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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Explore Gorleston beach, Roman ruins and the Angles Way

Explore Gorleston beach, Roman ruins and the Angles Way

Enjoy gorgeous Gorleston beach then explore ancient Roman ruins and the Angles Way, a fantastic riverside walk along the Yare.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Visit the largest Viking Festival in Europe

Immerse yourself in the gruesome world of the Vikings as the city of York celebrates its Norse past.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Take time for yourself at Tinside Lido

Take time for yourself at Tinside Lido

Take a dip in the 1930s art deco outdoor Tinside Lido, where you can go for a dip or relax with a snack.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

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Winter weekends at Compton Verney

Winter weekends at Compton Verney

Delight in festive fun with the family at a Winter Weekend at Compton Verney, Warwickshire's award winning art gallery

Location: Warwickshire

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Go wild and become a zookeeper for the day at Marwell Zoo

Go wild and become a zookeeper for the day at Marwell Zoo

This unique once-in-a-lifetime experience will allow you to get up close to some of nature’s most endangered species for a memory you’ll never forget.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Meet Santa on a steam train

Meet Santa on a steam train

Take a trip on Swanage Railway in the run up to Christmas and get the chance to meet Santa. Fun for all the family with each child getting a present.

Location: Swanage, Dorset

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Just the ticket

Just the ticket

Visit Blackpool’s attractions on one ticket.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Chase shadows in the Tar Tunnel

Dare you walk the tar tunnel where a black treacle-like substance oozes from the brick walls? Don a hard hat and go underground.

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

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Explore The Grand Pier of Weston-super-Mare

Explore The Grand Pier of Weston-super-Mare

Remember the thrill of trips to the seaside – donkey rides, sand castles, the end of the pier, kite flying, and fish and chips on the prom.

Location: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

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Embark on a beginners cycle tour on The Red Squirrel Trail

Embark on a beginners cycle tour on The Red Squirrel Trail

Looking for your first car free, overnight cycle tour on a beginner’s route? The Red Squirrel Trail is the perfect multi day family cycle adventure, and is mostly on car free rail trail.

Location: Isle Of Wight

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Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Step into a tropical paradise and watch exotic butterflies flutter by at Cumberland House Natural History Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Swim in Bude Sea Pool

Swim in Bude Sea Pool

Visit the part man-made, part natural sea pool which nestles under the cliffs at Summerleaze beach in Bude.

Location: Bude, Cornwall

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Go camping in the grounds of one of England’s finest stately homes

Go camping in the grounds of one of England’s finest stately homes

Take the kids camping on a child friendly holiday at Castle Howard, near York, where a thousand breath-taking acres await for you to explore.

Location: Malton, North Yorkshire

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Enjoy a wild night out with bushcraft at Catton Hall

Enjoy a wild night out with bushcraft at Catton Hall

Let Woodland Ways teach you the basics of bushcraft in a fun and safe environment whilst spending time outdoors and sleeping under the stars.

Location: Catton, Derbyshire

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See kites fill the sky at the St Annes on Sea Kite Festival

See kites fill the sky at the St Annes on Sea Kite Festival

St Annes hosts the spectacular annual Kite Festival, featuring magnificent kites from all over the world.

Location: St Annes on Sea, Lancashire

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Let the little ones run wild at Lowther's Lost Castle

Let the little ones run wild at Lowther's Lost Castle

The Lost Castle at Lowther Castle and Gardens is an enchanted world of twists and turrets will give visitors little and large a place of adventure and play like no other.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

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Celebrate Christmas past in Mortimer Country

Celebrate Christmas past in Mortimer Country

Enjoy a Christmas celebration with a historical twist at Berrington Hall and Croft Castle in Mortimer Country.

Location: Yarpole, Herefordshire

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Take a wild break at the The Coastal Activity Park

Take a wild break at the The Coastal Activity Park

The Coastal Activity Park has everything from sports courts and water sports to delicious cocktails.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Enjoy old-fashioned fun on the beach in Skegness

Enjoy old-fashioned fun on the beach in Skegness

Pick up your bucket and spade and take to the sand on a family holiday on the Lincolnshire coast.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

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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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