Family holidays

Family holidays

Walk among dinosaurs on a fossil hunting tour or put nerves to the test at a thrilling theme park. Get close to nature and camp in protected woodland or stay aboard a lighthouse or a barge on your family holidays. Bike rides and picnics in a national park, long afternoons at the beach exploring rockpools, baffling mazes and hide and seek in the grounds of a stately home: England is packed with inspiring child friendly holidays and activities. If you think learning is for stuffy school rooms, think again. Discover the secrets of the Tudors and Victorians, marvel at Roman remains and re-live bloody battles and beheadings on days out with the kids.

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Experience life in a WWI trench at the Lancashire Museum

Tens of thousands of proud Lancastrians perished in the Great War, whose experiences in the trenches are brought to life at the Museum of Lancashire in Preston.

Location: Preston, Lancashire

 

May events: Have a nautical time at Gloucester Tall Ships Festival

Set sail to Gloucester as the award-winning Gloucester Tall Ships makes its return voyage to the UK's most inland port in May.

Location: Gloucester, Gloucestershire

 

Enjoy a family break in the artistic surroundings of Nelson Barn

Ramble around the Cumbrian countryside with the whole family and get a good night’s sleep at Nelson Barn.

Location: Kaber, Cumbria

 
A view of the Brighton Palace Pier sign at the entrance to the pier

Get your fair share of thrills on Brighton Pier

From the traditional helter skelter to heart-racing thrills overlooking the sea, the iconic Brighton Pier is a seaside theme park for families of all ages.

Location: Brighton & Hove, East Sussex

 

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

 

Discover wildlife and the history of Derwent Reservoir

Spot red squirrels, adders and bog plants at Derwent Reservoir and Pow Hill Country Park in the Durham Dales.

Location: Durham Dales

 
Sunlight beaming through trees in Cannock Chase Forest

Enjoy the great outdoors at Cannock Chase Forest

Cannock Chase is the UK’s smallest mainland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Here you can ride, hike, climb or just wander at your own pace.

Location: Rugeley , Staffordshire

 

Get active on the Isles of Scilly

Don't let Scilly's tranquility fool you – there is a huge range of outdoor activities to keep every member of the family occupied.

Location: Isles of Scilly, Cornwall

 

Feel calmer whilst walking a llama

Go walkies South American-style with National Forest Llama Treks, an unusual “let’s-do-something-different” trekking experience.

Location: Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire

 

August events: Discover the English countryside with BBC Countryfile Live

Head to the spectacular grounds of Oxfordshire’s iconic World Heritage Site, Blenheim Palace, for BBC Countryfile Live, which will be hosted from the 1 - 4 August.

Location: Woodstock, Oxfordshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Sunderland Museum

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is a great place for the whole family to spend the day – and it’s free.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

 

Plan a day of horse riding with Country Treks

Horse riding in the beautiful South Shropshire countryside is something quite special indeed and is great way to admire the scenery.

Location: Stottesdon, Shropshire

 

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

 

Enjoy a winter family break in a historical coach house

Enjoy a family get together with a difference this Christmas at the historic Brackenborough Hall Coach House.

Location: Brackenborough, Lincolnshire

 
The domes of the Eden Project at night

Discover Cornwall's Eden Project

Five biomes nestled under five giant bubbles in the hills of Cornwall make for one of Britain's most impressive indoor eco-attractions.

Location: St Austell, Cornwall

 

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

 

Rainy Day Activities: Cycle the track at Derby Arena

Enter the adrenaline-fuelled world of track cycling on Derby's 250-metre indoor Velodrome, suitable for novices, veterans and elite cyclists.

Location: Derby, Derbyshire

 

October events: Visit England's largest travelling fair in Hull

Hull Fair celebrated its 700th birthday in 1993 and has grown continuously, now attracting over half a million visitors every year.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

 

Head to a Lancashire family farmyard hideaway

Explore Lancashire's natural and historic treasures from an award winning self-catering farm cottage.

Location: Ormskirk, Lancashire

 

Go wild camping in the Northumberland Countryside

Be close to nature as you enjoy an overnight camping experience with the experts at Badger and the Bear Outdoor Adventure Camp.

Location: Amble, Northumberland

 

Have a close encounter with Daleks and medieval peasants in Essex

Choose to travel back in time to medieval England in 1066, the toys of your childhood or even WWII (though chances are you’ll want to do all three).

Location: Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex

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