The best days out for toddlers in the UK


by Aimee Jakes |

To celebrate the Queen's 70 years reigning over the United Kingdom, we have been given a four-day bank holiday. For most of us this means more time to plan fun-filled activities for the kids to enjoy. So, whether you're simply looking for something to do on the Jubilee long weekend or throughout June, we've compiled a definitive list of the very best days out with toddlers that will keep the whole family entertained.

If you are looking for the perfect day out with toddlers, we've got loads of great suggestions for 1-year-olds and above. From exploring Peppa Pig world to a medieval duel at Warwick Castle, to feeding the ducks at Slimbridge, there is something to spark the imagination in every child.

Related: 44 summer activities for kids

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Here are days out with toddlers to celebrate the Queens Jubilee

London Dungeons
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Take a trip back in time to before Queen Elizabeth II reigned England. The London Dungeon is a uniquely thrilling attraction that will whisk you way back to the capital's most perilous past. Meet the characters of the 'bad old days' as they come to life before you.

Uppark House and Garden
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Visit Uppark to celebrate the Queen’s Jubilee with lawn games and live music Thursday 2, Saturday 4 & Sunday 5 June. Why not get a family membership so you can visit more than 500 National Parks and destinations.

British flags line the famous promenade to mark the monarch’s birthday celebrations
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One of the biggest events during the Jubilee celebrations will be the Queen's Birthday Parade on June 2 2022. There will be more than 1400 soldiers, 200 horses and 400 musicians creating an extraordinary parade starting from the Buckingham Palace

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Other amazing days out with toddlers coming this June

Blue Thunder Monster Truck
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Not to be missed. This adrenaline-fueled competition is perfect for the monster truck lover in your life. Little ones will be able to see monster trucks in real life as they perform jaw-dropping stunts and battle head-to-head. An unmissable fun day out for all the family to enjoy.

Jurassic Live
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Jurassic Live is thrilling stage show following our team of rangers on the hunt for a missing dinosaur. This is perfect for any dinosaur obsessed tot and their family

Here are 15 brilliant toddler days out ideas in the UK

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Toddler days out uk

legoland
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Legoland boasts over 55 rides and attractions, as well as shows and events. There are plenty of areas suitable for tots, babies and adults - so everyone can join in the fun.

Warwick Castle
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From epic bird shows to history museums to a medieval dining experience - there is lots of fun to be had at Warwick Castle for the whole family! Read our review of Warwick Castle, here.

Cbeebies Land
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CBeebies Land is where your little one’s TV dreams come true. From In the Night Garden to Postman Pat, expect your tots to be star struck as you make your way around the attractions. CBeebies Land is part of Alton Towers, so there's plenty more to do if you have older kids too!
Here's everything you need to know about taking your toddler to Cbeebies Land and if you're planning on an overnight stay, check out our review of the CBeebies Hotel here.

sea life
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Whether your tot is up for feeding turtles or even Sharks (if they're brave), Sea Life Brighton is an aquarium like no other!

toddler and grandparent in wood
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An ideal safe day outdoors, follow the Glasgow Spy Mission Treasure Trail, solve clues on route as well as taking in the views and exploring the area.

woman and toddler in car
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Calling all Thomas and the Tank Engine lovers, Thomas Land will make all your dreams come true! Take a ride down the railway with either Thomas, Rosie or Percy, or take to the sky with James - there's plenty of Thomas and friends themed attractions to explore.
Read our guide on taking a toddler to Thomas Land, here.

Gulliver's Land, Milton Keynes
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This fun-filled park in Milton Keynes is well worth a visit with your tot! Pop into the Whispering Woods and take the Fairy Trail through the magical woods to turn all your toddler’s worries into wishes, and much much more...
Here's our cheat sheet for taking your toddler to Gulliver's Land!

Dublin zoo
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If you're based in Dublin, then why not head to Dublin Zoo? It promises a fun-filled day out for all ages and the place to learn more about animals too, with Dublin Zoo being one of the oldest zoos and home to 400 animals. You'll need to pre-book a timeslot to avoid disappointment.

The Deep Aquarium, Hull
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Make some fishy friends at this award-winning aquarium in Hull, where your tot can learn about life under water and see a huge variety of sea life!
Here's our guide to making the most of The Deep Aquarium.

Aillwee Cave
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Aillwee Cave is located in the Burren In County Clare, with one of the best views of Galway Bay. It's one of the oldest caves in Ireland and has so much to offer. As well as a tour of the cave, you can sit down and watch flying displays at the Birds of Prey centre, the home to Eagles, Falcons, Hawks, and Owls from all over the world.

The Lodge Forest Visitor Centre
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Treetop adventures and scenic trails, the Lodge Forest Visitor Centre in Aberfoyle should be on the top of your list when you're in the area. With something that everyone can enjoy. You can even take a gentle stroll to a waterfall too.

Treetop Adventure Golf
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Treetop Adventure Golf is perfect for wet day in Cardiff, and something for all ages. With a theme of a tropical rainforest, you won't be disappointed.

Willows Activity Farm
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Come and play with the much-loved stars of the animated CBeebies series ‘Peter Rabbit’ at Willows Activity Farm, near St. Albans. Visit Peter’s Secret Treehouse, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle’s Kitchen and Lily Bobtail’s Nature Discovery at this first Peter Rabbit themed adventure play area of its kind.

pepper pig world
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From Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter ride, to Muddy Puddles Water Splash Park, to George’s Spaceship Indoor Playzone - Peppa Pig World has all you need for a family fun day out! Nestled in The New Forest in Hampshire, you and your tot are bound to have a ball in this beautiful setting.
Read our guide to taking your toddler to Peppa Pig World here.

slimbridge wetlands centre
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Take your tot to feed an array of ducks, geese and swans at Slimbridge Wetlands Centre. Visit the flamingos, explore the watery world of Toad Hall, splash about at Welly Boot Land or enjoy the indoor soft play, it’s definitely the perfect day out during the warmer months.

Still looking for ideas? Check out the below, for more inspiration!

The best theme parks for toddlers

From Chessington World of Adventures to Pleasure Island, to Digger Land, our Guide to the Best Theme Parks for Little Ones gives you all the info on parks all around the UK!

Seasonal days out

Click on the below to get some season-appropriate ideas on where to take your toddler:

Summer days out ideas

Autumn days out ideas

Christmas days out ideas

Spring days out ideas

Easter days out and activities

Family-friendly days out in London

If you're looking for fun days out there are interactive experiences, museums, Royal parks, and playgrounds to keep them busy.

If you have an animal lover, there are zoos and parks packed full of cute and cuddly critters and kings of the jungle.

Check out our full guide on the fun days out ideas in London.

The best family-friendly pub gardens

Summer afternoons are made for lounging around in the sun, but it can be difficult with several tots in tow.

We've rounded up our favourite family-friendly pub gardens, so you and your little one can get outside and have some fun!

The best adventure playgrounds in the UK

There are many fantastic adventure playgrounds across the UK you and your family can visit, with some offering free entry. Here are just ten of our favourites.

Days out inspired by children's books

You need a river or stream with a bridge for this game, played by Winnie the Pooh with his friends. Drop your sticks into the water and see whose emerges from under the bridge first.

Story-time with children can often be a magical, mysterious and exciting experience, but you may be surprised to know that you and your family can visit lots of the places that inspired children’s literary classics, right here in the UK!

Here's our where-to-go guide for all your favourite children's books, including Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear, The Chronicles of Narnia and Beatrix Potter!

The best museums in the UK for families


Many museums are themed with particular interests such as science or dinosaurs while others encompass a variety of exhibitions. Plus, for many, small children under a certain age go free. Bonus! Take a look at our favourites.

Best free outdoor activities for kids

 You absolutely have to photograph your toddler’s first bike ride – nothing will beat that huge smile on his face and you’ll want to look back on it in years to come. [Corbis]

Hide and Seek, cycling, sculptures on the beach, bug hunting and all the classic outdoor activities are listed here, to remind you what fun you can have on a budget!

You can also have a look at our pick of the best free things to do with your baby here.

Alternatively, you could grab a picnic and let them burn off some energy while getting some fresh air with our pick of the best parks and fun-filled outdoor spaces for the whole family.

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