Family holidays in spring

by Melissa Brobby

Category: Things to do
February 10 2015

England may have a reputation for unpredictable weather during the spring months but England is awash with child-friendly attractions and activities for all ages to enjoy, whatever the weather throws at you. 


Let their little imaginations come alive at Eureka! The National Children's Museum in Halifax, Yorkshire. With over 400 interactive exhibits within its walls, this museum will encourage your little ones to learn about themselves and the world around them whilst having fun building pyramids and watching flowers sing in a giant garden.

Or how about getting up close and personal with some deep sea creatures at the Blue Reef Aquarium in Portsmouth? Enter an underwater world where sharks, coral reefs, tropical fish and otters will wow and amaze your little ones. Plus, children who are under- three get in for free!

Five to eight year olds

Head to the beautiful Oxfordshire Cotswolds for family fun and animal antics at Cogges Manor Farm, where kids can feed the farms animals, dress up in vintage clothes and explore the adventure playground.  Fans of Downtown Abbey might recognise parts of the farm and its inhabitants that featured in the show. 

If the weather isn’t looking good, head indoors and discover what a Bogtrotter cake tastes like at the Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre. Located in the Buckinghamshire village where the famous author lived and wrote for 36 years, unlock your imagination as you follow in his footsteps, creating your own stories in The Story Centre.


Treat your mini Tarzans to a tree top adventure in the heart of the forest, or grab a helmet and explore its rugged beauty on a Segway with Go Ape at Sherwood Pines in Nottinghamshire.

For a family holiday that’s out of this world head to the National Space Centre in Leicester. Budding astronauts can explore the solar system in The Planets Gallery, come face-to-face with an alien autopsy and enjoy a glittering tour of the night sky in the Sir Patrick Moore Planetarium.


Looking for ways to prize your teens away from their phones? Head down to Cornwall where they can learn how to surf on one of Newquay’s 11 golden beaches. Whether you’re a beginner or want to scratch up on your surfing skills, experienced instructors will teach you all the techniques you need to know, from standing up on a board to catching some waves.

If your teens aren’t keen on getting their hair wet, pay a visit to Catton Hall in The National Forest instead, and learn how to survive in the wild on a bushcraft course. Don’t worry – you won’t be pushed into Bear Grylls territory, but you will be taught new ways of working with nature, from shelter building and fire lighting to tracking and navigation, before enjoying a well-deserved night sleep under the stars.

Find out more about family holidays in England this spring…

Melissa Brobby

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