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Camp Severn - Kids Festival - 29th April - 2nd May

A fun filled, four day, kids festival in the heart of Shropshire!

Love camping? Love adventure? Love family time? Love making memories? Well Camp Severn is for you! This is the camping adventure with a twist A four day, May bank holiday adventure in the heart of Shropshire! We all know that happy kids equals happy parents. Camp Severn is a fun packed kids festival in the day then a more relaxed traditional camping holiday in the evening. We have all the things you love from a traditional camping holiday including camp fire stories, plenty of outside space, fresh country air, walks, riverside location, all amenities and it's just a 10 min walk from Shrewsbury Town centre. Caravans, campervans, motorhomes and RV's are welcome! EHU’s & hard standing available. There's no restrictions on space, you can bring the dog & you can park on your pitch so, what's not to love?! Oh, and The Berwick Club and bar will be open for the adults! Camp Severn is all this and so much more. All the following attractions are confirmed and included in your ticket price:

  • Monster trucks show
  • Monster trucks rides
  • Vander superheroes wheel show
  • Alice in wonderland stage show
  • Mad Hatters tea party
  • Panic Family Circus
  • Canoeing
  • Face-painting
  • Donkey Rides
  • Animal Man
  • lozzie & sozzie craft & drama workshops
  • Fun Science Shropshire
  • Fun Fair & inflatables
  • Medieval village & knight school
  • All static activities
  • Camp fire stories, disco!
  • So so much & too much to list!

Everything is included in your four day ticket price and it's not to be missed.

To book, visit: www.campsevernkidsfestival.co.uk
Email: [email protected]

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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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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

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The Ulster History Park

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

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

Tel:

+44 (0)28 8164 8188

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Dorset

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Hardy's Cottage

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

Address: Higher Bockhampton near Dorchester DT2 8QJ

Tel:

(01305) 262366

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Essex

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Loughton Sports Centre

Address: Rectory Lane IG10 3RU

Tel:

(020) 8508 4662

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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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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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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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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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Buckinghamshire

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Old Gaol Museum

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

Web: www.mkheritage.co.uk/ogb

Address: Market Hill,Buckingham MK 18 1JX

Tel:

(01280) 823020

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Gloucestershire

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Dean Forest Railway

Web: www.deanforestrailway.co.uk

Address: Norchard Forest Road Lydney Gloucestershire GL15 4ET

Tel:

(01594) 845840

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

Tel:

(01242) 621405

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Bedfordshire

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Thurleigh Farm Centre

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

 

Address: Cross End, Thurleigh MK44 2EE

Tel:

(01234) 771597

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South London

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Family days out in London

Cutty Sark

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

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

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

Web: www.cuttysark.org.uk

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

Tel:

(020) 8858 3445

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Address: Tiburstow Hill Road, Godstone RH9 8LX

Tel:

(01883) 742546

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North London

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New Bridge Park Centre

Address: Harrow Road, London NW10 0RG

Tel:

(020) 8963 1313

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North London

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Kentish Town City Farm

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

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

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

Tel:

(020) 7916 5421

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Surrey

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Rainbow leisure Centre

Address: East Street, Epsom, KT17 1BN

Tel:

(01372) 749606

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Conwy

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The Zoo is set in 37 acres of woodland and beautiful gardens, overlooking the coastline and mountains of North Wales.

Address: Colwyn Bay, Clwyd, North Wales LL28 5UY

Tel:

(01492) 532 938

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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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Cambridgeshire

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Hamerton Zoo Park

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

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

Tel:

01832 293362

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Greater London

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Museum Of Rugby

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

Address: Rugby Rd, Twickenham TW1 1DZ

Tel:

(020) 8892 8877

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Nottinghamshire

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Newstead Abbey

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

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

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

Address: Newstead Abbey Park, Nottinghamshire NG15 8GE

Tel:

(01623) 455900

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Conwy

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Great Orme Mines

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

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

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

Tel:

(01492) 870447

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South London

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Wimbledon Park

Address: Park Road, London SW19 2JE

Tel:

020 8545 3667

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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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East Sussex

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Family days out in East Sussex

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

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

Address: Upper Dicker, Nr Hailsham BN27 3QS

Tel:

(01323) 844224

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Address: 263 Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford OX2 7HN

Tel:

(01865) 553 554

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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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Birmingham

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Moseley Road Swimming Pool


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

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

Tel:

0121 464 0150

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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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Norfolk

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Sutton Windmill and Broads Museum

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

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

Address: Sutton, Norwich NR12 9RZ

Tel:

(01692) 581195

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Central London

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HMS Belfast

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

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

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

Tel:

(020) 7940 6300

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Devon

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The National Trust - Buckland Abbey

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

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

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

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

Address: Yelverton, Devon PL20 6EY

Tel:

(01822) 853607

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Buckinghamshire

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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Web: www.bucksrailcentre.org

Address: Quainton Road Station Quainton Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP22 4BY

Tel:

(01296) 655720

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North Yorkshire

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

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

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

Tel:

(01969) 640638

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Somerset

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TROPIQUARIA

Web: www.tropiquaria.co.uk

Address: WASHFORD CROSS, WATCHET TA23 OQB

Tel:

01984 640688

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North Yorkshire

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National Railway Museum

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

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

24hr Information Line: (01904) 686286

Web: www.nrm.org.uk

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

Tel:

( 0844) 815 3139

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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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West Lothian

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Kids days out in West Lothian

Almond Valley Heritage Trust

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

Kids days out in Livingston, West Lothian.

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

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

Tel:

(01506) 414957

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Essex

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House On The Hill

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

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

Tel:

(01279) 813 567

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Greater London

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Kew Bridge Steam Museum

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

 

 

Address: Green Dragon Lane, Brentford TW8 0EN

Tel:

(020) 8568 4757

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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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Somerset

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Riverside Leisure Club

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

Tel:

(01454) 888666

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East Sussex

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Paradise Park

Web: www.paradisepark.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01273) 512123

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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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Bedfordshire

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Wild Britain

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

Tel:

(01234) 772770

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Hampshire

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Monkey Maze

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

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

Tel:

(01252) 816041

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UKClimbing.com

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

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

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

Tel:

(01793) 771615

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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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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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Nottinghamshire

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

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

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

Address: Farnsfield, Newark NG22 8HL

Tel:

(01623) 882977

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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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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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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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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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Oxfordshire

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Didcot Railway Centre

Web: www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk

Address: Didcot Oxfordshire OX11 7NJ

Tel:

(01235) 817200

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Central London

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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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North London

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Queen Elizabeth Centre

Address: Meadway, Barnet, London EN5 5RR

Tel:

(020) 8441 2933

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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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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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West Sussex

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Climbing centre for kids

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

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

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

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

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

What are you waiting for?

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

Tel:

01903 788588

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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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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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Essex

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Mountfitchet Castle

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

Web: www.mountfitchetcastle.com/

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

Tel:

01278 813237

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Northumberland

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Kids days out in Northumberland

Alnwick Castle

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

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

Kids days out in Alnwick Northumberland

Address: Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 1NQ

Tel:

(01665) 510777

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Devon

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Lords Meadow Leisure Centre

Address: Commercial Road EX17 1ER

Tel:

(01363) 776 190

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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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East London

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Brooks Farm

Address: Skeltons Lane Park ,Leyton E10 5BS

Tel:

(020) 8539 4278

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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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West Sussex

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Leisure park for families

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01903 721200

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National Museums of Scotland

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

Web:
www.nms.ac.uk

Tel:

(0131) 225 7534

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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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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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Central London

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Circular Cruises, Westminster

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

Tel:

(020) 7936 2033

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Staffordshire

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Blackbrook - The Zoological Park of the Moorlands

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

Address: Winkhill, near Leek, Staffs ST13 7QR

Tel:

(01538) 308293

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Greater Manchester

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Museum of Transport

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

Web:
www.gmts.co.uk

Address: Boyule Street, Cheetham, Manchester M8 8UW

Tel:

(0161) 205 2122

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Lincolnshire

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Kids days out in Lincolnshire

Burghley

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

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

Web: www.burghley.co.uk

Address: Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 3JY

Tel:

(01780) 752451

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East Sussex

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Newhaven Fort

Web: www.newhavenfort.org.uk

Address: Fort Road Newhaven East Sussex BN9 9DS

Tel:

(01273) 517622

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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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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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Cambridgeshire

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Hamerton Zoo Park

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

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

Web: www.hamertonzoopark.com

Address: Hamerton, Nr Sawtry, Cambs PE28 5RE

Tel:

(01832) 293362

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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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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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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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Bedfordshire

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RSPB Nature Reserve

Address: The Lodge Sandy Bedfordshire SG19 2DL

Tel:

(01767) 680541

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Norfolk

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Trampoline park in Norwich

BOOK ONLINE AND GET 15% OFF!

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

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

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

Tel:

0330 159 5815

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Dorset

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Oceanarium Bournemouth

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

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

Web: www.oceanarium.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01202) 311 993

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Somerset

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Wookey Hole Caves

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

Web: www.wookey.co.uk

Address: Wookey Hole, Wells, Somerset BA5 1BB

Tel:

(01749) 672243

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

Daily activities include:

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

Address: Singleton, Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0EU

Tel:

(01243) 811363

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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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Devon

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Northbrook Swimming Pool

Address: Beacon Lane, Exeter, EX4 8LZ

Tel:

(01392) 667 020

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North London

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Family days out in North london

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

(020) 8365 2121

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Address: Washford Cross, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0QB

Tel:

(01984) 640688

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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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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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South Wales

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Dylan Thomas Centre

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

Web: www.swansea.gov.uk/DylanThomas

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

Tel:

(01792) 463980

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Northern Ireland

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Dunluce Family Entertainment Centre

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

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

Tel:

+44 (0)28 7082 4444.

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Carmarthenshire

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Kidwell Tinplate Works

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

Address: Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire SA17 4LW

Tel:

(01554) 891078

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Berkshire

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Salters Steamers

Address: 1 Thames Side Windsor Berkshire SL4 1QN

Tel:

(01753) 865832

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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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Address: 239 Baker St, London NW1 6XE

Tel:

(020) 7935 8866

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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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Oxfordshire

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Children's indoor activities

Kidlington & Gosford Sports Centre

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

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

Address: Oxford Road, Kidlington OX5 2NU

Tel:

(01865) 376368

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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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Cambridgeshire

St Ivo Leisure Centre

Address: Westwood Road, St Ives PE27 6WU

Tel:

(01480) 388 500

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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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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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South London

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Kids days out in London

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

Facilities: picnic, café/restaurant, baby facilities.

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

Tel:

0844 482 7777

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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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Oxfordshire

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Hobbs of Henley

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

(01491) 572035

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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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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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Surrey

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Kids days out in Surrey

Chessington World Of Adventures

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

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

Web: www.chessington.com

Tel:

(0870) 444 7777

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Address: Abbotsham, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5AP

Tel:

(01237) 472366

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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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Queensmead Sports Centre


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

Tel:

(020) 8845 6010

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Somerset

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Parish Wharf Leisure Centre

Address: Harbour Road, Portishead, BS20 7DD

Tel:

(01275) 848 494

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North London

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Kids days out in London

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

07776 176007

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Devon

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Torridge Pool

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

Tel:

(01237) 471 794

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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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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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The Kingfisher leisure Centre

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

Tel:

020 8546 1042

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Bedfordshire

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Woburn Safari Park

Web: www.woburnsafari.co.uk

Address: Woburn, Bedfordshire MK17 9QN

Tel:

(01525) 290407

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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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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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Central London

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Madame Tussaud's

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

Web: www.madametussauds.com/London


Address: Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LR

Tel:

0871 894 3000

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Essex

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Kids days out in Essex

Acres of Magical Fun for everyone!

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

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

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

Tel:

(01245) 321552

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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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Hampshire

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St Barbe Museum

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

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

Web: www.stbarbe-museum.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01590) 676969

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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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West London

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The Grant Museum Of Zoology & Comparative Anatony

Address: 21 University St, London WC1E 6DE

Tel:

(020) 3108 2052.

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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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Berkshire

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Rivermead Leisure Complex

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

Tel:

(0118) 901 5000

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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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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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West Yorkshire

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Tropical World

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

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

Address: Roundhay Park, Leeds LS8 2ER

Tel:

(0113) 266 1850

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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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Cornwall

Cornishlight.co.uk

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

Web: www.cornishlight.co.uk

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Birmingham

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The Castle Pool and Adventure Play Centre

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

Address: Farnborough Road, Castle Vale B35 7ED

Tel:

0121 464 4644

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Cheshire

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Tatton Park

Everything you love to do ...

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01625 374400

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Somerset

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Cheddar Caves & Gorge

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

Web: www.cheddarcaves.co.uk

Address: Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3QF

Tel:

(01934) 742343

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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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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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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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Birmingham

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Stechford Cascades

Address: Station Road, Stechford, Birmingham B33 8QN

Tel:

(0121)464 5596

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South London

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Seven Islands Leisure Centre

Address: 100 Lower Road, Surrey Quays SE16 2UG

Tel:

(020) 7237 3296

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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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Kent

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Chartwell

Churchill's family home:

Web: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell

Address: Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent TN16 1PS

Tel:

01732 868381

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Hertfordshire

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Redbournbury Mill

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

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

Tel:

(01582) 792874

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Hertfordshire

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Museum of St Albans

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

Address: Hatfield Rd, St Albans AL1 3RR

Tel:

(01727) 819340

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Warwickshire

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Mary Arden's House

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

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

Tel:

(01789) 293 455

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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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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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Address: Whitewebbs Road, Enfield, Middlesex EN2 9HW

Tel:

(020) 83671898

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Isle of Wight

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Appuldurcombe House & Isle of Wight Falconry Centre

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

(01983) 840188

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Hampshire

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Gosport Ice Rink

Web: www.planet-ice.co.uk

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

Tel:

(02392) 511217

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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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Address: The Railway Station Minehead Somerset TA24 5BG

Tel:

(01643) 704996

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Carmarthenshire

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Aberglasney Gardens

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

The gardens cover approximately 10 acres, including two woodlands.

Web: www.aberglasney.org

Address: Llangathen, Carmarthenshire SA32 8QH

Tel:

(01558) 668998

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Hertfordshire

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Hertford Castle

Web: www.hertford.net

Tel:

(01992) 584322

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Hertfordshire

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The Museum of everyday life in Roman Britain.

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

Tel:

(01727) 751810

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Cambridgeshire

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Ramsey Leisure Centre

Address: Abbey Road, Ramsey, PE26 1DP

Tel:

(01487) 710 275

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Cornwall

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Amazing Cornish Maize Maze

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

Web: www.amazingcornishmaizemaze.co.uk

Address: Smeaton Farm Pillaton Saltash Cornwall PL12 6RZ

Tel:

(01579) 351833

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Devon

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Kents Cavern

Web: www.kents-cavern.co.uk

Address: Cavern House Ilsham Road Torquay Devon TQ1 2JF

Tel:

(01803) 215136

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Greater London

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Boston Manor House

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

Web: www.fobm.org.uk/House

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

Tel:

(020) 8560 5441

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Kent

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Brandshatch

Web: www.brandshatch.co.uk

Address: Longfield DA3 8NG

Tel:

(01474) 872331

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Cambridgeshire

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Cambridge Museum of Technology

Web: www.museumoftechnology.com

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

Tel:

(01223) 368650

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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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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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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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Hertfordshire

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Mosquito Aircraft Museum

Web: www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Tel:

(01727) 826400

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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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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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Dorset

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Monkey World

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

Web: www.monkeyworld.co.uk

Address: Longthorns, Wareham, Dorset BH20 6HH

Tel:

(01929) 462537

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Norfolk

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Splash Leisure & Fitness Centre

Address: Weybourne Road, Sheringham, NR26 8HF

Tel:

(01263) 825 675

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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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Essex

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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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Cornwall

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World of Model Railways

Web: www.model-railway.co.uk

Address: Meaow Street Mevagissey Cornwall PL26 6UL

Tel:

(01726) 842457

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Kids days out in Cornwall

Trethorne Leisure Farm

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

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

And much more!

Address: Kennards House, Launceston PL15 8QE

Tel:

(01566) 86324

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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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The Flambards Experience

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

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

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.flambards.co.uk

Address: Helston, Cornwall TR13 0QA

Tel:

(01326) 573404

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Buckinghamshire

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Hellfire Caves

Web: www.hellfirecaves.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01494) 533 739

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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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Roundwood Club

Address: Harlesden, London NW10 3ZP

Tel:

(020) 8965 3475

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Norfolk

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Great Yarmouth Sea Life Centre

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

Web: www.greateryarmouth.co.uk

Address: Marine Parade, Great Yarmouth NR30 3AH

Tel:

(01493) 330631

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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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Hertfordshire

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Chiltern Open Air Museum

Web: www.coam.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01494) 871117

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Hertfordshire

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North Herts Leisure Centre

Address: Baldock Road SG6 2ER

Tel:

(01462) 679311

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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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Buckinghamshire

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Bernwood Butterfly Trail

Kids days out Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire

Address: Upper Icknield Way, Aston Clinton, Aylesbury HP22 5NF

Tel:

(01296) 625825

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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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Somerset

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Alstone Wildlife Park

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

Address: Alstone Road, Highbridge, Somerset TA9 3DT

Tel:

(01278) 782405

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

Address: Harold's Road, Dover CT16 1HU

Tel:

(01304) 211067

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North London

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Bruce Castle Museum

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

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

Address: Lordship Lane, London N17 8NU

Tel:

(020) 8808 8772

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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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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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Berkshire

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Pope's Meadow

Address: St Marks Road Binfield Bracknell Berkshire RG42 4BB

Tel:

(01344) 354441

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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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Essex

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

Kids days out in Southend-on-Sea

Web: www.adventureisland.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01702) 443400

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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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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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Bedfordshire

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Kids days out in Bedfordshire

What makes a great day out?

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

Location: Cross End, Thurleigh, Bedfordshire MK44 2EE

Tel:

01234 771597

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Hertfordshire

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Cathedral & Abbey Church Of St Albans

Tel:

(01727) 860780

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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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Cambridgeshire

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Railworld

Web: www.railworld.net

Address: Oundle Road, Peterborough PE2 9NR

Tel:

(01733) 344240

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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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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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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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Isle of Wight

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

Email: [email protected]

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

Tel:

(01983) 612153

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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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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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South London

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Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tel:

020 7887 8888

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West Sussex

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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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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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Isle of Wight

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

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

Tel:

(01983) 855397

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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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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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Birmingham

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

Address: Bournville, Birmingham B30 2LD

Tel:

(0121) 451 4180

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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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Merseyside

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Free activities for kids

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

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

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

Tel:

0151 702 5324

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Historic Irish Castles

Information on many interesting castles throughout Ireland including Blarney Castle.

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

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Merseyside

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Knowsley Safari Park

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

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

Web: www.knowsleysafariexperience.co.uk/

Address: Prescot, Merseyside L34 4AN

Tel:

(0151) 430 9009

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Berkshire

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Basildon Park

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

Address: Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire RG8 9NR

Tel:

(01189) 843040

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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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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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Warwickshire

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Teddy Bear Museum

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

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

Tel:

(01789) 293160

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Devon

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Discovery Island

Web: www.atlanticvillage.co.uk

Address: Clovelly Road off Atlantic Highway West of Bideford Devon EX39 3QU

Tel:

(01237) 422 544

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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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Devon

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Combe Martin Wildlife and Dinosaur Park

Web: www.dinosaur-park.com

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

Tel:

(01271) 882486

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Family breaks in Surrey

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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Dorset

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Things to do in Dorset for families

Bridge Street, Lyme Regis

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

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

Tel:

01297 443370

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West Midlands

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Black Country Living Museum

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

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

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

Tel:

(0121) 557 9643

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East Sussex

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Family days out in East Sussex

The Observatory Science Centre

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

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

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


Web: www.the-observatory.org

Address: Hertsmonceux, Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1RN

Tel:

(01323) 832731

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

Tel:

(01793) 852400

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Cumbria

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Lakes Aquarium

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

Kids days out in the Lake District in Cumbria

Web: www.lakesaquarium.co.uk/

Address: Newby Bridge, Ulverston, Cumbria LA12 8AS

Tel:

015395 30153

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Bedfordshire

Parks & Open Spaces in Bedford

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

Tel:

01234 267422

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Somerset

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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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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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Shropshire

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Ironbridge Gorge Museums

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

Web: www.ironbridge.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01952) 435 900

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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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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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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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South Yorkshire

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Sheffield Galleries

Log on for details on museums and galleries in Sheffield.

Web: www.sheffieldgalleries.org.uk

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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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Oxfordshire

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Thame Leisure Centre

Address: Oxford Road, Thame, OX9 2BB

Tel:

(01844) 215 607

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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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Isle of Wight

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The Natural History Centre

A unique collection gathered from the earth and the sea.

Web: www.shellmuseum.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01983) 840333

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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 Sussex

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The Grange Leisure Centre

Address: Bepton Road, Midhurst GU29 9HD

Tel:

(01730) 816841

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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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Devon

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Lynton and Barnstaple Railway

Web: www.lynton-rail.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01598) 763487

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Berkshire

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Magnet Leisure Centre

Address: Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW

Tel:

(01628) 639 955

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North Yorkshire

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The longest show cave in Britain, in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The 80-minute guided tour of White Scar Cave covers one mile, and includes one of the largest caverns in the country. Over 330 feet long, with its roof soaring in places to 100 feet, this is one of the largest caverns in Britain. It contains literally thousands of delicate stalactites, which hang from the roof in great clusters.

Address: Ingleton LA6 3AW

Tel:

(01524) 241244

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Lincolnshire

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

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

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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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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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Stirling

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Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

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

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

Address: By Stirling FK9 4UR

Tel:

(01786) 841456

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Ceredigion

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Cardigan Island Coastal Farm Park

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

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

Web: www.cardiganisland.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01239) 612196

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Hertfordshire

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The Hawksmoor Centre

Address: Potters Lane, Borehamwood WD6 5NX

Tel:

(020) 8387 5600

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Warwickshire

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Coventry Transport Museum

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

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

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

Web: www.transport-museum.com

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

Tel:

(024) 7683 2425

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Essex

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Old MacDonald's Farm

Web: www.oldmacdonaldsfarm.org.uk

Address: Weals Road, Brentwood CM14 5AY

Tel:

(01277) 375 177

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Somerset

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Court Farm Country Park

Web: www.courtfarmcountrypark.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01934) 822 383

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Kent

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Pavillion Leisure Centre

Address: Kentish Way, Bromley BR1 3EF

Tel:

(020) 8313 9911

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Suffolk

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Plenty of Thrills at Pleasurewood Hills in 2011

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01502 586000

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Staffordshire

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Alton Towers

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

Kids days out in Alton, Staffordshire

Web: www.altontowers.com

Address: Staffordshire ST10 4DB

Tel:

(01538) 703344

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National Memorial Arboretum

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

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

Web: www.thenma.org.uk

Address: Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR

Tel:

01283 792333

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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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Hertfordshire

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Natural History Museum at Tring

Web: www.nhm.ac.uk/tring

Address: Akeman Street Tring Hertfordshire HP23 6AP

Tel:

020 7942 6171

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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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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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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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Hampshire

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Whitchurch Silk Mill

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

Web: www.whitchurchsilkmill.org.uk

Address: 28 Winchester Street, Whitchurch RG28 7AL

Tel:

(01256) 892065

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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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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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London Eye

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

Web:
www.londoneye.com

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

Tel:

(0870) 5000600

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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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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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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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Hertfordshire

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Welwyn Roman Baths

Address: Welwyn Bypass Welwyn AL6 9FG

Tel:

(01707) 271362

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Essex

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Rollerworld

Web: www.rollerworld.co.uk

Address: Eastgates Colchester CO1 2TJ

Tel:

(01206) 868868

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North Yorkshire

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Drama classes for kids

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

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

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

Email: [email protected]

Tel:

01423 333300

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North London

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Quasar

Address: 13, Junction Rd, London N19 5QT

Tel:

(020) 7281 5001

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Hertfordshire

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De Havilland Heritage Museum

Web: www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Address: St Albans AL2 1BU

Tel:

(01727) 822051

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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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Tyne & Wear

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Life Science Centre

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

Web: www.lifesciencecentre.org.uk

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

Tel:

(0191) 243 8223

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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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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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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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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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Cheshire

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SK8 Madness

Address: Brook St, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 7NH

Tel:

(01606) 42345

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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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Merseyside

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Kids days out in Merseyside

Acorn Venture Urban Farm

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

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

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

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

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

Children's animal parties in Kirkby

Address: Depot Road, Kirkby, Merseyside L33 3AR

Tel:

(0151) 548 1524

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Hampshire

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Fun House

Basingstokes first giant indoor adventure playground!

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

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

Tel:

(01256) 471066

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Address: Berrynarbor Ilfracombe Devon EX34 9SL

Tel:

(01271) 867 474

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Surrey

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

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

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

Address: Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1JE

Tel:

01932 868 113

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Isle of 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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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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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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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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North Yorkshire

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Scarborough Sea Life Centre

Web: www.sealifeeurope.com/scarborough

Address: Scalby Mills, Scarborough YO12 6RP

Tel:

(01723) 376125

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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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Cromer Windmill

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

Address: Cromer, Hertfordshire SG2 7QE

Tel:

01763 271305

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Somerset

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Animal Farm Adventure Park

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

Kids days out in Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset

Web: www.animal-farm.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01278) 751628

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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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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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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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Isle of Wight

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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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Geevor Tin Mine

Web: www.geevor.com

Address: Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7EW

Tel:

(01736) 788662

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Devon

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Buckfast Butterflies and Otter Sanctuary

Web: www.ottersandbutterflies.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01364) 642916

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North London

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Freightliners City Farm

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

Web: www.freghtlinersfarm.org.uk

Address: Sheringham Road N7 8PF

Tel:

(020) 7609 0467

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The Haringey Club

Address: 50 Tottenham Lane, Crouch End N8 7EE

Tel:

(020) 8348 2124

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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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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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Cheshire

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Blue Planet Aquarium

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

Web: www.blueplanetaquarium.com

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

Tel:

(0151) 3578800

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Hampshire

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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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Bedfordshire

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Leighton Buzzard Railway

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

Web: www.buzzrail.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01525) 373888

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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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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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North London

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Mornington Sports Centre

Address: 142-150 Arlington Rd NW1 7HP

Tel:

(020) 7267 3600

Category: Days out with Kids

Cambridgeshire

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St Neots Recreation Centre

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

Address: Barford Road, Eynesbury PE19 2SA

Tel:

(01480) 388700

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Buckinghamshire

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Odds Farm Park

www.oddsfarm.co.uk

Family days out in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

Address: Wooburn Common, High Wycombe HP10 0LX

Tel:

(01628) 520188

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Cambridgeshire

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Parkside Swimming Pool

Address: Gonville Place, Cambridge, CB1 1LY

Tel:

(01223) 446 100

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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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Berkshire

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Bucklebury Farm Park

Address: Bucklebury Reading RG7 6RR

Tel:

0118 971 4002

Category: Days out with Kids

Address: Royal Parade Eastbourne East Sussex BN22 7AA

Tel:

(01323) 411077

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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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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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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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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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Dorset

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The Dinosaur Museum

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

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

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

Tel:

01305 269880

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Warwickshire

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Kids days out in North Warwickshire

Broomey Croft Childrens Farm

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

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

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

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

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

Web: www.broomeycroftfarm.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01827) 873844

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Multiple Areas

Kids days out in Derbyshire

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

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

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

So, can we interest you in The Great Indoors?

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

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Bedfordshire

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Kids days out in Milton Keynes

Bletchley Park

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

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

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

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


Web: www.bletchleypark.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01908) 640404

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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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Cornwall

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Newquay Zoo

Web: www.newquayzoo.org.uk

Address: Trenance Gardens, Newquay, Cornwall TR7 2LZ

Tel:

(01637) 873342

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Northern Ireland

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Downhill Castle & Mussenden Temple Estate

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

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

Tel:

+44 (0)28 7084 8728

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Hampshire

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Hayling Seaside Railway

Address: Sea Front Road Hayling Island Hampshire PO11 9AG

Tel:

(02392) 327427

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Cornwall

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Killarney Springs

Web: www.killarneysprings.com

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

Tel:

(01288) 331 475

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Central London

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London Ducktours

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

Web: www.londonducktours.co.uk

Address: Chicheley Street SE1 7PY

Tel:

(020) 7928 3132

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Cornwall

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Polkyth Leisure Centre

Address: Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4DB

Tel:

(01726) 223 344

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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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Hampshire

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The Sir Harold Hillier Gardens and Arboretum

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

Web: http://www.hillier.hants.gov.uk

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

Tel:

(01794) 368787

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Oxfordshire

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Cholsey & Wallingford Railway

Web: www.cholsey-wallingford-railway.com

Address: 5 Hithercroft Road Wallingford Oxfordshire OX10 9GQ

Tel:

(01491) 835067

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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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Hertfordshire

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Kids days out in Hertfordshire

Willows Farm Village

Acres of Family Fun For Everyone At Willows Farm Village!

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

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

Web: www.willowsfarmvillage.com

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

Tel:

(01727) 822444

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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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Conwy

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Bodnant Garden

Bodnant Garden is one of the most beautiful gardens in the UK, spanning some 80 acres of land situated above the River Conwy on ground sloping towards the west and looking across the valley towards the Snowdonia range.

Web: www.bodnantgarden.co.uk

Address: Tal-y-Cafn, Nr Colwyn Bay, Conwy LL28 5RE

Tel:

(01492) 650460

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Birmingham

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Kids days out in Birmingham

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

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


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

Tel:

(0121) 202 2222

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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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Berkshire

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Kids days out in Berkshire

Berkshires premier hands-on science centre!

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


Address: Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell RG12 7QW

Tel:

(01344) 354400

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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

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Category: Days out with Kids

Devon

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Paignton Zoo

Web: www.paigntonzoo.org.uk

Address: Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon TQ4 7EU

Tel:

(01803) 697500

Category: Days out with Kids

Angus

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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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West Sussex

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Family days out

All year round family fun

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01342 718472

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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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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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Shropshire

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Days out for kids in Oswestry

THE Countryside Experience

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

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

Address: Park Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4AS

Tel:

01691 671123

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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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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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Essex

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Colne Valley Railway

Web: www.colnevalleyrailway.co.uk

Address: Yeldham Road Castle Hedingham Essex CO9 3DZ

Tel:

(01787) 461174

Category: Days out with Kids

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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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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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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Osterley Park & House

Spectacular mansion surrounded by gardens, park and farmland.

Address: Jersey Rd, Isleworth, Middlesex TW7 4RB

Tel:

020 8232 5050

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Belfast Zoological Gardens

Belfast Zoo offers a wonderful family day out. Animals on show include Asia Elephants, African wild dogs, bears, giraffes, camels, zebra, great apes, smaller primates, lions, tigers, cheetahs and leopards and an impressive collection of birds from all over the world. An unusual aspect of the zoo is the free-ranging animals that include lemurs and tamarinds allowed to roam around the zoo offering visitors a delightful experience.

Kids days out in Belfast

Address: Antrim Road, BT36 7PN

Tel:

(028) 90776277

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Derbyshire

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The National Tramway Museum

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

Web: www.tramway.co.uk

Address: Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP

Tel:

(01773) 852565

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East London

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Hackney City Farm

Address: 1a Goldsmiths Row London E2 8QA

Tel:

(020) 7729 6381

Category: Days out with Kids

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Trampoline parks

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 assault courses to high performance arenas, from large trampolining areas to dodgeball courts. Rush also offers our infamous Rush Wipeout and Gladiator Battle Beam – you might say adrenaline (and adventure) is in our blood! For our jumpers aged 4 and under we have designated Toddler sessions where they can get the run of the park without the interruption of older children.

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 for eat in or takeaway.

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. We like to say ‘we have something for everyone!’.

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

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Gloucestershire

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Days out for families

The Birthplace of Vaccination

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

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

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

Tel:

01453 810631

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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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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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Gloucestershire

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Puzzlewood

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

Web: www.puzzlewood.net

Address: Perrygrove Lane, Coleford GL16 8QB

Tel:

(01594) 833187

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Kent

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The Splashes

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

Tel:

(01634) 377 509

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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

Category: Days out with Kids

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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Devon

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Kids days out in Devon

The Greatest Day Out In Devon

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

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

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

Address: Dartmouth, Devon TQ9 7DQ

Tel:

(01803) 712598

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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

Category: Days out with Kids

Address: Harbour Road Seaton Devon EX12 2NQ

Tel:

01297 20375

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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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Hertfordshire

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Hatfield House, Park & Gardens

Web: www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Address: Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ

Tel:

(01707) 287010

Category: Days out with Kids

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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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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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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Greater Manchester

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Bolton Museums, Art Gallery & Aquarium

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

The Aquarium houses both temperate and tropical fish and reptiles.

Web: www.boltonmuseums.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01204) 3321991

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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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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

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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Hertfordshire

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The Fun Factory

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

Tel:

(01707) 273912

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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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East Sussex

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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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Somerset

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

Tel:

(01934) 641603

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Isle of Wight

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Blackgang Chine

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

Address: Nr Ventnor, Isle of Wight PO38 2HN

Tel:

(01983) 730052

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Northern Ireland

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

Address: Nr Portballintrae, Northern Ireland

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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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West Sussex

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Kids days out in West Sussex

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

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


Address: North Lane, West Hoathly RH19 4PP

Tel:

(01342) 810479

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East Sussex

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Drusillas

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

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

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

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

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

Address: Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS

Tel:

01323 874100

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Isle of Wight

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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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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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Park Lodge Farm Centre

Address: Harvil Road, Harefield, Uxbridge UB9 6JP

Tel:

(01895) 824425

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Devon

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Becky Falls Woodland Park

Kids days out in Dartmoor in Devon.

Web: www.beckyfalls.com

Address: Manaton Newton Abbot Devon TQ13 9UG

Tel:

(01647) 221259

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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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Pepsi Trocadero

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


Address: 1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 0TR

Tel:

(020) 7439 1719

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Gloucestershire

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The UK's fastest growing aerial adventure centre

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

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

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

Tel:

01285 770007

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Cheshire

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Roller Grove

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

Tel:

(0161) 483 1898

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Cambridgeshire

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Sawtry Leisure Centre

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

Tel:

(01487) 832 161

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Hertfordshire

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Trent Country Park

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

Address: Cockfosters Road, Barnet EN4 0PS

Tel:

(020) 8379 3722

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Isle of Wight

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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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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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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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Taggs Boatyard Ltd (Ditton Cruisers & Harts Cruisers)

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

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

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

Web: www.taggsboatyard.co.uk

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

Tel:

(020) 8398 2119

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Oxfordshire

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Oxford River Cruises

Web: www.oxfordrivercruises.com

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

Tel:

(08452) 269396

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East London

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Address: Vestry Road, Walthamstow E17 9NH

Tel:

020 8496 4391

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South London

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Springhealth Leisure Club

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

Tel:

020 8940 0561

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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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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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Lancashire

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Blackpool Zoo

Web: www.blackpoolzoo.org.uk

Address: East Park Drive, Blackpool FY3 8PP

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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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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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Cumbria

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Family days out in Cumbria

Windermere Steamboats & Museum

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

Windermere Steamboats & Museum offers:

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

Web: www.steamboat.co.uk

Address: Rayrigg Road, Windermere, Cumbria LA23 1BN

Tel:

(0153) 944 5565

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West Sussex

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Chichester Harbour Water Tours

Web: www.chichesterharbourwatertours.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01243) 670504

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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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Nottinghamshire

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Ferry Farm Country Park & Restaurant

Ferry Farm offers something for everyone:

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

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

Adventure Playground & Indoor Activity Centre: Hours of entertainment!

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

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

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

Web: www.ferryfarm.co.uk

Address: Boat Lane, Hoveringham NG14 7JP

Tel:

0115 966 4512

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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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Bedfordshire

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Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre

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

Tel:

(01525) 375765

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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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East Sussex

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Battle Abbey

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

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

Kids days out in Battle in East Sussex

Address: Battle, East Sussex TN33 OAD

Tel:

(01424) 773792

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Camperdown Country Park

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

Camperdown also incorporates within its boundaries:

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

Web: www.camperdownpark.com

Address: Coupar Angus Road, Dundee DD2 4TF

Tel:

01382 431818

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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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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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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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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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South Yorkshire

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MAGNA

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

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

Web: www.magnatrust.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01709) 720002

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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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Tyne & Wear

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The Lightfoot Sports Centre

Address: Wharrier Street, Newcastle, NE6 3BR

Tel:

(0191) 265 5597

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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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Greater London

A Holiday Club which provides children (aged 3-12 years) with a choice from an exciting range of holiday club activities

October half term (24th October -28th October) are now Live!

For the October half term , we have prepared a wide range of activities for your children, highlights such as Lego Creation, Nerf Challenge, Slime, Pottery, Rounders, Tag Rugby and much more! 

Fun Fest Kingston upon Thames offers children an unbeatable choice so they can decide how to spend their holidays. If you are looking for a holiday club or summer camp or childcare during any of the school holidays, then look no further.

  • St Paul's CofE Primary School, Kingston Hill
  • 8am to 6am, Monday to Friday
  • £35.00 / day, AM or PM Session for £20

Email: [email protected]

Tel:

07359 380777

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Hampshire

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Exbury Gardens

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

Web: www.exbury.co.uk

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

Tel:

(023) 8089 1203

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North London

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Somers Town Community Sports Centre

Address: 134 Chalton St, London NW1 1RX

Tel:

020 7419 4365

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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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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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Suffolk

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Suffolk Owl Sanctuary

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

(01449) 711425

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Essex

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Castle Park and Gardens

Address: Castle Park High Street Colchester Essex CO1 1DN

Tel:

(01206) 282962

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Suffolk

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Rede Hall Farm Park

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

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

Address: Rede, Bury St. Edmunds IP29 4UG

Tel:

(01284) 850695

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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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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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How We Lived Then

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

Tel:

(01323) 737143

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Hampshire

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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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