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Days out and trips in England

Find the best days out near you and plan your next day trip with our handy guide. Whether you're planning a family day out or a day trip in your local area, you'll find a range of zoos, theme parks, outdoor activities and much more to help shape your big day out in England. Please check with the attraction's website for up-to-date information on opening times and restrictions before travelling.

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Take in 'Swallows and Amazons' landscapes on a relaxing cruise

Take a trip around the landscape used in the film ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and discover what inspired Arthur Ransome to write his famous book.

Location: Derwentwater, Cumbria

 

Walk the breadth of spectacular Stanage Edge

Follow in the footsteps of your literary heroes on Stanage Edge, a dramatic rocky outcrop with equally dramatic moorland views in the Peak District.

Location: Stanage Edge, Derbyshire

 

Trip-trap along the Red Squirrel Trail

This family-friendly cycle and walking path encompasses an exciting trail of artwork, sculpture and trolls under bridges.

Location: Newport, Isle of Wight

 

Vintage swimwear, Lewis Carroll’s desk and summer keepsakes

Step back in time and discover British seaside holidays through the ages in the new Summer Holiday Seaside exhibition on Eastbourne’s elegant seafront.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 
Bay, with steep cliffs and rocks on the beach, on the North sea coastline of Yorkshire. Sunset. Evening. Calm seas.

5 of the best beaches for wildlife spotting

From fluffy seal pups, to bottlenose dolphins and soaring sea birds, England's beaches are great places to see nature at its very best.

 

Climb rocks and explore caves of the Mendip Hills

The Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is made up of dramatic limestone ridges which offer spectacular views

Location: Mendip Hills, Somerset

 

Abseil down the Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Take in Britain's best views whilst scaling down the side of the Emirates Spinnaker Tower.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Venture to the tree tops at Go Ape!

Enjoy fun and adventure in the trees, taking on epic zip wires, Tarzan swings, rope ladders and a variety of obstacles.

Location: Wendover, Buckinghamshire

 

Action packed watersports at Camber Sands

Kite-flyers and windsurfers of all ages and abilities should head to Camber Sands - a dramatic sandy beach on the south coast, and the perfect spot to catch the waves.

Location: Camber Sands, East Sussex

 

Follow in Roman footsteps with a free smartphone app

Looking for an immersive and cheap experience? Use mobile technology to delve into the past with Lincoln’s free digital Roman Trail app.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

 

Follow King Arthur’s trail in Shropshire

King Arthur (the real one!) was born, lived and died in Shropshire. No, really. And his Queen Guinevere was a Shropshire lass too.

Location: Oswestry, Shropshire

 

September events: Test your fitness levels at The Great North Run

The Great North Run is an iconic half marathon with more than 54,000 runners registering to take part every year.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

 

Full steam ahead on a loco driven by you

Many would love the chance to drive a steam engine, well now's your chance: become a train driver for the day at Telford Steam Railway.

Location: Telford, Shropshire

 

Strap on your sea legs on a Harbour tour

Get closer than ever to the Royal Navy's ships on a 45 minute guided boat tour of Portsmouth Harbour.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Tread the Suffolk Thread Trails

Explore the Suffolk ‘Wool Towns’ and experience their beauty first-hand following the specially created Suffolk Threads Trails.

Location: Suffolk

 

Get in touch with your inner Tarzan at Go Ape

Looking for some active fun? Stop monkeying around and spend the day at Go Ape where you can fly down a zip wire or leap off Tarzan Swings.

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Aim for a strike at All Star Lanes

Bowling, dining, cocktails and perhaps a touch of karaoke - a simple combination of indoor activities that guarantee a memorable boutique experience.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 

Forage tasty mushrooms for your dinner at Fungi Foray

Get an insight into the wonderful world of mushrooms, and find out what you can pick, and what you should avoid.

Location: New Forest, Hampshire

 

Take a tour of Liverpool’s architectural marvels

See this handsome, historic city with fresh eyes; join an expert-led RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) tour of its loveliest buildings.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Explore the iconic Roman Baths

See one of the best preserved Roman remains with your very own eyes on an exploratory trip to the Roman Baths.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

See England's finest view from Sutton Bank

Celebrated author and vet James Herriot gave the view from Sutton Bank the ultimate accolade – “England’s finest”. Find out if he was right…

Location: Sutton Bank, near Thirsk, North Yorkshire

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