UK family days out and holidays

Toddler running up a sand dune

We love exploring the UK as a family. We are so fortunate to live in such a beautiful country with so much to explore. Find links to all my favourite UK family days out and holidays. We love camping with kids, weekend breaks and week-long holidays. I share many of these adventures here on the blog and this post is designed to help you find the ones that are the most relevant to you.

uk family days out

Do you want to find out more about why you’ll love the National Trust for kids in this post.

North West

We are based in Cheshire in the North West so as you can imagine I have quite a bit of content on days out in the North West.

Days out North West

Find out everything there is to know about Cheshire’s newest outdoor attraction in my BeWILDerwood Cheshire review.

Find all the best family walks North West here.

Manchester Legoland discovery centre and the sea life centre are great family attractions.

Another great place to visit in Manchester is the Great Northern Warehouse.

We love our National Trust membership and use it often when travelling and locally. We love the ones in Cheshire including Quarry Bank Mill, Hare Hill, Dunham Massey and Lyme Park.

Find my favourite pram-friendly walks in Cheshire here.

We love walking in Greater Manchester too. Find our favourite pram-friendly walks Manchester.

Dunham Massey

If your kids love bouncy castles, they’ll love Inflata nation Manchester.

Autumn in the Lake district

We love the Lake District and visit often. There are so many things to do in the Lake district with kids.

We love visiting Brockhole, Grizedale Forest and enjoying a Windermere Lake’s Cruise.

There are so many great family walks in the Lake District. Find our favourite pram-friendly walks Lake District here and out favourite child-friendly walks in the Lake District here.

There are so many gorgeous National Trusts like Tarn Hows, Wray Castle and Allan Bank.

It’s been a few years since we managed to make Lightwaves in Salford but it’s a great event.

If your child is fascinated by planes then you need a trip to Manchester Airport Viewing Park.

Wondering what to do on a rainy day in the North West? Have you considered some snow fun at Chill factore?

There are many great beaches in the North West including Formby beach, Lytham St Anne’s, Southport and Crosby beach is worth a visit for the statues.

We love a good family theatre show. Find my review of Stick Man Live at Waterside Arts, Sale here.

Find out all the February half-term kids activities.

Find out all the things to do with kids in Cheshire, summer

Find all the Things to do with kids in the North West summer

Find the best Things to do with kids in Manchester, Summer

Find out the best Christmas days out in the North West.

Find out Where to see Father Christmas in the North West here

Find Magical woodland Cheshire review here

Find New years eve family events North West here

Find out where to pick your own pumpkins in the North West.

Find out the best Halloween events in the North West for all the family.

Find out all the other events on this October half term here.

Four different countryside scenes and text across the middle that reads Family walks North West - Facebook group

Join Family walks North West Facebook group to be part of a community sharing the best walks for families across the region. Click here.

North West festivals

We love a family-friendly festival and Just So in Cheshire is up there as our current favourite. Find all my tips for taking toddlers to Just So.

Find my review of Just so 2019 here.

Find my review of Just so 2015 here.

Children dressed as bees looking at Just so festival map

North East

We love exploring Hadrian’s wall. YHA The Sill at Hadrian’s Wall is a fantastic place to stay in the area.

Our favourite attraction is The Sill National landscape discovery centre. A fantastic, interactive and free exhibition.


I grew up in Yorkshire and still have family there so we visit frequently. I love Yorkshire and there are so many great days ut for families.

Days out Yorkshire

There are lots of great days out for families in Yorkshire. These are the favourites that we’ve discovered so far.

We love York as there are so many things to do in York with kids.

We loved York’s chocolate story.

York Shambles

Kirklees light railway is perfect if you have any little train fans.

We love days spent at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park, I’ve been visiting since I was a child.

Eureka! the National Children’s Museum is amazing for young children.

Possibly my favourite National Trust property is Fountains Abbey and Studley Water gardens.

Family holidays Yorkshire

If you’re looking for cheap hotels in york city centre then you need to read my review of Travelodge Micklegate York.

If you’re looking for boutique hotels York then look no further than The Churchill hotel York is lovely and even has family rooms.

Small double at The Churchill hotel York

Family days out West Midlands

Family days out in Staffordshire

We love the National Forest Adventure Farm Moon Landing Maze.

Their Christmas North Pole Experience is amazing too.

Another great family day out is Trentham Monkey Forest.

The nearby Trentham gardens are stunning with lots for kids to do.

A lovely family walk is Tittesworth Reservoir.

The play trail at Coombes valley is fantastic family fun.

Family holidays West Midlands

We enjoyed a weekend break as a family at Mercure Brandon Hall Hotel and Spa.


Legoland Windsor Hotel

We love visiting Legoland Windsor.

We even managed to afford a stay in Legoland Windsor Resort hotel once (click through to find out how).

We usually stay in a nearby hotel occasional in Windsor as there are so many things to do with kids in Windsor.


Puzzle wood ancient woodlands

Have you visited Puzzlewood in the Forest of Dean? Find my Puzzlewood Forest of Dean review here.

We loved our visit to Slimbridge WWT. This attraction is great for outdoor-loving families. With lovely walks, 2 amazing play areas, 6 types of flamingo and lots of other wildlife attractions too. Find out more in my – Slimbridge wetland centre review.

If you’re in the Cotswolds and looking for a great family walk, you can’t go wrong with this Broadway tower walk from Broadway village. We love the playground in the village too.


We loved our stay at this great campsite in Norfolk. Read my Sandringham camping and caravan club site review here.


We spend a lot of time in North Wales but we also love exploring further south.

Days out in Pembrokeshire

We love Pembrokeshire, it’s absolutely beautiful and there are so many things to do with kids in Pembrokeshire.

Folly farm is probably our favourite. More farm, zoo and adventure park.

Every May you’ll find the fantastic wellness festival, The big retreat Wales, find out all about the kid’s entertainment by clicking through.

Big retreat Wales
Relax in the beautiful surroundings at the Big Retreat Wales

Things to do with kids in the Gower

Find out how to get to Three Cliffs Bay beach here. It’s a stunning beach and worth the 1 mile walk to get there.

Days out with kids North Wales

Greenwood forest park review

We love Anglesey and visit often. There are so many great things to do with kids in Anglesey.

We love Greenwood family park which isn’t that far from Anglesey.

Penrhyn Castle is another fantastic National Trust not far from Anglesey.

I’ve also got a post on all of the National Trust North Wales properties and gardens.


Probably the best campsite we have stayed on so far – Fforest Fields campsite review


Days out Scotland

We’ve barely scratched the surface of Scotland and there are so many more places we’d love to visit like the highlands and the Outer Hebrides. An absolute dream would be to do the North Coast 500 route.

We loved our week staying in North Berwick which is home to the Scottish Sea bird centre.

We also absolutely love visiting Edinburgh zoo with kids.

Panda at Edinburgh zoo
Seeing the panda at Edinburgh zoo was a highlight of our trip to Scotland

Further afield

Find all our dream travel destinations here.

Want to follow all our adventures?

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One thought on “UK family days out and holidays

  1. Megri says:

    Thank you for this beautiful and very informative post. Considering the professional’s advice will help you enjoy the best of your trip, so will really looking forward to follow it.

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