Sometimes, it can feel as though you visit the same old locations every week…which is just boring, really. Days out with the family should be exciting and enjoyable for everyone; not a drag. Get inspired with these kid-friendly activities throughout England.
A bit on the expensive side, but if re-runs of Come Dine with Me have got your cooking fingers tingling, head to the River Cottage for a day spent learning how to cook with seasonal ingredients. Children of all ages are welcome to get stuck-in, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. You can triumphantly return home with a full stomach and bags of handmade goodies.
York Ghost Trail
York is a fantastic city to explore, but one spine-chilling attraction worth visiting is the Ghost Walk Experience. Learn about the spiritual history of York city and enjoy professional re-enactments that really bring the stories to life.
Hit the coast of Northumberland with Tynemouth Surf. Kids of all ages will be taught how to ride waves by patient instructors. Suit up in a wetsuit to keep warm in the chilly English surf and try to keep your balance!
Set in absolutely breath-taking scenery, Tintagel Castle sits high above the North Cornwall coast, and is reputedly the area where King Arthur was conceived. Explore the fascinating ruins and then relax in the beach café. Nearby, Merlin’s Cave is a magical natural wonder to discover.
Head to the woods and get in touch with your inner George of the Jungle. Go Ape features giant swings, zip wires, and rope bridges. It’s a great place for an active day out – even small children have age appropriate activities to enjoy.
The London Dungeon
Thanks to ridiculous queues and Network Rail extensions, The London Dungeon had to relocate to a larger Southbank site – that’s how popular it is! £20 million has been poured into this fun and engaging attraction. It’s extremely rich in historic information, but also includes thrill rides, explosions, and fantastic actors. Book online for cheaper prices and less queuing.
Little Moreton Hall
The iconic Tudor manor house that has defied logic for hundreds of years still stands today, even though gravity really should have gotten the better of it by now. Explore the stunning home and join in with the Tudor games outside, which run all year round. Discover what life was like in the 1600s and enjoy seasonal produce from Mrs Dale’s Pantry and Little Tea Room.
If you sign up with the National Trust for a year, for a bargain fee, you can have access to a variety of historic buildings and gardens for free. This is a brilliant option for families with a tight budget, as the National Trust is an exceptionally children-friendly organisation that provides a memorable day out with the kids.
St Michael’s Mount
Arriving at St Michael’s Mount is exciting in itself – you take a motorboat to this small, rocky island and then step out into the company of a lovely medieval castle, with its own church. According to legend, a giant called Cormoran used to live on this mount. A perfect day out packed with history that your children will remember for a long time.