Family breaks in autumn

Family breaks in autumn

Get the kids off the computer and out of the house for a fun-filled family friendly break this autumn, where a whole host of adventures await them. Keep the little horrors happy with a spook-tacular week of Halloween fun at Drusillas Park in the stunning South Downs countryside; get ready to go ‘Aww’ as you visit the new baby animals that have come from all corners of the globe at Dudley Zoological Gardens in Birmingham, and enjoy a half term break filled with family fun from safaris to steam trains on a family holiday in Manchester.

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Discover Lowther Castle & Gardens

Discover Lowther Castle & Gardens

See the ruins of the castle and take a peak at 130 acres of rediscovered gardens, now one of the largest restoration projects in Europe.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

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Ice-cream galore at The Ice Cream Farm

Ice-cream galore at The Ice Cream Farm

Kids are kept happy with more than 40 delicious flavours of ice creams, an outdoor play area, farm, quad bikes, mini golf and more...

Location: Tattenhall, Cheshire

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Magical family holidays in The Alnwick Garden

Magical family holidays in The Alnwick Garden

Help the fairy tale characters hidden within the walls of The Alnwick Garden save Beauty from the Wicked Queen.

Location: Alnwick, Northumberland

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Spot bustling autumn wildlife without leaving the city

Spot bustling autumn wildlife without leaving the city

Spy otters, frogs, newts and birds, including herons, redshanks, and great crested grebes, from six secret viewing hides concealed around the London Wetlands Centre in Barnes.

Location: London

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Have a sea adventure without getting wet at Oceanarium

Have a sea adventure without getting wet at Oceanarium

Oceanarium allows you to discover the secrets of the deep with a virtual Dive Cage and numerous varieties of sea life.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Enter the Xtreme Scream Park at Twinlakes if you dare

Enter the Xtreme Scream Park at Twinlakes if you dare

Encounter creepy critters, take part in bugtastic workshops and meet ghosts and ghouls that go BOO this Halloween.

Location: Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire

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Play, create and experiment in the European City of Science 2016

Play, create and experiment in the European City of Science 2016

Manchester is the European City of Science 2016 and there are a huge number of events and activities to get involved in.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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Game on at the new National Videogame Arcade

Game on at the new National Videogame Arcade

It’s not game over, even if the weather’s against you; plug the family into the National Videogame Arcade.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Spy on endangered wildfowl at Rutland Water Nature Reserve

Visit Rutland Water's famous wildfowl sanctuary, covering 1,000 acres of bird hides, nature trails and visitor centres.

Location: Rutland Water, Rutland

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Animal-inspired family fun at Wild Place Project

Animal-inspired family fun at Wild Place Project

Travel through habitats of the world on the edge of Bristol with safari-style animal encounters & family activities at Wild Place

Location: Bristol

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Explore the National Space Centre's rocket tower

Explore the National Space Centre's rocket tower

Blast off to Leicester’s National Space Centre.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

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Experience farm life in the city at Deen City Farm

Experience farm life in the city at Deen City Farm

Visit a working farm slap bang in South West London and get up close and personal with its inhabitants.

Location: London, Greater London

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Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Learn the ropes at Chatham’s The Historic Dockyard

Immerse yourself in 400 years of discovery at the world’s most complete dockyard from the Age of Sail.

Location: Chatham, Kent

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See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

The oldest secular building in Hull, Hands on History Museum, now proves a fascinating insight into Victorian Hull.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Catch a show at an award-winning kids’ theatre

Catch a show at an award-winning kids’ theatre

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained and adults smiling? Try a show or creative workshop at the egg.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Uncover history and heritage at the New Forest Centre

Uncover history and heritage at the New Forest Centre

As well as history galore, there’s the chance to experience a pony sale at the New Forest Centre – you just won’t be able to take one home with you.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

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Join Shriek Week this Halloween at Drusillas Zoo

Join Shriek Week this Halloween at Drusillas Zoo

Keep the little horrors happy with a spook-tacular week of fun at the award-winning Drusillas Park, set in stunning South Downs countryside.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Visit Brockholes Nature Reserve’s unique floating visitor centre

Everyone is welcome at Brockholes, near Preston. Whether you’re a naturalist or a beginner, there’s something for you to enjoy and lots of chances for you to get close to nature.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

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Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Celebrate children’s creativity at the Juice Festival

Get up to NewcastleGateshead and be inspired by a festival centred around art and creativity in children.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

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Go gaga for Galas and Cox’s in the South Downs

Go gaga for Galas and Cox’s in the South Downs

Celebrate everything that’s great English apples this autumn with tastings, cider making and apple trails in the South Downs.

Location: Alton, Hampshire

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