Susie from Wiki Places For Kids shares her favourite
Summer Holiday Day Out Destinations
When you run a site like Wiki Places For Kids that is basically one enormous list of amazing places to take the little folk, it’s a pretty big challenge to whittle them down to produce a Summer Holidays Edit. In truth it was so hard I wasn’t sure where to start, so I consulted a few of my wonderful wiki ambassadors and all round awesome parents for their views.
The amazing places that follow are truly representative of all of the wonderful places you can find on WPFK (absolutely all would be worthy of a mention), however, I only have a certain number of words allowed so I’ve decided to start somewhere near the top of the country and work my way down, handpicking only a few places and locations. Naturally I’ve not been to them all, so I’m going with my gut too and taking on board the wonderful reviews of the parents who recommended them.
To the North!
The Helix at the Kelpies sounds incredible! A wonderful location for walking and cycling with huge open pathways suitable for little ones on bikes or trikes. An adventure playground and Splash Park, as well as picnic areas, a café and visitors centre. There seems be so much to do and to explore, and one incredible landmark too!
Camperdown Country Park in Dundee looks to be one of those little gems that you stumble upon and find that it totally saved the day. Completely free, this amazing place has a huge play park with climbing frames, ships, sand pit, open areas to let off steam and somewhere for a much needed relax for mum and dad.
I love this review for the National Museum of Scotland In Edinburgh, so I’ve almost written it word for word. This place is amazing, it has lots of great interactive displays for children and babies and each floor has a family friendly area with numerous displays and hands on activities. For example you can send a hot air balloon up into the air, spin a hamster wheel, take part in a dinosaur dig and even get involved in some dressing up! With two cafes and a great view of the city from the roof terrace, we still can’t believe it’s free!!
The bits in the Middle!
Heaton Park in Prestwich, Bury sounds like its thought of everything. With a train that runs around the parameter, great play areas, a small animal petting zoo, a summer beach, ducks and a boating lake, zip wires and a tree top trek – the list goes on. You could spend all day there and more!!
The Crocky Trail in Chester is a kid’s heaven. Eve who visited with her 7 and 9 year olds said… “It is like going back in time before health and safety went mad. It is about mud and slides and so much more. There is a nature trail with loads of fun such as mazes, rope swings and bridges. There is also a park all made from what seems like recycled bits of rubber and metal. Think of a homemade Ninja Warrior and you are not far off. You can upgrade your ticket to a year long membership which is totally worth it.” Winner!
Manor Farm in East Leake has So much to do for little ones with great play areas, animals, a soft play area, a climbing pirate ship and lots of great areas to picnic. With a café available and brilliant friendly and welcoming staff, this sounds like brilliant value for money and full of great child friendly options throughout the day.
Bury Farm in Hertfordshire has a really lovely soft play area, but the magic is that the venue comes fully equipped with a brilliant deli and garden centre where you can get a good lunch and do some shopping too! In the summer they also offer PYO fruit, which is a winner with kids of all ages, a great chance to bond in the great outdoors and also take home some yummy treats!
Knebworth House, also in Hertfordshire, is a jewel in our beautiful countryside and a great day out for all the family. With a huge adventure park ‘Fort Knebworth’, super fun slides, bouncy castle, picnic areas, dinosaur trail and children’s maze there is just so much on offer here. For the adults a there is beautiful house to look around, with various exhibitions and wonderful gardens to take in.
Boxend Park in Bedford is one of my latest discoveries. With two gorgeous lakes, one dedicated to wakeboarding and water sports, the other is host to what can only be described as an AWESOME Aqua Park. A huge inflatable it’s a knock out style assault course with slides and huge bouncy pillows. Move over kids, I’m getting on!!
Daytona in Milton Keynes is the UKs Ultimate outdoor karting venue. With two tracks, the north circuit and the international circuit there is a challenge and engine size to suit all abilities and age groups. Kids from 5 years old can get involved by taking the Bambino course and then they are off!! (Tries to make racing car sound) With loads of areas to sit and relax and grab food, this has something for the whole family in the summer.
The East Coast!
The stunning Norfolk coastline speaks for itself. Over 80 miles of beautiful beaches from the well known (Holkham featured in Shakespeare in Love) to the wild and deserted (Waxham where you may not see another soul) . Sand castle fun comes as standard, but if you’re lucky you may even get the wonderful opportunity to swim with seals! Breath taking!
Also in Norfolk are the highly recommended Bewilderwood and Dinosaur Adventure. Bewilderwood is an enchanted forest of adventure, stories, discovery and activity. Everyone who has been has described it to me as ‘magical’ and I cannot wait to go here myself in a few weeks with my toddlers.
The incredible Dinosaur Adventure is an attraction so full of wonderful things to see, activities and interactive exhibits that I can’t possibly list them all here. With some amazing play parks to explore the thing that sticks in my mind most is a very tall slide that you climb up really high and then whiz out through the dinosaurs mouth (yes, just like Peppa Pig if you’ve seen that one), so what’s not to love?? It’s a must see if you’re visiting the area.
The beautiful South!
I have heard nothing but great things from parents and kids who have had the chance to Clip N’ Climb! My niece and nephew are big fans of this indoor climbing wall challenge. I have a couple on the site, but I couldn’t leave out the venue in Chelsea, which is totally adored by the reviewer! “We love it, and can’t recommend it enough! The staff are brilliant. They have great facilities and summer camps, which are held in conjunction with Chelski. We would drive an hour to get here but are lucky it only takes us 15 minutes!”. Says it all.
Priory Farm in Surrey is one of those brilliant and unassuming places. It has such a huge range of activities, a discovery walk, labyrinth, climbing wall, bluebell wood, huts and dens, millions of fish and even a dragon! Something new around every corner, a million little nature adventures! So much to love, including an ice cream treat at the end!
As we head further south to Sussex I am so spoilt for choice but I have to mention Bedgebury Pinetum as it receives rave reviews every time! Its Free and a entire world of adventure with loads of climbing frames and play equipment, amazing walks and cycle trials, go ape, spiders webs, climbing walls, tunnels… I don’t know where to stop. I’m from near here originally and need to get myself there pronto!!
Cornwall has SO much to offer families, but I particularly love the recommendation for Heartlands in Redruth. This is a unique venue set in a stunning location, upon the land of the old mining industry. You will receive a host of cultural and interactive experiences teamed with one of the most extensive and incredible outdoor adventure playgrounds I’ve ever seen. And it’s FREE! This one is not to be missed.
As I said, the list is endless as our wonderful country has SO MUCH to offer. The good news is that at wikiplacesforkids.com we already have the edit you need to be able to make your decisions quickly and easily for your family days out. We only showcase the best of the best, handpicked, vouched for suggestions by parents so you know what to expect and can guarantee a great day! Have an incredible summer and be sure to visit the site to see all of the other amazingly deserving suggestions for holiday (and every day) fun.