Britain is full of fun family days out with activities to keep everyone’s attention piqued. From the thrills and spills of a theme park, to the wild wonders of a wildlife park some of the best days out can be found right on your doorstep. Here’s our list of Britain’s 10 best family days out to inspire your next family adventure.
1. Tower of London
The Tower of London has one of the most fascinating histories. It’s served as a fortress, a prison, a royal palace and even a zoo over the years and centuries later, it’s still Britain’s number 1 attraction according to TripAdvisor. The formidable fortress also houses the Crown Jewels, 7 ravens and dozens of ‘Beefeaters’ traditionally known as Yeoman Warders. Yeoman Warders live at the Tower and have done since Tudor times, serving as security for both the Tower, and the royal patronage it used to host. Nowadays, the ‘Beefeaters’ take on a slightly different role and offer knowledgeable and fascinating tours of the Towers’ illustrious and slightly gory history. Of course, a tour through the Towers’ cobbled streets wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Crown Jewels in the aptly named Jewel Tower. Gaze in amazement at the sparkling jewels and learn all about their significance in British royal history.
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2. Legoland Windsor Resort
Build yourself a fantastic fun-fuelled day at Legoland Windsor. With plenty of Lego characters to meet around the park and exhilarating rides for all ages, everyone’s guaranteed a great time. The park is reopening in time for the Easter holidays and there will be plenty of things to see, do and experience. On May 29th, the park will be welcoming ‘Mythica’, the UK’s first flying theatre ride. Buckle up and get ready to enter a parallel universe full of mythical Lego creatures in a spectacular world unlike Earth. Fly with the Sky Lion, twist and fall on the Fire and Ice tower and take on Hydra’s challenge in an exciting water ride experience.
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3. Alton Towers
When it comes to exhilarating theme park experiences, it doesn’t get much more exciting than Alton Towers. With over 40 thrilling rides for all ages there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Mutiny Bay offers something exciting for your mini seafaring mutineers with the SEALIFE centre boasting a variety of fascinating underwater creatures, while the Wickerman offers a fiery woodland wild ride. CBeebies Land is a haven for the little one’s looking for their first thrilling experience with an Octonauts rollercoaster, an immersive sensory trail and an In the Night Garden boat ride. Just in time for their Easter opening, Granny and Ben are asking for your help to pull off the greatest jewel heist in history in the Gangsta Granny ride. Hop aboard your royal carriage and get ready for a wild 360 degree ride through the sewers of London to get to the jewel vault. This ride makes up part of a whole new area for the park inspired by the fun fictional world of David Walliams.
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4. Warwick Castle
Let your little knights run, play and explore at Warwick Castle– a picturesque castle haven of medieval history. Take a peek into the castle itself, have a picnic on the lawn overlooking the river, be a spectator at a nail-biting jousting tournament, and watch one of the many daily birds of prey shows and talks where you can get up close to some of the most amazing bird species from all around the world. Plus, to celebrate their Easter opening, Zog is landing for a fantastic new activity trail, Zog and the Quest for the Golden Star. Get your little ones training their own dragons on this 3D trail of ‘roarsome’ discovery before settling down to watch Warwick Castle’s main event- The Trebuchet. Watch this giant medieval catapult see off castle invaders in an exciting demonstration that’s sure to wow the kids.
5. Cadbury World
Treat yourself to one of the most delicious family days out in Britain- Cadbury World. In this chocolate-lovers paradise you’ll get to learn about the making of chocolate, and discover Cadbury’s hundreds of years of history with a wander through a replica of Birmingham’s Bull Street- where the Cadbury business started in the Victorian time. To continue the history lesson, there’s an advertising trial showing the old iconic adverts where the grown up’s may get a nudge of nostalgia too. For the kids there’s a fun Cadabra adventure to go on before getting a glimpse inside the factory itself which is a truly immersive experience. In this part of the tour, you’ll be able to smell the chocolate as you walk around and have the opportunity to get involved too with live demonstrations from Cadbury chocolatiers. Of course, no Cadbury World tour would be complete without sampling the goods and you’ll be able to do just that with a cup of warm melted chocolate to indulge in. You’ll also find the world’s biggest Cadbury shop here where you can fill your basket full of yummy sweet souvenir treats.
If you and the family have been itching to get out of the house for a new adventure, then BeWILDerwood is the perfect place to let off steam and bond together. Zip down super long zip wires, whiz down slides, climb and explore through the exhilarating treetop world and create incredible family memories at the many charming tree houses. This is a fantastic day out for everyone and every ability to get back out there and make the most of nature and the outdoors. As well as fun treetop challenges to take on, there are lots of woodland creatures to say hello to on your way around. Once you’ve finished exploring, it’s time to eat and at BeWILDerwood, tasty local produce is behind all the delicious dishes on the menu so you can have a wonderful family woodland picnic with yummy honest food.
7. Warner Bros Studio Tour
Step into the world of Harry Potter and discover the real behind the scenes filmmaking magic at the 2020 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Warner Bros Studio Tour. Take a trip on the Hogwarts express, wander through Diagon Alley, pay a visit to Privet Drive and request a visit to the vaults at Gringotts Bank. There’s so much to see and experience here, it’s a haven for any Harry Potter fan. Aside from the big set pieces, there are props set up all around the studio that are perfect to snap a quick selfie or two. Discovering the wizarding world can be thirsty work and the Backlot Cafe is the perfect place to have a halfway pitstop sip on a Butterbeer. For more themed confectionery there’s the Chocolate Frog Cafe with a delicious range of sweet treats.
8. Woburn Safari Park
A day out at the zoo is a family favourite and Woburn Safari Park is the perfect place to let out your wild side and discover amazing creatures from all over the world. Go on your own family safari adventure and see some of the most amazing animals on the planet. Take a road safari through the beautiful parklands to see some rare endangered animals including lions, tigers, rhinos and giraffes, and then continue your journey on foot where you can see more animals close up, discover new and interesting habitats and learn about them with keeper talks and demonstrations. As well as fun animal antics, there’s plenty of things to do as a family with dragon and swan boats, and a miniature railway perfect for relaxing and taking a break from your safari journey with picturesque parkland views.
9. Beamish Museum
Be transported to a world from yesteryear at Beamish Museum with real life replicas of streets, towns and farms from the early 20th Century. This is a great day out for those wanting to learn more about Britain in the pre-war times and is a fascinating multi-sensory insight into the lives of those who lived during these times. Some of the museum highlights include a 1900’s town complete with a garage, town stables, a sweet shop where you can grab yourself a bag of traditional sweet treats, and a bakery where you can buy yourself a freshly baked cake, biscuit or loaf of bread. Have a glimpse into wartime farm life from the 1940’s. See for yourself the kinds of houses and cottages people used to live in and the extraordinary efforts that went into growing produce when the country faced starvation. The North East was also a place that prospered from the mining industry. Go back to Mahogany mine from the early 1900’s when there was peak pit production and discover the real life stories of those who went down the pits, and afterwards, go and have a peek at the pit village to see how they lived.
10. Camera Obscura and World of Illusions
Let your mind and eye be boggled at Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura and World of Illusions. With 4 floors of gobsmacking illusionary magic to behold, there’s something that’ll prove to the whole family that impossible doesn’t exist. In this emporium of curiosity and learning, each floor is dedicated to a different aspect of mind and eye trickery. Discover Bewilderworld- a truly immersive experience with a Mirror Maze and a Vortex tunnel to send you and your senses on an adventure like no other. Explore the possibilities of lights, cameras and magic on the rest of your tour and get ready to see yourself and the world around you like never before. Finally after ascending through the world of illusions and trickery, what greets you at the roof terrace will be very real indeed- spectacular panoramic views across Edinburgh
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