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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A family day out at the SS Great Britain

At the heart of Bristol’s vibrant harbour lies a boat with a tale to tell. The SS Great Britain was built right there in the Great Western Dockyard. This was where she would return 127 years later. Since then, the ship has been lovingly restored. Visitors can look around both inside and outside and get a feel for what life would have been like for those on board. This summer, the SS Great Britain Summer spectacular sees the incredible Invisible Circus entertaining the crowds. We visited this fascinating ship last week to see whether it’s a good family day out.…

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Pirates and Mermaids at the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham

Sea Life centres across the UK are asking visitors to pick a side this summer. Will you help the mermaids or the pirates to hunt down hidden treasure? We headed to the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham yesterday to check out the event. True to form, my two chose opposing sides. They went the extra mile and dressed up as their chosen characters too. Pirates and Mermaids We’ve been regular visitors to the National Sea Life Centre for seven years now. Sea Life Centres are one of the few places that are just as good for babies as anyone…

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A city break in Winchester with children

School summer holidays are an great time to explore the UK. If the unpredictable British weather puts you off, a city break is the ideal solution. Winchester is a city in Hampshire that’s easy to get to whilst avoiding London traffic. Despite being only an hour on the train from London, a city break in Winchester doesn’t involve the M25 when you’re travelling from the Midlands. Better still, there’s loads for children to do, even in the torrential rain that joined us on our visit. Kids stay and eat free at Holiday Inn Winchester We spent a night at the…

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Family days out to break up long journeys

If you enjoy UK travel as a family then you’ll understand the trials and tribulations of long journeys with kids in tow. There’s not much more dire than traipsing in and out of service stations for everyone to go to the toilet. Then someone gets hungry so you stop again. All the while, the children are becoming increasingly bored and fidgety. Recently, we’ve stumbled across a solution to this travelling dilemma. Instead of stopping at service stations, we’ll have a longer break somewhere that we can all stretch our legs and get some fresh air. Here’s our guide to finding…

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Family day out at the Royal Mint Experience Cardiff

When children start learning about money, it’s an alien concept to them. The value of coins, what you can buy for the money in your hand and adding and subtracting different amounts. So when the Royal Mint Experience asked if we’d like to visit, I jumped at the chance. Another way to reinforce their learning and make money interesting. Royal Mint Experience Guided Tour To look around the Royal Mint, you need to go on a guided tour. It’s advisable to book this in advance so you don’t have a wasted journey. You do need to arrive for the tour…

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