The Five Best Spots for Family Days Out in the UK | #CP


There’s no one type of family day out – the best destination usually depends on what you and your kids prefer to do. Very often, the array of fun attractions on offer makes choosing just one place to visit in the UK tricky. But worry not! Our useful guide can help your team to find the ideal British adventure.

1.     Brighton Pier
Carousels. Arcades. Candy floss. Ah, the great British fun fair. Why not treat your kids to this experience with a trip to Brighton Pier? Grade II listed, it’s as charming as is it robust, sitting on Brighton’s beachfront, with its bright beach shacks and friendly crowds. In addition to the fresh sea air, it offers a range of fairground rides, arcade games and sweet stalls. Better still, advanced services mean that it’s never been easier to travel by train to Brighton, wherever you’re coming from in the UK.

Just a ten-minute walk from the Royal Pavilion, you can enjoy some quiet with a stroll around its peaceful gardens. Then how about finishing the day off with a fresh, locally sourced plate of fish and chips?

2.     London
Whatever you and your kids look for in a day out, London is almost bound to have it. From the Natural History Museum to its Royal Parks, it boasts a wealth of affordable activities that all the family can enjoy. You can all roam the historic collection at the V & A Museum of Childhood, for example, with its many interactive activities. Or you could watch the spectacle that is the Changing of the Guard outside Buckingham Palace and even monkey at London Zoo!

If you’re looking for a place to unwind, why don’t you pack a picnic and head to the Princess of Wales Memorial Playground? That way, the kids can explore the play area while you sit back and relax with a book or magazine.

3.     York
You’ll have no doubt heard that York brims with historical intrigue. Here, you and the kids can gain a clear insight into how this city has grown in both size and importance since it was founded in 71 AD.  Venture to the Jorvik centre, and you’ll be able to “time travel” to Viking York in an immersive, highly realistic experience. Featuring a wide collection of treasures – from geological finds to ancient relics – the Yorkshire museum could keep you and the kids entertained for hours. Overlooking the Botanical gardens, you’re free to conclude the day with a pleasant walk back to the car or train station.


4.     National Space Centre
Who doesn’t love the idea of space exploration? It’s a dream that many of us carry into adulthood. Visit the National Space Centre, and you’ll likely feel close to achieving it. Designed especially for kids, its six hands-on galleries guarantee a fun-filled day for your young ones, while everyone in the family can enjoy its host of shows. There’s also the opportunity to reach the top of its rocket tower in a glass lift. This truly is an informative, fun and inspiring day out for the whole family!

5.     Beamish
Situated in County Durham, Beamish is unique in that it’s a “living museum” – in other words, it reimagines life in early 20th century North Eastern England. And it does so very realistically. Having gained several awards, it stands as one of the top historical museums in the UK. Immerse yourself in the sights, traditions – and even the smells – of the early 1900s at this brilliant location. If your kids aren’t that keen on the idea of educational trips, don’t worry. Its authenticity means that Beamish hardly feels like a museum at all; instead, it feels much like another world. And who, adult or child, wouldn’t love the idea of that?

Whoever said that it’s hard to pinpoint the perfect spot for a family day out? With our suggestions, you and the kids can select a place for your next trip hassle-free. Then all that’s left to do is enjoy your visit to the full.

Karl Young

Part-time daddy and lifestyle blogger. Father of 2 boys under 2. Golfer, scare-fan, tea-lover, traveller, squash and poker player. I write on the @HuffPostUK http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/karl-young/

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