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

National Water Sports Centre

Adbolton Lane, Holme Pierrepont, Nottingham

Just ten minutes from Nottingham and set in 270 acres the National Water Sports Centre is as well known for its beautiful country park as it is for its amazing activities including kayaking, sailing and canoeing. With a 2km Regatta Lake at the heart of the park you can go for a wander around the lake, or stray off the beaten track to explore our beautiful lagoons and nature trails. The site is teeming with wildlife, boasting numerous plants and animals that have made the centre their home.

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Westonbirt - The National Arboretum

near Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Westonbirt is home to a whopping 16,000 trees spanning 2500 species. The trees are from across the world including Japan, Chile and North America, and they make Westonbirt a wonderful destination for walks and picnics. There are trails and activities, guided walks and events throughout the summer. It is buggy friendly, there are facilities for babies and children, and there's a playground, a cafe, a restaurant and picnic area. Lovely.

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Pensthorpe Nature Reserve

Pensthorpe, Fakenham Road, Fakenham, Norfolk

Home to BBC Springwatch, Pensthorpe is a stunning place to visit to explore wildlife and the outdoors.

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Adrenalin Quarry

Adrenalin Quarry, Lower Clicker Rd, Menheniot, Liskeard, Cornwall.

Can we go again????? Lottie, aged 8. We couldn't wait to get back to the top and fly down again!

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Crafty Monkeys Ceramic Studio

3 Corney Square, Penrith

Come and have fun throwing paint and clay around in our pottery and craft studio. We have Potter's Wheels, Pottery painting, Mosiac making and our BRAND NEW craft is Building a Teddy Bear. All parties welcome - open to all ages and abilities. No need to book, but please call in advance if there are 5 or more in your group. Crafty Monkeys is a great place to spend time with the kids, celebrate with a party or even to begin a new hobby. Crafty Monkeys is also a totally mobile Ceramic Studio.

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Highland Safaris

Highland Safaris - winner of the ‘Best Visitor experience’ in Scotland combines the Red Deer Centre with our award winning exhilarating land rover safaris, inspiring walking and biking activities, Perthshire’s only Gold and Gem Panning Centre and exciting cruises on loch Tay in our 11 metre Cabin Rib. To round it off relax and enjoy the Highland Safaris café and shop set in a unique and stunning location. A truly authentic discovery of everything that makes Highland Safaris an exceptional destination. Café and Shop A warm welcome is always guaranteed at Highland Safaris’ award winning Café. Set in a stunning location, our Café serves delicious breakfasts and lunches made from the highest quality, locally sourced produce. Cosy up to our peat burning stove and enjoy a slice of our famous home baking. Immerse yourself in an expertly made, ethically sourced Glen Lyon Coffee. Revive yourself with an exceptional meal served in a relaxed and friendly environment. For truly unique gift ideas and some real one-offs look no further than the Highland Safaris Shop. Discover our original and exciting range of outdoor gear, beautiful gifts, books, cards & toys- we have something for everyone! Red Deer Centre - from the shelter of The Red Deer Barn, stroke, feed and photograph these magnificent and iconic animals in the company of our knowledgeable Safari Rangers. Meet Ossian our Barn Owl in a hands on demonstration and have fun learning the secrets of this captivating bird of the night. Pan for Gold in our all-weather Gold Panning flume, Explore the Discovery Trail, get lost in Rua’s Maze, play in our Tractor Park and Play Park or take in the sights from our picturesque view point, you can easily spend a whole day at Highland Safaris! Land Rover Safaris - Award Winning Safaris perfected from 25 years of experience. With your kilted Safari Ranger, share our passion for Nature, Culture, History and breathtaking scenery between 2000 and 3000' Armed with cameras and binoculars, climb aboard your Land Rover or Pinzgauer and journey to the high tops through a land sculptured by the elements and steeped in history, culture, nature, and breath-taking views with no shortage of photo opportunities. You may even be lucky enough to see the Majestic Red Deer, the Famous Grouse, the elusive Mountain Hare or the soaring Golden Eagle as you travel through forests, mountains and moors on private hill tracks. Loch Tay Safaris - Experience this unique boat trip, bringing the heritage and history of Loch Tay to life! Our modern custom-built boat is comfortable, fast, and dry & gets in close to the inaccessible parts of the loch to explore the wildlife & nature. Live commentary from our passionate and knowledgeable crew will take you on a journey through the local history, heritage and folklore. An Inspirational journey suitable for all ages.

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Durrell Wildlife Park

Les Augres Manor, La Profonde Rue, Trinity, Jersey

The world-famous Durrell Wildlife Park houses some of the most endangered species from around the globe. Come and visit Gorillas, Orangutans, Lemurs, Reptiles and Amphibians and loads more, who receive arguably the best care and enclosures in the world! Enjoy having your lunch in our picnic orchard, or in one of our two on-site restaurants, with delicious dishes made from food sourced from our organic farm.

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Stubbers Adventure Centre

Ockendon Road, Upminster

Stubbers is a fabulous centre for kids between the ages of 7 - 16. Offering such adrenaline inspiring activities including sailing, archery, canoeing, quad-biking and high ropes the kids will be occupied throughout the day from drop off at 8:30pm to collection as late as 6:30pm. And my goodness how occupied the lucky devils - wish they had a place like this when I was a kid! §

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National Media Museum, Bradford

National Media Museum, Bradford

The National Media Museum covers seven floors of a city centre building in Bradford. It offers permanent interactive galleries about photography, television and animation, the 'Magic Factory' which explains the basic principles behind those subjects, three cinemas, two special exhibition galleries and a working TV and radio studio as an exhibit.

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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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