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10 great family days out

Our recommendations for the final weeks of the summer holidays

Make summer memories

Looking for inspiration for the final weeks of the school holidays? We’ve selected some of our favourite days out to eke out the summer fun that little bit longer.

Please note that pre-booking is recommended for most of these attractions.

Almond Valley Heritage Trust, West Lothian

Home to a museum, farm and discovery centre, Almond Valley has all the components for a wonderful day of play and adventure. Meet a host of friendly farm animals, explore lots of imaginative play spaces and discover the museum displays and activity spaces.

Beale Park, Berkshire

Beale Park is a traditional family park with a difference. This 350 acre Thames-side adventure hosts 160 wildlife species from all over the world, along with beautiful gardens, a train to ride on and plenty of play areas.

Boulder Hut, Ellesmere Port

This indoor climbing experience offers over 100sqm of climbing for every age and ability. Little ones will love the Boulder Play toddlers’ area, whereas older children will relish the challenge of the Main Walls.

Eureka! The National Children’s Museum, Halifax

Eureka! Offers an extraordinary, fun-packed day out for kids aged 0-11. Discover the six unique zones, each filled with interactive exhibits designed especially to encourage children to find out about themselves and the world around them.

Cadbury World, Birmingham

Know a sweet-toothed individual? What better day out than to the home of chocolate! Embark on a 4D chocolate adventure, discover how your favourite treats are made and browse the world’s biggest Cadbury shop for delicious souvenirs.

Go Ape Battersea

Explore London’s first ever urban jungle in the greenery of Battersea Park. There’s more to this course than meets the eye – a head for heights is a must for tackling the Treetop Adventure course, Fisherman’s Net and thrilling zip wires.

Howletts Wild Animal Park, Kent

Home to the largest herd of African elephants in Europe, visitors can witness conservation in action at Howletts Wild Animal Park. A unique adventure like no other, Howletts looks after more gorillas, leopards and monkeys than any other zoo in the country.

Millets Farm Centre, Abingdon

With its busy seasonal events calendar, there’s always a great day out to be had at Oxfordshire’s Millets Farm. Explore the annual summer Maize Maze, enjoy the fruits of the Pick Your Own and run off steam at the Sprouts Play Barn.

Roald Dahl Museum and Story Centre, Buckinghamshire

Perfect for budding bookworms, this award-winning museum allows visitors to explore the world of one of Britain’s most famous storytellers. Peek into Roald Dahl’s original writing hut, wander through three fun-packed interactive galleries and meet your favourite characters.

Seven Stories, Newcastle

Seven Stories is the first place in the UK dedicated to the art of children’s books. Browse the specialist book shop, book onto a magical event and immerse yourselves in the world of your favourite stories.

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