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Your Guide To The Best Spring Days Out With Babies And Toddlers

Finally, the weather has turned (yay) and we’re excited about the sunshine. Here’s our best round-up of spring days out that are great for the whole family (although take a brolly just in case!).
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Peppa Pig World, Paultons Park, Hampshire

Everybody’s favourite pink porker will be making her usual daily appearances along with brother George at Paultons Park this spring. They’re also launching a brand new, hand-crafted Victorian carousel in time for Easter with two levels, beautiful music and 24 traditionally painted horses. Tickets for adults or children over 1metre tall are £27, children under 1m go free. peppapigworld.co.uk
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Mad March Ranger Ramble, Stonehenge, Wiltshire

Head to the famous ancient site for a springtime walk with a ranger. You’ll enjoy incredible views of the Wiltshire countryside, and you may even spot some hares. These usually shy creates can be spotted ‘boxing’ in open fields during the mating season. Call 0844 249 1895 to book – tickets are £5 or visit Stone Henge
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Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

On the first and last Sunday of every month, take your little one along to drop-in art workshops, where you can do activities as diverse as bunting-making or block printing. It’s free for families with a Gallery season ticket or £3 per child. All Materials provided. Visit DulwichPictureGallery.org.uk
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Morden Hall Park, London

This little oasis in the city gives you a taste of a country estate at the end of the Northern line. During 5-6 April, they’re holding their Welly Weekend. This involves all sorts of activities inspired by wellies, from planting seeds and splashing in puddles to exploring the park for wildlife. Visit Morden Hall Park
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Rode Hall Snowdrop Walks, Staffordshire

Between Saturday 8th February and Sunday 16th March, the landscape surrounding the 19th Century Rode Hall is awash with more than 50 different varieties of snowdrops. Your toddler will love wandering through the Old Wood and witness the first sprigs and saplings of spring. Entry: £4, children under 16 free. Rodehall.co.uk
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Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Head to the beautiful stately home of Chatsworth for Mother’s Day this year. All children will be given a daffodil to hand to their mum as a gift. Why not finish off the day with tasty tea and cake by booking an afternoon tea for an extra special Mother's day treat? Tickets for entry to house, garden, farmyard and adventure playground cost £23.10 for adults, £16.50 for children and £71.50 for a family ticket. Visit Chatsworth.org
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West Somerset Railway, Minehead, Somerset

If your toddler is train mad, he’ll love catching a ride on this classic steam engine. And on 12 April, Wallace & Gromit will be making personal appearances at Minehead Station between 10am and 4pm. Adult tickest cost £17, children are £8.50 and a family ticket is £45. Visit West Somerset Railway
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Miniature Pony Centre, Dartmoor

You’ll get some seriously “aaaah” moments here with their cute collection of Shetland ponies. The centre reopens for spring on 29 March and will offer a selection of talks, demonstrations, pony rides and hands-on activities, plus outdoor and indoor play areas. Visit MiniaturePonyCentre.com
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Runnymede Woods, Surrey

One of the most beautiful sights during spring is spotting a swathe of bluebells in a sheltered clearing. You’ll get your chance at Runnymede woods, which are running a guided walk on 4 May from 11-12.30pm. Call 0844 2491895 to book or visit Runnymede
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Warwick Castle, Warwickshire

As well as the awe-inspiring castle and grounds, if you head here on the weekends of 8-9th and 15-16th March, you’ll meet Mike the Knight. He’ll be hosting a multitude of mediaeval missions for little people. Book tickets at Warwick-Castle.com
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Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Centres, nationwide

Watch baby ducklings flamingos, cygnets and goslings take their first steps at Wetland Centres across the country. Each centre offers close-up wildlife experiences, walks and talks and downy duckling tours. *Cute* Visit Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
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Elderflower Fields Festival, East Sussex

Kick off the festival with this kid-friendly event on 23-26 May. There’s plenty of sports, art and music workshops, all set in the beautiful surroundings of Ashdown Forest. There are also lessons on woodland plants and animals. Tickets cost £95 for adults, £45 for children and under fives are free. Elderflowerfields.co.uk
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Easter at Willows Farm Village, St Albans

The farm’s Easter Eggstravaganza runs from 5–21 April and includes games, egg hunts, tractor rides and opportunities to meet the Easter Bunny himself. Tickets cost £13.99 for adults and £14.99 for children. Willowsfarmvillage.com
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Pirate Weekend 2014, Plymouth

Ahoy there! If your little one is pirate-mad, head to Sutton Harbour in Plymouth (10-11th May) to see Tall ship The Bessie Ellen to get a taste of life as a pirate from a pirate guide. Entertainment includes puppet shows, stilt walkers, jugglers and face painting, and competitions will be held for the best fancy dress. Visit Visit Plymouth
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Almond Valley Heritage Centre, West Lothian

During springtime, the farm at Almond Valley is alive with the cheeps of newly hatched chicks and the bleats of baby lambs. And if the weather turns, there’s an indoor play area and interactive museum. Adults £6/Children £4.50 (3-17 years). Visit Almond Valley Heritage Centre
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Thomas Land, Drayton Manor Park Staffordshire

From 1st–23rd March Drayton Manor Park is opening only Thomas Land, Jolly Buccaneer world, the dodgems, carousel and the zoo. The ticket price for these attractions are slightly reduced compared to the main season, so great if you're trying to save pennies. Each child will also be given a ‘golden ticket’, which entitles them to a free return visit during the 2014 main season. Adults: £15 (when booking online), children (4-11) £10, children (2-3) £5 and under twos go free. Visit DraytonManor.co.uk
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Blackpool Zoo, Blackpool

For more exotic springtime animals, visit Blackpool Zoo. There are little lemurs in Lemur Wood and miniature goats in the Children's Farm. Visitors can also meet or catch up with some of zoo's most popular babies including Californian sea-lions Rubi and Niko. Tickets cost £15.99 for adults and £11.50 for children. Under 3s are free. Visit BlackpoolZoo.org.uk
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Alresford Watercress Festival, Hampshire

If you’re a foodie fan, this watercress festival, which ties in with National Watercress Week (18 May–24 May), is a great family event. It has a dedicated kids’ zone with a circus skills workshop, children’s petting farm, face painting and falconry displays. Your little one can investigate the 40 or more insect species that live in or by the watercress beds by pond dipping in the critter pool. Visit WatercressFestival.org
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Groombridge Place, Tunbridge Wells

This delightful period house has pretty gardens for your little one to run around in, including the rather interestingly named Drunken Garden. You can also visit The Enchanted Forest, which conjures up the magical spirit of JK Rowling and JRR Tolkien books, and is reached by either canal boat or on foot. Visit Groombridgeplace.com
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