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12 best family day trips from London

12 best family day trips from London

From parks and museums to play areas and activity centres, when it comes to entertaining little ones London has plenty to offer. But every now and then it’s good to get out of the city. So whether you’ve got a weekend, half term or summer holiday to fill, you’ll find lots of fun ideas for animal lovers, daring adventurers and little ones who just love to run about in the great outdoors on this list. From ancient castles and retro theme parks to enchanted trains and real-life steam engines, these family-friendly day trips are all within easy reach of London.  RECOMMENDED: The best day trips from London RECOMMENDED: The best Airbnbs in London

16 of the very best things to do in Broadstairs

16 of the very best things to do in Broadstairs

With its backdrop of chalk cliffs, pubs with views out to sea and a food scene that demands you eat out for every meal, Broadstairs is a winner for day trippers and weekend city escapees alike.Just along the coast from popular Ramsgate and Margate, Charles Dickens spent much of his time here, heading to the coast from the capital so he could write in peace. His presence is impossible to escape, but there’s charm beyond literary nostalgia too. The walks along the coast here are legendary and an ideal way to build up an appetite. Be sure to save some cash for the superb independent shops, as well. These are the best things to do in Broadstairs right now. RECOMMENDED: More brilliant things to do around Kent

17 things to do in St Ives

17 things to do in St Ives

Everyone loves St Ives. Cornwall’s most charming town is everything visitors want this gorgeous part of the world to be, featuring weather-beaten pubs, vanishing beaches, shimmering light and architectural magnificence at every turn. Tate St Ives is the town’s leading act, but its artistic streak extends far beyond that rightfully celebrated spot, although it is easy to comment that St Ives is art in town form.Yeah, St Ives is lyrical, we can say that much. The best things to do in St Ives will stir the imagination and relax the heart all at once. Embrace everything this place has to offer, and you’re in for the trip of a lifetime. Also, seafood! Beaches! Come on, it is Cornwall; what else do you expect?

15 things to do in Dale

15 things to do in Dale

In this secluded corner of Wales, paradise awaits. Okay, it isn’t your stereotypical paradise with palm trees and drinks in coconuts, but Pembrokeshire remains one of the most magical places in the United Kingdom. Trace a line on the map directly west of London, and you’ll eventually reach Dale, a tiny village on the edge of the Celtic Sea and a great base for exploring the area.What does it mean to explore the area? Coastal serenity, primarily, but the best things to do in Dale offer all sorts of village charm. Get ready for sand, sea and serenity in Dale. You might even get some sun, if you’re lucky.

A perfect day in Canterbury

A perfect day in Canterbury

Canterbury is a daytripper's dream. Just an hour by train from London and within easy reach of the coast, arriving here it's easy to see why pilgrims have been heading to this Kentish gem for over 1,000 years. Its spectacular cathedral is where Archbishop Thomas Becket was martyred, killed by Henry II’s knights. And it's to Saint Thomas’s shrine where the characters in Geoffrey Chaucer's ‘The Canterbury Tales’ were heading. These days, an altogether less pious pilgrimage involves languid river punts, exploring superb antiques shops and sipping pints in half-timbered pubs – but any trip here should always start with that epic cathedral. RECOMMENDED: Visit nearby Whitstable, Margate and Sandwich

12 brilliant things to do in Castle Combe

12 brilliant things to do in Castle Combe

Castle Combe is a blast from the past – but in a good way. Lots of effort has been expended to keep it special – for example, no new houses have been built in this tiny Wiltshire village since the 1600s, so you won't have to worry about a new build breaking your immersion in amongst the ancient, honey-hued Cotswold stone cottages (which are its signature feature). Its so unique that its impeccable period features have been the choice setting of beautifully-made TV shows and films including Downton Abbey, Poirot and Stardust. The village's panoramic views, bubbling river and restrictions on parking make it no surprise that Castle Combe is a mainstay on lists of the UK’s prettiest places. Here are the best things to do in Castle Combe right now.

The best things to do in Brighton with kids

The best things to do in Brighton with kids

Brighton is the perfect destination for kids with energy to burn. Whether it’s a day spent on the most quintessential of English beaches, eating fish and chips and playing in the sea, or spending a fortune in coppers on the pier's arcades, it’s about as old-school as it gets. But with excellent free parks, a string of brilliant (if pricey) attractions and a series of ace museums, there are tons of options for when the weather takes a turn for the worse or boredom sets in. This is our guide to the best things to do in Brighton with kids. RECOMMENDED: The best family day trips near London

14 things to do in Falmouth

14 things to do in Falmouth

Falmouth is a two-for-one destination. The Cornish harbourside town lines up all the classic seaside essentials, while its position on the Fal Estuary also makes it a springboard for reaching the sleepy hamlets, meandering creeks and secret gardens of the Roseland Peninsula. This decidedly green spot basks in a mild microclimate, making it bloom like a tropical paradise – even in the frosty winter months.    RECOMMENDED: 15 amazing weekend breaks from London

The best things to do in Newbury

The best things to do in Newbury

Newbury is always reinventing itself. From ancient wool hub to grain-trading hotbed, the town has morphed its way through the centuries – and it’s still doing it in 2020. Between grand houses and endless listed buildings, now you’ll find up-and-coming indie restaurants, a market that champions emerging designer-makers and buzzy pubs serving a young crowd. And then there’s the star attraction for fans of a certain period drama: a nineteenth-century country house with a thoroughly modern-day following. RECOMMENDED: The best day trips from London 

13 things to do in Wells

13 things to do in Wells

Wells sits pretty on the edge of the Mendip Hills, about an hour south of city-break heavyweights Bristol and Bath. One of England’s smallest cities – second only to the City of London, fyi – it’s perfectly proportioned for a day trip, with each pristine medieval sight an easy walk from the next. Start at the gorgeous Gothic cathedral, wander over to the moated Bishop’s Palace, then tread the cobbles of Vicars’ Close, the best-preserved of its kind in the country. Take it easy and embrace this pint-sized city’s go-slow feel. RECOMMENDED: Dazzling day trips near London

The best ways to spend the last few weeks of the summer holidays in London

The best ways to spend the last few weeks of the summer holidays in London

Need a bit of inspiration to fill in the last couple of weeks of the school holidays? There's a ridiculous amount of fun to be had across the capital – not to mention a wealth of family day trips to take. And if you've already managed to take them to an education event or two, why not treat the kids to an afternoon tea? RECOMMENDED: Summer holidays in London

The best afternoon teas for kids in London

The best afternoon teas for kids in London

Looking for things to do in London with little ones? When you’ve explored the city’s child-friendly museums and run around all of London’s playgrounds, why not treat the kids to a traditional afternoon tea. It might have a fancy rep, but afternoon tea doesn’t have to be a snooty, kid-free zone. From cake on a London bus to creative spreads inspired by their favourite stories, here are some the best high teas for families.  RECOMMENDED: The best afternoon teas in London

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Beasts of London

Beasts of London

Come face-to-face with the beasts who once roamed the city in the Museum of London’s new interactive digital installation. 'Beasts of London' takes visitors on a journey through London’s past via a cast of animal narrators. Ages 7+. 

The Sky Tonight Live

The Sky Tonight Live

Explore the universe via a planetarium show at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich. Watch ‘The Sky Tonight Live’, presented by an astronomer, to find out what is in the stars for the month ahead. Whimsical, but also super fascinating.  While you’re at the Royal Observatory, do also get a selfie straddling Earth’s eastern and western hemispheres on the Prime Meridian Line. Or, you could also learn about dark matter at neighbouring exhibition ‘Phantom of the Universe’. Then wander through the Time and Longitude gallery and ponder how anyone got anywhere before sat nav.

Wonderlab at the Science Museum

Wonderlab at the Science Museum

Get stuck into this interactive exhibition: with an explosive chemistry bar, daily shows and demonstrations, offers a touchy-feely tour of all things science that will leave the kids’ heads spinning. Afterwards, you can always treat them to a science-themed afternoon tea at The Ampersand Hotel next door, because they’ll never be too old for posh cakes shaped like planets.

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Leave London for a homegrown cuppa at the UK’s first tea plantation

Leave London for a homegrown cuppa at the UK’s first tea plantation

There’s no shortage of places to nurse a cuppa in London, whether you’re sipping a loose-leaf blend from a bone china teacup, or dunking a bag of English breakfast in a mug. But in southern Cornwall, you can drink the UK’s only homegrown tea right on the land the leaves were picked from. Tregothnan Tea Estate is the UK’s first tea plantation. It’s a vast Cornish estate that dates back to the 1300s and houses the biggest historic botanic garden in Cornwall. Thanks to a warm microclimate, all sort of rare plants thrive here, like camellia sinensis – better known as tea plants – and heady herbs like chamomile (also good for tea). Tregothnan first started selling its hand-picked tea back in 2005 and now the British blends are stocked in Liberty. Photograph: Tregothnan Tea Estate Swing by to take a private tour of the gardens followed by a cream tea, or take part in one of the estate’s educational sessions like beekeeping and a tea-making masterclass where you can learn to make your very own brew.  Photograph: Tregothnan Tea Estate Then pop into the estate’s shop and stock up tea and biscuits (because no tea break is complete without a snack) and head home for another brew. Milk, no sugar, ta.  Near Truro, Cornwall. Private tour and cream tea from £65. Find out more here.  Fancy staying over after drinking tea all day? Book a room at Cornwall’s best hotels ... or if you’re in the capital, have a scone with your cuppa at one of London’s afternoon tea experiences

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