Family holidays in spring

Family breaks in spring

Family holidays in spring needn’t mean soggy BBQs and missing tent pegs. England is packed with fun and engaging things to do with kids, from dizzying treetop adventures to interactive museum exhibits and thrilling theme park breaks. For more of a laid-back pace, escape to a Cotswolds farm stay where you can spot the beasties on a nature trail and befriend the farmyard’s residents. How about a once-in-a-lifetime experience you’d never expect? Let the roar of tigers and lions lull you to sleep as you bed down on a bespoke luxury safari in the deepest, darkest wilds of... Kent.

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Step back in time and live like Wordsworth in Cumbria

A visit to Wordsworth House and Garden is a unique opportunity to experience late 18th-century life at first hand.

Location: Cockermouth, Cumbria

 

Enjoy luxury by the lake at Storrs Hall Hotel

Perched on the edge of the famous Lake Windermere, this Grade-II-listed Georgian mansion is surrounded by 17 acres of neatly trimmed grounds – plus the obligatory folly (in this case a temple).

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

 

Rainy Day Activities: Get spooked in the Blackpool Tower Dungeon

Tales of Lancashire's dark history and scary stories galore lay ready and waiting in Blackpool's spookiest indoor attraction, the Blackpool Tower Dungeon.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 

Take a tour of Hadrian’s Wall and hidden Cumbria

Spend the day discovering the Romans’ most significant monument in Britain, Hadrian’s Wall, and some of Cumbria’s most scenic spots.

Location: Hadrian's Wall, Cumbria

 

Set sail on a canal boat trip in the heart of Manchester

Whether you are looking for a short break or week-long trip, enjoy historic hands-on canal tours in Manchester.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 

Be a zookeeper for the day at South Lakes Safari Zoo

Spend some quality time with the family with an up-close animal encounter at South Lakes Safari Zoo in Cumbria.

Location: Dalton In Furness, Cumbria

 

Spread the joy at the World’s Original Marmalade Festival

Unleash your inner Paddington Bear on a visit to the World’s Original Marmalade Festival, which will be held on the historic Dalemain estate in Penrith.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

 

Ascend Liverpool Cathedral on a tower tour

The Anglican Cathedral dominates Liverpool’s skyline. Marvel at the inside of the great building and climb up its tower for spectacular views.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

 

Find romantic things to do at Chester’s hot new Storyhouse

Fall in love at this new cultural centre combining theatre, cinema, bars and more.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 

Enjoy a romantic city break at Oddfellows

With its gorgeous Georgian architecture, Oddfellows is the perfect place to have a romantic break away.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 

Step into the Industrial Revolution at Quarry Bank

This fascinating industrial heritage site transports visitors back to 18th century Northern England and the life of a thriving cotton mill community.

Location: Styal, Cheshire

 

Savour your scoops at The Ice Cream Farm

Keep the kids happy with more than 40 delicious flavours of ice cream, an outdoor play area, farm, quad bikes, mini golf and more...

Location: Tattenhall, Cheshire

 

Enjoy fine dining at The Samling

Top grub and sweeping views of Lake Windermere.

Location: Windermere, Cumbria

 

Discover Lowther Castle & Gardens

Of the many treasures waiting to be discovered in the Lake District, Lowther Castle is a particular gem.

Location: Penrith, Cumbria

 

Picnic in Blackpool’s largest park

Stanley Park, in the heart of Blackpool, is renowned for being one of the region's finest parks.

Location: Blackpool, Lancashire

 

Explore the bustling harbour at Maryport

Watch brightly-coloured trawlers unload the days’ catch, enjoy a bracing walk or coastal cycle, sample locally caught fish or go to a festival.

Location: Maryport, Cumbria

 

Release your inner Wordsworth with Words by the Water Festival

Don’t miss this exciting literature event, a festival of words and ideas, set by the lake surrounded by the Lake District fells.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

 

Get in touch with your inner Tarzan at Go Ape

Looking for some active fun? Stop monkeying around and spend the day at Go Ape where you can fly down a zip wire or leap off Tarzan Swings.

Location: Northwich, Cheshire

 

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

 

Go horseriding in the Lake District

Saddle up for a two-day horseriding trek around the fells of the Lake District.

Location: Lake District, Cumbria

 

Visit the Wizard Merlin's sleeping place in Alderley Edge

Spend the day exploring the magical area in Cheshire’s Alderley Edge where Merlin and King Arthur are reputedly sleeping in enchanted repose.

Location: Alderley Edge, Cheshire

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