Hello and welcome to a new take on the Family Days Out round-up. Each month, I will be 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.
So, without further ado, I give you the letter “A”.
It is fair to say that Alton Towers has not had the best press in recent years, but with the opening of their newest thrill ride, and the first new wooden roller coaster in over 20 years – Wickerman, which opened this year, they are back on track.
Alton Towers is a brilliant day out for all the family, with rollercoasters aplenty for daring teens and the slightly more calm and serene environment of CBeebiesland for the younger members of the family.
If you are travelling from afar, there are five themed hotels onsite making it the perfect destination for a short break. Will you choose the toddler friendly CBeebiesland Hotel, the themed Alton Towers Hotel or maybe a woodland lodge or even a treehouse to stay in?
Ashdown Forest is a vast and beautiful area of woodland and heathland located in East Sussex. The forest is famed for it’s breath taking views as well as being the home of Winnie the Pooh.
With several car parks, a visitors centre and information barn it is a fabulous free day out for all the family and they often run fun activities for the kids to try. Of course, no visit to the forest would be without finding your perfect stick and visiting Poohsticks Bridge!
Abeny Hall in Greater Manchester is a huge Victorian house surrounded by a nature reserve and is the perfect place to take a picnic, let the kids run of steam or play nature detective and try their hand at pond dipping.
Abney Hall Park provides natural woodland recreational facilities and run several family events throughout the year.
Africa Alive, Suffolk, a walking safari park set in 100 acres of land and home to more than 80 species of animals from around Africa!
With animal talks, regular animal handling sessions, their own Zulu dancers giving a traditional display of the Zulu culture and a huge park for the kids to run around in, there is plenty of things on offer to keep you there the whole day.
Alnwick Castle and Gardens in Northumberland make a fantastic day out, especially if you own a Harry Potter fan.
The Gardens have beautiful fountains and a fabulous treehouse restaurant to enjoy and Harry Potter fans will love broomstick training where they learn the basics of levitation, in the spot where Harry Potter first learned to fly. They have seasonal events, like the Garden of Fairy Tales and Wizarding Week to watch out for too.
Anglesey Abbey and Gardens
National Trust properties offer so much to families and Anglesey Abbey, near Cambridge, is no exception.
It is a Jacobean-style house with large gardens, a working watermill and the Hoe Fen Wildlife Discovery Area with a giant two storey, Lime Tree Lookout Treehouse. Will you discover the Secret Garden, tell a tale in the Story Telling Circle, build a den or create a wild art masterpiece?
Another National Trust property to make it on the list, the Ashridge Estate in Hertfordshire,gives you Ancient trees, rolling chalk downlands and lush meadows to explore.
They offer Ashridge Adventurer activities from pond dipping and minibeast hunting to den building and orienteering to get the whole family learning outdoors.
With an ancient stone circle, museum and manor house to visit, Avebury World Heritage Site is a must if you are visiting Wiltshire.
At Avebury you are free to wander across the Neolithic and Bronze Age landscape and amongst the stones and imagine what it would have been like to take part the enormous task of building the henge bank and ditch by hand.
If you are the owner of tweens and teens, you suddenly find their choice of day out gets more adventurous as they get older.
Adrenalin Quarry is based in an old quarry close to Liskeard in Cornwall and is home to a number of activities – a giant swing over the quarry, an aqua park (inflatables course), go karts, coasteering, axe throwing and a massive 490 metres long, 50 metres high zip wire which reaches speeds of about 35 mph over the quarry.
Axe Valley Wildlife Park
Set on the outskirts of Axminster, Devon, Axe Valley Wildlife Park is a natural, rustic, small, family friendly park.
Although small, the park has a variety of animals to spot including: Zebra, antelopes, wallabies, flamingos, owls, otters, small cats, guinea pigs, lemurs, porcupines, armadillo, snakes, spiders, bearded dragons and plenty of creepy crawlies!
It is their daily animal encounter sessions which really make the kids days, with lots of exotic creatures to meet, feed and touch, including the adorable armadillo’s!!
Avon Tyrell Outdoor Centre
Being outdoors is the name of the game, literally, at Avon Tyrrell Outdoor Centre! It’s a hub for adventurers tucked deep in the New Forest, Hampshire.
When they say outdoors, they mean climbing, high ropes, climbing wall, zip wires, archery, kayaking, canoeing, raft building – the list goes on! They even run Fairy hunting days for those with younger children to entertain.
With a campsite and cabins on site, it is the perfect place for a weekend break, and remember to take your bike, as it is a particularly handy way to explore the area with lots of trails winding their way through the woodland. Watch out for the deer that roam around the site too.
Thank you to Pinkoddy, Over 40 Mum to One, Bubba Blue and Me, Are We nearly There Yet?, North East Family Fun, Mum of Three World, Big Family Little Adventures, Hodge Podge Days, Juggling on Rollerskates and Chilling with Lucas for joining me this month.
Please tweet me @Chelseamamma with your “B” submissions for next months round-up.