Westonbirt Arboretum dog friendly family day out

After brilliant days out on Forestry England sites at both Cannock Chase and the Forest of Dean, we were keen to explore another one of their locations. Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire is a beautiful, dog friendly day out that has something to offer for the whole family. Young children with bikes under 70cm tall can cycle around the site while adults enjoy a relaxing walk. And of course, there’s plenty of fun for dogs too. The majority of the site is dog friendly although there are a few areas where dogs can’t go and others where they need to be…

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Blists Hill Victorian Town dog friendly family day out

Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire is a truly nostalgic family day out. Step back in time from the moment you arrive. Change your money into Pounds, Shillings and Pence at the Victorian bank then stroll around traditional shops to spend it. Dogs on leads are welcome everywhere except inside food shops and cafes. We spent a day at Blists Hill during October half term. Here’s what you need to know to plan your visit. Blists Hill Victorian town and shops After strolling around the welcome exhibition, the first store you come to is the bank. Friendly bank employees will…

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Visiting Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh with children

When thinking of places to take children in London, the Saatchi Gallery might not be first on your list. Currently though, it is home to an incredible, educational exhibition called Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh. Presenting a plethora of treasures discovered in Tutankhamun’s tomb, this is a fantastic way to encourage interest in Ancient Egypt. Better still, audio guides are on hand to explain each exhibit. Children enjoy the independence of listening to the bits that interest them and parents enjoy the artefacts without answering constant curious questions. About the Tutankhamun exhibition at the Saatchi Gallery, London It is…

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Longleat Safari Park review: a family day out

Longleat Safari park is in the heart of the Wiltshire countryside. A spectacular Elizabethan mansion and 900 acres of Capability Brown landscape would be worth a visit on their own. Now, throw in drive-through animal enclosures. Add a maze, boat ride and numerous other attractions and you’ve got a rather brilliant recipe for a family day out. We headed over to the park last week to see what it’s like. About Longleat Longleat Safari Park opened to the public in 1966 as a drive-through lion reserve. The first safari park of its kind outside of Africa. The house and estate…

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A dog friendly family day out at Bamburgh Castle

Cutting an imposing figure on the clifftop above the town, Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland can’t fail to attract attention. Both the castle and Bamburgh itself are of historical significance, with evidence of human occupation as early as 10,000 BC. These days, it’s a fascinating visitor attraction for families. Children’s activities encourage learning and keep them entertained. Various museums allow visitors to learn about different aspects of history. And better still, it’s dog friendly. About Bamburgh Castle For the past 1400 years, Bamburgh Castle has guarded this part of the coastline from its high vantage point. Steeped in myths and legends,…

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