Mums & Tots Round-up: Day trip ideas for summer

Last month I shared lots of posts around going away with little ones, but this month I wanted to focus more on great days out – to give you inspiration through the coming summer months. I love taking my three out for the day but I am useless at thinking of where we can go. Thankfully the blogging community is full of great ideas and I am going to share the best here today! 

Now when you think about summer days out, you immediately think of the beach, right? Porridge & Parenting has some great tips for surviving the sand and sunshine and Happy Mummy has a fab post listing the top 27 beaches to visit in the UK. 

Farms and Zoos are always a hit with little ones aren’t they? Quite Frankly She Said had a great time at Willows Farm in Herts, Counting To Ten went to one of my favourites, Whipsnade Zoo and LesBeMums went along to Paradise Wildlife Park. I have also heard such great things about Colchester Zoo and I love Chester Zoo too. 

If you are wanting to go to a theme park then Counting To Ten shares her tips for a day out at Chessington (the parent swap card sounds brilliant!) and Five Little Doves shares her day out at CBeebies Land at Alton Towers. We went to Peppa Pig World a while back and are going again next week – the girls can’t wait! Another great one is Legoland – Gracie has been begging me to go again for ages! Family Fever shares her day there and I am loving the look of the splash park – something we missed when we went last time. 

A fab free day out for families are the Gruffalo trails around the country. They Grow So Quick shares her visit to Dalby Forest, The Mum Diaries shares her day at Fineshade Woods, The Unnatural Mother shares hers at Gisburn Forest and We’re Going On An Adventure shared her day at Delamere Forest. Such a popular day out – I have been to Wendover Woods myself and loved it! 

I know there are other trails around too and They Grow So Quick also shares her day at the Room On The Broom trail, as does Let Them Be Small. Definitely check out which trails are near you – they make for a great day out! 

The UK has so many beautiful places to visit from North to South, East to West. Starting off in Scotland, Edinburgh With Kids shares her day out at The National Museum of Flight. Coming down into England, Make Do & Push takes her little ones to The Hepworth Wakefield, Inside Out & About shares her day at Newby Hall & Gardens and Porridge and Parenting shows us around Warwick Castle. If castles are your thing then Spooky Mrs Green shares her trip to Beeston Castle. 

I do love a lovely garden and Rock and Roll Pussycat shows us around Walsall Arboretum. If you are in County Durham then I Am Crabstix has a great post with lots of ideas for days out. If you are near Derby, Nottingham or Leicester then Tattooed Tealady shares a fab day out nearby at Manor Farm East Leake.

Not far from us, so an idea for me this summer, is Wicksteed Park and The Mum Diaries has a few tips and a video to tell you more. Milton Keynes Kids has a great list of cheap days out for kids in Milton Keynes, of course. Happy Mummy shares some lovely photos from a day out at Forty Hall & Estate – another place I am adding to my list! 

Moving further south still, Savings 4 Savvy Mums shares her day on the Watercress Line – I haven’t been there for years! I love this post from Bump To Baby as she shares her trip to Brighton – somewhere I went almost every day as a teen! Somewhere else I loved as a child was Ashdown Forest and Bridie By The Sea brings back lots of memories here. 

If you are in the south west then My Family Fever has some great days out for little ones. I love the sound of Digger Land! I also love this post from Hello Archie, sharing some lovely toddler friendly days out in Cornwall. 

Last but not at all least is Wales, my home for many years. Such a gorgeous part of the UK and Let Them Be Small shares a day out Ty Hyll – Ugly House, Capel Curig. Cardiff Mummy Says tell us all about Greenmeadow Community Farm, Cwmbran and another at the Gillian Ayres exhibition at The National Museum of Cardiff. 

Now obviously we would love it to be sunny all summer, but chances are there will be some rain at times. You Baby Me Mummy shares a great day out at Kidzania London, somewhere I have been in the past too. It lends itself to older children really but while older siblings play, the younger ones do have a toddler zone to enjoy. 

Hopefully there are plenty of ideas here for you – let me know where you end up going! 

Next month I am going to be asking for posts around summer activities to keep little ones busy at home – for those days when you aren’t galavanting off here there and everywhere! If you have a post to share then why not tweet me @WhatKatySaidUk or email me [email protected]

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  1. 22 June 2017 / 04:10

    I love this round up of all the ways to enjoy a day trip! When I had a little one, this would have been so helpful!