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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Go wild camping on Dartmoor

When it comes to experiencing the unspoiled and unique environment of the wilds of Dartmoor, nothing compares to wild camping.

Location: Dartmoor, Devon

 

Discover hidden Ice Age art at Creswell Crags

Hidden in a beautiful limestone gorge you'll find some of Britain's only known Ice Age art.

Location: Creswell, Nottinghamshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Uncover history at the New Forest Centre

Learn more about one of the UK's oldest and largest royal forests at the indoor New Forest Heritage Centre.

Location: Lyndhurst, Hampshire

 

December events: Start off your Christmas season in Chester

Visit Santa, sip on mulled wine and spend the weekend celebrating all things festive in the beautiful city of Chester.

Location: Chester, Cheshire

 

August events: Look up to the skies at Portsmouth International Kite Festival

Take a kite to Southsea Common and get involved in one of the world's biggest and best kite festivals.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Soar in a hot air balloon across the City of Bath

You’ll be breathless as you start your ascent from Victoria Park, taking in views of the Royal Crescent and The Circus.

Location: Bath, Somerset

 

Picnic within the walls of Portchester Castle

Surround yourself with thousands of years of history as you enjoy a picnic in the grounds of Portchester Castle.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Enter an underwater world at Sea Life London

Step out of the rain and head underwater at Sea Life London Aquarium, and discover a whole world of aquatic life.

Location: Southbank, London

 

Take a London Film Locations Tour

A whizz around London's famous film backdrops, visiting around 40 different locations.

Location: London, Greater London

 

Free-wheeling fun in Leicester & The National Forest

From a city full of fresh cycling ideas, to off-road biking excursions in The National Forest.

Location: Leicester, Leicestershire

 

Visit Battlefield 1403, site of the Battle of Shrewsbury

Visit the site of the Battle of Shrewsbury in Shropshire and discover how it changed the course of English and French history.

Location: Shrewsbury, Shropshire

 

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

 
Close up of human hand picking blackberries from branch in garden.

Where to go fruit picking in England

Check out fruit picking locations in England where the whole family can get hands-on with harvesting their own fruit and vegetables.

 

Book a magical family break at Center Parcs

With hundreds of acres of forest to explore and a constantly expanding list of activities, Center Parcs offers a perfect blend of relaxation and adventure.

Location: Rufford, Nottinghamshire

 

Try your hand at falconry at Millets Farm

Ever marvelled at a soaring bird of prey and wondered how they are trained? Find out on a special Advanced Entry visit to Millets Farm Falconry Centre.

Location: Frilford, Oxfordshire

 

Rainy Day Activities: Get hands on at the National Football Museum

Explore the world's largest football collection, learn about the history and culture of England's national sport and take part in other footy-related indoor activities at Manchester's National Football Museum.

Location: Manchester, Greater Manchester

 

Animal-inspired family fun at Wild Place Project

Travel through habitats of the world on the edge of Bristol with safari-style animal encounters and child-friendly activities at Wild Place.

Location: Bristol

 

November events: Step back in time at the Victorian Christmas Festival

Get in the festive spirit at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

 

December events: Have a winter weekend at Compton Verney

Delight in festive fun with the family at at Compton Verney, Warwickshire's award-winning art gallery.

Location: Warwickshire

 

Get lost in Blackgang Chine’s world of imagination

Lose yourself in the Land of Imagination at Blackgang Chine…the UK’s oldest amusement park where you step out of the everyday and into a magical world where the only constraint is your own creativity.

Location: Blackgang, Isle of Wight

 

Join the Clouds with Bristol Hot Air Ballooning

Take to the skies in a hot air balloon across the West Country, giving you amazing views and an unforgettable experience.

Location: Bristol

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