It’s time to have a fun day out!
One that you’ll definitely shout about!
Head to a magical Royal Castle,
or The National Centre for Children’s Books in Newcastle!
Lizard Lighthouse Heritage Centre, Cornwall
The twin towers of the Lizard Lighthouse on the Cornish coast, mark the most southerly point of the UK! Head to the lighthouse to learn all about its history in the original engine room which was renovated and opened by The Royal Princess in 2009! There are also lots of interactive displays that your little ones will love! Find out more here!
Get ready to be taken on a journey through a century of amazing aviation achievements! Step on board The Concorde Hangar and learn about its history through three short films, you’ll even get to see a pilot’s uniform and a flight deck! Learn how engineers managed to create such an incredible aircraft that could travel at 1320mph and carry over 100 passengers! Your little ones are also bound to love the time-travelling trail, helicopters, rockets, and many hands-on activities! There’s also an outdoor play area! Find out more here!
Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham, Dorset
Meet the primates at Monkey World Ape Rescue Centre! Bachelor Chimpanzees, Bart’s Chimpanzees, and Bryan’s chimpanzees are bound to leave your kids amazed! This centres main aim is to rescue and rehabilitate primates and this is what your little ones could learn about. Find out about the monkeys’ lives before coming to the centre and the illegal trade, as well as how the centre has been able to help these amazing animals! There are also talks and guided tours of the 65-acre park! Find out more here!
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth
With access to all 10 attractions there’s so much to explore! Head to The Mary Rose to see Henry VIII’s favourite ship! Discover England in the Tudor era and re-live the final moments on the ship! This audio-visual experience will take you back to the 19th July 1545 when the ship sank during the Battle of the Solent. Until the 30th October, you can also see the past come to life with the new technologies exhibition! Plus, why not experience stories on the HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and Harbour Tour today! Find out more here!
Arundel Castle, West Sussex
Discover history from 1067 to the present! Learn about the preservation of the castle and rare paintings inside from those such as Van Dyck and Canaletto! Plus, there are some amazing gardens for you to stroll around and enjoy their natural beauty! Find out more here!
Windsor Castle, Windsor
Spend the day at a royal castle! The Queen spends most of her private weekends here and so could you! Follow a family trail to learn about the castle and its amazing history and treasures! Get introduced to the many characters who live at Windsor Castle such as Gilbert the Grotesque and Cyril! Plus, on the 22nd October, you can also enjoy the ‘Fire in the Tower’ activity which remembers the great fire at the Castle 30 years on! Book here!
Historic Dockyard Chatham, Chatham, Kent
Go on an adventure at the Historic Dockyard Chatham! Explore 80 acres with over 400 years of heritage this weekend! Why not witness rope being made that was used to rig the biggest vessels to take to the sea! Or look through the periscope of a submarine to spy on enemies! Plus, you can take the HM Submarine Ocelot tour or The Hearts of Oak Tour! Book here!
KidZania, Shepherds Bush Westfield, London
Head to the Aviation Academy and begin your training. You’ll learn about the challenges that pilots must overcome in the air as well as the many flight paths! If you have a budding firefighter in your family, then why not join the Fire & Rescue service! Take to the stage as an actor or dancer, learn about being a banker or the skills needed to be a police officer, doctor, vet and many more! Whatever aspirations your kids may have, they can explore these passions at KidZania! Why not also check out the Careers festival from 21st-25th November where your kids will get the chance to meet some amazing industry professionals! Book here!
Centre of the Cell, Whitechapel, London
Fancy stepping inside a working biomedical research laboratory?! This is the first science centre in the world to be in such a location! See an interactive science show or a workshop where you will have to complete challenges and tasks! Learn about the human body and up-to-date medical research as you are suspended over the laboratories in a cell! Find out more here!
Tower of London, London borough of Tower Hamlets
Head to the Tower of London for a day out like no other. With so much to see, your little ones won’t get bored! See the famous crown jewels at an estimated value of over £20 billion! Say hello to the Yeoman warders and let your little ones spot the tower ravens as they walk around! The Line of Kings is also home to impressive displays of royal arms and armour, wooden horses, Henry VIII’s tournament armour, plus much more! Book here!
London Transport Museum, Covent Garden
Discover the roundel, the famous symbol of London’s Transport! See how they’ve changed since 1908, how it was registered as a trademark in 1917 and appeared in stations in the 1930s! Dedicated to preserving our unique transport heritage, the Museum’s many galleries take visitors on a journey through time from the Victorian era when almost every vehicle in London was horse-drawn through to the digging of the first Underground tunnel. Book here!
Cambridge Museum of Technology, Cambridge
Explore Cambridge and its industrial heritage at Cambridge Museum of Technology! Head to the Victorian Pumping Station to learn about all things sewage and waste or discover the forgotten industries of Cambridge in the Top Bay. There’s also plenty for the kids to see and do! Pick up your very own family trail and explorer box and discover the activity stations which include puzzles, colouring in, and feely objects in The Steam Engine Room, Top Bay, and Pye Building! There’s even a chance to dress up! Find out more here!
Take your little ones into the land of Zog! Run, jump, and climb on the Zog playground and take part in the Zog quest for a golden star! Plus, there’s a Horrible Histories maze that screams adventure! Discover the Vicious Vikings, Stormin’ Normans, and lots more as you follow the challenges! If you’ve ever wondered what Victorian high society was like, then why not head to Francis and Daisy Greville’s exclusive house party! A young Winston Churchill may even be there! Walk through the original rooms in the castle and learn about the scandal and secrets that would have swarmed this social event! Book here!
IWM Duxford, Cambridge
Located on the original site of RAF Duxford you will know all about the amazing history of flight by the end of this day out! It is home to the world’s largest collection of historic aircraft and ground vehicles, from Messerschmitt’s and Mustangs to spitfires this Museum has it all! Plus, on the 8th of October, there will be an end of season flying finale bringing together all the highlights of the year! Please note that you must buy separate tickets for the air show. Book here!
Silverstone Interactive Museum, Towcester, Northamptonshire
Walk from Bridge corner to Priory on the original grand prix circuit at Silverstone Interactive Museum! Learn about specific parts of the track such as the Wellington Straight and Luffield and hear the amazing stories of racing events! If this hasn’t enticed you enough, then there’s also the simulator experience which was seen on BBC One’s ‘The Apprentice”. Your little ones can even try commentating on a race! Find out more here!
The Royal Mint Experience, Rhondda Cynon Taff
Strike your own 2022 Winnie the Pooh and friends UK 50p coin and take it home at the end of your visit! You can explore the Platinum Jubilee Exhibition which displays some of the rarest coins in British history! With over 1000 years of history, there’s so much for you to see and discover with your little ones! Find out more here!
The Magic of Life Butterfly House, Rheidol Valley
Step into a world of butterflies in the indoor tropical house where you’ll see some beautiful free-flying butterflies. From some of the largest and most-colourful butterflies in the rainforests to giant insects, fish, and corals there’s so much to see! Your little ones can learn about the life-cycling of these insects whilst also seeing them fly around freely. Plus, dogs are welcome so bring your furry friends along! Find out more here!
Titanic Belfast, Belfast
Discover the story of the Titanic at her birthplace in Belfast! There are nine galleries that you can explore to understand the mechanics of this impressive ship, the disastrous sinking, and the effects afterwards! Plus, thanks to some amazing technology, you can explore the wreck that lies 13,000 ft in the ocean! Find out more here!
The Argory, Dungannon
Step inside an 1800s Irish gentry home, with an amazing rosewood piano and contemporary art! Explore the riverside gardens or pop into the Blackwater second-hand bookshop and look around. Take a picnic along and let the kids play on the adventure playground! Find out more here!
Eureka The National Children’s Museum, Halifax, England
Discover the six unique zones for kids aged 0-11 at the Eureka! Look around the Museum to give your little ones the opportunity to find out about themselves and the world around them through interactive exhibits! Find out more here!
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, Newcastle Upon Tyne
Get your little ones into reading at Seven stories! There are story stompers sessions for kids who love moving and making music as well as many more exhibitions! Plus, there’s a literary adventure playground! There’s definitely something for everyone to explore their imagination! Find out more here!
Nunnington Hall, North Yorkshire
The picturesque manor house makes for a great family day out! Explore the gardens and exhibitions with your little ones and learn about the tales of the house! See the world’s finest collections of miniature rooms in the attic and tie a ribbon to the wish tree! Find out more here!
Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore
Discover Scottish history and rural life at the Highland Folk Museum! See over 12,ooo artefacts every Wednesday at 2pm explained by an amazing tour guide! You can also see how people in the Highlands, worked, lived, went to school, and enjoyed their free time, through 35 historical buildings! Find out more here!
Scone Palace, Perth
Visit the place where 42 kings and princes have been crowned, including Macbeth and Robert The Bruce! Great affairs and ceremonies have taken place here and you could experience such an atmosphere this weekend! Learn about Scotland’s heritage and explore the magnificent gardens that consist of 100 acres of woodland gardens, perfect for taking a walk in or having a picnic! Find out more here!
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