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.

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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Sail like an Olympian in Weymouth and Portland

Sail like an Olympian in Weymouth and Portland

Take to the waters in Weymouth and Portland and discover what it takes to be an Olympic sailor.

Location: Weymouth and Portland, Dorset

 
Read all about family breaks at Seven Stories

Read all about family breaks at Seven Stories

Explore The National Centre for Children’s Books before getting stuck in down the farm.

Location: Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle

 
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

 
July events: Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

July events: Step into Wonderland on Alice's Day

Rediscover the charm of Wonderland with a fun-packed day of events on Oxford’s unique Alice’s Day.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

 
Go hands-on with traditional boat-building techniques at Boathouse 4

Go hands-on with traditional boat-building techniques at Boathouse 4

Climb the rigging or discover traditional ship-building techniques at Boathouse 4.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 
Stay up late at the zoo on those long summer nights

Stay up late at the zoo on those long summer nights

As West Midland Safari Park opens up late for the whole of August, discover the perfect way to enjoy the lazy, hazy days of summer.

Location: Bewdley, Worcestershire

 
Get closer to wildlife at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Get closer to wildlife at WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

Birdwatching just got really, really wild at the WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

Location: Slimbridge, Gloucestershire

 
Enjoy farming fun at Hesketh Farm Park

Enjoy farming fun at Hesketh Farm Park

One of the best farm parks around and set in wonderful Yorkshire Dales countryside.

Location: Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

 
Climb aboard the excellent Esk Valley Railway

Climb aboard the excellent Esk Valley Railway

Delightful villages, dramatic views and gentle country walks – do it all by train on a ride through the delightful Esk Valley, near Whitby.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

 
August events: Discover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

August events: Discover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

Head to the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s iconic World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace, for BBC Countryfile Live, which will be hosted from the 1 - 4 August.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

 
Explore the woodland gardens of Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Explore the woodland gardens of Thorp Perrow Arboretum

Lose yourself on the trails in this secret garden packed with rare trees and blooming shrubs.

Location: Bedale, North Yorkshire

 
Cycle country and coast along the Crab and Winkle Way to Whitstable

Cycle country and coast along the Crab and Winkle Way to Whitstable

With 7 miles of almost traffic-free cycling, the Crab and Winkle Way trails between Kent’s historical heart, Canterbury, and Whitstable on the north Kent coast.

Location: Canterbury, Kent

 
Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Soak up the fun at Gloucester Quays' Victorian Christmas Market

Enjoy a traditional shopping experience in Gloucester, featuring Victorian characters, brass bands, choirs, entertainers and a traditional carousel.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 
Discover Weston Super Mare's art scene

Discover Weston Super Mare's art scene

Weston-super-Mare is an interesting mix of traditional English seaside and lively modern town with quirky independent shopping quarters, cafes and restaurants.

Location: Weston-super-Mare, Somerset

 
December events: Meet Santa on a steam train

December events: 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. It's fun for all the family and each child gets their own present!

Location: Swanage, Dorset

 
Explore the UK's first safari park for a fun day out

Explore the UK's first safari park for a fun day out

Feed giraffes by hand and walk on the wild side with lemurs at Longleat Safari & Adventure Park.

Location: Longleat, Wiltshire

 
Enjoy a group getaway at Eaton Manor

Enjoy a group getaway at Eaton Manor

Award-winning 4-5 star gold Eaton Manor Country Estate near Church Stretton in the Shropshire Hills, specialising in luxury accommodation for groups.

Location: Church Stretton, Shropshire

 
Head to St Michael's Mount

Head to St Michael's Mount

It’s not often you get to follow in a giant’s footsteps...

Location: Marazion, Cornwall

 
Rainy Day Activities: Dive into the deep blue sea at Oceanarium

Rainy Day Activities: Dive into the deep blue sea at Oceanarium

Bournemouth's Oceanarium is a great indoor attraction that allows you to discover the secrets of the deep.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 
Cycle along the old coastal railway line to Whitby

Cycle along the old coastal railway line to Whitby

Ride 21 view-filled and traffic-free miles along the ‘Cinder Track’, the old coastal railway line between Scarborough and Whitby.

Location: Whitby, Yorkshire

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