Family fun

The weather may not be at its best but there's still loads to do in England... Walk among dinosaurs on a fossil hunting tour or put nerves to the test at a thrilling theme park. Get close to nature and camp in protected woodland or stay aboard a lighthouse or a barge on your family holidays. Bike rides and picnics in a national park, long afternoons at the beach exploring rockpools, baffling mazes and hide and seek in the grounds of a stately home: England is packed with inspiring child friendly holidays and activities. If you think learning is for stuffy school rooms, think again. Discover the secrets of the Tudors and Victorians, marvel at Roman remains and re-live bloody battles and beheadings on days out with the kids.

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Enjoy family fun in the forest

Enjoy family fun in the forest

Enjoy a family trip to Hamsterley Forest for walking and cycling routes, horse riding trails, picnic sites and an adventure play park.

Location: Durham Dales

Price: Four star B&B from £160 per family room, per night

Walking and hiking
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Sunderland’s magical Christmas Lights switch-on

Sunderland’s magical Christmas Lights switch-on

Recognised as signalling the beginning of the festive celebrations, the annual Christmas switch-on is a tradition Sunderland is proud to keep.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Seasonal celebrations
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See how and where the Edwardians bathed at Victoria Baths

See how and where the Edwardians bathed at Victoria Baths

Learn about the history of Edwardian bathing or take in an art exhibition in the mosaic spaces of Victoria Baths.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Castles and Historic Properties
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Fossil hunting fun on the Jurassic Coast

Fossil hunting fun on the Jurassic Coast

Enjoy a family fun day uncovering a prehistoric past on a fossil hunting walk on Charmouth Beach and take home your very own Jurassic fossil.

Location: Charmouth, Dorset

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Visit Butlin’s Redcoats in Bognor Regis

Visit Butlin’s Redcoats in Bognor Regis

Famous for long sunshine hours, royal visits and Billy Butlin, Bognor Regis is a great family seaside holiday resort.

Location: Bognor Regis, West Sussex

Seaside resorts
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Discover Old Wardour Castle's bloodthirsty past

Discover Old Wardour Castle's bloodthirsty past

Enjoy a tour of the ruins of Old Wardour Castle, and learn about castle’s long and gruesome battle.

Location: Wardour, Wiltshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Satisfy your sweet tooth at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop

Satisfy your sweet tooth at England’s Oldest Sweet Shop

Enjoy retro sweets that evoke childhood memories at The Oldest Sweet Shop in England.

Location: Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Budget
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Step back in time at Norwich Strangers’ Hall

Step back in time at Norwich Strangers’ Hall

Hidden behind a busy thoroughfare in the heart of Norwich, lies a secret world where visitors can discover a unique medieval house and garden.

Location: Norwich, Norfolk

Castles and Historic Properties
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From bed chambers to torture chambers at Hever Castle

From bed chambers to torture chambers at Hever Castle

Visit Hever Castle’s grisly Council Chamber containing collections of swords, armour and gruesome instruments of execution, torture and discipline.

Location: Hever, Kent

Price: From £15.50

Castles and Historic Properties
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Take a walk around Low and High Force Waterfalls

Take a walk around Low and High Force Waterfalls

Experience the sights of the Low and High Force Waterfalls, and discover the breath-taking landscapes of the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

Price: Four star country house hotel from £109 per room, per night

Walking and hiking
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The Witterings

The Witterings

Multi-coloured sailing boats, fudge shops, cosy pubs...

Location: Witterings, West Sussex

Seaside resorts
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Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

Get back to nature at Attenborough Nature Reserve

On the edge of Nottingham but a world away, Attenborough Nature Reserve is perfect for enjoying a picnic whilst surrounded by nature’s inhabitants.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Wildlife and Nature Reserves
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Get in touch with your inner Tarzan at Go Ape

Get in touch with your inner Tarzan at Go Ape

Looking for some active fun? Stop monkeying around and spend the day at Go Ape where you can fly down a zip wire or leap off Tarzan Swings.

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

Attractions
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Build up your calf muscles at the National Cycling Centre

Build up your calf muscles at the National Cycling Centre

Race a world champion in the Velodrome or brush up on your BMX skills at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Cycling
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National Motor Museum

National Motor Museum

Cars, cars, cars…oh and more cars.

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Climb trees in the Sussex countryside

Climb trees in the Sussex countryside

Forget the 9 to 5; ditch the suit and relive your childhood with Climbing Wild in Ditchling, close to Brighton.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Extreme Sports
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Potter about with Potter at Hill Top

Potter about with Potter at Hill Top

Observe the trout on Esthwaite Water from the Tale of Jeremy Fisher and fields that inspired the Tale of Peter Rabbit and much more at Hill Top.

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Saxon Heritage at Sutton Hoo

Saxon Heritage at Sutton Hoo

One of the greatest archaeological discoveries of all time.

Location: Woodbridge, Suffolk

Archaeological sites
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Paranormal experiences at Tudor House and Garden

Paranormal experiences at Tudor House and Garden

Wonder what life was like during Henry VIII’s reign? Step in to the past in an ancient Southampton home.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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The National Stud

The National Stud

Spot future thoroughbred champions at The National Stud.

Location: Newmarket, Suffolk

Low cost

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