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

National Space Centre

Exploration Drive

The National Space Centre is the UK’s largest visitor attraction devoted to space. Journey through the six hands-on galleries and sit back in awe in the UK's largest planetarium, as we take you on a voyage of discovery in the 360° fulldome experience. Whatever the weather, enjoy a day of breathtaking discovery and interactive fun for all the family.

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Pleasurewood Hills Theme Park

A theme park perfect for a family day out in Lowestoft, Suffolk

Escape to the exciting 50-acre family fun park for adventure and entertainment, with a mix of rides at Pleasurewood Hills, there’s something for the whole family to enjoy. Thrill-seekers will love the amazing rides -‘Wipeout’- the tallest, fastest and most extreme rollercoaster in the East of England! White-knuckle rides ‘Enigma’, ‘Fireball’ and ‘Thunderstruck’ will spin you wild with excitement whilst for smaller adventurers there’s a selection of fun family-friendly rides. Catch the fantastic entertainment, the spectacular Circus & Street Art Shows with BMX bikes, the new clown show, innovative urban dance around the park and the original Sea Lion and cheeky Parrot Show.

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Chatsworth, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Chatsworth house, garden, farmyard & adventure playground, gift shops and restaurants are open every day until 23 December 2010. 2010 is a landmark year for Chatsworth, home of the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, with more of the house open to visitors than ever before. The 1000 acre park, the farm shop and its restaurant are open all year round.

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Brockhole, The Lake District Visitor Centre

Family Day Out in Windermere, Lake District

Brockhhole is always my families first port of call when visiting the Lakes. Great for the kids with extra activities laid on in the school holidays.

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Crabbing on Poole Quay

Fisherman's Dock, Poole

An easy, inexpensive fun-filled time! The thing to do when you're sand-castled out and the sea has just a tad too much of a nip.

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Dartmoor Zoo

Sparkwell, Plymouth, Devon

Subject of the Benjamin Mee book, and upcoming AAA Hollywood movie 'We Bought A Zoo' starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johannson, Dartmoor Zoo has a fascinating story that will mean it is destined to become the most famous zoo in the world. Set in 33 acres of beautiful woodland with some stunning views of the surrounding countryside, Dartmoor Zoological Park is a unique, family owned zoo with an amazing collection of animals and the widest variety of big cats in the south west of England.

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Portmore Lough RSPB Wildlife Reserve

Portmore Lough, Craigavon, County Armagh

Enjoy the lovely outdoors and introducing your children to wonderful wildlife - butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, swans, geese, ducks and much more... Don't forget to bring your wellies!

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Amberley Museum & Heritage Centre

Amberley Museum is a 36 acre open air site set in the South Downs National Park dedicated to the industrial heritage of the south east. Take a ride around the Museum on the narrow gauge railway and historic bus. Exhibits include the telecommunications hall, electricity hall, working printshop, lime kilns, road steam engines, radio and TV exhibition, stationary engines and more. The Museum is also home to traditional craftspeople, such as the woodturners, wheelwrights and blacksmith, with a café, gift shop, nature trails and numerous picnic areas.

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Camel Creek Adventure Park

Tredinnick, Wadebridge, Cornwall

Welcome to the Kingdom of Cornwall’s Crealy! Experience Cornwall’s Crealy’s legendary attractions, combining magic and myths, wild rides and exciting adventures, getting nose to nose with nature and animals. There's a choice of six big Realms with huge all-weather indoor attractions so your Magical Adventures are guaranteed, whatever the weather. With brand new attractions and events for 2012, you are guaranteed a fun and easy day out for all the family.

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Elizabeth Castle

St Aubin’s Bay, St Helier

Like something out of a children's story, Elizabeth Castle is built on a rocky islet in St Aubin's Bay and is accessible by the castle ferry - or by foot during low tide. Explore the castle and its dramatic scenery and look out for lots of family friendly events happening there this summer, from treasure hunts to kayaking.

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