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Bank Holiday Funday! The Best Days Out For All Ages

Whether you're a small or big kid at heart, you’ll love these fun days out for all ages

By Shannon Wilson, 17 August 2016
Bank Holiday Funday! The Best Days Out For All Ages

There's nothing worse than wasting precious holiday time deciding what to do and with the last bank holiday weekend of the year fast approaching, it’s high time to get your thinking caps on.

That's where this handy guide comes in. From trekking with llamas in the countryside and chasing Peter Rabbit through Beatrix Potter’s home, to getting lost in a Horrible History maze and riding retro rollercoasters, we’ve got tons of ideas that will satisfy even the hardest to please members of your family.

Here's our round-up of the best things to do around the country this August bank holiday:

Ages 2+

Explore steam trains in Perrygrove Railway

Where: Forest of Dean and Wye Valley

Details: perrygrove.co.uk

Price: Family tickets £24.50

Ride steam trains through the countryside, then stop off to visit tree houses, go on a treasure hunt, or play hide and seek in the indoor village, featuring five houses linked by secret passages!

 

Search for the Himalayan Yeti at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

Where: Sevenoaks, Kent

Details: riverhillgardens.co.uk

Price: Family tickets £24

Celebrate ‘The Year of the English Garden’ by taking your kids on a hunt for a yeti in these Himalayan Gardens, complete with adventure playground, hedge maze and even a ‘Family Quiz Challenge’.

 

Stroll along Britain’s best beach

Where: Holkham Beach, Norfolk

Details: holkham.co.uk

Price: Family tickets £41

Spend a relaxing day walking around Norfolk’s Palladian-style Holkham Hall, nature reserve and Holkham Beach, voted best in Britain in 2015 (and possibly best known for featuring in the closing scenes of ‘Shakespeare in Love’). Little ones will love the new Field to Fork farming exhibition and you can even learn how to make biscuit icing in the old kitchen with the cook, and listen to storytelling in a yurt.

 

Celebrate 150 years since Beatrix Potters birth at Hilltop Farm

Where: Lake District

Details: nationaltrust.org.uk

Price: Family tickets £25

It’s 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter in July, so this is an ideal time to take a trip to visit her Lake District home. You can explore Derwentwater, the three-mile-long lake beside which Potter herself famously sketched up Squirrel Nutkin and friends.

 

Ages 6+

See 'Sensational Butterflies' at the Natural History Museum

Where: London

Details: nhm.ac.uk

Price: Family tickets £19.80

See more butterflies than ever before and learn fascinating facts about their lives in the Natural History Museum’s colourful butterfly house. There are plenty of games, activities and challenges to keep everyone busy – and if the weather’s bad, you can make a quick retreat into the museum to visit the dinosaurs!

 

Explore Ancient Egypt at Chiddingstone Castle

Where: Edenbridge, Kent 

Details: chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Price: Family tickets £23.50

Forget the British Museum’s mummies – instead head to Chiddingstone Castle to explore the Ancient Egyptian Fields of Eternity Garden, so you can learn more about life by the Nile in 2000BC. The best bit is you can even excavate Tutankhamun’s tomb in a specially built sandpit. 

 

Spot Angry Birds at Madame Tussauds

Where: London

Details: madametussauds.co.uk

Price: Adults from £23.79, children from £20.65

Celebrate the release of the Angry Bird’s film by heading to Madame Tussauds and trying out their first digital experience, which is only available until July. Meet Red, Chuck and Bomb and have your own starring role in the movie as they bring to life key moments from the film with the help of your mobile phone.

 

Bare your teeth at the new Land of the Lions Enclosure at London Zoo

Where: London

Details: zsl.org

Price: Zoo entry from £24.25 adult, £17.60 child

On 25th March, London Zoo opened its new Land of the Lions enclosure. Get up close and personal with the mighty Asiatic lions on the zoo’s first interactive adventure that transports you from the heart of London to India’s vibrant Sasan Gir. For the brave, you can even sleep in the  Gir Lion Lodge!

 

Have fun at Dreamland Margate

Where: Margate

Details: dreamland.co.uk

Price: Adult £14.95, Child £12.95

Considered to be the oldest-surviving amusement park in Great Britain, Dreamland Margate has been completely revamped in 2014 and includes retro rides of all shapes and sizes, tantalising treats and unmissable daily events celebrating the best of British culture, such as the new Only Fools and Horses: Jolly Boys Exhibition for the bank holiday.

 

Ages 10+

Learn how to be a red coat at Carlisle Castle 

Where: Cumbria

Details: english-heritage.org.uk

Price: Family tickets cost £16.60

Running over the whole of half term, kids can learn to march and train like a redcoat, named after the vibrant famous red uniforms once worn by British soldiers between the 17th and 19th Centuries in Carlisle Castle. Kids will learn more about the military drill and weapons along with tips for how to defend Carlisle Castle from French invasions.

Lollop with llamas in the countryside

Where: Wales

Details: llamatrekking.co.uk

Price: 2 adults £95, children 8-14 free, £25 per additional person

Experience a trek like no other by leading llama’s out into the idyllic Welsh countryside. Although you don’t get to ride them, it’ll make getting the family active a really special experience.

 

Ages 13+

GO APE! for forest adventures

Where: Various

Details: goape.co.uk

Price: Tickets range from £18 - £45 based on the adventure you book

Go Ape’s the UK’s number one forest adventure. With 28 sites situated all over the country, everyone can have an amazing day out and get in touch with their inner Tarzan. From zip-wires to obstacle courses, it’s fun and good exercise too!

 

Get lost in a Horrible Histories maze at Warick Castle

Where: Warwickshire, the Midlands

Details: warwick-castle.com

Price: Family tickets £81.20

Get lost, both physically and chronologically, at Warwick Castle’s new Horrible Histories maze. Just opened in March, the UK’s “first interactive, multi-sensory maze” sees labyrinth-explorers traversing through history as they run into Vicious Vikings and Terrifying Tudors at every turn! For the less activity-inclined, there's also two Horrible Histories stage shows to enjoy, including Wicked Warwick Live and Mediaeval Mayhem.

Wherever you go this Bank Holiday, stock up for your adventure at Asda online