With summer just around the corner and the relative weakness of the pound means that many people will be looking to take their holidays at home this year. With this in mind, we’re going to look at some of the best days out in the UK for families in this blog. Read on for some of my favourites…
The theme park is well known for its white-knuckle rollercoasters with around 2 million visitors visiting every year. The park hosts 12 separate zones, each with their own character and theme. With nine major rollercoasters, and a new one – The Wicker Man – due to open in 2018, countless kids rides and four water/dark rides there’s enough to keep even the most stubborn teenagers amused.
Based on the world’s most popular toy system, Legoland Windsor is designed for families with children aged between 3 and 12. With 12 zones, each with their own theme, there are over 30 rides and attractions, suitable for all ages. The themed lands are constructed from millions of Lego bricks and the park offers the opportunity to see the Lego master builders contrast the exhibits. The park has two hotels with distinct themes and filled with all your favourite Lego characters. If you’re planning a trip, I’ve found brilliant offers for Legoland, which will help you to save a few pounds on your booking.
Opening in 1899, the Grade listed pleasure pier has been one of the South East of England’s most popular attractions for over 100 years with over 4.5 million visitors in 2017. This makes the pier the most visited attraction in the UK outside of London. Featuring in the Carry On films and Quadrophenia, the iconic structure is a throwback to Britain’s great seaside past. With a funfair, amusements, sideshows and food and drink, it’s a great family day out.
Natural History Museum, London
The Natural History Museum is one of the world’s best collections of exhibits from the natural world. It hosts 80 million items in five main collections; botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology. A centre of research specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. The museum’s collections are not just scientifically important, but historically important too with Charles Darwin’s specimens collected by Charles Darwin. Not only is the museum one of the best of its kind anywhere in the world, but entry is free too!
Cadbury World, Birmingham
If your kids fancy a real day out to a Chocolate factory (and with no deaths in sight – I’m looking at you Willie Wonka!) then Cadbury’s World is the place for you. Find out the history of the Cadbury company and chocolate itself with exhibits showing how chocolate was first eaten through to the modern process of milk chocolate production – you won’t find any Oompa Loompas though. Visit the biggest Cadbury’s shop in the world and try chocolate that’s only minutes old. A great day out for all the family.