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11 family days out from London
 
Wondering what to do with the kids this weekend? Get out of town and head to one of these popular children's attractions – big kids may enjoy them too.
If you’re looking for action-packed, outdoor adventure for kids (and big kids), the six Aerial Extreme courses across the UK are guaranteed to deliver. Whether you’ve got kids who love shinning up trees, or just enjoy a white-knuckle challenge yourself, these elevated obstacle courses require balance, nerve, and plenty of...
Alton Towers offers everything one would expect from a world-class theme park, with plenty of terror-inducing roller coasters (bearing suitably illustrative names such as ‘Oblivion’ and ‘Nemesis’) as well as an impressive indoor water park, aquarium and 4D cinema to boot. More than just a glorified fairground, the Alton Towers...
This fantastical adventure theme park for the under-12s is an eccentric, eclectic fantasyland knitted together by lovely Norfolk woodland. Mysterious creatures live in dens and treetops, while young visitors can scramble across rope bridges, whizz down zip wires and scramble up trees. There are boat trips, storytellers and special play...
When it comes to family entertainment, Chessington has it in spades, with a host of attractions to please the seasoned adrenaline junkie, the young jungle explorer and all those in between. Ten differently themed ‘lands’ packed full of thrilling rides exist alongside a Sea Life Centre and impressively diverse Chessington...
Head to this picturesque fishing quay at Mudeford village any time of the year and you’ll see them somewhere amongst the lobster pots – families with kids lined up and peering intently over the sides of the concrete pylons. Crabbing here is great family fun – for kids and big...
Both Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton honed their skills at Buckmore, and the kart track is equally as much fun whether you’re four or forty. Groups can take part in three or six-hour team races, or as an individual you can try sprints – a series of short, sharp races...
One of Britain’s best theme parks for younger children, Legoland features 55 interactive rides and attractions built from nearly 55 million bricks of LEGO. Younger kids will love riding on the Duplo train or driving the Lego cars, while Miniland is an amazing model world, with iconic landmarks and the...
Longleat was the first safari park outside Africa and remains one of Britain’s top family days out. Drive though enclosures that are home to lions, tigers, giraffe and hippo and try to catch a glimpse of the park’s newest addition – a family of cheetahs. The new Jungle Kingdom has...
Trentham Monkey Forest is a complete one-off: 60 acres of woodland where 140 Barbary macaques live in complete freedom. Once through the gates you’re on their territory – there are no cages or fenced-off areas and the monkeys may come and sit next to you, swing from the trees above,...
If you’re a fan of Harry Potter, with an insatiable thirst for more, then this collection of sets, costumes and creatures from the movies is a must-see. The self-guided studio tour takes you through the actual sets where the movie was filmed. Relive the magic by walking on the cobbles...
Warwick Castle sets out to prove that history doesn’t have to be dry and dull – and with jousting knights, fire-breathing dragons, spooky dungeons and wild royal parties, it succeeds rather well. The castle has 1,000 years of history to plunder, and each area has a different theme and time...