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Great ideas for day trips with the kids near London

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Stuck for things to do with the kids? As much as we love London for its museums and attractions, sometimes an excursion is what’s called for, which is why we’ve rounded up fab family days out near the capital. With theme parks, palaces, animal attractions, easy trips to the seaside and great outdoor adventures, we've got the best ideas for things to do with the whole family. Think we've missed a great family day trip outside London? Let us know in the comments box below.

ZSL Whipsnade Zoo

Run by the team behind London Zoo and set in 600 acres of Bedfordshire parkland with views across the Chilterns, Whipsnade offers a huge variety of animals including all the favourites – chimps, lions, elephants, camels, zebras, hippos and giraffes. The emphasis is on learning about how the animals live in near-as-possble natural habitats, with viewing huts providing exceptional views through glass walls.

  1. LU6 2LF
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Willows Farm Village

Families can watch animals in their enclosures, including pigs, sheep, cows and more exotic animals like wallabies and reindeer. But the animals are also here to entertain, in the form of sheep races, geese obstacle races, goat climbing displays, falconry displays and ferret fun runs. Enticing activities include frisbee golf, adventure playgrounds and a giant sandpit with working ride-on diggers.

  1. Coursers Rd, London Colney, AL4 0PF
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Woburn Safari Park

Woburn Safari Park is a chance for children to see exotic animals in wilder and larger outdoor habitats than can be expected at London Zoo. Take a drive through the plains and see tigers, elephants, giraffe, bears and wolves stalking across their acres. Families can also take a foot safari to get up close to the lemurs, monkeys and penguins. As well as the animals, there are lots of activity areas dotted around the park.

  1. Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, MK17 9QN
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The Lodge RSPB Centre

The Lodge is a sprawling nature reserve containing woodland, heath and grasslands, presenting ample opportunities for birdwatching and exploration along five miles of walking trails, picnic spots and landscaped gardens. Explorer Backpacks are available for children, which include binoculars, bug viewers, wildlife guides and activity booklets.

  1. Sandy, Bedfordshire, SG19 2DL
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Snuffles
Snuffles

We love days out and there are some great nominations here. Go Ape is a favourite, a good excuse to get active and let off steam. Recommend http://www.daytripfinder.co.uk/ for finding discounts and offers to attractions.

Layla
Layla

I seggest you go to Mad Hatter's Tea Party.It's a absolute delight!My favourite is the pops which turn your tongue from hot to cold!

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Anna McQuaid
Anna McQuaid

A great way to escape the madness of London is to visit the Betty Blythe Teashop in West London. A very family friendly spot, Betty Blythe is full to the brim with tasty treats and is the perfect excuse to make time for tea and cake! West London's top spot for Children's parties too - tables are set up for a grown up tea party (complete with teapots filled with hot chocolate!) the venue offers everything a little girl can dream of from dressing up to cupcake decorating, jewellery making and fairytale face painting.