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.

A family cycling past Souter Lighthouse on Tyneside

Family breaks in summer

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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Come nose-to-beak with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds

Come nose-to-beak with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds

WWT Washington Wetland Centre shows the wonders of the wetlands, with stunning scenery and encounters with some of the world’s rarest waterbirds.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 
Take on adventures aplenty in Dalby Forest

Take on adventures aplenty in Dalby Forest

See some of Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside from a mountain bike, Segway, tree-top trail and by night, at one of the UK’s premier activity centres.

Location: Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

 
Unleash your inner explorer at Hatfield Forest

Unleash your inner explorer at Hatfield Forest

No other venue provides a better backdrop for young budding explorers than Hatfield Forest.

Location: Takeley, Essex

 
Explore River Lee Country Park by bike

Explore River Lee Country Park by bike

Get the kids active as you explore River Lee Country Park by bike on a circular cycle ride, perfect for all the family on The Artway routes.

Location: Waltham Abbey, Essex

 
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

 
Wicked wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park

Wicked wildlife at Avon Heath Country Park

Miles of tracks at Avon Heath Country Park offer an opportunity to explore Dorset's internationally important heathland and its rare wildlife.

Location: St Leonards, Dorset

 
Take a wildlife safari in The Broads National Park

Take a wildlife safari in The Broads National Park

From the reeds to the trees, get up close to nature and see an incredible 11,000 species, the highest concentration of rare wildlife in England.

Location: Strumpshaw Fen, near Norwich, Norfolk

 
Super charge the family this summer

Super charge the family this summer

Try anything from surfing and skiing to go-kart racing in Sunderland, or dive deep in the biggest pool in the region.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 
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

 
Penguins, picnics and playgrounds at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Penguins, picnics and playgrounds at Sewerby Hall and Gardens

Enjoy an active family day out at this Grade 1 listed Georgian house and zoo set on dramatic cliffs with 50 acres of stunning parkland.

Location: Bridlington, East Yorkshire

 
July events: Enjoy a teddy bears’ picnic at Hertford Castle

July events: Enjoy a teddy bears’ picnic at Hertford Castle

Enjoy a whole day packed with free child friendly entertainment and activities on the grounds of Hertford Castle.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

 
Vintage swimwear, Lewis Carroll’s desk and summer keepsakes

Vintage swimwear, Lewis Carroll’s desk and summer keepsakes

Step back in time and discover British seaside holidays through the ages in the new Summer Holiday Seaside exhibition on Eastbourne’s elegant seafront.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 
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

 
Climb the grassy hill to iconic Penshaw Monument

Climb the grassy hill to iconic Penshaw Monument

Roam picturesque parkland, spy flamingos and otters, admire sculptures and climb the secret staircase of this famous monument for panoramic views.

Location: Penshaw and Washington, Tyne and Wear

 
Let your little monkeys loose at Drusillas Park

Let your little monkeys loose at Drusillas Park

A world of discovery awaits your family at Drusillas, the UK’s best small zoo with over 100 different species to admire and endless adventure play.

Location: Eastbourne, East Sussex

 
Feed the penguins at Harewood House

Feed the penguins at Harewood House

Help the Bird Garden keepers feed the penguins in the grounds of one of England’s treasure houses.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

 
Let Plymouth bring out your adventurous streak

Let Plymouth bring out your adventurous streak

Plymouth provides the perfect place for adventurers, with water sports, scuba diving, climbing walls, cycle paths, walks and boat trips.

Location: Plymouth, Devon

 
Embrace your inner eco warrior and stay on a nature reserve

Embrace your inner eco warrior and stay on a nature reserve

Folly Farm, a green oasis between buzzing Bristol and beautiful Bath in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is the perfect getaway for a family.

Location: Near Bath, Somerset

 
See Churchill's carriage at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

See Churchill's carriage at Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre is a working steam museum with one of the UK’s largest collections of locomotives, rolling stock and railway memorabilia.

Location: Quainton, Buckinghamshire

 
Pioneering conservation at Chester Zoo

Pioneering conservation at Chester Zoo

Venture to tantalising tropical islands in the heart of Cheshire thanks to one of Europe’s most innovative exhibits at the UK’s most popular zoo.

Location: Upton near Chester, Cheshire

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