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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Embark on a family safari in Dorset

Embark on a family safari in Dorset

Feed the fluffy cygnets, giggle at the gorillas or take a loveable donkey out for a picnic.

Location: Dorset

 
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

 
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

 
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

 
Make friends at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Make friends at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre

Home to over 250 rescued and endangered primates.

Location: Wareham, Dorset

 
Make a huge splash at Robin Hood’s Water Park

Make a huge splash at Robin Hood’s Water Park

Make a splash at Nottinghamshire's newest family attraction - Robin Hood's Water Park at Wheelgate Theme Park.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

 
Get lost in Wistow Maze's three miles of pathways

Get lost in Wistow Maze's three miles of pathways

Pay a summer visit to the famous Wistow Maze, shops, gallery and model village at the Rural Centre and explore the surrounding countryside.

Location: Wistow, Leicestershire

 
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

 
Learn how to find fossils with a guided fossil walk

Learn how to find fossils with a guided fossil walk

Take the family on a fossil hunting walk along Charmouth Beach and uncover prehistoric history while walking along a dramatic stretch of coastline.

Location: Charmouth, Dorset

 
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

 
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

 
Family fun at Blakemere Village

Family fun at Blakemere Village

If you're looking for a day out that’s great for adults and also family-friendly, why not head to Blakemere Village?

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

 
Experience indoor play with a twist in Bournemouth

Experience indoor play with a twist in Bournemouth

Great organic fun for mum, dad and the kids. A one-stop shop for family entertainment.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

 
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

 
June events: Take the family to Hertford Castle Fun Day

June events: Take the family to Hertford Castle Fun Day

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

Location: Hertford, Hertfordhsire

 
Climb aboard a classic steam railway at Bolton Abbey

Climb aboard a classic steam railway at Bolton Abbey

Puffing through the Yorkshire Dales is the Embsay & Bolton Abbey steam railway where special events take place throughout the year.

Location: Wharfedale, Yorkshire Dales

 
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

 
Ride and seek on a summer holiday in Nottinghamshire

Ride and seek on a summer holiday in Nottinghamshire

Get off the beaten track and discover the woods and wilds of Nottinghamshire with an adventure holiday on two wheels.

Location: Worksop, Nottinghamshire

 
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

 
Watch Falcons in flight at the Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre

Watch Falcons in flight at the Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre

Get up-close and personal with some formidable feathered predators.

Location: Settle, North Yorkshire

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