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Best Family Days Out For The Bank Holiday Weekend

When you’ve exhausted your local park or soft play area, why not try one of our top picks for family days out around Britain this bank holiday weekend?
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Family Fun Raceday, Epsom Downs Racecourse, Surrey

25 August

Adults £10/Children under 18 Free

Combine a day of horse racing with more toddler-friendly activities at Epsom Downs. There’ll be pony rides, a petting zoo, bouncy castle, carousel and face painting, plus personal appearances from Peppa Pig and little brother George throughout the day.

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Trebah Garden, Falmouth

Open year round, 10-6pm

Adults £9.00/Children (5-15 yrs)/£3 Children under 5 Free

Sub-tropical plants and trees stretch down to the mouth of the Helford River in the beautiful Trebah Garden. There’s a small beach for picnics and swimming, special children’s trails and adventure playgrounds.

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The Dinosaur Park, Tenby, Wales

Open 10-5pm (1 April – 30 Sept)

Adults £9.65/Children £8.65/Children under 2 Free

If you’ve got a dino-mad tot, you can walk the trail to see different dinosaur models, head to the adventure playground, maze, animal petting corner.

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Kids Week, London

1–31 August

Price dependant on show/Children free

To encourage young people and their families to experience the magic of live theatre, Kids Week offers free children’s tickets for selected West End shows. Rather confusingly, it runs for a month rather than a week, but with Aliens Love Underpants and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory tickets up for grab, it’s definitely worth a look.

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Kids AM Summer screenings at Vue Cinemas, nationwide

18 July – 5 September

Adult and child tickets cost £1.75 for 2D films and £3 for 3D films

Perfect for a rainy day (and we’re probably going to get a few this summer), Vue Entertainment is extending it’s Saturday and Sunday morning Kids AM screenings to weekday mornings (in selected Vue cinemas).

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Paulton’s Park, Hampshire

Open 10am-5pm (27 June-7 September)

Adults or child over 1 metre from £23.50/Children under 1metre Free

As well as home to Peppa Pig World, Paulton’s Park has also recently opened a double-decker Victorian carousel and the Big Toy Shop. Children enter the shop through a rainbow arch into the enchanted forest where Sparky the giant friendly dragon awaits to greet them. Yes, it’s a gift shop, but your toddler will love it.

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Tiger Who Came To Tea, Lyric Theatre, London

2 July - 7 September

Adults from £14.50-17/Family of 4 £62

The classic children’s book of the tea-guzzling tiger is now a musical play, featuring sing-a-long songs and interactive fun for children aged three and over.

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Porthminster Beach, St Ives, Cornwall

Open year round


If you’re heading to the south west for your holiday, stop by this lovely family beach, which is cleaned and raked daily. It has a magnificent view over St Ives Bay to Godrevy lighthouse and the beach shop rents everything you need for a day on the sands (loungers, windbreaks, buckets and spades).

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Edinburgh Zoo, Scotland

Open year round (9am-6pm)

Adults £16.50/Children aged 3-15 £12/Under 3s Free

Visit the only two giant pandas in the UK, Tian Tian and Yang Guang. There are also meerkats, koalas and penguins, thereby successfully fulfilling the cuteness quota that your little one will be looking for.

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Monkey Forest, Trentham, Staffordshire

Open 19 July – 31 August (10am-6pm, last entry at 5pm)

Adults £7.50/Children (3-14) £5.50/ Under 3s Free

Take your little monkey along to see the Monkey Forest, which makes up part of the Trentham Estate gardens. A ¾ mile winding forest path takes you through the forest where 140 Barbary Macaques (a type of monkey) live and roam freely, meaning you see them walk across the path in front of you.

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Monski Mouse’s Baby Disco Dance Hall, Southbank Centre, London

August 24, 3pm

£8 per person

Let loose with your toddler at this unique family-friendly disco this weekend. DJ Monski Mouse and her team will be playing retro hits and fun nursery rhymes to get you and your little one dancing.

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Teddy Bears’ Picnic, Greenwich & Bexley Community Hospice

August 23, 1.30pm – 4.30pm

£3 for children and 50p for accompanying adults

You, your toddler and her favourite teddy bear can enjoy a day out in Abbey Woods this weekend at this giant teddy bear’s picnic. Complete with traditional games, stalls and a BBQ, there will be lots going on – even Peppa Pig will be in attendance!

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Cardiff Harbour Family Festival

22nd August – 25 August, From 10am


Centered around the Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff Harbour’s annual family festival promises a fun-filled day out for all the family. Your kids can build sandcastles on the beach and go on rides at the funfair, plus there’ll be live entertainment to dance along to on the bandstand.

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Bournemouth OnStage at Pier Approach

22nd August, 3pm


If you haven’t yet had a chance to watch The Lego Movie, now’s your chance. And for no cost! The popular film will be screening as part of Bournemouth’s ‘Onstage at Pier Approach’ summer schedule – which also includes plenty of music and other movies.

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Brecon Beacons Summer Fayre, LIbanus, Powys

23rd August-25th August, 10am-5pm


If you live in Wales, this is one event not to be missed this weekend. With more than 70 stands showcasing Welsh food, arts and crafts, there will be lots of children’s activities including face painting and a bouncy castle, plus live entertainment.

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