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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Step back in time to Shakespeare's family farm

Step back in time to Shakespeare's family farm

Experience the sights, sounds and smells of a real Tudor farm at Mary Arden's Farm and try your hand at archery.

Location: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

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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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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

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Run wild with the animals at Old MacDonald’s Farm

Run wild with the animals at Old MacDonald’s Farm

The animals may be wild, the kids can run wild, but parents will be delighted at Old MacDonald’s Farm in Brentwood, Essex.

Location: Brentwood, Essex

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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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Go wild on safari at Chessington World of Adventures

Go wild on safari at Chessington World of Adventures

Climb aboard the safari truck and head off to Chessington World of Adventures in search of flamingos, giraffes and white rhinos.

Location: Surrey, Greater London

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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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Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Get befuddled at BeWILDerwood

Delve into an adventurous world of make-believe, inspired by local children’s author, Tom Blofeld.

Location: Hoveton, Norfolk

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Learn, enjoy and discover at Blackpool Zoo

Learn, enjoy and discover at Blackpool Zoo

There’s something here to tickle everyone’s creepy crawly fancy, from crocodiles and rattlesnakes, to sea lions and emus.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

Keeping it in the family at Castle Howard

The Howard family has called Castle Howard home for 300 years but their house is your house as you explore one of Yorkshire’s finest historic estates.

Location: York, North Yorkshire

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Fun for all the family in Scarborough

Fun for all the family in Scarborough

Explore Scarborough’s North Bay with its glorious sandy beach and wealth of seaside attractions.

Location: North Bay, Scarborough, North/East Yorkshire

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Get your hands on Bath’s treasure trove

Get your hands on Bath’s treasure trove

See the Beau Street Hoard of 17,000 silver coins and hear tales of Roman times in a range of new hands-on activities at the famous Roman Baths.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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Enjoy a peaceful family cycle ride along The Grand Western canal

Enjoy a peaceful family cycle ride along The Grand Western canal

Enjoy a peaceful family cycle ride along the towpath, beside the tranquil stretch of waterway through the heart of Devon.

Location: Tiverton, Devon

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Take the Pinkery Challenge at Exmoor’s Chains

Take the Pinkery Challenge at Exmoor’s Chains

There are few locations more stunning than Exmoor but if its wilderness you are after, then places don’t get much wilder than Exmoor’s Chains.

Location: Exmoor, Devon

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Make your escape to the Isles of Scilly

Make your escape to the Isles of Scilly

Clear waters and a balmy micro-climate are just a few of the reasons to head to the Isles of Scilly this summer.

Location: Scilly Isles, Cornwall

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Relaxing family days out in Trelissick Gardens

Relaxing family days out in Trelissick Gardens

Grab the picnic hamper, pack the papers and head to Trelissick Gardens – where you can spend the afternoon stretched out on the lawn, flicking through the colour supps.

Location: Truro, Cornwall

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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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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

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Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Norfolk

Enjoy tiger walks and water sports in Norfolk

Try out a variety of family-friendly watersports on the broads. Discover rare animals from Asia on a tiger walk, all close to Great Yarmouth.

Location: Great Yarmouth, Norfolk

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Enjoy a carnival at the Castle

Enjoy a carnival at the Castle

Get into the carnival spirit with entertainment and stalls in the grounds of the historic Hertford Castle.

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

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