As the end of lockdown is in sight and the school holidays draw nearer, it’s finally time to get some dates in the diary to keep you and the kids entertained!
With this in mind, we’ve put together a hand-picked list of the best kids’ days out and top family attractions in the UK to help you get ahead of the game. From Go Ape adventures to amazing animal experiences, we’re sure to have the perfect day out to suit your whole family.
Best outdoor experience days
Get in touch with your wild side and spend some quality time with your little one exploring Go Ape’s treetop wonderland. Soar down the iconic zip wire, scale the challenging canopies, and work together to overcome sky-high obstacles. All of Go Ape’s 24 locations are incredibly beautiful, so don’t forget to pack a picnic for lunch!
If your family are always on the lookout for the next thrill-seeking adventure, it’s about time you kitted up and entered the paintballing arena! With over 40 UK locations to choose from, you’ll receive a full safety briefing before getting your goggles on and ducking, diving, and crashing through the undergrowth to victory.
For something a little quirkier for kids (and adults!) of all ages, why not book a day out at Diggerland’s unique theme park? As well as the many brilliant rides on offer, kids have the chance to ride in and operate some of the construction machinery under the guidance of the fully-trained Diggerland instructors. Bob the Builder eat your heart out!
Best animal experiences
This amazing day out is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for any wannabe David Attenborough. Available for one or two people, get up close and personal with all creatures great and small at a choice of wildlife centres and zoos across the UK. From preparing food for penguins to mucking out the giraffe enclosures, as animal experiences go, this is the king of the jungle.
Get ready to fall in love – these meerkats come with a serious cuteness warning. Learn all about these incredible little animals from meerkat experts, have a gentle cuddle, and discover the meerkats’ adorable and adventurous personalities at one of the UK-wide locations on offer. Simples!
Who could say no to a day out with these adorable balls of fluff? Together with your family, take the alpacas for a walk around the gorgeous Lucky Tails Alpaca Farm in rural Warwickshire and learn all about their woolly coats, lifestyle, and history. Make sure to visit the farm’s giant bunny, pygmy goat, and runner duck enclosures, too!
Best sports days out
Glory, glory, Man United! It’s time to get up close and personal with the Red Devils and walk through the player’s tunnel at Old Trafford in the footsteps of Beckham and Ronaldo. Trace the club’s history at the stadium’s award-winning museum, get a glimpse of the impressive trophy cabinets from across the years, and marvel at the huge 3D hologram of Sir Alex Ferguson himself!
The perfect gift for any Gunner, this stadium tour of the stunning Emirates Stadium in North London is not to be missed. From the dugout to the dressing rooms, the Director’s Box, and press conference rooms, channel your inner Aubameyang as you get an exclusive peek behind the scenes of one of the Premier League’s greatest ever teams.
Best London attractions for families
It’s time to get Sirius, you’re finally going to Hogwarts! Experience the magic of the Wizarding World with a fellow muggle, as you explore the iconic sets from the Forbidden Forest to Gringott’s Bank, and learn all about what it took to bring the pages of Harry Potter to life on the big screen. After a busy day flying on brooms and guzzling Butterbeer, indulge in a delicious afternoon tea at the Mercure Hunton Park Hotel. There’s nothing like a scone after a serious spell session!
Join Shrek, Donkey, and Princess Fiona for a hilarious day out jam-packed with magic, live shows, and an interactive mission to help find a missing ogre in the kingdom Far Far Away! Plus, once you’re finally out of Shrek’s swamp, why not finish off the day with a sight-seeing cruise along the River Thames? Now that’s a fairytale ending.
If you’re looking for a family day out that’s going to blow your child’s mind, it’s time you discovered KidZania – the 75,000 square foot indoor city built for kids. Watch on with pride as your little one explores this incredible interactive metropolis, roleplaying over 60 real-life activities, including the chance to be a dancer or even a pilot! The possibilities are endless in this indoor playground utopia.
Best historical days out
Get your geek on and transport yourself back in time with this English Heritage annual pass. You’ll never be short of ideas for an exciting and educational day out as you and your family can choose from over 400 historical sites across the UK, from medieval castles to Roman ruins, ancient abbeys, and regal palaces. It’s the pass from the past that keeps on giving!
Fancy a memorable day out on the Mersey? Learn all about the Western Approaches Museum and its history as an underground command centre used by the forces in World War Two to track enemy ships in the Atlantic. Explore hidden bunkers, find out about the people who worked there, and help your little ones to crack clues and codes as you take a step back together in time.
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