Last month I introduced a new way of doing the Family Days Out round-up by taking a letter from the alphabet and introducing you to places to take the kids beginning with that letter, along with links to bloggers reviews.
We started with the letter “A” and I intend to continue in alphabetic order, so I give you family days out beginning with the letter “B”.
Living on the south coast if the UK, we are really spoilt for choice for family days out and Beaulieu has to be one of our favourites as it is set in the heart of the New Forest.
Not only is Beaulieu home to the National Motor Museum, but it is also home to Beaulieu Abbey and Beaulieu Manor and its gardens. They run fun events throughout the year, including their new Art of Kustom display as well as inviting you to ride on a vintage bus, the monorail and see their resident falconer fly his birds.
Next door to Beaulieu, Buckler’s Hard was a new find for us this year and I can heartily recommend a visit.
Buckler’s Hard has a fascinating history, but it is known for being an 18th-century shipbuilding village, home to the craftsmen who built over 50 wooden ships for the Royal Navy, including the vessels Agamemnon, Euryalus and Swiftsure, all of which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. It is now home to a Maritime Museum which was opened in what had been the New Inn, a stunning village that leads down to the water with living history tours, a Shipwright’s cottage which shows have families would have lived in the 18th Century, a Shipwright Workshop and a river cruise down the Beaulieu River.
Bedgebury Pinetum is near Tunbridge Wells in Kent is a stunning location which offers a wide range of activities for families and outdoor enthusiasts, including the Gruffalo and Highway Rat trails. For more energetic families it also has over 10km of cycle tracks and a Go Ape course for those adrenalin junkies among us.
Brighton Palace Pier and the Palace Soft Play
No visit to Brighton would be without visiting the iconic Brighton Palace Pier, home to the games arcade, fairground rides and a soft play area.
Zoe, from Juggling on Rollerskates, advises that the best value way to enjoy as many of the rides as you can handle is by buying an all day wristband. which can be purchased in advance online for the cheapest option, or from one of the ticket booths on the pier.
Bourton on the Water
Bourton on the Water is a picture perfect village, nestled in the Cotswolds and the perfect place to spend a whole day with the family.
There are numerous tourist attractions, including Birdland, the Dragonfly Maze, the Cotswold Motoring Museum and the Model Village, none of which take very long, so even the shortest of attention spans can’t fail to get bored!
Blists Hill Victorian Town
There’s so much to see around Blists Hill Victorian Town, and you are free to wander in and out of the various shops, from the cycle showroom to the Chemist, and even a photography shop where you can actually have family portraits taken for a charge. Don’t forget to change some money into Blists Hill pre-decimal coins, which can be spent in shops around the site for some added fun.
Black County Living Museum
The Black Country Living Museum in Dudley is a great place to bring history to life, where you get to see speak to people ‘living’ and ‘working’ in the houses and workshops. It paints a clear picture of what it was really like living in different times.
Bodnant Garden in North Wales, is a stunning garden which offers spectacular views across to Carneddau mountains of Snowdonia. Although the gardens are stunning, the real highlight for small people is racing across the bridges and taking on the stepping stone challenge.
Set in Derbyshire, the romantic ruined terrace range of Bolsover Castle overlooks the Vale of Scarsdale. It is a dramatic roofless shell that was once a range of stately rooms that formed the entrance to Bolsover Castle and is perfect for a game of hide and seek.
Inside Little Castle is a labyrinth of sumptuous rooms which have been brilliantly preserved and beautifully restored, with richly coloured wall art, carved marble fireplaces and stunning painted ceilings, plus areas for the kids to dress up and play as they would have done in the castle’s hey day.
Do you love visiting Castle’s, but long to see one with a moat still in tact? Bodiam Castle in Kent is for you!! Although a ruin in itself as the interior rooms of the castle are sadly no more, it’s still possible to climb up a couple of the towers, but that all pales when you spot the moat surrounding the castle.
Brooklands Museum near Weybridge in Surrey is home to many different displays including the London Bus Museum, vintage cars and planes, the chance to clamber aboard Concorde and to see the vintage iconic Brooklands race track banking.
Bekonscot Model Village
Bekonscot Model Village is situated in Beaconsfield, is the world’s oldest and most original model village. It actually comprises of six little towns stuck in a 1930s timewarp, but don’t let that put you off visiting. It is also home to a 10 scale mile model garden railway, a ride on train for the kids and numerous play areas.
Dating back 300 years and packed full of games and play, Blenheim Palace is the perfect family day out set in the rolling hills of Oxfordshire.
Step down the grand drive into 2,000 acres of parkland, there’s plenty to keep little legs busy with buggy tours, a giant hedge maze, a miniature train ride to the Pleasure Gardens and a play area full of slides, swings and a sand pit. Don’t miss the butterfly house and keep an eye out for special events it hosts throughout the year.
Beningbrough Hall on the outskirts of York is a National Trust property with gorgeous gardens to explore, an adventure playground for kids, a den building area and interactive galleries, where you can view a collection of 18th-century, portraits on permanent loan from the National Portrait Gallery.
Bockett’s Farm in Surrey is the perfect day out for a young family. Watch the pig race, take a pony ride, hop on board the tractor and trailer, cuddle cute rabbits and feed their many wonderful farm animals. It is a working farm, so there are always baby animals to see including lambs, kids, piglets and chicks. With trampolines, giant slides, a bouncy pillow, 2 large indoor play barns and outdoor adventure trails, there is something to keep you entertained all day.
Bristol Zoo is the fifth oldest zoo in the world, helping save over 175 species from extinction. The zoo, set in the heart of Bristol, is home to smaller animals including Gorilla’s, Meerkats, Red Panda’s, Lemur and an aquarium.
Babbacombe Model Village
Set near Torquay, Babbacombe Model Village is the largest model village in the UK and is a humorous representation of British life over the last six decades amongst award-winning gardens. Children and adults alike love all the miniature characters that come complete with sound and animation to make the miniature world come to life.
The next round-up is the letter “C” – don’t forget to send me your posts.