Family holidays in spring

Family breaks in spring

Family holidays in spring needn’t mean soggy BBQs and missing tent pegs. England is packed with fun and engaging things to do with kids, from dizzying treetop adventures to interactive museum exhibits and thrilling theme park breaks. For more of a laid-back pace, escape to a Cotswolds farm stay where you can spot the beasties on a nature trail and befriend the farmyard’s residents. How about a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’d never expect? Let the roar of tigers and lions lull you to sleep as you bed down on a bespoke luxury safari in the deepest, darkest wilds of... Kent.

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Hunt for ghosts at the National Justice Museum

Named one of the most haunted buildings in Britain, the National Justice Museum was once home to the villainous Sheriff of Nottingham.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 

Magic and mystery in the Forest of Dean

Follow in the footsteps of Dr Who, Merlin and Atlantis, explore the Clearwell Caves or ride through the forest on the steam railway.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

 

Uncover 900 years of horrible history on the Spice Island Ghost Walk

When things go bump in the night, do you investigate rather than hide under the covers? If that’s the case then you’ll love the hair-raising thrills of a paranormal walk around Portsmouth’s old city.

Location: Portsmouth , Hampshire

 

Explore Cambridge University

Take a walking tour through the colleges that make up one of the most prestigious universities in the world – Cambridge.

Location: Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

 

Discover Bristol on a budget city break

From Banksy to Brunel, pirates to parks, Bristol on a budget is perfectly possible

Location: Bristol

 

Sit back with a picnic and enjoy the view

Rest your feet and enjoy your picnic whilst overlooking the beautiful scenery of the North Yorkshire coast.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 

Go shopping for retro clothes on a Cotswolds vintage tour

Visit the Cotswolds and discover vintage treasures on a carefully designed retro-themed driving tour.

Location: Tewkesbury or Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire

 

Take a guided walking tour and discover the real Colchester

Britain’s oldest recorded town has a raft of different tours exploring different aspects of the town’s history, all hugely enjoyable too.

Location: Colchester, Essex

 

Explore England’s smallest historic county on foot, bike or bus

Rutland is a wonderful place for walking and cycling all year round and each season brings its own rich palette of colours to the rolling countryside.

Location: Rutland

 

Cycle the Test Way and relax by the world-famous River Test

From the experienced cyclist to a family fun day out, this gentle ride is an excellent way to experience the tranquil Test Valley countryside.

Location: Test Valley, Hampshire

 

Take a tour of Lancaster Castle

Uncover the history of this former court and prison, including it most famous “residents”, the Lancashire Witches.

Location: Lancaster, Lancashire

 

Discover Laurie Lee Country

Take inspiration from the BBC adaptation of the classic novel ‘Cider with Rosie’ and follow in the footsteps of author Laurie Lee through the Slad Valley.

Location: Slad village near Stroud, Gloucestershire

 

Go walking with dinosaurs

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk alongside the dinosaurs that once roamed the earth? Well now you can…

Location: Sandown, Isle of Wight

 

Follow the Yorkshire Sculpture Triangle trail

Celebrate 200 of the world's greatest artists at four leading cultural venues in Yorkshire.

Location: Wakefield and Leeds, West Yorkshire

 

Discover one of England's last remaining ancient woodlands

Take your bicycle to the Wyre Forest and see more of this ancient woodland than by foot.

Location: Bewdley, Worcestershire

 

Follow Lancashire's Mythical Coastline Sculpture Trail

With stunning wildlife displays, a beautiful coastline and a rich maritime history, a visit to Fleetwood and Cleveleys won’t break the bank.

Location: Cleveleys, Lancashire

 

New Ways to see Sherwood Pines Forest

Discover Sherwood Pines Forest on two wheels, with Go Ape’s Segway tours through Robin Hood country.

Location: Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire

 

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

 

Follow Sussex’s Coastal Culture Trail

Discover contemporary art at three leading coastal galleries, all linked by a scenic and historic cycle route though Hastings, Bexhill and Eastbourne.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 

Enjoy panoramic views on the Bath Skyline Walk

Enjoy a family break in Bath with some outdoor fun at Bath Skyline’s woodland play area before enjoying sweeping views across the city.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Take the Pinkery Challenge at Exmoor’s Chains

There are few locations more stunning than Exmoor but if its wilderness you are after, then places don’t get much wilder than Exmoor’s Chains.

Location: Exmoor, Devon

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