Family breaks in summer

A family cycling past Souter Lighthouse on Tyneside

England is packed with child friendly activities and fun spots to holiday so head out this summer and be inspired. Camp in a wigwam or sleep on a cruiser. Hire bikes and picnic in a national park. Head to the beach for sandy fun, fossils and rockpooling. Go karting with the kids or zoom down a zip wire in a forest. Find horrid history in castles and caves.

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Let the kids run loose at WildRootz

Let the kids run loose at WildRootz

Kids can up close and personal with nature in all its muddy glory at WildRootz at Pensthorpe Wildlife and Gardens.

Location: Fakenham, Norfolk

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Enjoy an exciting family adventure in Southsea

Enjoy an exciting family adventure in Southsea

Discover historic ramparts and tunnels at Southsea Castle, an undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium and dinosaurs and butterflies at Cumberland House.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Explore Hogwarts' Great Hall at Warner Bros. Studio Tour

Step inside Hogwarts' Great Hall at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter and feel the films magically come to life.

Location: Leavesden, Hertfordshire

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Enjoy summer-themed tea time treats at the Pump Room

Enjoy summer-themed tea time treats at the Pump Room

Kids can enjoy a special holiday treat with the new children’s afternoon tea at the Pump Room Restaurant.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Get lost in Blackgang Chine’s world of imagination

Get lost in Blackgang Chine’s world of imagination

With a surprise round every corner, Britain’s oldest theme park will awaken the imaginations of kids and grown-ups alike.

Location: Blackgang, Isle of Wight

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Experience the thrills of Medieval Glamping at Warwick Castle

Experience the thrills of Medieval Glamping at Warwick Castle

Grab your sleeping bag and head to Warwick for a family holiday with a difference staying in bell tents among the historic surroundings of the castle.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

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Ride on down to the Didcot Railway Centre

Ride on down to the Didcot Railway Centre

Enjoy a trip to Didcot Railway Centre, whose magnificent restored engines will take you steaming through most of the Oxfordshire countryside.

Location: Didcot, Oxfordshire

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Feed rare breed pigs at Marsh Farm

Feed rare breed pigs at Marsh Farm

Marsh Farm is more than just a farm attraction. Kids can have heaps of fun whatever the weather with indoor and outdoor play areas.

Location: South Woodham Ferrers, Essex

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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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Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Travel back to the 1930s at Berkonscot Model Village

Bekonscot is the world’s oldest and original model village and model railway, and a tribute to one man’s eccentricity.

Location: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire

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Watch lucky pups being pampered in Skegness

Watch lucky pups being pampered in Skegness

Visit Natureland to see how washed-up seal pups are nursed back into the wild. And there's far more to see besides.

Location: Skegness, Lincolnshire

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Take the kids to meet the Lucky Dog of Todmorden

Take the kids to meet the Lucky Dog of Todmorden

Centre Vale Park in Todmorden is home to 'The Lucky Dog' of Todmorden and is a great place to go with the kids.

Location: Todmorden, West Yorkshire

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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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Go all One Direction in North Somerset

Go all One Direction in North Somerset

Visit Clevedon Pier where boy band One Direction filmed their ‘You and I’ video and cruise on the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world.

Location: Clevedon, North Somerset

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Picnic among the deer in Nottinghamshire’s beautiful country parks

Picnic among the deer in Nottinghamshire’s beautiful country parks

From grand estates to action packed playgrounds, there’s plenty of summer park life to enjoy in Nottinghamshire.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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Remind yourself of life’s simple pleasures on a budget break

Remind yourself of life’s simple pleasures on a budget break

Contrary to popular belief, you can visit Scilly on a budget. Sail over on the ferry and camp with your family – the beaches and views are free!

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

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Meet the gibbons at Paignton Zoo

Meet the gibbons at Paignton Zoo

Let’s face it, British animals can be fairly tame (bless ‘em). At least, compared to tigers, Chilean flamingos, Asiatic lions and tropical reptiles they are – all of which you’ll find at Paignton Zoo in Devon.

Location: Paignton, Devon

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Go White Water Rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre

Go White Water Rafting at Lee Valley White Water Centre

Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the same course used by top athletes in the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Location: Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire

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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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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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