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

Drayton Manor Theme Park

Nr Tamworth, Staffordshire

Drayton Manor features some of the biggest, wettest and scariest rides around! With rides suitable for the tiniest to the biggest the park has some-thing for everyone. Set in 6,000 square metres of beautiful parkland, Thomas Land is a multi-million pound attraction promising fun and adventure for the young and young at heart. It boasts 12 wonderful themed rides, a spectacular indoor play area and a shop filled with fantastic Thomas & Friends merchandise.

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Mid Hants Railway ‘Watercress Line’

The Railway Station, Alresford, Hampshire

More than just a train ride! Experience History in Motion as you travel by Steam or Diesel Locomotive through ten miles of beautiful Hampshire countryside. Special Events during 2011 include: ‘Day out with Thomas’, War on the Line, Steam Galas, Santa Specials and much more!

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Snibston Discovery Museum and Country Park

Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire

Snibston is home to an interactive museum, historic colliery railway and outside play areas with equipment for children of all ages. The play areas provide great learning opportunities, with a water area, a science area, a sand area, and an area especially for the under 5's. The grounds of Snibston form a small country park in which there is a nature reserve, an important ecological site for wildlife.

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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Visitor Centre, Victory Gate, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth

Visit the extraordinary historic ships of Britain's past and go on a boat tour of the harbour to see some important modern day vessels. The Royal Navy is based here in Portsmouth. A day of awe and wonder for children who love looking at and going on boats.

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aMaizin! Adventure Park

aMaizin! Adventure Park offers a wide range of activities for children of different ages. There are rides, slides, crazy golf, a barnyard to see animals, tractor trips, a castle complex and lots more. The entrance fee includes all the activities - so you'll find plenty to do for a really fun family trip out.

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West Midland Safari Park

Spring Grove, Bewdley, Worcestershire

Track down animals from all corners of the globe in the all-weather, four-mile self-drive safari, including the UK’s largest pride of rare White Lions, along with Elephant, Rhino, Cheetah, White Tigers, Giraffe and more. Plus Discovery Trail; fantastic live shows, attractions, family rides (charged extra), picnic area, shops and restaurants.

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Our Dynamic Earth

Holyrood Rd, Edinburgh

Go on a journey through our planet's past, present and future at the interactive, hands-on, multi-sensory Our Dynamic Earth. The journey is really brought to life for children with brilliant visuals, dramatic sound effects and a 4D and 3D experience. See the dinosaurs and the rainforest, and learn about population growth, concepts of time and climate change. Nestled right in the centre of Edinburgh, complete with car parking and cafe, this is a lovely option for a day out.

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Leaplish Waterside Park

Kielder Water & Forest Park, Kielder, Northumberland

Part of the enormous Kielder Water & Forest Park, Leaplish Waterside Park is particularly geared up to families. You can go to the birds of prey centre, take a trip on the Osprey ferry, have a walk or cycle, observe wildlife from the red squirrel hide, swim in the heated indoor pool, play minature golf or have a fabulous time playing in the chilldren's play area.

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Manor House Wildlife Park

St Florence, Tenby, Pembrokeshire.

Manor House Wildlife Park has something for everybody...If you've only got a couple of hours make a beeline for the walkthroughs... We haven't just given our collection a freer lifestyle - we throw you in with them! Start with the Lemur Walkthrough, it's the next best thing to seeing lemurs in the wild in Madagascar. They'll come right up to you. Then head off for the Wallaby Walkthrough - you'll be amazed at how close you can get.The wallabies are friendly - bring your camera, you'll get some wonderful images. If you're coming for the whole day you might like to try one of our Workshops.

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Tara’s Palace - Museum of Childhood

Powerscourt House, Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow

Situated at Powerscourt House, Enniskerry, this fascinating museum is home to Ireland's largest period dolls house. You can see miniature dolls house furniture crafted by hand, and toys from the 18th and 19th Century. Tara's Palace gives children get the chance to see how children in the olden days used to play - they may be surprised!

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