Need days out ideas or places to visit with the kids during your UK family holiday? Here you go…
WWT Martin Mere is where wilderness and family-friendliness combine. In winter, many thousands of wild ducks, geese and swans are drawn to the internationally-rated wetlands, offering spectacular displays of feather and flight. But there is plenty to see and do at Martin Mere all year round, with more than 100 types of rare and endangered water-birds, a family of beavers and enchanting otters in residence, an imaginative playground for young adventurers and an inspirational eco-garden.
Farmyard fun for the whole family. Join in with a daily schedule of hands-on activities such as bottle-feeding kid goats and calves, baby animal encounter and pig feeding. Lots of friendly farm animals to meet, and plenty of indoor and outdoor play equipment too!
A tropical butterfly paradise with hundreds of magnificent and colourful butterflies. An amazing sight for children to witness. And it's not only butterflies...you'll also get to see a variety of caterpillars, spiders and insects.
Home to more than a thousand animals and a hundred and fifty different species... come and visit Belfast Zoo and learn all about them! Animal residents include giraffes, elephants, spider monkeys, gibbons, kangaroos, lions and bears. There is also the Rainforest House and the newly refurbished Bird Park, as well as gardens with a rich variety of plants, and a stunning lake.
Widely regarded as the best small zoo in Europe, award winning Drusillas Park offers an opportunity to get nose to nose with nature with hundreds of exotic animals from monkeys and otters to penguins and meerkats. But animals are only half the fun – Go Wild! Go Bananas! and Amazon Adventure are paradise for anyone who needs to let off steam and Thomas the Tank Engine offers a train service 362 days a year! Don’t miss close encounters in Lemurland or the brand new walk-through parrot aviary – Lory Landing. It’s no wonder Drusillas have been voted South East England’s number one attraction and the best day out in East Sussex.
Powerscourt is one of Europe’s great treasures and Ireland’s most famous Estates. Gracing the Wicklow Mountains, 20km from Dublin City centre, Powerscourt is a heritage property with a surprising difference and a great family attraction.
Life is an educational charity who want everyone to get switched on to science. Their centre in Newcastle offers opportunities to have a great time exploring and learning about all sorts of things about the world we live in. A great outing for all the family, there are different areas for different ages - including a Young Explorers Zone for the under 7's, an exciting 4D motion ride for older children and the new Curiosity Zone for all ages.
East Links Family Park is a 20 acre small farm with lots of different farm animals and also an enormous range of play activities. There's something to suit everyone - soft play, a bouncy castle, go-karting and trampolines and toy tractors! Children of all ages are in their absolute element here.
At Cannon Hall Farm, they describe themselves as 'the perfect family day out', with a farm, farm shop, delicatessen, tea room, adventure playground and toy and gift shop. Get up close to all the animals including piglets, donkeys and ponies! A lovely day out with reasonable admission prices.
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