We are continuing our 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.
This month it is the turn of the letter “C” and I was inundated with suggestions, particularly of cool castles to visit!
Creswell Crags is located near to Worksop in Nottinghamshire and is a limestone gorge that was formed many thousands of years ago and is dotted with caves and smaller fissures where historians have found evidence of ice age man.
They run regular cave tours which teaches you how ice age man would have lived in the caves, or you can choose to walk around the beautiful pathways and visit the adventure play area.
Possibly one of the most famous stately homes in the UK, Chatsworth House is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire.
As well as being able to explore the house and its grounds, there is also a working farmyard with animal handling and milking demonstrations, plus a woodland playground with a rope park and trampoline, slides, water and sand play for the kids to enjoy.
Living in Dorset, we are spoilt for brilliant days out, but one of our favourites has to be Corfe Castle, which is owned by the National Trust and is one of Britain’s most iconic survivors of the English Civil War and offers amazing views over the Purbeck Hills.
They run some fabulous events through the year, including story telling, easter egg hunts and knights i training days but our favourite is in February half term, when they hold their Teddy Zipwire event, which sees you strap your favourite cuddly toy to a rope at the top of the castle and watch them speed down to the bottom as the kids whoop and cheer.
Crich Tramway Village
The Crich Tramway Museum is near Matlock in Derbyshire and invites you to explore trams on display in their engine sheds, as well as being able to enjoy a mile long ride on a tram itself.
At the Wakebridge end of the site there’s a woodland walk with wooden sculpture trail, a labyrinth, picnic area and a play park to enjoy before heading back along the line.
Did you know that Chester Zoo is one of the UK’s most visited zoo with over 21,000 animals and 500 different species set in 125 acres of land!!
It is full to the brim with things to see and do with the kids, including a fabulous new play zone where they kids can release their inner monkey’s.
Cotswold Wildlife Park
Cotswold Wildlife Park is one of the largest privately owned zoological collections in the UK and has over 260 different species of animals, set in 160 acres of landscaped parkland and gardens.
The park has a diverse and fascinating range of animals, beautiful grounds to explore, a large well-equipped play area and a narrow gauge railway which runs around the entire site and really does give ou the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the residents.
Conkers is set in 120 Acres of woodland in the National Forest, so it’s perfect for a huge dose of fresh air and outdoor fun.
There are activities at Conkers to suit all ages, with adventure play parks, high and low ropes courses and outdoor pursuits including kayaking, bushcraft, cycling, archery and even an assault course.
Crocodiles of the World
Crocodiles of the World is a crocodile conservation and education centre based in Brize Norton who offer engaging experiences with animals to create and share knowledge to help promote awareness and conservation.
They also offer keeper experiences and have a small cafe and play park onsite for when the kids need to burn off some energy.
Cogges Manor Farm
Cogges Manor Farm near Witney is a working farm and museum all rolled into one and helps people to learn about the past, present and future of producing food locally.
As well as getting to meet and feed the animals, it is also home to a stunning 13th century manor house and gardens and a huge adventure playground.
Coral Reef Waterworld
Having recently undergone a huge refurbishment, Coral Reef Waterworld is a water park with loads of wild rides and flumes. Try The Canon: a high-speed, 67-metre drop, at the bottom of which you’ll be spat out like a cannonball and the Storm Chaser where pirates in training can try their luck on the stormy waves.
For smaller visitors, there is the Little Corals Toddlers’ Pools for a gentle play in the shallows, or the pirate ship complete with shooting cannons and if your kids are old enough to entertain themselves, Mum and Dad can go and relax in the child-free spa area!
Most people are familiar with the lavish elegance of Castle Howard from screen adaptations of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and you can take tours of the house and grounds, however, it is also home to an epic adventure playground and a boating lake where the kids can really let off steam.
Caerphilly Castle is Wales’ largest castle and is also the second largest castle in the UK. It is a medieval fortification located in the centre of Caerphilly and has a double moat system and its very own leaning tower!
Chessington World of Adventures
As part of the Merlin group, Chessington is one of our favourite theme parks to visit because it has such a good variety of things to do and see for the kids.
There is the zoo, with over 1,000 exotic animals to see including lions, tigers, gorilla’s, monkey’s, penguins and sealion, its own Sea Life centre and a theme park with rides to suit all ages, from tots to teens.
Did you know that fossil hunting is best done during the winter months, as stormy weather churns up the beaches exposing the fossils from the rocks and the cliffs and Charmouth Beach in Dorset is one of the best places to find them in the UK.
Make sure you pay a visit to the Charmouth Heritage Coast Centre before you start your search as they are a mine of useful information and show you what to look out for and where to find it. They even have a video microscope available for you to examine your fossil finds and during school holidays and on some weekends, they also run fossil hunting expeditions for a small additional charge.