Family holidays

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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Sample locally grown food at Vallum

Sample locally grown food at Vallum

Enjoy a trip to Vallum - the artisan gateway to Hadrian's Wall with locally food grown by Northumbrian neighbours.

Location: Corbridge, Northumberland

Regional specialities
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Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Hidden in a beautiful limestone gorge you'll find some of Britain's only known Ice Age art.

Location: Creswell, Nottinghamshire

Archaeological sites
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Chill Factore

Chill Factore

Just when you thought Manchester couldn’t get any cooler, they build Chill Factore, the UK’s longest indoor skiing and snowboarding slope.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Extreme Sports
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Hire a bike for a cycle in Lincoln

Hire a bike for a cycle in Lincoln

Hire a bike in Lincoln and take it out for a spin on one of the picturesque routes and paths that begin in the historic city.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Low cost
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Eyes to the skies at one of Europe’s biggest free Airshows

Eyes to the skies at one of Europe’s biggest free Airshows

Pack the picnic and visit the Sunderland International Airshow, for a fantastic weekend of fun and entertainment, both in the air and on the ground.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

Events
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Enjoy a family day out at Batsford Arboretum

Enjoy a family day out at Batsford Arboretum

Batsford Arboretum is home to one of the country’s largest private tree collection with 56 acres of wild gardens, paths and streams.

Location: Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

Gardens and Parks
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Take a trip with Thomas at the Bucks Railway Centre

Take a trip with Thomas at the Bucks Railway Centre

The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is a working steam museum with one of the UK’s largest collections of locomotives, rolling stock and railway memorabilia.

Location: Quainton, Buckinghamshire

Attractions
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Explore Wiltshire's rich landscape on the Wiltshire Cycleway

Explore Wiltshire's rich landscape on the Wiltshire Cycleway

Cycle along Wiltshire’s quiet country lanes and enjoy rural England at its very best on the Wiltshire Cycleway.

Location: Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

Countryside
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History and boat trips at The National Waterways Museum

History and boat trips at The National Waterways Museum

The National Waterways Museum is a place where time slows down and history comes to life.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Discover the world’s biggest bonfire celebrations in Sussex

Discover the world’s biggest bonfire celebrations in Sussex

Autumn sees towns and villages across Sussex unite together in an ancient bonfire tradition for three months of eerie torch lit processions.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

Coastal towns
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Get your paddle at the ready and canoe the Derwentwater

Get your paddle at the ready and canoe the Derwentwater

Canoe along the Derwentwater and discover there’s something special about being close to the water, seeing the ripples and splashes and the odd fish jumping.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Watersports
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Spot black grouse in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Spot black grouse in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

Grab your binoculars and head for the Durham Dales – explore one of England’s most special places and discover a true Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Location: Durham Dales, Durham

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Hang out with penguins, elephants & rhinos at Chester Zoo

Hang out with penguins, elephants & rhinos at Chester Zoo

Spend the day at Chester Zoo hanging out with more than 11,000 amazing animals in the award-winning enclosures and gardens.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Attractions
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Get up close with swans

Get up close with swans

Abbotsbury Swannery is the only place in the world where you are able to walk through the heart of a colony of nesting Mute Swans.

Location: Abbotsbury, Dorset

Beaches
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Goodleaf Tree Climbing

Goodleaf Tree Climbing

Take to the trees with Goodleaf and get a different perspective of the Isle of Wight.

Location: Ryde, Isle of Wight

Areas of outstanding natural beauty
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Follow themed trails through Haldon Forest Park

Follow themed trails through Haldon Forest Park

Walk, cycle, horse ride, segway or Go Ape at Haldon Forest Park near Exeter.

Location: Exeter, Devon

Walking and hiking
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Experience Worcestershire’s WWI commemorations

Experience Worcestershire’s WWI commemorations

Worcester launches one of England’s largest programmes of events commemorating the centenary of the First World War.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

Military history
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Get back to bread basics at Green's Mill

Get back to bread basics at Green's Mill

Discover England’s only city centre working windmill, whose sails are an unmissable sight on Nottingham’s skyline.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Historic sites and icons
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Tour the 18th century Walled Gardens at the Apley Estate

Tour the 18th century Walled Gardens at the Apley Estate

Take a guided tour of the Walled Gardens on the Apley Estate in Shropshire, sample its produce at The Creamery Café or buy your own from Apley Farm Shop.

Location: Apley, Shropshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Look to the skies at the Bournemouth Air Festival

Look to the skies at the Bournemouth Air Festival

A Mecca for aeroplane junmajestic display in the skies, the sea and on land.r Festival sees the RAF and Royal Navy put on a majestic display in the skies, the sea and on land.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

Military history

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