Days out for kids

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.

Bluebell Railway

The charm of the steam era lives on in Sussex, where the Bluebell railway line chuffs and puffs through the countryside for 14 kilometres. There are Fish & Chip specials departing during July and August; Steam & Cream trips (eat a cream tea while on board) are scheduled until the end of September and Family Fun days take place on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout August with Punch & Judy shows on Wednesdays and magic shows on Fridays.

  1. Sheffield Park Station, East Sussex, TN22 3QL
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Winnie-The-Pooh Walks in Ashdown Forest

Ashdown Forest is the former medieval hunting forest where AA Milne got the inspiration for his Winnie-the-Pooh stories. There are two Winnie-the-Pooh walks of different lengths (which can be downloaded from Ashdown Forest's website) that take in points of interest from the famous bear stories. Set out on an 'expotition' and find the place where Pooh and his friends found the North Pole, the Heffalump Trap and Lone Pine, Roo's Sandy Pit, and more.

  1. Ashdown Forest, Forest Row, RH18 5JP
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Garsons Farm

Londoners come here to take their pick of the seasonal produce. Soft fruits are favourites in the summer months and there are plenty of vegetable fields and orchards too. Staff at sheds at each individual field issue pickers with suitable containers, and then weigh produce in at the end. Make a day of it by stopping at the farm shop to stock up for a picnic on the designated field by the river.

  1. Winterdown Rd, Esher, KT10 8LS
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Chislehurst Caves

The woodlands of Chislehurst hold a secret beneath their roots. Thirty metres below ground is a complex of manmade caves carved out of the chalk by Druids, Saxons and Romans. Since then the caves have been turned to all sorts of purposes: during World War II, they acted as Britain's largest bomb shelter. The 45-minute lamplit tour covers a mile of the tunnels; children will enjoy locating the Druid Altar, the Caves Church and the Haunted Pool.

  1. Old Hill, Chislehurst, BR7 5NB
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Bekonscot Model Village

Bekonscot Model Village is a haven of miniatures - children are just the right height to appreciate its Lilliputian charms. Spread across one and a half acres, its 200 small buildings, 1,000 animals, 3,000 inhabitants and hundreds of tiny vehicles are a delight, with lots of visual jokes to enjoy. A model railway runs through the site over bridges and through stations, and there's also a ride on train that takes you around the site.

  1. Warwick Rd, Beaconsfield, HP9 2PL
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Bletchley Park

Bletchley was the British centre for codebreaking and military intelligence during World War II. Older children will be fascinated by talk of secret missions and the race to decode complex passwords and secret languages. There's also a code trail that lets them have a go. Small children will enjoy the Thomas the Tank Engine model train layout and the display cases of period toys, as well as the playground, open spaces of the 29-acre site

  1. The Mansion Sherwood Drive, Bletchley, MK3 6EB
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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 for finding discounts and offers to attractions.


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.