Days Out

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Greenwood Forest Green Dragon Roller Coaster

Visit GreenWood Forest Park, North Wales’ leading family adventure park, Set in 17 magical acres, discover for yourself why it’s an award winning full day out.

Jump aboard the world’s only people powered roller coaster, zoom down the longest sledge run in Wales, enjoy the Jungle Boat Adventure and discover the super bouncy Giant Jumper. Plus, explore the turrets of TreeTop Towers, take off your socks and shoes for the BareFoot Trail or take a ride on the zippy Moon Karts. Smaller tots will also find adventure in the Little Forest PlayBarn, Toddler’s Village, Tunnel Warren and the Little Green Run.

‘The doctor will see you now’ Pump Room museum reveals medical measures from the 1920s

Doctors bag circa 1920

How sickness and injuries were treated nearly 100 years ago will be revealed at the Royal Pump Rooms Museum in Harrogate on Friday 13th May.

From 6pm – 8pm, young visitors will have the opportunity to step back in time to find out what medicine and treatments were like back in the 1920s.

Aimed at families and pre-teens, when visitors arrive at the museum they will be given a ‘character card’ containing a description of an illness which is ‘theirs’ for the evening.

Capability Brown Festival 2016 Special exhibitions celebrate 300 years of landscaping genius

Grounds of Berrington Hall Herefordshire National Trust Images John Millar

 

This summer, the Capability Brown Festival 2016 celebrates the life, work and legacy of Royal Gardener and landscape architect Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown with a range of special art exhibitions across the country.

Like an artist, Brown framed views and used perspective to create beautiful naturalistic landscapes which are still much admired today, three hundred years after his birth.  Inspired by Brown’s stunning landscapes, these exhibitions will encourage people to take a fresh, new look at his work.


Eat Dirt on Exmoor; Exciting Bank Holiday Thrills

Mountain Bike ride “Eat Dirt on Exmoor”, organised by Calvert Trust Exmoor

A group of Mountain Bike enthusiasts from across the South West and beyond took to the Exmoor hills for a new May Day bank holiday ride,  “Eat Dirt on Exmoor”, organised by Calvert Trust Exmoor.

195 cyclists took part in the ride, raising over £3,000 between them, with more sponsorship still coming in. Much of the 25 mile main route took riders through areas of Exmoor not normally open to the general public, thanks to the Hollam, New Invention and Broford Estates allowing special access for this event.

The circular route started in Dulverton following the route of the River Barle up to Tarr Steps, then up onto the moor, south east to the river Exe and then back into Dulverton for the finish line.

Chipping Steam Fair

Man eating ice cream at Chillage Village Hall

In 1997 the old Chipping Village Hall was in desperate need of replacement and the village had started fundraising for a new build. A family fun day was organised with lots of different events taking place all around the village including street stalls and a car boot sale. Mary Harrison came up with the idea of gathering together a few classic vehicles owned by some of the locals and congregating on the Talbot Public House car park.

All aboard Steam on the Dock - the UK’s only inner-city steam rally at Albert Dock Liverpool

Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Steam Train

 

Toot those whistles one and all as Steam on the Dock chugs into Albert Dock Liverpool from May 6-8. Step aboard an authentic steam train and steamboat from a bygone age, and be amazed by a symphonic spectacular of live music, steam and sparks - it’s full steam ahead to the UK’s only inner-city steam rally, which takes over the North West’s most-visited free tourist attraction for a free weekend of wonder for families and steam enthusiasts alike.

Alice in Wonderland, the Great Outdoors and More in Eastbourne this Half Term!

Rock Pooling at Holywell beach Eastbourne

 

Eastbourne is providing some great family days out this May half term, with literary themed activities weaved into the Redoubt Fortress’s offering, many visits from some much-loved characters at Drusillas Park and free tennis to watch at the Aegon Eastbourne Trophy.

The Redoubt Fortress which houses Lewis Carroll’s bed desk from when he regularly holidayed in Eastbourne is borrowing inspiration from the Alice in Wonderland writer in its ‘Secret World of Words’ activity week.


Outchester and Ross Cottages on the Northumberland Coast

Ross Beach

 

If you enjoy Robson Brown’s TV series “More Tales from Northumberland” then you’ll love these warm, comfortable 4 and 5 star holiday cottages on the Northumberland coast. Perfect for family or romantic breaks all year round!

Outchester and Ross Cottages are situated in two lovely locations between the historic island of Lindisfarne and majestic Bamburgh Castle.

To make use of the superb night sky and star gazing opportunities in Northumberland, telescopes are available for guests to use at no extra charge. In addition, a star gazing observatory complete with high spec telescope at Outchester is available for guests over 18.


Shakespeare’s 400-year legacy celebrated with vibrant mix of pageantry and performance

Shakespears 400 year legacy celebrated with a vibrant mixx of pageantry and performance, photo of parade

To mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death on 23 April 2016, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust has planned an extra special programme of celebrations in honour of William Shakespeare - Stratford’s most famous son and the world’s greatest playwright with a vibrant mix of music, performance and family fun. From Shakespeare-inspired opera and sonnets performed hip-hop style, to an exclusive BBC Radio 3 workshop and creative doodling on a giant Art Cube, there’s plenty to celebrate this special anniversary year.

Blists Hill Victorian Town travels forward to the 1940s

Blitz Hill 1940's evening at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Summer evening on the Home Front, Saturday 18th June

Enjoy a summer evening on the home front as Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, travels forwards to the 1940s with vintage entertainment, activities and characters from the World War II era at ‘Blitz Hill’ on Saturday, 18th June.

The blackout has been lifted for this one night only. Dress up in your finest 1940s civilian costume, pencil-on your stocking seams, grab your ration book and get ready to ‘make do and mend’ at this fantastic fun event.

Put a spring in your step with Arboretum visit

From late March and throughout April, the Arboretum will be celebrating the arrival of Spring, and it is running Easter holiday activities for children, hosting a plant fair and vintage handmade gift market, and serving up delicious homemade meals.

A variety of activities will be available for younger visitors throughout the Easter holidays. They include a free Easter trail, available from the 25 - 28 March, which will encourage children to explore the Arboretum’s extensive grounds to hunt for hidden clues. All participating children will receive a chocolate treat.

Continuing on the spring theme, little green fingers can get busy at the ‘Children’s Potting Shed’, where they can decorate their own pots and plant seeds to take home, from 25 March – 8 April.

A summer day out at Cardiff’s Treetop Adventure Golf

Tree Top Golf

Treetop Adventure Golf, Wales’ first indoor mini golf attraction, promises a tropical day out with the family this summer, even if the sun isn’t shining.

Celebrating its first birthday this April and located in the heart of the Welsh capital, Treetop features two rainforest-themed 18-hole courses - the Ancient Explorer course and the Tropical Trail.

Treetop Adventure Golf immerses players in a rainforest environment with 20ft towering trees and a 60ft long colour-changing river. Players will also have to putt their way through moving branches, over 5,600 trees and plants and 550 metres of vines.


Top tips on the best places to visit and what to see over the spring months

Carpet of Wild Daffodils at Sizergh National Trust Images C Val Corbett

 

 

Saturday was officially the first day of spring and the warm weather has brought a surge of flowers to National Trust gardens in the Lake District. Here’s some top tips on the best places to visit and what to see over the spring months. 

Known as being one of the first signs of spring, snowdrops or ‘milk flowers’ have been out in force for a few weeks. The dainty blooms are so pretty, there’s a walk dedicated to them at Sizergh near Kendal where you can see them in all their glory. 


The Lost City Adventure Golf

The Lost City Adventure Golf

The Lost City Adventure Golf, based in the heart of Nottingham at The Cornerhouse, houses two separate 18 hole, rainforest themed, indoor adventure golf courses - Sacred Skull Pass and Temple Trail! 

Perfect for budding adventurers aged from 3 to 103, The Lost City is fantastic fun and suitable for everyone – whether you’re looking for an activity to do with the family, fancy an adventure with your friends, fancy bringing that date you’re trying to impress or want to beat the boss with your colleagues on a work night out, The Lost City is the perfect venue.