Activities Days Out Ideas Summer

Best Summer Holiday Ideas for South West

Written by Yeyen

Let’s go on a summer day out in the lovely South West,
At these fab attractions that really are the best!
From zoos, castles, farms and more,
Here’s our handy guide at what you can explore!

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Longleat Safari Park – Warminster, Wiltshire

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**Exclusive Offer: Get 20% Off Tickets when you book through us**

Explore some fab attractions at Longleat, including the Jungle Kingdom, Safari Drive Adventure, Penguin Bay, Adventure Park Longleat House and much more! You’ll also get to meet majestic lions, mischievous monkeys, roaming rhino and chasing cheetahs. Head over to the drive through safari to feed some deer too! Get 20% off of your tickets when you book with Picniq! BOOK HERE.

Adventure Wonderland – Christchurch, Dorset

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2nd August 2017 : Meet & Greet Peppa Pig
17th August 2017 : Paw Patrol Marshall and Skye
**Get An Exclusive 25 % Off Tickets when you book through us**

Mini thrill seekers will love Adventure Wonderland! Designed for kids aged 3–10 years, this fun theme park has lots of rides suitable for youngsters, including the ‘Jabberwocky’ helta-skelter slide, a Runaway Train, Flying Elephants, Ghostly Galleon and Yoyo Swings and lots more! Better yet, there will be some very special guests visiting Adventure Wonderland this summer so be sure not to miss everyone’s favourite little piggy Peppa Pig on the 2nd of August, Paw Patrol’s cheeky pups Marshall and Skye on the 17th of August and Fireman Sam on the 29th of August. Get 25% off tickets when you book from Picniq! BOOK HERE.

Liberty’s Owl, Raptor & Reptile Centre – Ringwood, Hampshire

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**Get 49% Off Family Tickets when you book through us**

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Liberty’s is home to a large collection of birds of prey, reptiles and creepy crawlies! You’ll get to see some owls, hawks and eagles, as well as pythons, bearded dragons, snakes, tarantulas and much more! You also have the chance to see these amazing birds and see them in daily programme of falconry shows. Grab 49% off family tickets when you book with Picniq! BOOK HERE.

Museum of Witchcraft – Boscastle, Cornwall

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Get £1 off entry with a Days Out Card
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This fascinating museum, which is home to the largest collection of witchcraft artifacts and regalia, tells stories of magic and the history of witchcraft! For rumbling tums, head to the on site cafe where you can pick up some yummy food and drink. Grab £1 off entry with our Days Out Card! Find out more.

Eden Project – Par, Cornwall

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These two enormous geodesic conservatories, located in a 50 metre deep crater, are home to the Humid Tropics Biome and the Warm Temperate Biome. Set within the breathtaking location of Par, this attraction is not to be missed by budding gardeners and conservationists eager to see the largest rainforest in captivity, stunning plants, exhibitions and more! Find out more.

Heartlands – Redruth, Cornwall

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This unique park, which covers 19 acres, includes state-of-the-art exhibitions, climb-on sculptures and gardens! Creative little artists will love the arts and crafts activities on offer. Pay a visit to the Totem Circle, which is used as a performance area through the year. Kids will love the Adventure Playground where they will find amazing funnel slides to speed down as well as plenty to climb on and over!  Find out more.

Farmer Palmer’s Farm Park – Poole, Dorset

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Budding farmers will love Farmer Palmer’s! They’ll be spoilt for choice with indoor and outdoor play areas, bumpy tractor trailer rides plus plenty of cuddles with cute animals. Active ones will love the bouncy castles and the Maize Maze (open July to October) to get lost in. Take a quiet stroll on a beautiful woodland walk to take in some lovely scenery! Find out more.

Clip ‘n’ Climb – Exeter, Devon

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**10% off with a Days Out Card**

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Are your little monkeys ready for an adventure? Tackle the Jungle Gym, reach new heights on the Skyscraper, take the Speed Climbing challenge or light up the board on the Checkerplate. This is a great activity to build confidence and team building skills! Get 10% off with our Days Out Card! Find out more.

Gloucester Ski & Snowboard Centre – Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Little adventurers will love this indoor sports centre, which features a huge 230 metre main slope and a nursery slope for lessons! There’s also lifts, a snowflex fun park for the children and a Big Airbag for practicing freestyle manoeuvres! Find out more.

The World of Country Life – Exmouth, Devon

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**10% off entry with a Days Out Card**

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Your little farmers will love immersing themselves in rural life at The World of Country Life! Wander through a Victorian Street, marvel at the transport and agricultural machinery of yesteryear, and meet some cute and cuddly animals in the pets centre. There’s also adventure playgrounds, a giant slide, trampolines, crazy golf, as well as an indoor Pirate Ship Adventure and a safari train that runs through a forty acre deer park! Get 10% off entry with our Days Out Card! Find out more.

Winchester Science Centre – Winchester, Hampshire

 21st July – 4th September – Summer Events

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Budding little scientists will love getting to explore this fascinating museum, which has over 100 hands-on science exhibits for them to discover! The planetarium has shows that run almost everyday, you can get sucked in to a black hole, travel through the Solar System or even explore the human body. Over the Summer holidays from the 21st of July to the 4th of September there is a packed schedule of brilliant live shows and films as well as all the other amazing exhibits to explore. Find out more.

Diggerland – Cullompton, Devon

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Come along to Diggerland where kids and adults can drive a real working JCB… no license needed! Learn how to use JCBs of all shapes and sizes, drive a dumper truck, experience the thrill of Spin Dizzy, or enjoy the view on Sky Shuttle. Under 17’s can race Go-Karts around a specially designed course or get behind the wheel of a real car!  Find out more.

Stonehenge – Salisbury, Wiltshire

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This prehistoric monument and a World Heritage Site has a fascinating history behind it… its believed to be the last in a series of monuments erected between 3000 and 1600BC! Stonehenge also plays host to Summer Solstice every year, where people gather at the stones in the evening to watch the sunrise. Head to the visitor centre to find out more or to see some fab exhibitions! Find out more.

Tutankhamun Exhibition – Dorchester, Dorset

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**£5 off a Family Ticket with a Days Out Card**

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This amazing exhibition recreates the tomb and treasures of the fascinating discovery of Tutankhamnun by using original materials and methods that craftsmenused for the originals now in Egypt. The antechamber of the tomb has been recreated exactly as it was when Howard Carter entered it in 1922! Get £5 off a family ticket with our Days Out Card! Find out more.

Chedworth Roman Villa – Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

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Visit the remains of this Roman villa, where some of the richest people in the 4th Century lived, to marvel at mosaics and find out about some of the inventions brought to the country including mosaics, bathhouses, latrines and even underfloor heating! Find out more.

Teddy Bear Museum – Dorchester, Dorset

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**£5 off a Family Ticket with a Days Out Card**

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Come and learn all about the history of teddy bears! You’ll meet one-of-a-kind bears, antique bears, modern collectables and even famous bears. There is also a teddy bear shop, so you can take a special friend home with you! Get £5 off a family ticket with our Days Out Card! Find out more.

Harry May Boat and Fishing Trips – Lyme Regis, Dorset

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**£5 off deep sea fishing with a Days Out Card**

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Take to the waters to catch mackerel and exotic fish on one of the deep sea fishing trips. Afterwards head to the shore with your fish which can be filleted, grilled and served with chips for just £3:50! Get £5 off a deep sea fishing session with our Days Out Card! Find out more.

Dinosaur Museum – Dorchester, Dorset

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This fascinating museum, established in 1984, presents an amazing mixture of dinosaur fossils, skeletons, life-size reconstructions and interactive displays such as the ‘feelies’ (a unique hands-on experience reveals what a T-Rex dinosaur felt like), as well as a colour box and parasaurlophus sound. Find out more.

Avebury Manor & Garden – Marlborough, Wiltshire

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Avebury Manor and Garden (the largest stone circle in the world!) displays many fascinating artefacts and findings of archaeologist Alexander Kellier. There are also interactive displays for the children to enjoy! Find out more.

Old Wardour Castle – Salisbury, Wiltshire

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Budding historians will love learning all about these amazing castle ruins! Get to know the Castle’s eventful past, including how it was badly damaged during the Civil War, or take a picnic to soak up some sun on its beautiful grounds! Find out more.

Grand Pier – Weston Super Mare, Somerset

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**£2.50 off unlimited rides wristband with a Days Out Card**
Friday 21st July – Fireworks at Sea

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This iconic building, which has a fantastic large indoor amusements area, will leave you spoilt for choice! Including a selection of rides and attractions, such as the gentler 4D Cinema, soft play area, helter skelter and Britain’s smallest roller coaster and so much more, this is fab family day out for all to enjoy. This summer come on down to the Grand Pier on Friday 21st July to see a spectacular display over the sea. You can buy a ticket from the Gift Shop or online and you can also get £2.50 off unlimited wristband rides with our Days Out Card! Find out more.

Bath Aqua Theatre of Glass – Bath, Somerset

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**2 for 1 entry with a Days Out Card**

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Come along to see glass blowing in action, where some amazing pieces are made before your very eyes! Get up close to some beautiful stained glass, including a 1557 panel featuring papel guards. Curious minds can also take a glass making course to make their own creations to take home! Find out more.

Wookey Hole Caves – Wells, Somerset

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Visit these amazing caves that have over 50,000 years of history and is claimed to be the home of the infamous Witch of Wookey! These caves also offer some fab attractions, including Valley of the Dinosaurs, where you will step back in time and see a life size Tyrannosaurus! You’ll also find a mirror maze, fun play area, Pirate Golf, 4D cinema and more! Find out more.

West Somerset Railway – Minehead, Somerset

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**Buy 1 rover, get 1 half price with a Days Out Card**

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This lovely steam train, which runs through 20 miles of glorious Somerset coast and countryside, is the perfect day out for all the family… especially if your little one is train mad! There are 10 stations along the line, as well as 3 museums and 1 restored turntable. Get one rover half price with one full paying admission ticket with our Days Out Card! Find out more.

Puzzlewood – Coleford, Gloucestershire

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Explore your way through the 14 acre ancient woodland and discover some fascinating yew trees, bridges, lookouts and twisted rocks! You’ll also get to make friends with some fantastic animals, including donkeys, cattle and pygmy goats, as well as ponies, pigs, ducks, lambs, rabbits and chickens. There are two indoor mazes; one with secret doors and dead ends, with another being a giant straw maze! Find out more.

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Dean Herigate Centre – Badminton, Gloucestershire

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**Get 20% off with a Days Out Card**

This fun heritage centre offers lots to do for all of the family to enjoy! Explore the Victorian cottage, watch chainsaw carving demonstrations and head to the adventure playground to burn off some steam. Little farmers will also love meeting the cute and cuddly animals on site! Get 20% off with our Days Out Card! Find out more.

Screen Owls Sanctuary – St Columb, Cornwall

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**2 for 1 entry with a Days Out Card**

Come to see some magnificent varied species of owls from all over the world and learn interesting things about them and owl conservation! You’ll also get to watch a fascinating Falconry Display, meet the meerkats and see the naughty pigmy goats Billy and Casper and so much more! Kids can head to the playground to let off some steam whilst parents can grab some much needed relaxation time! Better yet, you can get two for one entry with our Days Out Card! Find out more.

Chard Museum – Chard, Somerset

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**Kids go free with a Days Out Card**

Curious minds will love finding out some fascinating facts at this amazing museum! Learn all about the first powered flight, the first artificial limbs and the first lady Cabinet Minister that all originated from Chard. Kids go free with our Days Out Card too! Find out more.

Swindon Karting F1 – Wroughton, Wiltshire

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Little race drivers will love getting the chance to race around this indoor track on super fast go-karts, which are suitable for kids aged 5 and over. There are also other activities available including laser clay shooting, rodeo bull and mini diggers, as well as mini quads and much more! Find out more.

Crealy Adventure Park – Wadebridge, Cornwall

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Little thrill seekers will love climbing aboard some fab rides, including the Morgawr roller coaster, Raging Rivers, The Beast and The Viking Warrior. You can meet a whole range of reptiles on the Crocodile Corner Reptile House such as pythons, tarantulas and crocodiles! For that unpredictable British weather, there’s a large indoor play area, with lots of fun mazes, ball pools, rope ladders and aerial glides. Find out more.

Canonteign Fall – Exeter, Devon

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At 200 feet high, Canonteign Falls is one of England’s highest waterfalls! You’ll find a magical combination of waterfalls, woodlands and lakes. Take on the assault course, let off some steam in the playground or get active on the trampolines! There are relaxation spots where you could stop for a picnic to take in some glorious sunshine and spot some awesome wildlife! Find out more.

Lazer Space – Taunton, Somerset

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Take your little astronaunts on an out of this world adventure at Lazer Space! Battle through the flashing lights, sounds and smoke of this brilliant laser tag arena with it’s towers mazes and ramps. Suitable for kids aged 6 and over. Find out more.

Burnham Beach – Burnham on Sea, Somerset

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This wide open sandy beach is the perfect seaside escape! This lovely beach has lifeguards patrolling from May to September for peace of mind, as well as fun donkey rides to take in that beautiful coastline! Find out more.

Gloucester Waterways Museum – Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Come along to this insightful museum to learn some interesting facts about waterways! Find out about canals and rivers, climb abroad the historic boats and discover some interactive displays. Also available are relaxing boat trips along Gloucester & Sharpness Canal or River Severn! Find out more.

Nature in Art – Gloucester, Gloucestershire

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Bring little nature lovers to this beautiful Georgian Mansion… the first art gallery that is dedicated to decorative and applied art inspired by nature! They have a regularly changing programme of events and exhibitions, so be sure to keep an eye out over the summer! Find out more.

MagicLand – Cirencester, Gloucestershire

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Bring mini adventurers to this 13,000 sq ft indoor play area! With slides, ball canons, ramps, and a mini football pitch, your little ones will be spoilt for choice. There is also a separate section for little ones under 4. Find out more.

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