Family holidays

Family holidays

Walk among dinosaurs on a fossil hunting tour or put nerves to the test at a thrilling theme park. Get close to nature and camp in protected woodland or stay aboard a lighthouse or a barge on your family holidays. Bike rides and picnics in a national park, long afternoons at the beach exploring rockpools, baffling mazes and hide and seek in the grounds of a stately home: England is packed with inspiring child friendly holidays and activities. If you think learning is for stuffy school rooms, think again. Discover the secrets of the Tudors and Victorians, marvel at Roman remains and re-live bloody battles and beheadings on days out with the kids.

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Keep the family entertained all day long at Pollaughan Farm

Keep the family entertained all day long at Pollaughan Farm

After you’ve all trampolined and played tennis, muck in and feed the animals on this winter family getaway.

Location: Truro, Cornwall

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A grand day out in Dalby, Yorkshire’s greatest forest

A grand day out in Dalby, Yorkshire’s greatest forest

The soft green light and dappled shadows of Dalby Forest hide a secret world of offbeat experiences and artisan adventures.

Location: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

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Meet Normandy veterans at the D-Day Museum

Meet Normandy veterans at the D-Day Museum

If you're visiting Portsmouth over the holidays, visit the D-Day Museum where you'll be able to meet the men and women that took part in the landings.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Sandcastles and rockpools at Bamburgh Beach

Sandcastles and rockpools at Bamburgh Beach

Do you know your cockles from your winkles? St. Aidan and Grace Darling certainly did. And what better place to learn than on Bamburgh Beach.

Location: Bamburgh, Northumberland

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Shout ‘Yarrrr!’ and be a pirate for the day

Shout ‘Yarrrr!’ and be a pirate for the day

Join in the shenanigans this summer at one of Brixham’s fantastic pirate days for adults and children.

Location: Brixham, Devon

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Step back in time at the Victorian Festival of Christmas

Step back in time at the Victorian Festival of Christmas

Get in the festive spirit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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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Meet feathered friends at Lotherton Hall Estate and Bird Garden

Meet feathered friends at Lotherton Hall Estate and Bird Garden

Get up close and personal with over 200 species of rare birds at Lotherton Hall in Aberford, near Leeds.

Location: Leeds, Yorkshire

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Join a ghost tour of England’s spookiest fortress

Join a ghost tour of England’s spookiest fortress

Join a spooky twilight tour at Eastbourne’s Redoubt Fortress this October for a fun and frightful tour around the creepy cobwebbed corridors.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

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Thrilling rides on Brighton Pier

Thrilling rides on Brighton Pier

The iconic Brighton Pier is a great spot for families, but are you brave enough to try the thrill rides overlooking the sea?

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

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Glamping at Lookout Lodge at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Glamping at Lookout Lodge at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Enjoy the ultimate overnight experience and camp next door to the animals of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Location: Dunstable, Bedfordshire

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Building sandcastles and rock-pooling at Seaburn beach

Building sandcastles and rock-pooling at Seaburn beach

Experience the natural beauty, dramatic sky and bracing sea air, and indulge in fish and chips and ice-creams from the cafes along the seafront.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Get spooked in the dungeons

Get spooked in the dungeons

Dig deep into Lancashire's dark history and head to the Blackpool Tower Dungeon for scary stories galore.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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See infamous military aircraft at Imperial War Museum Duxford

See infamous military aircraft at Imperial War Museum Duxford

Experience the world of aerial warfare at the Imperial War Museum Duxford in Cambridgeshire.

Location: Duxford, Cambridgeshire

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Canvas cottages at the Dandelion Hideaway

Canvas cottages at the Dandelion Hideaway

Dandelion Hideaway’s canvas cottages offer family-friendly simplicity and the chance to ‘muck in’ with farming activities.

Location: Osbaston, Leicestershire

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Embrace the great outdoors in the Peak District

Embrace the great outdoors in the Peak District

Set your pulse racing with an adventure amid rugged moorland, rolling dales, majestic rock faces and mysterious caves.

Location: Bamford, Derbyshire

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Discover Nottingham's hidden heritage in this city of caves

Discover Nottingham's hidden heritage in this city of caves

Venture beneath the streets to discover a hidden world beneath your feet in the city of Nottingham.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Discover the seaside charm of South Shields

Discover the seaside charm of South Shields

The picturesque coastal resort of South Shields is full of quintessentially English seaside experiences, gorgeous sea views and good food.

Location: South Shields, Tyne and Wear

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Take the family to Roker beach for a variety of watersports

Take the family to Roker beach for a variety of watersports

Enjoy a family day out at the Marine Activities Centre, where you can take part in various water sports including, kayaking, surfing and sailing.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Mermaids, dinosaurs and pirate adventure on the Yorkshire Coast

Mermaids, dinosaurs and pirate adventure on the Yorkshire Coast

Hunt for fossils on the beach or solve the mermaid mystery and sail on a pirate ship. Go on a dinosaur walk or explore the Maritime Trail.

Location: Scarborough, North/East Yorkshire

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