With a fantastic four day weekend coming up at the end of the month, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time with your family and visit some great attractions. Each year we all like to disappear abroad during the summer to enjoy some time away in sunnier climates, but we are incredibly fortunate enough to have a vast amount of fantastic bank holiday family days out, attractions and places to visit just on our doorstep here in the UK!
Here we take a look at some of our favourite fun family days out and attractions across the UK, no matter the weather this Easter!
#1 – Longleat Safari Park
Fun for all the family, Longleat Safari Park is based in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside and is a fantastic day out. Take a drive through the safari park and see the lions and tigers and… monkeys?! After braving the safari adventure and seeing the bigger beast’s up close, park up and begin the adventure through the rest of the park. Take a cruise up the water to see Gorilla island and visit the main square to see some smaller animals – why not get hands on and hold a snake? Then you can enjoy a meal at one of the many food venues on site and take a stroll over to Longleat House, enjoying the beautiful house and grounds. A fantastic fun family day out with great value and something for all, no matter the weather!
#2 – Legoland Windsor
Most children love nothing more than a pile of lego, so imagine what fun they’ll have with an entire Legoland! A trip to Legoland windsor has something for all children, from a variety of rides to miniland where you can see some incredible lego models and towns which have been built from real lego! It’s fantastic fun and there’s plenty to see and do to keep you entertained all day long.
#3 – Chessington World Of Adventures
At Chessington there is something for everyone, combining everybody’s favourite zoo experience and seeing some of the world’s most beautiful yet fearsome animals, with the exhilarating thrill of theme park rides.
#4 – Butlins!
Butlins is the perfect family day out for those of the younger generations, or why not stay at one of the two resorts and make a short break of it? With either a venue in West Sussex to whet your appetite, or move into the beauty of Somerset with the Minehead resort residing just outside of the wonders of the Exmoor national park.
#5 – Go Ape!
If you like adventure, this is the attraction for you! Go Ape offer a variety of different activity days where you can climb across the treetops and see the world from a different perspective.
#6 – Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
If you’re interested in history or the Royal Navy, this is a wonderful day out for all the family. Climb aboard the famous HMS Victory, the Royal Navy’s most famous warship who’s most famous for her role in The Battle Of Trafalgar. Why not visit the Mary Rose museum, the only 16th Century warship on display anywhere in the world – she was risen from the depths of the Solent 34 years ago, having sunk off the coast in Portsmouth in 1545! Find out what life was like on board. There is so much to see and do around the dockyard, it’s a fascinating day out for all of the family.
#7 – The Natural History Museum
Take a trip to London, our great Capital city, and find answers to your biggest questions about the world, find out more about our collections and the scientific research around them and find out the true history of animals – from the smallest insects to the largest mammals. They also have on display the oldest complete human skeleton, believed to be dated from around 10,000 years ago.
#8 – Beaulieu
Take a trip down to the beautiful New Forest national park and visit Beaulieu – home of the National Motor Museum. See the history of motor vehicles throughout the years and take a look at some of the most famous ‘on screen’ cars, including Del Boy’s Reliant Regal van from Only Fools and Horses and Mr Bean’s iconic green Mini! Don’t forget to visit The World Of Top Gear too and see some of the many vehicles featured in the show. Once you’ve walked around the cars, why not visit Beaulieu house and Abbey and take a look at the beautiful interiors and grounds.
#9 – The West Somerset Railway
Ride on one of the most beautiful steam trains and enjoy a trip down the world’s longest Heritage railway, spanning 22 miles through the beautiful scenery of the Somerset countryside. Starting in Minehead, work your way down past the beauties of the local coastline and beach, see the famous Dunster Castle and discover the Quantock hills. Enjoy all of this with a traditional West Country cream tea served to your table. The railway also host various character days for the younger generations and this year are having Peter Rabbit visit the railway on the 31st March! Fun for all the family.
#10 – The Isle Of Wight
Visit the Isle of Wight this bank holiday and enjoy a day out with the family. There is plenty to see and do on this island and a variety of attractions to enjoy. The island is small enough to drive around in a day and has enough to entertain you for days at a time. Take a trip to the Donkey Sanctuary or the Zoo, or enjoy a trip to some of the wonderous beaches seen around the island. The ferry to the island is a trip in itself and all of the family will love it.
#11 – London Dungeons
The London Dungeons are a tourist attraction in London which recreate gory historical events with gallows humour. Recreating scenes from events such as Guy Fawkes and the days of Jack The Ripper, you’ll be sure to enjoy the thrilling shows the actors put on here.
#12 – Alton Towers
Renowned for offering some incredible family friendly breaks in their themed rooms across various hotels. The theme park itself has a variety of rides, from the more thrilling rides for the grown ups and daredevils to smaller rides for the younger ones in the family. There’s something for everybody!
#13 – Warwick Castle
Warwick Castle is one of the most complete medieval fortresses in Britain and somewhere you should definitely visit at least once in your life! There are many reenactments for all ages to enjoy, get lost in the Horrible Histories maze and celebrate the 950th anniversary of the castle this Easter.
#14 – Brighton SeaLife Centre
Brighton sealife centre is a fantastic fun family day out for everybody. Take a look at the huge varieties of different species of fish found both in our local waters and tropical fish (look closely and you’ll spot Nemo!). Walk through our tunnel and watch the sharks swim above your head, enjoying being surrounded by these creatures you wouldn’t normally see on a day to day basis.
So as you can see, there are plenty of fun family days out for everybody this Bank Holiday! Why not make a short break of it and hire a car from Caversham for all of the family to enjoy their road trip in, save putting the mileage on your own car if you have one or to just hire something a little more interesting than your day to day commuter vehicle. To find out more, get in touch!