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The Ultimate Summer Days Out Guide for North West England

The Ultimate Summer Days Out Guide: North West
Written by Elexa Rose


If the thought of keeping your little ones occupied this summer half term is giving you nightmares, this handy list of amazingly fun days out is perfect for whatever the wonderful British weather has to throw at us! From zoos, theme parks, adventure parks and more, there’s sure to be something for everyone to enjoy! 

The Beatles Story – Liverpool

**Child Goes Free With Full Paying Adult**


Step back in time to the 1960’s sees how this famous Liverpudlian foursome rose to fame! Take a tour around replicas of Matthew Street and The Cavern and head to the 4D theatre to see the story come to life! Better yet, every child goes free with a fully paying adult with Picniq! Find out more.

Gulliver’s World – Warrington, Cheshire

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 With over 70 rides, attractions and experiences aimed at younger children between the ages 2–13, Gulliver’s is the perfect day for all of the family. Dare to ride wooden rollercoaster The Antelope, the battle boats, log flumes and more. Find out more.

Lightwater Valley – Ripon, North Yorkshire

**Get 33% Off Plus 1 Queue Jump**


Are you ready for an action packed adventure? Dare to ride Europe’s longest rollercoaster The Ultimate, swing between the treetops in Apolloland or take to the skies on the Eagles Claw! Get 33% off plus one queue jump when you book with Picniq! Find out more.

Legoland Discovery Centre – Manchester

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Come along to explore this fun filled discovery centre all about this much loved classic toy. Take a guided tour, have some off road fun at The Lego City Forest Pursuit driving adventure, discover a Lego wizard’s world of magic and more! Find out more.

Illuminasia – Blackpool

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Pay a visit to the world’s largest indoor illuminations, which combines traditional Japanese lanterns and modern technology for a fun filled and educational day out. Get up to 30% off if you book with Picniq! Find out more.

Rheged Centre – Penrith, Cumbria


Kids will love this grass covered building which offers some fab activities for all of the family to enjoy! They can have a go at pottery painting and let off some steam in their indoor and outdoor play areas. Find out more.

Chill Factore – Manchester


Chill out this summer at this fun filled snow centre perfect for all ages and abilities. If you’ve never tried snowboarding before you’ll be able to have some lessons and a taster session. Under 4s can enjoy the Mini Moose Land, and for those after a challenge can try a 12m climbing wall! Find out more.

Manchester United Museum & Tour – Old Trafford, Manchester

Up to 18% off tickets with Days Out Card

Football Museum Manchester

If your little one is football mad, this day out is sure to score you lots of parent points! Explore this iconic stadium to marvel at its grounds, trophies won by Manchester United and more. You’ll even get the chance to walk out of the players tunnel. Get up to 17% off of your ticket with our Days Out card! Find out more.

Pencil Museum – Keswick, Cumbria


Curious minds will love finding out about how pencils are made at this quirky museum! You’ll also get to see the world’s largest colour pencil, as well as try out some workshops in animation, cartoons, illustrations and model making. Find out more.

Museum of Transport – Cheetham, Manchester

2 for 1 Entry with Days Out Card

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This fascinating museum offers an insight into the history of transport, featuring trams, buses and coaches. It even includes a horse drawn carriage and vintage double decker buses! Get two for one entry with our Days Out Card! Find out more.

Silver Blades Blackburn – Blackburn, Lancashire

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Get your skates on to enjoy a family day out with a difference! Take lessons or try it freestyle with this active and fun activity. There’s even disco sessions for even more ice based fun! Find out more.

Puddletown Pirates – Chorley, Lancashire


Arr matey! Little pirates will love this indoor themed play park which includes ball pools, slides and lots of fun activities on Skull Island. For toddlers there’s a soft play area ideal for kids under 11.  Find out more.

Ullswater Steamers – Penrith, Cumbria


Take a ride on this history rich boat which has been operating for over 150 years! Surrounded by England’s third highest mountain, this stunning setting is sure to be a hit with mini captains of the sea! Find out more.

Shap Swimming Pool – Alston, Cumbria


If you’re looking to get active and spend some time with your little fins, pay a visit to this outdoor swimming pool – the highest heated pool above sea level at 900ft! There’s also a babies pool and lots of lovely benches to relax on. Find out more.

Mattel Play! – Liverpool


With lots of fun interactive themed zones, featuring well loved characters such as Thomas and Friends,  Fireman Sam and Bob the Builder, this family play centre offers something for everyone. There’s even a chance for little ones to have their photo taken with their favourite character! Find out more.

Museum of Science & Industry – Castlefield, Manchester


Aspiring mini scientists will love this fascinating museum which includes lots of interactive displays and exhibitions, which includes how tornados are made, how the human body works and more!  You also pay a visit to their animation exhibition and a hall dedicated to locomotives. Find out more.

Heaton Park Manchester – Manchester

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 Make some new cute and cuddly friends at Heaton Park’s animal centre, including cows, alpacas, goats, rabbits and guinea pigs! Little adventurers will also love their play park and large range of activities on offer, such as rowing boats, train rides, mini golf and more. Find out more.

Brockholes Nature Reserve – Preston, Lancashire


Budding David Attenboroughs will love this nature and wildlife filled reserve, as well as the fun floating restaurants and shops! Burn off some steam at their play park, which has slides, swings, bouncy flower, a play hut and more. Find out more.

Mr Bubbles Play Centre – Accrington, Lancashire


This play centre, designed for 0 – 8 year olds, offers a colourful play frame with a slide, ball pit and more! There’s even a separate play area for under 5s and a colouring area for those after some quiet fun. Find out more.

Wellybobs – Darwen, Lancashire


Come along to meet lots of cute farmyard animals, visit fun indoor and outdoor play parks and dare to take on a zipwire challenge! There’s also a fun mini golf course for all the family to try and activities such as archery, pony riding and more. Find out more.

Energi Trampoline park – Preston, Lancashire


This indoor trampoline park will leave your budding gymnasts jumping for joy! With surrounding soft walls and trained staff available to provide a helping hand, Energi offers safe fun for everyone to enjoy. Find out more.

Pendle Wavelengths – Nelson, Lancashire


If you’re dreaming of a seaside escape but worried about depending on the typical British weather, take your little beach babes to this indoor beach! Pendle features a 25 metre pool and sloping beach, as well as a diner offering a variety of foods, including a healthy food menu. Find out more.

Greenlands Farm Village – Carnforth, Lancashire

2 for 1 with Days Out Card


Greenlands Farm Village offers the chance for mini farmers to meet and hold lots of cute animals from snakes to goats! You can also ride a donkey, play in the straw barn and even take to the race track on their Go Karts. There’s even a toddlers area and lovely artisan village for you to browse. Go two for one with our Days Out Card! Find out more.

Dewa Roman Experience – Chester, Cheshire

£5 off family ticket with Days Out Card


This unique day out is not only super fun but educational too! Come and learn all about the Romans, where you’ll get to experience sights and smells of life in Roman Chester. Little archaeologists also have the chance to discover some Roman, Saxon and Medieval remains! Find out more.

Chester Zoo – Chester, Cheshire


This family friendly zoo has lots of amazing critters for animal lovers to set their sights on, including elephants, big cats, monkeys and more! For curious minds, zookeepers will be giving fascinating daily talks on caring for the animals. Find out more.

Cheshire Segway – Northwich, Cheshire


If your active little monkeys are after a slightly different, but amazingly fun day out, this segway based activity is for you! Ideal for kids 10 and over, this fun activity offers a ten minute taster session before starting as well as a safety brief to ensure the day is a safe one! Find out more.

Aira Force – Penrith, Cumbria

Take in some stunning scenery, which includes the impressive Aria Force with 65ft drop, and marvel at the beautiful surrounding forest and landscape. The perfect place for a family picnic! Find out more.

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