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Best Family Days Out in the UK

Best Family Days Out in the UK

At Little Ankle Biters we spend a lot of time out and about with the family so we thought we would include our best experiences in one handy feature.

Alton Towers

Alton Towers - great family day out

Growing up in North Wales, Alton Towers was our summer school trip every year and I have really very fond memories of the park.

When we visited we made a beeline for CBeebies land and made it around inside an hour and a half as it was extremely quiet. We visited on an inset day but I imagine if you visit during the school holidays or at the weekend it would probably take double the amount of time.

The Octonauts Rollercoaster Adventure was by far our favourite ride in CBeebies land! Other attractions we loved were the Go Jetters Vroomster Zoom Ride, Get Set Go Tree Top Adventure and they spent a long time in Nina’s Science Lab so if you’re going on a busy day I would definitely recommend prioritising those. Smaller children would also enjoy Postman Pat Parcel Post and The Numtums Number Go Around.

Once we had completed CBeebies Land we explored the rest of the park, visiting the Runaway Mine Train which was the favourite ride of the day. We then went on the Congo River Rapids which we all loved, the Gallopers Carousel, Marauder’s Mayhem (tea cups) and Duel, where we had great fun shooting all the monsters and ghosts!

We then took the Cable Car over the beautiful gardens and woodlands of the park over to Cloud Cuckoo Land and headed straight to the Cuckoo Cars where the girls got behind the wheel of the colourful cars and showed us their driving skills.

If you have older children there are a large variety of roller coasters and other rides to experience too.

There are plenty of restaurants on site to choose from, or like us you can take a picnic and make good use of your time spent standing in the queue.

Location: Farley Ln, Alton, Stoke-on-Trent ST10 4DB

For more information on Alton Towers click here

BEKONSCOT MODEL VILLAGE

Bekonscot Model Village in Beaconsfield - a great day out with the kids little ankle biters

Located in the centre of Beaconsfield, Bekonscot Model Village, the world’s oldest model village is a fantastic day out the whole family will enjoy.A trip to the quaint little village is like a trip back in time, stuck in a 1930’s time warp there is something nostalgic and quintessentially British about it.The level of detail and craftsmanship had us all in awe and the kids exclaiming at every miniature shop, school and church we came across., and the model railway that chugs around the village had the younger children entertained for ages.

Half way around there is a tearoom offering fresh homemade food, or you can, like us, take along a picnic to enjoy on one of the picnic tables in the large picnic area outside the tearoom. 

After lunch you can spend some time at the outside play area with a cup of tea and watch the children play before continuing to explore the village.

On the way out there is a ride on railway that makes its way behind the model village, through some gardens and around a pond before heading back to the terminal. This is at a cost of £1 per person.

Location:  Bekonscot Model Village and Railway, Warwick Rd, Beaconsfield HP9 2PL

For more information click here

BLETCHLEY PARK

Bletchley Park

Bletchley Park is the home of British codebreaking that played a major role in World War Two, producing secret intelligence which had a direct and profound influence on the outcome of the conflict from the second world war.

Since the release of Oscar nominated film The Imitation Game, the interest and visitors to Bletchley Park have increased significantly and considering the history you can see why.

On arrival children are given a ‘Top Secret’ Mission Pack which was full of  ‘must-see’ highlights along with activities and fun facts to enjoy. We used the mission pack to guide us around the park.

Our trail started at the visitor centre which had a number of interactive exhibits, and when you step outside you’re met with the view of the lake and stunning mansion. We made our way around the park exploring the mansion and huts, collecting embossed stamps and completing activities along the way.

The kids had great fun running around in the great open spaces and playing and climbing in the playground onsite too.

The whole park was fascinating and you got a real feel of what it was like working at Bletchley during wartime Britain.

There is a cafe in one of the huts that serves freshly cooked meals and children’s lunch boxes.  There is also a coffee shop located in the visitor centre.

Location: The Mansion, Bletchley Park, Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, Milton Keynes. MK3 6EB

For more details, click here.

Chessington World of Adventures

Chessington World of Adventures is a fantastic family day out and there is so much to see and do. There’s the theme park which has rides catering for all ages, the zoo, The Sea Life Centre and daily shows and events.

There are plenty of restaurants on site to choose from, or you can take along a picnic.

Location: Leatherhead Road, Chessington, Surrey. KT9 2NE

For more details or to book tickets click here

A Family Trip to the Eden Project

The Eden Project is the largest indoor rainforest in the world and is a fantastic family day out.

There are 2 biomes which are huge indoor gardens each emulating the Mediterranean and Rainforest climates, filled with the plants you would find growing in those parts of the world.

In addition to the fantastic gardens you can also visit the outdoor gardens filled with plants and sculptures, the giant next climbing frame and the children’s soft play.

Location: Bodelva, Cornwall. PL24 2SG

For more details click here

Kidzania

kidzania

Located at the top of Westfield Shopping Centre is Kidzania, an indoor city run by kids.

On arrival you’re met by someone at the desk who directs you to floor 3 to check in. Kidzania is sponsored by British Airways so the check in process is simulated to be like that of an actual airport.

Each child is given 50 KidZos (KidZania money) and then you enter the little indoor city. The concept is fantastic, there are more than 60 activities for the children to choose from where they get to try out different professions over the 4 hour experience. These include being a pilot or cabin crew with British Airways , being a vet, a doctor, a dentist, a fire fighter, wrap maker, smoothie maker, fashion designer, working in the animation studio and much more.

When we visited my children tried 8 different professions each including making wraps where they got to take a packet of wraps at the end of the activity, making a video in the Pokemon animation studio, smoothie making with Innocent, being a vet with the PDSA, a shop assistant in the KidZania supermarket – K Mart, a firefighter who work closely with the Police and Paramedics to deal with a fire, delivering post with the KidZania courier company, a Dr in the hospital, and they even took a trip on the City Bus Tour. Their favourite was delivering post with the courier company where they go off in twos with a trolley and clipboard with instructions to go and pick up or deliver boxes which was adorably cute to watch.

Some of the activities you get paid for and others you have to pay to do with your KidZos and once the money is gone you have to work to earn more.

For the adults there are lots of tables and chairs to sit at and have a drink from the cafe onsite and watch your children put out a fire or serve customers in the supermarket.

Location: Westfield London, Ariel Way, W12 7GA

For more information click here

Legoland

legoland windsor

You may have to break open the piggybank, but a trip to Legoland Windsor will be a dream come true for your little ones and worth every penny. The park is massive as you would imagine, so try and plan your trip before you go so you make sure you get round to all the rides and shows you don’t want to miss. Pop on your most comfy shoes, pack a bag full of snacks, and off you go.

The excitement starts as soon as you make your way up the loooong driveway via car to the park entrance, spotting all the Lego characters dotted in bushes, on the grass and on the signs. The kids will already be giddy and you’ve not even made it to the car park.

With over 55 attractions and rides to discover at Legoland Windsor you’ll be spoilt for choice and I’d completely bore you listing them all on here, so here’s a quick look at our Little Ankle Biters recommendations…

  • The stunning Miniland – a miniature version of Europe and the USA made from nearly 40 million Lego bricks, my brain hurts just contemplating making that!
  • Drench Towers – great for older children and daredevils, this is designed for maximum soaking and is the largest water play structure in the UK.
  • Splash Safari – where toddlers can rub noses with some of their favourite Duplo animal friends and have a splash around. This is the splash pad of all splash pads. Don’t forget to bring swimmers and a towel.
  • Fairytale Brook – lovely for little ones as they take a boat down a meandering river spotting some of their favourite fairytale characters on the way
  • Atlantis Submarine Voyage – take the plunge with this world-first Lego submarine ride and immerse yourself in a magical underwater adventure

And when it comes to food, you’ll be just as spoilt for choice. There are 12 options for grabbing a quick lunch between rides, everything you’d expect from a theme park including burgers, pizza, pasta, fish & chips and a BBQ restaurant.

You’ll all be absolutely exhausted by the end of the day, with achy feet but big smiles. And you’ll be guaranteed a good nights sleep, which has got to be worth it in itself.

Address: Winkfield Road, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4AY

For more information click here

A Family Trip to London

London days out with kids

A trip to London is always a favourite in our house and when we do go we try and stay over a night or 2 so we make the most of our time there. Premier Inn have some great family rooms and are reasonably priced too.

Here are some of our favourite things to do while we’re in London

City Sightseeing London Hop On Hop Off Tour

There’s no better way for children to see London than on a sightseeing bus. You’ll avoid the achy legs and get to see all the best bits of London including Big Ben, The Tower of London, The London Eye and Buckingham Palace. And, as the name suggests, you can hop on and hop off as you please, ticking off the landmarks and attractions as you go.

For more information click here.

Harrods Toy Kingdom, Knightsbridge

A visit to Harrods Toy Kingdom will bring your lucky little nippers to a magical wonderland full of surprises, entertainment, lights and noise; quite unlike anything you, or they, will have seen before. And the good news is, there’s no cost to play. There are six themed “worlds” waiting to be explored including a Big Top, Enchanted Forest and Candy Store. While you’re there jugglers, acrobats, magicians and dancers will be waiting to entertain the children, and the area is awash with real trees, space pods, wigwams and yurts making it an adventure from start to finish. Good luck leaving without buying at least one treat!

For information on how to get there, click here

Up at the O2, Greenwich

Do you have a young Spider-Man enthusiast at home? If so, this is a must-do for you. Not for the faint hearted, why not book an expedition and scale the iconic O2 (Millennium Dome) in Greenwich – the ultimate daring children’s adventure. At the top enjoy 360 views of East London, before beginning your descent back down to solid ground. This will help build confidence, self-esteem and it’s just ridiculously good fun too.

For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Natural History Museum, Kensington

Plan a trip to the Natural History Museum London, and bring to life the wonders of our world for your little ones. They’ll be blown away by the iconic dinosaur skeleton as soon as you arrive, and the amazing sights continue as you make your way around including; volcanoes, precious gems, creepy crawlies and more dinosaurs (because you can never have enough). What’s more, admission is absolutely free of charge.

For more information click here.

Vauxhall City Farm

Vauxhall City Farm is a little piece of the countryside in central London. Come for a fun day out and experience all the sights, sounds and smells of rural life. Animals you’ll encounter at the farm include goats, horses, rabbits, sheep, guinea pigs and much more. These furry friends can’t wait to meet you and your brood! There’s no entry charge, but donations are much appreciated.

The London Eye

What better way to see the city than from a massive ferris wheel. The London Eye is a great way to see the London from a different view point and the kids absolutely love it!

For more information click here.

Ripleys Believe It Or Not, Piccadilly Circus

Take their imaginations into uncharted territory at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! London. Follow in the footsteps of intrepid adventurer Robert Ripley and explore five oddity-packed floors crammed with countless curiosities, unusual historical artefacts, amazing art, and experiences inspired by his world famous collection. Don’t miss the Black Hole rotating vortex and the Marvellous Mirror Maze.

For more information click here.

Peppa Pig World

peppa pig world - greta family day out

That little know-it-all pig may be almost as annoying as her theme tune, but she sure knows how to plan a good theme park. Peppa Pig World sits within Paultons Park and is basically the equivalent of Willy Wonka’s Chocolate Factory for childre. Watch their little eyes pop out of their heads in awe as they step into Peppa’s world and come face to belly with their screen idol.

Rides at the park include Peppa’s Big Balloon Ride, Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter Flight, George’s Dinosaur Adventure and Grandpa Pig’s Boat Trip. There’s enough rides to make a whole day out at Peppa Pig World, and you’ll also find areas where you can meet the characters and get photos. Once you’ve worked up an appetite on all those rides, you’ll find lunch at Daddy’s Pigs Tummy Cafe. There are also other options for eating in Paultons Park, as well as a nice grassy area next to the Oriental garden if you want to picnic.W

Don’t miss out on some of the highlights of Paultons Park too as it has plenty to offer children of all ages. Our favourites were the Dinosaur Tour Co. ride, Cat-O-Pillar rollercoaster, River Ride log flume, the Wave Runner and the splash pad – don’t forgot swimmers and towels if it’s hot.

Location: Paultons Park, Ower Nr Romsey, The New Forest, Hampshire, SO51 6AL

For more information and to book tickets see www.peppapigworld.co.uk

Photo credit: flexflooring.co.uk

WADDESDON MANOR

christmas at Waddesdon manor family

We are regular visitors of Waddesdon who put on some fantastic events and activities for families during the school holidays and at the weekends.

You arrive by bus from the car park at the front of the manor which is so beautiful it takes your breath away. The landscaped grounds around the manor are vast and pristine making it a pleasure to leisurely explore the gardens statues and fountains.

The woodland parks were very popular with my children and are located conveniently near The Treaterie, a cafe specialising in crepes and other delicious sweet treats.

While we were there we headed we visited the house where they had a trail for the children called Poupon’s viewfinder.   Poupon was a poodle trained to perform extraordinary tricks for house guests and went on lots of adventures with his master. With Poupon’s Viewfinder, you spin the wheel until you find the room you are in, follow the arrow to find a pattern to search for which are all at Poupon’s height or below, making it perfect for children.

Waddesdon Manor is part of the National Trust where you can purchase an annual membership which is great value if you plan to go a few times a year. There are National Trust attraction all over the country.

Location: Waddesdon Manor, Waddesdon, Aylesbury, Bucks, HP18 0JH

For more details click here

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