex

Hedingham Castle

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

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

Web: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01787) 460261

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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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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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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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Isle of Anglesey

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Museum of Childhood Memories

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

Web: www.aboutbritain.com/museumofchildhoodmemories.htm

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

Tel:

(01248) 712498

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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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North Yorkshire

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Skipton Castle

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

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

Web: www.skiptoncastle.co.uk

Address: North Yorkshire, BD23 1AQ

Tel:

(01756) 792442

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Isle of Man

Isle of Man Tourist Attractions

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

Web: www.visitisleofman.com

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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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North Yorkshire

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Castle Howard

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

Web: www.castlehoward.co.uk

Address: York, North Yorkshire Y060 7DA

Tel:

(01653) 648444

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Lancashire

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Blackpool Zoo

Web: www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk

Address: East Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8PP

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Cornwall

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Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Web: www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk

Address: Lostwithiel Road Bodmin Cornwall PL31 1AQ

Tel:

0845 125 9 678

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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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East London

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Newham City Farm

Address: Stansfeld Road, Beckton E6 5LT

Tel:

(020) 7474 4960

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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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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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Central London

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

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

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

Tel:

020 7246 8357

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Norfolk

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

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

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

Tel:

(01263) 837339

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Cornwall

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Royal Cornwall Museum

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

Web: www.royalcornwallmuseum.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01872) 272205

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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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Surrey

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Orleans House Gallery

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

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

Address: Riverside, Twickenham TW1 3DJ

Tel:

(020) 8831 6000

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Berkshire

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Pope's Meadow

Address: St Marks Road Binfield Bracknell Berkshire RG42 4BB

Tel:

(01344) 354441

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West Sussex

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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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Fife

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Deep Sea World

Web: www.deepseaworld.com

Address: Battery Quarry, North Queensferry KY11 1JR

Tel:

(01383) 411 880

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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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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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Oxfordshire

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Mad Hatters Play Centre

Address: 42 Murdock Rd OX26 4PP

Tel:

(01869) 325544

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Fife

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

Address: The Scores, St Andrews, KY16 9AS

Tel:

(01334) 474786

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Lancashire

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The Corgi Heritage Centre

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

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

Tel:

(01706) 365812

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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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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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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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Berkshire

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Rivermead Leisure Complex

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

Tel:

(0118) 901 5000

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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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North London

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ZSL London Zoo


Address: Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY

Tel:

(020) 7722 3333

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North London

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Sobell Leisure Centre & Ice Rink

Address: Hornsey Road, London, N7 7NY

Tel:

020 7609 2166

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Hertfordshire

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Welwyn Roman Baths

Address: Welwyn Bypass Welwyn AL6 9FG

Tel:

(01707) 271362

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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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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

Category: Days out with Kids

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National Museum & Galleries of Wales

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

Web:
www.nmgw.ac.uk

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Somerset

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Scotch Horn Leisure Centre

Address: Brockway, Nailsea, BS48 1BZ

Tel:

(01275) 856 965

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Denbighshire

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Pen Y Bryn Farm Park

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

Web: www.pybfarmpark.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01490) 420244

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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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Somerset

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Riverside Leisure Club

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

Tel:

(01454) 888666

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Buckinghamshire

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Zoom Childrens Funhouse

Web: www.zoomindoorplay.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01494) 673005

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Bedfordshire

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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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Northern Ireland

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The Lagan Boat Company N.I. Ltd.

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

Address: 1 Donegall Quay, Belfast BT1 3EA

Tel:

+44 (0)28 9033 0844

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Hertfordshire

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Knebworth House, Park and Gardens

Web: www.knebworthhouse.com

Address: Knebworth Hertfordshire SG3 6PY

Tel:

(01438) 812 661

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Merseyside

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Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB

Tel:

0151 702 7400

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Central London

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Seymour Leisure Centre

Address: Seymour Place, London W1H 5TJ

Tel:

020 7723 8019

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South Yorkshire

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Eureka! The National Children's Museum

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

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

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

Web: www.eureka.org.uk

Address: Discovery Road, Halifax, HX1 2NE

Tel:

(01422) 330069

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

Tel:

(023) 9275 0521

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Bristol

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Bristol Zoo Aquarium

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

Web: www.bristolzoo.org.uk

Address: Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton BS8 3HA

Tel:

0117 974 7399

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Hampshire

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Play Days Indoor Soft Play Centre

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

Tel:

(01256) 346173

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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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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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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

Category: Days out with Kids

Address: 239 Baker St, London NW1 6XE

Tel:

(020) 7935 8866

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Cornwall

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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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East Sussex

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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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East London

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Geffrye Museum

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

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

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

Web: www.geffrye-museum.org.uk

Address: Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

Tel:

(020) 7739 9893

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Bedfordshire

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Bedford Museums

Kids days out in Bedford

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

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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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Devon

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Exmoor Zoological Park

Exmoor Zoo is a unique and unusual zoo to visit! Opened in 1982 the zoo is now an ideal family venue. So much change has taken place, that even a visit last year, will today see new exhibits and animals.

The zoo specialises in smaller animals, providing living spaces for many creatures no longer seen in the city zoos. The careful planting of shrubs and trees as they have matured, keep the visitor wondering what is next and provide a relaxing and natural atmosphere within the park.

Web: www.exmoorzoo.co.uk

Address: South Stowford, Bratton Fleming, Near Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4SG

Tel:

(01598) 763352

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Cambridgeshire

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St Neots Recreation Centre

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

Address: Barford Road, Eynesbury PE19 2SA

Tel:

(01480) 388700

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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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Gloucestershire

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Dean Heritage Centre

Web: www.deanheritagemuseum.com

Address: