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Melman Giraffe

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4,617 posts

98 months

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So with summer looming and the frightening thought of how you’re going to entertain the kids over the summer holidays, I decided to start a thread dedicated to the family day out.

It would be easy to suggest places like Lego Land which are fantastic but cost the earth (approx £90 for a family of 4), so let us know your cost effective days out in your area that the whole family can enjoy.

Puggit

32,067 posts

128 months

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We have a season ticket for Legoland - and the kids visit a lot out of season. I can't imagine what it's like in August - and don't intend on finding out.

Beale Park near Reading is a good value visit. £25 for 2 adults and 2 kids high season (we also have a season ticket here).

Edited by Puggit on Tuesday 23 June 10:33

Melman Giraffe

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4,617 posts

98 months

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Tuesday 23rd June 2009 quote quote all

Odds Farm Park
Wooburn Common Road
Wooburn Common
High Wycombe
Bucks HP10 0LX

http://www.oddsfarm.co.uk/

Single Group*
Adults £8.50 Adults £6.80
Child (2-16yrs) £7.50 Child (2-16yrs) £6.00
Under 2yrs Free Under 2yrs Free
OAP £7.50 OAP £6.00
Special Needs £4.00 Special Needs £3.20

Mobile Chicane

17,274 posts

92 months

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Tuesday 23rd June 2009 quote quote all
Picnic on Box Hill.

Not that I necessarily want even more people coming up here... rolleyes


Fork in hell

93 posts

58 months

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Wednesday 24th June 2009 quote quote all
Top tips... look at collecting tesco's clubcard vouchers..

you can collect them in many ways, but the accrued value of clubcard points can then be converted for 4x their face value against things like entry to legoland, drayton manor etc etc...

We just went to legoland for the 3rd time and it cost us the fuel to get there and that was all...

But - places to go that we've found worthwhile with our kids....

Legoland Windsor.
Drayton Manor Park and Zoo.. They even have rides suitable for really young kids.
Twycross Zoo.
Thinktank in Birmingham
Severn Valley Railway - steam train trips..
West Midlands Safari park
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SwanJack

1,427 posts

152 months

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Wednesday 24th June 2009 quote quote all
Thanks to our Welsh Assembly Government, all National Museums in Wales are FREE bouncebounce

http://www.museumwales.ac.uk/

Mars

7,123 posts

94 months

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Wednesday 24th June 2009 quote quote all
I decided I wanted to centre our days out around attractions I'm interested in, so next month we're off to walk over the Pontcysyllte aqueduct in Wrexham:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pontcysyllte_Aqueduct

Of course there's all the camping and walking shops in Betws-y-coed just a few miles west of there too, and plenty of walking areas to wear out the kids.


After that weekend we're going on one of the "Thomas" trains from Tyseley station in Birmingham.

Then:

  1. Snowdonia railway
  2. Science museum Birmingham (ThinkTank)
  3. Ironbridge gorge - utterly utterly fabulous day out. There's loads of museums linked under one ticket-system.
  4. Bristol - Clifton suspension bridge, SS Gt Britain, Bristol Zoo
  5. Anderton Boat lift in Cheshire
  6. Falkirk Wheel (actually too far for me, although I have been on it before)
  7. Funicular railways - I've been on the Cairngorms one, Lynton/Lynmouth, etc
  8. Kew Bridge steam museum - kids love steam engines
  9. Hatton Farm and the canal locks (Warwickshire)
I just missed a traction engine day just around the corner to me. So disappointing. I didn't get to hear about it but thought to compile this list, and entered "steam engines redditch" into Google only to find I'd missed it by 3 days. frown



Loads to do..!!

Fork in hell

93 posts

58 months

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Thursday 25th June 2009 quote quote all
if you want steam powered stuff and live in reddich.. this is not toooo far away... http://www.bromyardgala.org.uk/

Mars

7,123 posts

94 months

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Thursday 25th June 2009 quote quote all
Fork in hell said:
if you want steam powered stuff and live in reddich.. this is not toooo far away... http://www.bromyardgala.org.uk/
Wow, excellent. Thanks. That looks just the ticket.

RemaL

21,002 posts

114 months

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SS great britain
http://www.ssgreatbritain.org/Home.aspx

did that with my girls 2 months ago, very intresting
About £30 for a adults and 2 children

avon valley park
http://www.avonvalleycountrypark.com/

more for the younger kids but a good day

Romanymagic

3,298 posts

99 months

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Tuesday 7th July 2009 quote quote all
Howletts Zoo could be an option (based near Canterbury, Kent - kids under 4 get in free.

Don

25,806 posts

164 months

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Tuesday 7th July 2009 quote quote all
http://www.hollycombe.co.uk

Great for little ones.

Mars

7,123 posts

94 months

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Tuesday 7th July 2009 quote quote all
Mars said:
Fork in hell said:
if you want steam powered stuff and live in reddich.. this is not toooo far away... http://www.bromyardgala.org.uk/
Wow, excellent. Thanks. That looks just the ticket.
I went here on Saturday. It was bloody excellent. I knew my 4yo son would love the traction engines but my 11month old daughter sat in her pushchair literally open mouthed as they chuffed past. I don't think she blinked for about 10 mins.

There was a mini-motorcycle display (mini motorcycles, not a mini display), and a load of WWII vehicles. Dog show and a fairground. All in, it was a great family day out.

Many thanks for the recommendation.

Pabl0

250 posts

80 months

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One that my guests appear to like/recommend http://www.dorset-heavy-horse-centre.co.uk/

central

16,321 posts

97 months

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Wednesday 8th July 2009 quote quote all
http://www.birdfair.org.uk/

Rutland Water, 21st, 22nd & 23rd August, adults £10, under 16s free.

SwanJack

1,427 posts

152 months

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Gargamel

6,555 posts

141 months

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Tuesday 14th July 2009 quote quote all
Another vote for Hollycoombe, a lovely place.

Also good - Portsmouth Naval Dockyard

Fishers Farm Park - Surrey
Birdworld Near Liphook
Corfe Castle


Lake Swimming in Frensham (big) pond. There is even a sandy beach and an Icecream stall. Beautiful



Simon Brooks

1,133 posts

131 months

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Thursday 23rd July 2009 quote quote all
Colchester Zoo, well worth a look, have tried to keep up to date by constantly improving thier animal enclosures, nice day out

Duxford Air Museum, lots to see, have alook at their diary and see if your visit fits in with any air shows etc, have look at the concorde if its still there the nose cone is slightly bent where it was damaged when fitted to one of the BA planes and had to be swapped because it hit the hanger door, at least that what we were told.

whirligig

941 posts

75 months

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Kelvingrove Museum Glasgow. YOu have to pay for the Dr Who exhibition (which is great) but the rest of the gallery is free with loads to keep the kids busy, also there was a hands-on creepy crawlie workshop, art workshops, tours, organ recitals etc.

Really good family day out.

lost in espace

3,471 posts

87 months

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The Horniman museum in South London is free. It has a decent aquarium and nice grounds, parking in local streets is free. Worth a trip without a doubt quite a bit going on and my 3 and 5 year olds loved it. www.horniman.ac.uk

The Independent have a 10 places to visit for free with kids link but buggered if I can find it again.
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