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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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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Uncover 400 Million Years of Heritage

Uncover 400 Million Years of Heritage

The English Riviera is steeped in rich seafaring history, with stories of pirates, smugglers and shipwrecks waiting to be uncovered.

Location: English Riviera, Devon

 
Mermaids, dinosaurs and pirate adventure on the Yorkshire Coast

Mermaids, dinosaurs and pirate adventure on the Yorkshire Coast

Hunt for fossils on the beach or solve the mermaid mystery and sail on a pirate ship. Go on a dinosaur walk or explore the Maritime Trail.

Location: Scarborough, North/East Yorkshire

 
Take a walk on the wild side in East Lincolnshire

Take a walk on the wild side in East Lincolnshire

Explore salty and sandy nature reserves as you seek out wildlife on the beautiful Lincolnshire coast.

Location: Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire

 
Dive into an underwater world at SEA LIFE Scarborough

Dive into an underwater world at SEA LIFE Scarborough

Discover a magical underwater world at one of North Yorkshire's best family attractions.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Take time out and relax with a Llama at Wellbeing Farm

Take time out and relax with a Llama at Wellbeing Farm

If you’re looking to try something different with the kids, then try Llama Trekking through the beautiful West Pennine Moors.

Location: Bolton, Lancashire

 
Enjoy a high flying family break in Sunderland

Enjoy a high flying family break in Sunderland

Visit the largest free air show in the country, ride a model train through lush parkland and go rock pooling on the beach.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 
Live like a mediaeval knight at Warwick Castle

Live like a mediaeval knight at Warwick Castle

Experience an exclusive sleepover in your very own themed Lodge, set in a picturesque woodland grove on the river bank within the Knight's Village of Warwick Castle.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

 
Rainy Day Activities: Uncover underwater secrets at Blue Planet Aquarium

Rainy Day Activities: Uncover underwater secrets at Blue Planet Aquarium

Discover clown fish, reef magic, giant octopus and plenty more indoor activities as you immerse in this underwater world.

Location: Ellesmere Port, Cheshire

 
Discover something for all ages to enjoy at Leeds Castle

Discover something for all ages to enjoy at Leeds Castle

Leeds Castle in Kent – once described by Lord Conway as ‘the loveliest castle in the world’ – is the perfect place for families to escape to.

Location: Lenham, Kent

 
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

 
Fly along the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire

Fly along the world’s first pier-to-shore zip wire

Climb the Zip tower at the end of Bournemouth Pier and above the sea and zip-surf over the waves to the shore. Race friends and family to the beach!

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 
Shout ‘Yarrrr!’ and be a pirate for the day

Shout ‘Yarrrr!’ and be a pirate for the day

Join in the shenanigans this summer at one of Brixham’s fantastic pirate days for adults and children.

Location: Brixham, Devon

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