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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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

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Walk on air for stunning views over the Solent

Walk on air for stunning views over the Solent

Explore Portsmouth this summer, with towering visitor attractions, outdoor activities and the America’s Cup World Series racing.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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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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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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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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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

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Run wild at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester

Run wild at LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Manchester

The centre is made up of a series of interactive features to immerse kids into a world where their imagination can run wild at every turn.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

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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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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

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Enjoy a cycle ride with sensational views at Sutton Bank

Enjoy a cycle ride with sensational views at Sutton Bank

With Yorkshire at your feet, head out on two wheels from Sutton Bank Bikes, a cycling centre located on the dramatic Sutton Bank escarpment.

Location: Sutton Bank near Thirsk, North Yorkshire

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Indulge your very own water-babies at The Sandcastle Waterpark

Indulge your very own water-babies at The Sandcastle Waterpark

The Sandcastle Waterpark is home to Masterblaster, the world’s longest indoor rollercoaster waterslide, and so much more.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

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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

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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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Get up close with the farm animals at Staunton Country Park

Get up close with the farm animals at Staunton Country Park

Come and meet friendly farm animals, have a rainforest experience in Victorian glasshouses or get lost in the maze.

Location: Havant, Hampshire

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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

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Join in the adventures of Nottingham’s legendary son, Robin Hood

Join in the adventures of Nottingham’s legendary son, Robin Hood

Discover the tales of Nottinghamshire’s most legendary son and the world's favourite folk hero, Robin Hood.

Location: Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire

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Magic and mystery in the Forest of Dean

Magic and mystery in the Forest of Dean

Follow in the footsteps of Dr Who, Merlin and Atlantis, explore the Clearwell Caves or ride through the forest on the steam railway.

Location: Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire

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Go walking with dinosaurs

Go walking with dinosaurs

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk alongside the dinosaurs that once roamed the earth? Well now you can…

Location: Sandown, Isle of Wight

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Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Explore Cornwall’s mining heritage

Sandy beaches, cream teas, ancient woodlands and innovative architecture make for a fascinating family day out in Camborne and Redruth.

Location: Cornwall

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Have your very own Arthurian adventure

Have your very own Arthurian adventure

Hear stories of history, myth, and ancient wonder from the legends themselves on an epic family-friendly Lake District tour.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

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