Days Out Ideas

Free Days Out in October

Free Days Out In October
Written by Lottie

Let’s go on an adventure for some autumn fun,
From gardens and aquariums… the list has just begun!
From farms, museums and so much more to see,
These adventures are amazing and FREE from entrance fee!

Coram’s Fields, London

One of the most child friendly spaces in central London! You can only get through the gate if you have a child under 16 with you! At the park you will find a giant sandpit, an array of climbing frames to suit all ages, wheeled toys that can be borrowed, plus a city farm, all set within a walled garden! Find out more. 

Grant Museum of Zoology, London

The Grant Museum of Zoology is a fascinating place to visit with your family of animal lovers! There is a collection of around 67,000 specimens, skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid. There are many extinct species shown too, including Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine, the Quagga, and the Dodo. There are often temporary exhibitions taking place, so there will always be something new and unique to see. Find out more.

Mugdock Country Park, East Dunbartonshire, Scotland

One of Scotland’s most popular tourist attractions, Mugdock Country Park is a fantastic place to bring the family. The area is steeped in history, with buildings dating as far back as the 1300’s! Be sure to stop by the visitor centre nestled within the estate, which has plenty of information about the local area and the semi-natural countryside of the park. Find out more.

The Glasgow Botanical Gardens

The Glasgow Botanical Gardens are beautiful and make a great place to take the family for an autumnal walk. As you walk though the gardens, you’ll marvel at the gorgeous designs and plant collections. The restored Kibble Palace was designed by John Kibble and is a stunning sight. There’s an array of plant collections, and even some tropical ponds. Find out more.

Royal Armouries Leeds

Bring the kids here for a fun and educational day out! You’ll find over 8,500 objects displayed throughout the 5 galleries of War, Tournament, Oriental, Self Defence and Hunting. Expect to see ancient weapons from many different cultures and learn about how they were used, all set by the canal in Leeds. Find out more.

Museum Of Science & Industry, Manchester

MOSI is an exciting museum full of interactive displays and an ever changing variety of exhibitions exploring science and industries. You’ll find exhibitions about how tornadoes are made, a 4D cinema, how the human body works, the history of communications in Manchester and more. You’ll also walk through a recreation of a Victorian sewer (smells included), air and space hall, animation exhibition and a hall dedicated to locomotives. Find out more.

Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford, Shropshire

Visit the Royal Air Force Museum for an action packed day out with over 70 aircraft housed in three wartime hangers! There’s also a National Cold War Museum Exhibition, which is located right next to an active airfield! Throughout the museum the fascinating exhibitions bring to life the history of aviation for all ages and there’s even a Fun ‘n’ Flight hands on kids zone! Find out more.

BBC Birmingham Public Space

The kids will absolutely love a day here as there’s plenty of exciting activities to get stick into, including having a go at  presenting Newsround and getting their photo taken with Dr Who’s TARDIS and an old Dalek!  The parents can take a touch-screen-tour of the radio drama studio and look through the windows into radio studios used by the Asian Network and BBC WM. Find out more.

Berkhamsted Castle, Hertfordshire

Come and explore this motte-and-bailey castle, which was built in the 11th century and was occupied by key figures of the Middle Ages, such as Thomas Becket, Richard, Earl of Cornwall, and the Black Prince! Find out more.

St Fagan’s National History Museum, Cardiff

Voted as one of the top free attractions to visit, this museum is set within beautiful gardens and woodland. Children will learn how Welsh families lived, worked and played through time! They can even take a tractor ride in the grounds! Find out more.

Bolton Aquarium, Manchester

Take your little ones to Bolton Aquarium for a fantastic day out looking at some amazing fish! With a collection ranging from fresh water fish to those from around the world, you and the kids will be spoilt for choice! See some fierce piranha and also the Pygmy Glass Danio, one of the smallest fish in the world. Find out more.

Sefton Park, Liverpool

This beautiful park has some great facilities for all of the family to enjoy. There’s lots to explore, including the Grade 2 listed Palm House, fountain, grotto, boating lake, fairy glen and lots more! There’s a playground for the children to let off some steam and plenty of walkways ready to be explored. Find out more.

Booth Museum of Natural History, Brighton

Opened in 1874, this fantastic museum is packed with fascinating natural history! A museum with a difference, it is home to a collection of over 650 types of butterfly and some amazing fossil and bone collections. Edward Booth has a vast collection of stuffed birds and you can see them all there, set in their natural habitats. There’s also an interactive discovery gallery where visitors can really get hands on with the exhibits. Find out more.

Urban Farms, London

In and around London there are a number of farms that you can visit for free. You can meet an array of different animals, learn all about where your food comes from and enjoy being outdoors. Farms you can visit include Surrey Docks FarmSpitalfields City FarmVauxhall City FarmFind out more.

Covered Market, Oxford

This is a great place to walk around and browse (we can’t guarantee you won’t spend any money!). The market has been in Oxford for over two centuries and has an interesting heritage. Inside you will find many independent businesses selling clothing, flowers, food and drink and lots more. Find out more.

Itchen Valley Country Park, Eastleigh, Hampshire

With over 440 acres of stunning woodland, this country park is sure to be a hit with your little outdoor explorers! Follow marked trails, which all vary in length and ability, to discover what wonderful wildlife call this country park their home. Find out more.

Library of Birmingham, Broad Street, Birmingham

With over 400,000 books just waiting to be read, as well as a studio theatre and gardens, your little bookworm will be spoilt for choice at this amazing library! In the gardens there’s an outdoor Amphitheatre, two outdoor terraces, children’s spaces and a panoramic viewing gallery. With ten floors to explore, there’s sure to be plenty to see! Find out more.

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