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Top family days out

The best places to spend family weekends

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Wondering how to entertain your family this weekend? If you’re scratching your head on which activity to try next, we’ve rounded up some of the best days out across the UK to keep your little adventurers happy.

North West

Hesketh Farm Park, Yorkshire

Set in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Hesketh Farm Park is a working farm with over 1,000 livestock, complete with a café, play areas, picnic area, tractor rides and animal petting barn.

Adventure Valley, Durham

With plenty of indoor and outdoor activities, there’s lots of fun to be had at Adventure Valley – whatever the weather! Plus, children under one year old can visit for free.

Bamburgh Beach, Northumberland

Dog-friendly all year round, Bamburgh beach is the perfect place for all the family to enjoy. Take a picnic, bucket and spade and enjoy the view of the majestic Bamburgh castle.

North West 

Grizedale Forest, Lake District

The perfect place for family adventures. Grizedale Forest can be explored on foot, two wheels or pram wheels to make the most of the forest trails, unique sculptures and stunning views.

St Anne’s Beach, Lytham

If the sun’s shining, why not pay a visit to St Anne’s Beach in Lytham. With three miles of sand and dunes to enjoy, it’s the perfect place for a fish and chips picnic and stroll on the promenade to soak up the sea air.

Chester Zoo, Chester

Take in the wonders of Chester Zoo with the whole family, which has over 20,000 animals in 128 acres of zoological gardens. With a completely pram-friendly set up – and buggy hire also available – it’s the perfect day out for little zookeepers in the making.


Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

Although prams can’t be taken into the main rooms of Warwick Castle, the grounds are all pushchair-friendly if you’re strolling with youngsters and there’s lots to see and do.

Cannock Chase Forest, Rugeley

For the ultimate woodland adventure, visit Cannock Chase Forest, complete with a children’s play area, Gruffalo sculpture park and Zog activity trail. For older children, there’s horse riding, Go Ape, bike riding and much more.

Walsall Arboretum, Walsall

If you’re looking for an excursion that won’t break the bank, a trip to your local park can be upgraded with a picnic, games and ice cream! Victorian park Walsall Arboretum is perfect for family activities and naptime strolls around the lake – plus, there’s a play area, splash pad and skate park to keep older kids happy too.

South East 

SEA LIFE, Brighton

Head to Brighton and visit the world’s oldest aquarium for an underwater adventure. With so much to see and do, it’s a great way to keep the kids entertained on days when the weather isn’t on your side.

Enchanted Fairy and Elf Walk, Essex

For a family day out filled with magic, why not wander through Audley End’s Enchanted Fairy and Elf Trail? Look out for fairies, fairy homes and an enchanted wishing tree – but beware of Gormley the troll!

Kent Life, Sandling

Open-air museum, Kent Life, offers plenty of activities to be enjoyed in the great outdoors. From family shows and farmyard animals to a vintage village and pottering painting, there’s something for everyone.

South West 

Trebah Garden, Cornwall

Stroll through four miles of sub-tropical paradise at Trebah Garden, complete with exotic plants, a unique outdoor theatre and its own private beach. It’s the perfect escape for family time, with dedicated space for little ones and four-legged friends too. Plus, children under five can visit free of charge.

Occombe Farm, Paignton

With a farm shop, animal barn and play park, Occombe Farm provides fun for all ages. Pet the farm animals, taste local produce, explore the paddock trail, then finish your adventure in the farm’s café offering homemade food and local ingredients.

Arlington Court, Exmoor

If you’re looking for a day out perfect for strolling with your newborn, we love Arlington Court in Exmoor. The Regency house set in picturesque gardens offers beautiful routes to push your little one around during those all-important naptimes.


Natural History Museum, South Kensington

Travel through 4.6 billion years of Earth’s history at the Natural History Museum. With family favourites, hidden treasures and new exhibitions added regularly, there’s lots to learn at the museum which is free to enter – book your spot online to avoid disappointment.

Crystal Palace Park, Crystal Palace

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Crystal Palace Park. Equipped with a maze, museum, skatepark and dinosaurs, the park is a welcoming place for playing, exploring or relaxing.

City Cruises, London

See the city like you’ve never seen it before with a sightseeing boat tour on the River Thames. With lots of different tour options including a hop-on hop-off, it’s the easiest way to see the famous sites of London.

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