Ah, family days out. Who doesn’t love them? Not only does a trip out help us to bond with our kids, it can provide some much-needed respite from the everyday routine. If you’re stuck for ideas, though, worry not! We’ve put together a straightforward guide to the five best choices in the UK.
Very often, the simplest activities are the most fun – and Blackpool is testament to this. The town offers a host of family-friendly delights, from the glittering pier to the zoo. If you want to save money, you could simply enjoy a day at its beach. After all, it costs nothing to stroll by the sea and build sandcastles, a favourite pastime for most children. But you may want to bring some extra cash for the pier’s amusement park, of course.
It may date back to AD122 – but Hadrian’s Wall remains as intriguing a site as ever. A £1.3m investment last year saw the restoration of the military fort towards the western end of the wall, Birdoswald, which is now packed with interactive activities for kids and adults alike. These include a realistic Roman quest, a signalling game and much more, all of which offer a hands-on educational experience for the whole family!
Vibrant and friendly, Brighton is the perfect destination for a family day out – so, why not head there with the kids? Embrace your inner child at the Lazer Zone, for example. Or you could each tap into your creative side with a trip to the city’s painting pottery café. In addition to its day out activities, there are plenty of easy public transport links to Brighton, meaning that you’ll be able to cut the cost of your journey there. Simply hop aboard any bus or train to Brighton from a major UK city.
The Forbidden Corner, Yorkshire
You may not have heard of it, but the Forbidden Corner offers a day out like no other. Located in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, it presents a labyrinth of tunnels and channels within a luscious four-acre garden. And as you can imagine, it’s ideal for any adventurer, young or old. Visit it, and you and the family are guaranteed heaps of enjoyment.
Moray Firth, Scotland
Fancy a truly spectacular day out? One that involves majestic creatures, perhaps? Then look no further than Moray Firth, which is just north east of Inverness. It’s famed across the world for its splendid views. Oh, and its large bottlenose dolphins. If you can’t afford a boat in the North Sea, don’t worry. You can always just find a spot of grass at Chanonry Point, Cromarty and wait to see the dolphins leap in and out of the water. You may even see some porpoises and whales, too!
Britain is home to an array of places to intrigue and inspire people of all ages. Select any one of our suggestions, and you’re all guaranteed to have fun on your day out