Everyone needs a 'Plan B'

While there can be nothing better than heading to a museum or gallery for indoor activities with the kids when the sun isn’t shining, sometimes the day demands a more energetic activity. Sports and activity centres offer rainy day activities that give the whole family the chance try a new activity together. How about indoor rock climbing or go-karting? For a slightly different thrill on a rainy day, explore an underground cave system, or the crypts, secret tunnels and dungeons that lie in wait under many castles. Or just pull up your hood, put on your wellies and head outside to splash in the puddles.

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Get hands on at the National Football Museum

Get hands on at the National Football Museum

The history and culture of the national game is revealed as you explore the world's largest football collection.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

Museums, galleries and libraries
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See how Fine China made at Royal Crown Derby

See how Fine China made at Royal Crown Derby

Royal Crown Derby is the oldest surviving manufacturer in England, see how they work their magic.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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Tracing the Titanic in Southampton

Tracing the Titanic in Southampton

Venture back to 1912 and immerse yourself in the story of RMS Titanic at Southampton’s interactive, state-of-the-art SeaCity Museum.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

Historic sites and icons
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Experience contemporary art in Margate

Experience contemporary art in Margate

Contemporary art is the leading the way in Margate alongside retro shops and funky bars framed by the trappings of the classic English seaside.

Location: Margate, Kent

Museums, galleries and libraries
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See, hear, feel and smell science in action

See, hear, feel and smell science in action

Embrace you inner geek with a trip to MOSI’s Experiment Centre where you can stare into the mirror of infinity and watch your own skeleton ride a bike.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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‘Fly’ over the River Thames on the Emirates Air Line

‘Fly’ over the River Thames on the Emirates Air Line

Enjoy a flight across the Thames on the Emirates Air Line, the UK’s first urban cable car.

Location: Greenwich, London

Romance
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Discover the mystery of the Rosetta Stone

Discover the mystery of the Rosetta Stone

Visit the British Museum for free and see the famous Rosetta Stone, discovered in Egypt in around 196 BC and key in the deciphering of hieroglyphs.

Location: London, Greater London

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Don’t miss the treasures at the Merseyside Maritime Museum

Don’t miss the treasures at the Merseyside Maritime Museum

Head to Liverpool for an exciting day out at the Merseyside Maritime Museum which is a treasure trove of history and mechanical invention.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Explore, learn and discover on the Dinosaur Coast

Explore, learn and discover on the Dinosaur Coast

Find your own fossils and discover what it was like to live 180 million years ago.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

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Be an apprentice brewer for the day at Derventio Brewery

Be an apprentice brewer for the day at Derventio Brewery

Roll up your sleeves as you become an apprentice brewer for the day in one of Derby’s many micro-breweries.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

Breweries and distilleries
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Stand in the docks at the Galleries of Justice

Stand in the docks at the Galleries of Justice

The Galleries of Justice museum is the only one of its kind in Europe and the only venue where you can discover Nottingham’s horrible history.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Myths, Legends and Tales
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Paint your own dinner service

Paint your own dinner service

Painting your own pottery is fun whatever the weather.

Location: Christchurch, Dorset

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Family friendly arts and crafts at Chapel Gallery

Family friendly arts and crafts at Chapel Gallery

Chapel Gallery is a family friendly gallery which offers a visitor experience that is fun and engaging for all ages.

Location: Ormskirk, Lancashire

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Travel back in time at Milestones Living History Museum

Travel back in time at Milestones Living History Museum

At Milestones Living History Museum you can journey through time and see how life was as a Victorian or in the Second World War.

Location: Basingstoke, Hampshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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See a full sized whale skeleton at Hull’s Maritime Museum

See a full sized whale skeleton at Hull’s Maritime Museum

Listen to the eerie sounds of whales as they call each other above the full sized whale skeleton.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Blackpool opens its doors

Blackpool opens its doors

Heritage Open Days annually celebrate England’s fantastic architecture and culture.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

Free
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Become a TV presenter at BBC Broadcasting House

Become a TV presenter at BBC Broadcasting House

Bong! And the News At Ten is read today by…you! Try your hand at reading the news on a backstage tour of BBC Broadcasting House.

Location: Central London, Greater London

Courses, Learning and Self-Improvement
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Experience life underwater at The Deep aquarium

Experience life underwater at The Deep aquarium

The Deep transports you to an underwater world where you can walk through Europe’s deepest viewing tunnel.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

Price: From £37.60 (family of 4)

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Meet the people behind the pints at Marston’s

Meet the people behind the pints at Marston’s

Find the only beer still traditionally crafted in oak casks by the last remaining brewer in town, on the fringes of England’s National Forest.

Location: Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire

Breweries and distilleries

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