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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National Motor Museum

National Motor Museum

Cars, cars, cars…oh and more cars.

Location: Beaulieu, Hampshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Take an exhilarating boat ride along Dorset’s stunning coastline

Take an exhilarating boat ride along Dorset’s stunning coastline

Explore the inaccessible parts of Dorset’s beautiful coastline, and its native wildlife, with a rip-roaring boat ride at 30 knots.

Location: Christchurch, Dorset

Harbours and fishing villages
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Watch history come to life at Morwellham Quay in Devon

Watch history come to life at Morwellham Quay in Devon

Take a living history lesson from the team at Morwellham Quay, a beautifully preserved Victorian village in the Devon countryside.

Location: Morwellham Quay, Devon

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Underwater adventures at Blue Planet Aquarium

Underwater adventures at Blue Planet Aquarium

Discover clown fish, reef magic, a giant octopus and a pirate playground as you go underwater.

Location: Ellesere Port, Cheshire

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Discover an underworld city of caves

Discover an underworld city of caves

With more than 400 caves carved into the soft sandstone rock beneath the city, Nottingham has been known for its caves for centuries.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Going underground
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Family cycling & wildlife spotting in the Forest of Dean

Family cycling & wildlife spotting in the Forest of Dean

Whatever your age or ability, the Forest of Dean cycle trails will take you on an adventure deep into the forest.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

Cycling
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Kayak down the river from St. Nicholas Park

Kayak down the river from St. Nicholas Park

Amble or dash past some of Warwick’s most beautiful scenery.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Sea Life London Aquarium

Sea Life London Aquarium

London is probably the last place you’d expect to find tiger sharks, but at Sea Life London Aquarium there’s a whole load of them swimming about happily.

Location: South Bank, London

Family
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Westonbirt Aboretum

Westonbirt Aboretum

Enjoy this South Cotswolds gem of an arboretum.

Location: Malmesbury, Wiltshire

Low cost
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Visit the home of the WWII codebreakers at Bletchley Park

Visit the home of the WWII codebreakers at Bletchley Park

Once Britain’s best kept secret, this impressive heritage site is now a fascinating visitor attraction.

Location: Bletchley, Buckinghamshire

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Lose yourself in Neverland at Nottingham Arboretum

Lose yourself in Neverland at Nottingham Arboretum

The Arboretum just outside Nottingham’s city centre is said to be the inspiration behind J.M. Barrie’s classic children’s tale ‘Peter Pan’.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

City parks
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Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace

Discover why Henry VIII had a soft spot for this place.

Location: London, Greater London

Castles and Historic Properties
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Family fun for all in the classic, contemporary city of Chester

Family fun for all in the classic, contemporary city of Chester

Treat the family to an exciting short break in Chester, where lack of dull moments mean the kids will be entertained from start to finish.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Price: From £150

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks
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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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Grab a bargain with a Stay Play Explore Family Fun Break

Grab a bargain with a Stay Play Explore Family Fun Break

Experience the perfect getaway on a Stay Play Explore Family Fun break for two adults and two children.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

Price: From £109

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Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Enjoy a luxurious camping trip at Crafty Camping

Luxury glamping in a beautiful forest setting alongside Guy Mallinson’s Woodland Workshop, featured in the BBC Mastercrafts series.

Location: Holditch, Dorset

Price: From £84 per night

Rural and Coastal Escapes
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Learn to surf in the surfing capital of the UK

Learn to surf in the surfing capital of the UK

Newquay is enriched with 11 spectacular golden beaches all within easy reach and with their own unique qualities.

Location: Newquay, Cornwall

Watersports
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Take a ride on a Victorian electric railway

Take a ride on a Victorian electric railway

The Volk’s Railway is the country’s oldest electric railway.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Sample a proper Cornish Pasty

Sample a proper Cornish Pasty

There may be a plethora of pasty shops in the country but there’s only one place in the world where you can get the authentic pasty experience and that’s Cornwall.

Location: Redruth, Cornwall

Low cost
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Spend a day at a Farm Park with a Difference

Spend a day at a Farm Park with a Difference

A sensory and learning wonderland, with everything designed with disabled children in mind, Fairytale Farm will delight the whole family, even if the weather’s not brilliant.

Location: Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

Zoos, wildlife and safari parks

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