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Need days out ideas or places to visit with the kids during your UK family holiday? Here you go…

Cannon Hall Farm & Adventure Playground

Bark House Lane, Cawthorne, Barnsley

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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Milestones Museum, Museum of Living History

Leisure Park, Churchill Way West, Basingstoke

Go back in time to see what streets, shops and cars were like in the olden days!

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Lincoln Castle

Castle Hill, Lincoln

Climb the towers of Lincoln castle and explore its history. Have a picnic in the grounds, or lunch at the cafe. Walk along the castle walls and experience the magnificent views of Lincoln cathedral, the city of Lincoln and the surrounding countryside.

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Holland Park Sandpit and Play Area

Holland Park, Kensington, London

The enormous sandpit at Holland Park is one of just many things this wonderful London park has to offer. Bring a picnic and a blanket and spend the day walking, playing and building sandcastles. There are also play areas within the park for older and younger children.

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Powerscourt Gardens

Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry

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.

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Broadland Cycle Hire

@ Bewilderwood, Horning Road, Hoveton, Norfolk

Explore the quiet lanes around the Norfolk Broads on two wheels and enjoy some healthy exercise with all the family. Cycle hire for all the family. Adult cycles, children's cycles, trailers, tag-alongs and bay seats. Gentle cycling around the quiet country lanes of the Broads. Wheeeeely Good Fun!

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The Cocoa Bean Chocolate Company

The CocoaBean Company, Ashland, Twynholm

The Cocoa Bean factory experience might just be my idea of heaven – kids get the chance to create their own hollow chocolate animal, decorate their own slab of chocolate and create a masterpiece with marshmallows. They are given a hair net and apron to wear (which they get to take home) and taken through by a team of helpers to have their hands washed and ready to go. What follows next is 45 minutes of chocolate sweetie heaven, for the kids at least; Mum’s, Dad’s, grannies, granddad’s and anyone else watch jealously from the glass fronted viewing area as vast vats of melted chocolate flow and the kids get stuck in …

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Polka Theatre

240 The Broadway Wimbledon London

Polka Theatre is one of the few venues in the UK which is dedicated to producing and presenting work for young audiences ages 0 - 13. Since the doors opened in 1979, this unique venue has been entertaining children with resonant, engaging and exciting theatre. Over 100,000 children a year come to Polka and are inspired, stimulated and engaged by theatre, often for the first time. Polka strives to stir the emotions, spark the imagination and, most of all, entertain. Its two theatre spaces, the Main Theatre and the Adventure Theatre are designed especially for children so that their first taste of theatre is welcoming and relevant.

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RAF Musuem

Grahame Park Way London

Enjoy the spectacle of getting to see first hand the enormous world-class collection of aircraft. With aviation memorabilia and lots of fun interactive activities for children, the RAF Museum has plenty to offer families. Just thirty minutes from central London and with free admission for all.

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Colchester Zoo

Maldon Road, Stanway, Colchester, Essex

Colchester Zoo is set in wonderful parkland, houses 270 different species, and has a lake, soft play adventure play areas and a road train. Come and see the lemurs, elephants, otters, gibbons, red pandas, lions, penguins and many many more.

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