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UK Days Out, Theme Parks, Zoo's and Family Fun

Updated on February 2, 2011

Its that time again and we all wonder what to do with the children for days out in the summer holidays or at weekends to keep them occupied and let them have some fun, well I have put together a guide on where to go for some fun and UK days out.

Drayton Manor, open all year round is classed as a theme park but has a lot more to offer than just that. The new Thomas Land attracts many young children who have a love for Thomas the Tank Engine, with different rides and attractions, along with seeing and meeting all of the Thomas’s friends, the children will have a great adventure. Drayton Manor has many different adrenaline fuelled rides like the Apocalypse, which is a drop tower where you drop 48 metres very fast. The roller coaster, G Force is what it says and has a G Force of 4.3. If rides are not really your thing, there are many attractions which are not as scary and no matter what what kind of ride you enjoy, you will find one at Drayton Manor.

Thorpe Park, Known as the Nations Thrill Capital is an exciting day out for all who enjoy thrill seeking rides. It has just opened the new ride SAW and SAW ALIVE taken from the films and is certainly not for the faint hearted, you can ride rapids, dare to go on the rides and be thrown into the air. I would suggest taking teenagers to Thorpe Park for an excellent day out.

Chessington World of Adventures is a Zoo, Sea Life Centre and Theme Park all rolled into one. There are many different eateries and places to sit down and enjoy a coffee along with lots of places to indulge in some shopping so take advantage and book into the hotels nearby and stay for the weekend as there is too much to cram into one day.

Go Ape would be what you would call a high wire forest adventure, They have set up giant obstacles high up in the trees with walk ways, ladders bridges and the countries best zip lines. You will get a half and hour safety briefing by qualified and trained instructors and then you are let loose to go swinging and exploring the forest tree tops. No matter where you live in the UK, Go Ape is located up and down the country. What a great way to spend with the family and get out of your comfort zone.

Cadbury World, everyone loves a bit of chocolate and Cadbury World is home to where the famous chocolate is made. You will be able to walk around and explore the 14 different zones which are, the Biggest Chocolate Shop, Purple Planet, Advertising Avenue, Demonstration Area, Cadabra, Packaging, Manufacturing, Making Chocolate, The Cadbury Story, Bull Street, Journey to Europe, Aztec Jungle, Essence & Children Playground and Bourneville Experience. After you tour around Cadbury World, seeing all that chocolate is bound to make you hungry so visit the on site Cafe and put your feet up for 5 minutes, you can then visit the shops to buy some souvenirs.

Jorvik Viking Centre gives you the opportunity to explore the excavations which first unearthed the viking age. When touring around the centre you will see remains from 1000 year old houses and buildings which is astonishing. The Jorvik Centre is where the most famous discovery of modern archaeology and where they pieced together a jigsaw puzzle of a viking town which took the archaeologists 5 years to do. Its an educational, fun and interesting day out for the family.

Warwick Castle is a historical building dating back to 914AD, its not just a castle to look round but has many different events and tours to do, whatever your interests. You are able to explore the history of the castle and take in the stunning views and grounds of the castle, which include the Victorian Rose Garden or you can scare yourself the dungeons (due to scary content, children under 10 years old will no be able to visit the dungeons). Many different events take place throughout the year and its a worthwhile day trip to take.

This is part 1 and only a handful of ideas for my guide on where to take children for a fun day out as there are so many different places up and down the country to visit, if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them below.


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