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

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Climbing centre in bristol

The Climbing Academy

Come & Try a Taster Session!

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

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

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

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

BRISTOL:
Tel: 0117 907 2956
 

GLASGOW:
Tel: 0141 429 6331
 

Tel:

0117 907 2956

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

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

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

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

Address: 17 Queensway, Bayswater, London W2 4QP

Tel:

020 7229 0172

Fax:

020 7229 5207

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Warwickshire

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Boat hire for families

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

Small Boat Hire

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

River Cruises

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

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

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

Tel:

(01789) 267073

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Devon

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Water sports for kids in Devon

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01237 475992

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Norfolk

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Kids days out in Norfolk

North Norfolk Railway

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

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

Web: www.nnrailway.co.uk

Address: The Station, Sheringham, Norfolk NR26 8RA

Tel:

(01263) 820800

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South London

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Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

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

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

Address: Church Rd, London SW19 5AE

Tel:

(020) 8946 6131

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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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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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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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Edinburgh

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Edinburgh Zoo

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

Web: www.edinburghzoo.org.uk

Address: 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 6TS

Tel:

(0131) 314 0311

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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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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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Cheshire

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Blue Planet Aquarium

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

Web: www.blueplanetaquarium.com

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

Tel:

(0151) 3578800

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Essex

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Family days out in Essex

Hedingham Castle

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

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

Web: www.hedinghamcastle.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01787) 460261

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Warwickshire

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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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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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Hertfordshire

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Cromer Windmill

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

Address: Cromer, Hertfordshire SG2 7QE

Tel:

01763 271305

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Dorset

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Kingston Lacy

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

Address: Wimborne Minster, Dorset BH21 4EA

Tel:

(01202) 883402

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

Address: Belvedere Road Southbank, London SE1 8XT

Tel:

0844 875 0073

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Powys

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Judges Lodging

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

Please contact for full details of opening hours.

Address: Broad Street, Presteigne , Powys LD8 2AD

Tel:

(01544) 260650

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

Tel:

(01793) 771615

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Suffolk

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Days out for families in Norfolk

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Address: Kessingland, Lowestoft NR33 7TF

Tel:

01502 740291

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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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Gloucestershire

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Dean Heritage Centre

Web: www.deanheritagemuseum.com

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

Tel:

(01594) 822 170

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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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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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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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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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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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Kent

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Christmas Tree Farm

Address: Cudham Road, Downe Village BR6 7LF

Tel:

(01689) 861603

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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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Dorset

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Hardy's Cottage

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

Address: Higher Bockhampton near Dorchester DT2 8QJ

Tel:

(01305) 262366

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North London

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London Canal Museum

Journey through history of London's canals.

Web:
www.canalmuseum.org.uk

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

Tel:

(020) 7713 0836

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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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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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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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Hertfordshire

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Mosquito Aircraft Museum

Web: www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Tel:

(01727) 826400

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Kids days out in Glasgow

Glasgow Science Centre

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

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

Web: www.glasgowsciencecentre.org


Address: 50 Pacific Quay, Glasgow G51 1EA

Tel:

(0141) 420 5000

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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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Kent

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Swallows Leisure Centre

Address: Central Ave, Sittingbourne, ME10 4NT

Tel:

(01795) 420420

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Gloucestershire

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Clearwell Caves Ancient Iron Mines

Web: www.clearwellcaves.com

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

Tel:

(01594) 832535

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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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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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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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Norfolk

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Wroxham Barns

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

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

Web: www.wroxham-barns.co.uk

Address: Tunstead Road, Hoveton NR12 8QU

Tel:

(01603) 783762

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Buckinghamshire

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Old Gaol Museum

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

Web: www.mkheritage.co.uk/ogb

Address: Market Hill,Buckingham MK 18 1JX

Tel:

(01280) 823020

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North 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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Staffordshire

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Family days out in Staffordshire

National Memorial Arboretum

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

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

Web: www.thenma.org.uk

Address: Croxall Road, Alrewas, Staffordshire DE13 7AR

Tel:

01283 792333

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East 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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Conwy

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

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

Tel:

(01492) 860082

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South London

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The Old Royal Naval College

Web: www.oldroyalnavalcollege.org

Address: 2, Cutty Sark Gardens Greenwich SE10 9LW

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Central London

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Seymour Leisure Centre

Address: Seymour Place, London W1H 5TJ

Tel:

020 7723 8019

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Kent

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The Home of Charles Darwin

Address: Luxted Road, Downe, Kent BR6 7JT

Tel:

(01689) 859119

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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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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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Central London

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Family days out in London

Get inside London's most famous bridge.

Facilities: play area, baby/disabled.

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

Tel:

020 7403 3761

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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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Northumberland

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Chillingham Castle

Web: www.chillingham-castle.com

Address: Chillingham, Alnwick, Northumberland NE66 5NJ

Tel:

(01668) 215359

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Berkshire

Royal Palaces

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

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

Web: www.royalresidences.com

Tel:

(020) 7930 4832

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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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Imperial War Museum

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

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

Web: www.iwm.org.uk

Tel:

020 7416 5000

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The New Forest Otter, Owl & Wildlife Conservation Park

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

Address: Longdown, Ashurst, Southampton SO40 4UH

Tel:

(023) 8029 2408

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Gloucestershire

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Prinknash Bird and Deer Park

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

Address: Prinknash Abbey, Cranham, Gloucester GL4 8EX

Tel:

(01452) 812727

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Cornwall

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The Playzone

 

 

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

Tel:

(01736) 799499

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

Tel:

(01702) 442211

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Gwynedd

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

Address: Wharf Station, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9EY

Tel:

(01654) 710472

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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 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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Staffordshire

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Kids days out in Staffordshire

Alton Towers

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

Kids days out in Alton, Staffordshire

Web: www.altontowers.com

Address: Staffordshire ST10 4DB

Tel:

(01538) 703344

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Berkshire

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English Rural Life (The Museum of)

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

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

Tel:

(0118) 931 8660

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Cornwall

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Phoenix Leisure Centre

Address: Coronation Park, Launceston,Cornwall PL15 9DQ

Tel:

(01566) 772 551

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Northern Ireland

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Botanic Gardens

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

Address: Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT9 5AB

Tel:

+44 (028) 9038 3000

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Hampshire

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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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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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Scottish Highlands

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Eilean Donan Castle

Visit the website of this magical castle for full details.

Web: www.eileandonancastle.com

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

Tel:

(01599) 555202

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East London

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V&A Museum of Childhood

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

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

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

Address: Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA

Tel:

+44 (0)20 8983 5200

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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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South London

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Natural History Museum

Visit the website for details of the latest exhibitions.

Web: www.nhm.ac.uk

Address: Cromwell Rd, London SW7 5BD

Tel:

(020) 7942 5000

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

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

Address: Winchcombe, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 5JD

Tel:

(01242) 602308

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Hampshire

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Address: Gunwharf Quays Portsmouth Hampshire PO1 3TT

Tel:

(0)23 9285 7520

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Somerset

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HorseWorld

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

Web: www.horseworld.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01275) 540173

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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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Somerset

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TROPIQUARIA

Web: www.tropiquaria.co.uk

Address: WASHFORD CROSS, WATCHET TA23 OQB

Tel:

01984 640688

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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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Worcestershire

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Kids days out in Worcestershire

West Midland Safari Park

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

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

Web: www.wmsp.co.uk

Address: Spring Grove, Bewdley, Worcestershire DY12 1LF

Tel:

01299 402114

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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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North London

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The Playhouse

Indoor adventure playground for children aged 6mths-10yrs

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

Tel:

(020) 7704 9424

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Days out for kids

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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East Sussex

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Underwater World

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

Tel:

(01424) 718776

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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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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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Essex

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Loughton Sports Centre

Address: Rectory Lane IG10 3RU

Tel:

(020) 8508 4662

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West Yorkshire

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Leeds City Art Gallery

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

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

Address: The Headrow, Leeds LS1 3AA

Tel:

(0113) 247 8248

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Cheshire

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Roller Grove

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

Tel:

(0161) 483 1898

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Trampoline parks

Safe Trampoline Fun & Fitness For All The Family

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

03454 500268

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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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Devon

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Milky Way Adventure Park

Web: www.themilkyway.co.uk

Address: Clovelly Bideford Devon EX39 5RY

Tel:

(01237) 431 255

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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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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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Suffolk

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Kids days out in Suffolk

The National Stud

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

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

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

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

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

Web: www.nationalstud.co.uk

Address: Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 0XE

Tel:

(01638) 663464

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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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Gloucestershire

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Bourton Model Railway

Web: www.bourtonmodelrailway.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01451) 820686

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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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North London

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ZSL London Zoo


Address: Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY

Tel:

(020) 7722 3333

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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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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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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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Family days out in Bucks

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

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

Locations: Renfrew, Milton Keynes and Castleford

Tel:

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Newham Leisure Centre

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

Tel:

(020) 7511 4477

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Nottinghamshire

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Kids days out in Nottinghamshire

Ferry Farm Country Park & Restaurant

Ferry Farm offers something for everyone:

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

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

Adventure Playground & Indoor Activity Centre: Hours of entertainment!

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

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

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

Web: www.ferryfarm.co.uk

Address: Boat Lane, Hoveringham NG14 7JP

Tel:

0115 966 4512

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Edinburgh

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Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh

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

Please visit the website for full details.

Web: www.rbge.org.uk

Tel:

(0131) 552 7171

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Surrey

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Kids days out in Surrey

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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Lancashire

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The Corgi Heritage Centre

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

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

Tel:

(01706) 365812

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County Durham

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Durham Cathedral

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

Web: www.durhamcathedral.co.uk

Tel:

(0191) 386 4266

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Cumbria

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

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

Tel:

(01229) 870871

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Address: Newent, Gloucestershire GL18 1PP

Tel:

(01531) 822144

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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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South London

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Wimbledon Park

Address: Park Road, London SW19 2JE

Tel:

020 8545 3667

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Birmingham

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Northfield Pool & Fitness Centre

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

Tel:

(0121) 464 1058

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Warwickshire

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Twycross Zoo

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

Web: www.twycrosszoo.com

Address: Atherstone, Warwickshire CV9 3PX

Tel:

(01827) 880250/880440

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Essex

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Valence House Museum

Address: Becontree Avenue, Dagenham RM8 3HT

Tel:

(020) 8227 5293 / 4

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Carmarthenshire

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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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Carmarthenshire

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Carmarthenshire County Museum

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

Address: Abergwili, Carmarthen, Carmarthenshire SA31 2JG

Tel:

(01267) 231691

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Buckinghamshire

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Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Web: www.bucksrailcentre.org

Address: Quainton Road Station Quainton Aylesbury Buckinghamshire HP22 4BY

Tel:

(01296) 655720

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Address: Abbotsham, Bideford, North Devon EX39 5AP

Tel:

(01237) 472366

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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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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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Essex

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Sidney Russell Leisure Centre

Address: Parsloes Avenue RM9 5QT

Tel:

(020) 8270 4308

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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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Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Centres

Web: www.wwt.org.uk

Tel:

(01453) 890900

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Oxfordshire

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The Pottery Place

Address: 48 High Street Witney Oxfordshire OX28 6HQ

Tel:

(01993) 704234

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Edinburgh

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Our Dynamic Earth

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

Web: www.dynamicearth.co.uk

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

Tel:

(0131) 550 7800

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Henblas Park

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

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

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

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

Tel:

(01407) 840440

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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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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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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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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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The Jewish Museum


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

Tel:

(020) 7284 7384

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Warwickshire

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Hatton Country World

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

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

Web: www.hattonworld.com

Address: Dark Lane, Hatton, Warwick CV35 8XA

Tel:

(01926) 843411

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

Tel:

(01934) 641603

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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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Hampshire

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The Pyramids Centre

Address: Clarence Esplanade, Southsea PO5 3ST

Tel:

(023) 9279 9977

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North London

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Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre

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

Harrow & Wealdstone.

Address: Headstone Manor Pinner View, Harrow HA2 6PX

Tel:

(020) 8861 2626

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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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Kent

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Chislehurst Caves

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

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

Address: Old Hill, Chislehurst, Kent BR7 5NB

Tel:

(020) 8467 3264

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Toys for children in Dorset

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01935 815040

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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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Berkshire

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Bucklebury Farm Park

Address: Bucklebury Reading RG7 6RR

Tel:

0118 971 4002

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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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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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Farmer Gow's ~ Activity Farm

Fabulous Family Day Out and Birthday Parties in Oxfordshire

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

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

Birthday Parties ~

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

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

Tel:

(01793) 780 555

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Arundel Castle

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

Kids days out in Arundel

Web: www.arundelcastle.org

Address: Arundel, West Sussex BN18 9AB

Tel:

(01903) 882173

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Norfolk

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Oasis Sports & Leisure Centre

Address: Pound Ln, Norwich, Norfolk NR7 0UB

Tel:

(01603) 462 462

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Worthing Museum & Art Gallery

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

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

Tel:

(01903) 221140

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Circular Cruises, Westminster

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

Tel:

(020) 7936 2033

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Bowling for kids in Berkshire

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

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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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Address: Free School Lane, Cambridge CB2 3RH

Tel:

(01223) 330906

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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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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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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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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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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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Address: Tiburstow Hill Road, Godstone RH9 8LX

Tel:

(01883) 742546

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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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Wimpole Home Farm

Web: www.wimpole.org

Address: Wimpole Estate, Arrington, Royston SG8 0BW

Tel:

(01223) 206000

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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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Chichester District Museum

Children and families are welcome at Chichester District Museum!

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

Web: www.chichester.gov.uk/museum

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

Tel:

(01243) 784683

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Spiceball Park Sports Centre

Address: Spiceball Park Road, Banbury OX16 2PG

Tel:

(01295) 257 522

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Northumberland

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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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Address: Washford Cross, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0QB

Tel:

(01984) 640688

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

Tel:

(01793) 852400

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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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National Army Museum

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

Address: Royal Hospital Road, London SW3 4HT

Tel:

(020) 7730 0717

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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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Berkshire

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Rivermead Leisure Complex

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

Tel:

(0118) 901 5000

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

Address: Castleton, Hope Valley S33 8WP

Tel:

(01433) 620571

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Royal Gunpowder Mills

Web: www.royalgunpowdermills.com

Address: Beaulieu Drive, Waltham Abbey EN9 1JY

Tel:

(01992) 707370

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Surrey

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Hampton Court Palace

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

Web: www.hrp.org.uk/HamptonCourtPalace

Address: East Molesey, Surrey KT8 9AU

Tel:

0844 482 7777

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Address: Alresford Nr Winchester Hampshire SO24 9JG

Tel:

(01962) 733810

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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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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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Marwell Zoological Park

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

Web: www.marwell.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01962) 777900

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Bodmin & Wenford Railway

Web: www.bodminandwenfordrailway.co.uk

Address: Lostwithiel Road Bodmin Cornwall PL31 1AQ

Tel:

0845 125 9 678

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Kate Boats

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

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

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

Email: [email protected]

Web: www.kateboats.co.uk

Address: The Boatyard Nelson Lane, Warwick CV34 5JB

Tel:

(01926) 492968

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Historic Irish Castles

Information on many interesting castles throughout Ireland including Blarney Castle.

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

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South London

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Crystal Palace Museum

Address: Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace SE19 2BA

Tel:

(020) 8676 0700

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Hampshire

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Jane Austen's House

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

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

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

Address: Chawton, Alton, Hampshire GU34 1SD

Tel:

(01420) 83262

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East Sussex

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Brighton Sea Life Centre

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

Web:
www.sealifeeurope.com/brighton

Address: Marine Parade, Brighton BN2 1TB

Tel:

(01273) 604234

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Thame Leisure Centre

Address: Oxford Road, Thame, OX9 2BB

Tel:

(01844) 215 607

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North Yorkshire

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Skipton Castle

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

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

Web: www.skiptoncastle.co.uk

Address: North Yorkshire, BD23 1AQ

Tel:

(01756) 792442

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South London

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Address: 65 Peckham Road, London SE5 8UH

Tel:

(020) 7703 6120

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Devon

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World of Country Life

Web: www.worldofcountrylife.co.uk

Address: Sandy Bay Exmouth Devon EX8 5BU

Tel:

(01395) 274533

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Kids days out in Leeds

Thackray Museum

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

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

Web: www.thackraymuseum.org

Address: Beckett Street, Leeds, LS9 7LN

Tel:

(0113) 244 4343

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South London

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Eltham Palace & Gardens

Web: www.english-heritage.org.uk

Address: Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich SE9 5QE

Tel:

(020) 8294 8548

Category: Days out with Kids

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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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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South London

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Kids days out in London

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

Facilities: picnic, café/restaurant, baby facilities.

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

Tel:

0844 482 7777

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Bedfordshire

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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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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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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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Essex

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Colchester Zoo

Web: www.colchester-zoo.co.uk

Address: Maldon Road Stanway Colchester Essex CO3 0SL

Tel:

(01206) 331292

Category: Days out with Kids

Surrey

Guildford Attractions

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

Web: www.guildford.gov.uk

Address: Guildford Tourist Information Centre

Tel:

(01483) 444333

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Bedfordshire

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Oasis Beach Pool

Address: Cardington Road Bedford Bedfordshire MK42 OBZ

Tel:

(01234) 272100

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Devon

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Morwellham Quay

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

Web: www.morwellham-quay.co.uk

Address: Morwellham, Tavistock PL19 8JL

Tel:

(01822) 832 766

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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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Cambridgeshire

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Ramsey Leisure Centre

Address: Abbey Road, Ramsey, PE26 1DP

Tel:

(01487) 710 275

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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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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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Merseyside

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Address: Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4BB

Tel:

0151 702 7400

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Wiltshire

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Rabbit World and Cholderton Rare Breeds Farm Park

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

Web: www.rabbitworld.co.uk

Address: Amesbury Road, Cholderton, Salisbury SP4 0EW

Tel:

(01980) 629438

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South London

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Science Museum

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

Web: www.sciencemuseum.org.uk

Address: Exhibition Rd, South Kensington SW7 2DD

Tel:

(0870) 870 4868

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North London

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Queen Elizabeth Centre

Address: Meadway, Barnet, London EN5 5RR

Tel:

(020) 8441 2933

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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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Devon

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Lords Meadow Leisure Centre

Address: Commercial Road EX17 1ER

Tel:

(01363) 776 190

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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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Kent

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Malory Sports Centre

Address: Launcelot Road BR1 5EB

Tel:

(020) 8697 2773

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Somerset

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British Empire and Commonwealth Museum

Web: www.empiremuseum.co.uk

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

Tel:

0117 925 4980

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Hertfordshire

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

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

Address: Tring HP23 5QG

Tel:

(01442) 826774

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North London

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Quasar

Address: 13, Junction Rd, London N19 5QT

Tel:

(020) 7281 5001

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Stirling

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Kids days out in Stirling

Blair Drummond Safari and Adventure Park

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

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

Address: By Stirling FK9 4UR

Tel:

(01786) 841456

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West Yorkshire

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Chevin Forest Park

Web: www.chevinforest.co.uk

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

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

Tel:

0113 395 7400

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East Sussex

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How We Lived Then

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

Tel:

(01323) 737143

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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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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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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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East Somerset Railway

Web: www.eastsomersetrailway.co.uk

Address: Cranmore Station Cranmore Shepton Mallet Somerset BA4 4QP

Tel:

(01749) 880417

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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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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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Cheshire

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Hillside Bird Oasis

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

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

Tel:

(01565) 873282

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Category: Days out with Kids

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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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Cornwall

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Eden Project

A destination like no other - A journey that never ends.

An unforgettable experience in an epic location, Eden will be a gateway into the fascinating world of plants and people and a vibrant reminder of how we need each other for our mutual survival.

Log on for full details and how to get there.

Web: www.edenproject.com

Address: Bodelva, Cornwall PL24 2SG

Tel:

(01726) 811911

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Cumbria

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Lake District Coast Aquarium

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

Web: www.lakedistrict-coastaquarium.co.uk

Address: South Quay, Maryport CA15 8AB

Tel:

(01900) 817760

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Buckinghamshire

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Kids days out in Buckinghamshire

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01494 892192

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Monmouthshire

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Canal holidays in Wales

BEACON PARK HOLIDAYS

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

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

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

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

Family friendly holidays and kids days out in Monmouthshire

Web: www.beaconparkcottages.co.uk

Tel:

01873 858277

Category: Days out with Kids

Address: 239 Baker St, London NW1 6XE

Tel:

(020) 7935 8866

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Herefordshire

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Croft Castle

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

Address: Nr Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 9PW

Tel:

(01568) 780246

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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

Category: Days out with Kids

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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

Category: Days out with Kids

Address: The Railway Station Minehead Somerset TA24 5BG

Tel:

(01643) 704996

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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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Somerset

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Parish Wharf Leisure Centre

Address: Harbour Road, Portishead, BS20 7DD

Tel:

(01275) 848 494

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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

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Category: Days out with Kids

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

Category: Days out with Kids

North London

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The Haringey Club

Address: 50 Tottenham Lane, Crouch End N8 7EE

Tel:

(020) 8348 2124

Category: Days out with Kids

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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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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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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Gloucestershire

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farm activity for families

Cotswold Farm Park

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

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

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

Web: www.cotswoldfarmpark.co.uk/

Tel:

+44 (0)1451 850 307

Category: Days out with Kids

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

The museums and art galleries which comprise TWM are:

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

For full details of all the above:

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Berkshire

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Pope's Meadow

Address: St Marks Road Binfield Bracknell Berkshire RG42 4BB

Tel:

(01344) 354441

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Devon

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

Address: Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth PL4 0LF

Tel:

(01752) 600 301

Category: Days out with Kids

Buckinghamshire

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Cowper Memorial Museum

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

Web: www.cowperandnewtonmuseum.org

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

Tel:

(01234) 711516

Category: Days out with Kids

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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Devon

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Paignton and Dartmouth Steam Railway

Web: www.paignton-steamrailway.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01803) 555872

Category: Days out with Kids

South Gloucestershire

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Thornbury Leisure Centre

Address: Alveston Hill, Thornbury, BS35 3JB

Tel:

(01454) 865 776

Category: Days out with Kids

Hertfordshire

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Much Hadham Forge Museum

Web: www.hadhammuseum.org

Address: The Forge, Much Hadham SG10 6BS

Tel:

(01279) 843301

Category: Days out with Kids

Derbyshire

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The National Tramway Museum

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

Web: www.tramway.co.uk

Address: Crich, Matlock, Derbyshire DE4 5DP

Tel:

(01773) 852565

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

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

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

Tel:

(0113) 264 7321

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Cambridgeshire

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Sawtry Leisure Centre

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

Tel:

(01487) 832 161

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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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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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Surrey

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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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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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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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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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Cornwall

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Geevor Tin Mine

Web: www.geevor.com

Address: Pendeen, Penzance, Cornwall TR19 7EW

Tel:

(01736) 788662

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North London

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London Planetarium

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

Facilities for disabled.

Address: Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LR

Tel:

(020) 7935 6861

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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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Devon

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Riviera International Centre

Address: Chestnut Avenue, Torquay TQ2 5LZ

Tel:

(01803) 299992

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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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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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West Lothian

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

Tel:

(01766) 890595

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North London

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New Bridge Park Centre

Address: Harrow Road, London NW10 0RG

Tel:

(020) 8963 1313

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Address: Berrynarbor Ilfracombe Devon EX34 9SL

Tel:

(01271) 867 474

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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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Mid Lothian

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Scottish Mining Museum

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

Web: www.scottishminingmuseum.com

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

Tel:

(0131) 663 7519

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Cornwall

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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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Hatfield House, Park & Gardens

Web: www.hatfield-house.co.uk

Address: Hatfield, Hertfordshire AL9 5NQ

Tel:

(01707) 287010

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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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Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Address: St.Newlyn East Newquay Cornwall TR8 5LX

Tel:

(01872) 510317

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Devon

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The Greatest Day Out In Devon

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

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

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

Address: Dartmouth, Devon TQ9 7DQ

Tel:

(01803) 712598

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Welsh theme park

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

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

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

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

Address: Canaston Bridge, Narberth, Pembrokeshire SA67 8DE

Tel:

01834 815170

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Kids days out in Cornwall

Trethorne Leisure Farm

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

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

And much more!

Address: Kennards House, Launceston PL15 8QE

Tel:

(01566) 86324

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

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

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

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

Email: [email protected]

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

Tel:

(01243) 785859

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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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Kents Cavern

Web: www.kents-cavern.co.uk

Address: Cavern House Ilsham Road Torquay Devon TQ1 2JF

Tel:

(01803) 215136

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North London

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The Playhouse (London) Children's Indoor Centre Ltd

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

Tel:

020 7704 9424

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Polkyth Leisure Centre

Address: Carlyon Road, St Austell, PL25 4DB

Tel:

(01726) 223 344

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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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Berkshire

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Windsor Castle

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

Web: www.windsor.gov.uk

Address: Windsor, Berkshire SL4 1NJ

Tel:

020 7766 7304

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Earnley Butterflies & Gardens

Web: www.earnleybutterfliesandgardens.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01243) 512637

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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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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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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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Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Tel:

020 7887 8888

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Creative fun for all ages

Studio Locations:
1a Mortlake Terrace, Richmond, Surrey KW9 3D Tel: 020 8332 6661
6 Argyle Road, West Ealing, London W13 8AB Tel: 020 8810 4422

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Beale Park

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

Kids days out in Reading in Berkshire

Web: www.bealepark.co.uk

Address: Lower Basildon, Reading RG8 9NH

Tel:

0844 826 1761

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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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West Sussex

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Holmbush Farm World

Web: www.holmbushfarm.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01293) 851110

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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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Gwynedd

Kids days out in Gwynedd

Portmeirion Village

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

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

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

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

Web: www.portmeirion-village.com

Tel:

(01766) 770000

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

Tel:

(0161) 474 5762

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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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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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Edinburgh

Edinburgh Military Tattoo

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

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

Web: www.edinburgh-tattoo.co.uk

Tel:

(0131) 225 1188

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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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De Havilland Heritage Museum

Web: www.dehavillandmuseum.co.uk

Address: St Albans AL2 1BU

Tel:

(01727) 822051

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Lancashire

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Blackpool Sea Life Centre

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

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

Web: www.sealifeeurope.com

Address: Golden Mile Promenade, Blackpool FY1 5AA

Tel:

+44 (0)1253 622 445

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Surrey

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Tolworth Recreation Centre

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

Tel:

020 8391 0684

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

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

Service Times: (020) 7798 9097

Tel:

(020) 7798 9055

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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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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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North London

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The Hornsey Club

Address: Tivoli Road, London N8 8RE

Tel:

(020) 8348 7859

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Surrey

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Bocketts Farm Park

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

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

Address: Young Street, Fetcham KT22 9BS

Tel:

(01372) 363764

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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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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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Somerset

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Roman Baths & Pump Room

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

Web: www.romanbaths.co.uk

Address: Stall Street , Bath BA1 1LZ

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Brooks Farm

Address: Skeltons Lane Park ,Leyton E10 5BS

Tel:

(020) 8539 4278

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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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Surrey

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Monks Hill Sports Centre

Address: Farnborough Avenue, South Croydon, CR2 8HD

Tel:

020 8651 0984

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East London

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Newham City Farm

Address: Stansfeld Road, Beckton E6 5LT

Tel:

(020) 7474 4960

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Perivale Athletics Track

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

Tel:

(020) 8575 5776

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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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Family days out in Cornwall

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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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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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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Conwy

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Great Orme Mines

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

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

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

Tel:

(01492) 870447

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Dorset

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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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Hampshire

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Hurst Castle & Ferries

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

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

 

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

Tel:

(01590) 642500/642344

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West London

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National Gallery

Web: www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Tel:

(020) 7839 3321

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Hampshire

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Hollycombe Steam Collection

Web: www.hollycombe.co.uk

Address: Midhurst Road Liphook Hampshire GU30 7LP

Tel:

(01428) 724900

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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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Isle of Wight

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Kids historical place of interest in isle of wight

Osborne House

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

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

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

Address: East Cowes, Isle of Wight PO32 6JY

Tel:

(01983) 200 022

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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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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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Royal Navy - Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

A fantastic place for the whole family.

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

Web: www.flagship.org.uk

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

Tel:

(023) 9286 1512

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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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Bristol

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Bristol Zoo Aquarium

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

Web: www.bristolzoo.org.uk

Address: Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton BS8 3HA

Tel:

0117 974 7399

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North London

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Sobell Leisure Centre & Ice Rink

Address: Hornsey Road, London, N7 7NY

Tel:

020 7609 2166

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Hertfordshire

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Stevenage Museum

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

Tel:

(01438) 218881

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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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Park Lodge Farm Centre

Address: Harvil Road, Harefield, Uxbridge UB9 6JP

Tel:

(01895) 824425

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Central London

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

Tel:

020 7367 6734

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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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North London

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Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

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

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

Tel:

(020) 8965 2651

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Islington Ecology Centre

Address: 191 Drayton Park London N5 1PH

Tel:

(020) 7527 4374

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North Lanarkshire

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Go karting for kids

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

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

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

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

Tel:

0141 883 4005

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Hertfordshire

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Hertford Castle

Web: www.hertford.net

Tel:

(01992) 584322

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Hertford Museum

Web: www.hertfordmuseum.org

Address: 18 Bull Plain, Hertford SG14 1DT

Tel:

(01992) 582686

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East Sussex

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Kids days out in East Sussex

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

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

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

Address: 169 High Street, Lewes BN7 1YE

Tel:

(01273) 486290

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Family days out in Hampshire

The Home of Peppa Pig World!

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

Visit Paulton Park for a great family day out in Hampshire

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

Tel:

(023) 8081 4442

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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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Hertfordshire

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North Herts Leisure Centre

Address: Baldock Road SG6 2ER

Tel:

(01462) 679311

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Warwickshire

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Kids days out in Warwickshire

Coventry Transport Museum

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

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

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

Web: www.transport-museum.com

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

Tel:

(024) 7683 2425

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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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Dorset

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Max Gate

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

Address: Alington Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2AB

Tel:

01297 489 481

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Cambridgeshire

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Hamerton Zoo Park

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

Tel:

(01242) 621405

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Devon

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Babbacombe Model Village

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

Kids days out in Torquay, Devon.

Web: www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk

Address: Hampton Avenue Babbacombe Torquay Devon TQ1 3LA

Tel:

(01803) 315315

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Gloucestershire

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MagicLand

Address: Meadow Road GL7 1YA

Tel:

(01285) 88557

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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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Hertfordshire

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Shaw's Corner

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

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

Address: Ayot St Lawrence, near Welwyn AL6 9BX

Tel:

01438 820307

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Hampshire

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Fun House Indoor Soft Play Centre

Address: Whitney Road RG24 8NS

Tel:

(01256) 471066

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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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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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Hampshire

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Hayling Seaside Railway

Address: Sea Front Road Hayling Island Hampshire PO11 9AG

Tel:

(02392) 327427

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

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

Tel:

(020) 8305 4188

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South Yorkshire

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Middleston Railway

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

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

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

Tel:

(0113) 271 0320

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Oxfordshire

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Museum for kids

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

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

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

Tel:

01491 415600

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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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Devon

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Monsters Mansion

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

Address: Elmore AFC, Heathcoat Way EX16 4DB

Tel:

(01884) 255692

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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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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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Family days out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Address: Kenninghall Road, Banham, Norfolk NR16 2HE

Tel:

01953 887771 Option 2

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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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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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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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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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South West London

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Tate Britain

Kids days out in London

Web:www.tate.org.uk

Address: Millbank London SW1P 4RG

Tel:

020 7887 8888

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East London

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Museum Of London

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

Web: www.museumoflondon.org.uk

Address: 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

Tel:

020 7001 9844

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Kids days out in Gwynedd

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

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

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

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

Address: Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd LL41 3NB

Tel:

(01766) 830306

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Brocklands Adventure Park

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

Tel:

(01288) 321 920

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Dorset

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

Address: Lodmoor Country Park, Weymouth DT4 7SX

Tel:

+44 (0)1305 788 255

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Norfolk

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

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

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

Tel:

(01263) 837339

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Berkshire

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Magnet Leisure Centre

Address: Holmanleaze, Maidenhead, SL6 8AW

Tel:

(01628) 639 955

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Hampshire

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Beaulieu - Home to National Motor Museum

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

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

Lots of fun things to do and see.

Web: www.beaulieu.co.uk

Address: Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Hampshire SO42 7ZN

Tel:

(01590) 612345

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Bedfordshire

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Wild Britain

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

Tel:

(01234) 772770

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Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight Zoo

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

Web: www.isleofwightzoo.com

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

Tel:

(01983) 403883/405562

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Hampshire

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Jungle Jungle

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

Tel:

01264 336360

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North London

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Harrow School Old Speech Room Gallery

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

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

Tel:

(020) 8872 8205

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Essex

Colchester Museums

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

Web: www.colchestermuseums.org.uk

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Oxfordshire

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Museum of Oxford

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

Web: www.museumofoxford.org.uk

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

Tel:

(01865) 252761

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West Sussex

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Mill Road Leisure Sports

Address: Mill Road, Arundel BN18 9PA

Tel:

(01903) 884615

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East Sussex

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Redoubt Fortress & Military Museum

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

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

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

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

Tel:

01323 410300

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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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Northern Ireland

Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge

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

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

Address: Ballintoy, North Antrim

Tel:

+44 (0)28 2073 1159/1582

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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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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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West Sussex

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Littlehampton Swimming & Sports Centre

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

Tel:

(01903) 725451

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

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South London

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London Aquarium

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

Web:
www.londonaquarium.co.uk

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

Tel:

(020) 7967 8000

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North London

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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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North London

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Mornington Sports Centre

Address: 142-150 Arlington Rd NW1 7HP

Tel:

(020) 7267 3600

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Isle of Wight

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Isle of Wight Steam Railway

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

Web: www.iwsteamrailway.co.uk

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

Tel:

(01983) 882204

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Wrexham

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Farmworld

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

Web: www.farmworld.co.uk

Address: Erddig, Wrexham LL13 0YP

Tel:

(01978) 840697

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Devon

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Living Coasts

Web: www.livingcoasts.org.uk

Address: Torquay Harbourside Beacon Quay Torquay Devon TQ1 2BG

Tel:

(01803) 202470

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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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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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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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Devon

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Northbrook Swimming Pool

Address: Beacon Lane, Exeter, EX4 8LZ

Tel:

(01392) 667 020

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West London

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Pollock's Toy Museum

Web: www.pollockstoymuseum.com

Address: 1 Scala Street, London W1T 2HN

Tel:

020) 7636 3452

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Surrey

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Horton Park Children's Farm

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

Web: www.hortonpark.co.uk

Address: Horton Lane, Epsom KT19 8PT

Tel:

(01372) 743984

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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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Gloucestershire

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Forest Model Village

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

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

Tel:

(01594) 845244

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The Original London Sightseeing Tour

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

Web: www.theoriginaltour.com

Tel:

(020) 8877 1722

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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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Norfolk

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Splash Leisure & Fitness Centre

Address: Weybourne Road, Sheringham, NR26 8HF

Tel:

(01263) 825 675

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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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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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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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Worcestershire

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All Things Wild

Go Wild at All Things Wild!!!

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

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

Tel:

01386 833083

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

Tel:

(01727) 815557/869693

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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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The Original London Walks

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

Tel:

(020) 7624 3978

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Carmarthenshire

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Museum of Speed

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

Address: Pendine, Carmarthenshire SA33 4NY

Tel:

(01994) 453488

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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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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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Norfolk

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Oasis Leisure Centre

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

Tel:

(01485) 534 227

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Address: Harbour Road Seaton Devon EX12 2NQ

Tel:

01297 20375

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Isle of Anglesey

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Museum of Childhood Memories

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

Web: www.aboutbritain.com/museumofchildhoodmemories.htm

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

Tel:

(01248) 712498

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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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Central London

Covent Garden

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

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Hertfordshire

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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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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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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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Surrey

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Tomlinscote Sports Centre

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

Tel:

(01276) 670316

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Lake District

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Levens Hall

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

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

Web: www.levenshall.co.uk

Address: Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 0PD

Tel:

(01539) 560321

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Wiltshire

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Pewsey Sports Centre

Address: Wilcot Road, Pewsey, SN9 5EW

Tel:

(01672) 562 469

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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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Bedfordshire

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Tiddenfoot Leisure Centre

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

Tel:

(01525) 375765

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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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West Midlands

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Smethwick Swimming Pool Centre

Address: Thimblemill Road, Smethwick, Birmingham, B67 5QT

Tel:

(0121) 429 1421

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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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Cornwall

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Chez Play Zone

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

Tel:

(01872) 858171

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