Now we’re back from our half-term break, I’ve been thinking about our next holiday, probably in the summer, and also plotting lots of days out and family time! Here is my top 20 lists of places for days out in and around London (oh, and one slightly further afield, Peppa Pig World down in Hampshire):
1 – WENDOVER WOODS – a lovely forest about 45 minutes in the car from here. It has trails, den building, playground, cafe and a huge wooden Gruffalo. New for 2017 there’s a Gruffalo Spotters Trail too! We’ve been before to do the Gruffalo’s Child Trail and the Superworm Trail too. The new trail looks a bit different, centred around an app (remember to download before you go!).
2 – TRANSPORT MUSEUM – based in London’s Covent Garden the museum looks like lots of fun for kids with play and interactive areas. It’s free for them but adults pay (from £16 online) though this is an annual ticket so you can visit more than once. My kids have never been but Andy and I went before kids. We didn’t sample the play areas (actually I think they are quite new) but I loved finding out about how London grew around the development of the train networks.
3 – CORAM’S FIELDS – this 7 acre playground with a small city farm is a gem in the middle of London (near King’s Cross). We’ve only been once – when Seren was tiny – so it would be nice to go back.
4 – VICTORIA PARK – this East London park is supposed to be a great fun, one for my list in the summer when we are bored with locals parks. It has two playgrounds (one more suited for younger children) and a Splash area too in the summer.
5 – TOWER OF LONDON – I have an annual pass for her until the autumn and have visited once by myself but would love to take the kids (or maybe just Seren) back there too.
6 – LONDON ZOO – we love a zoo trip! We tend to alternate each year between London and Whipsnade – 2017 is London’s turn and we are looking forward to seeing the new (ish) lion enclosure. We will probably go one school holiday when they have a special event on.
7 – PEPPA PIG WORLD AT PAULTON’S PARK – we went here for Seren’s 3rd birthday and had a great (though exhausting day). Seren has somehow decided that we need to go back for Imogen’s 3rd birthday as that is only fair. Last time we spent all day just at Peppa Pig World so we think will go back for 2 days and see more of Paulton’s Park too.
8 – FENTON HOUSE & GARDEN – this is our nearest National Trust family-friendly house in Hampstead, London. They are taking part in the National Trust / Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt over Easter weekend and I really fancy taking part in that.
9 – ENCHANTED FAIRY AND ELF WALK AT AUDLEY END MINIATURE RAILWAY – we went here twice last year, once in the summer for the magical fairy walk then again for Halloween. Both events were really good fun and the girls are still talking about the fairies. We can’t wait to go back this year and take Andy along with us.
10 – KNEBWORTH HOUSE – another place we’ve visited in the past and want to go back to and take Andy! This is such a unique place with the beautiful formal gardens, dinosaur park and great play area with a fort and those giant slides that where have to sit in a sack.
11 – WILLOW’S ACTIVITY FARM – we go here every year and, though the entry prices keep going up and up, we always agree at the end of the day that it’s been worth it. The new (ish) Peter Rabbit play area is really lovely and the special farm events that run through the holidays are always good fun.
12 – HITCHIN LAVENDER – we’ve never been here but I’ve loved seeing friends’ photos from their visits over the last couple of years, the lavender fields are so photogenic!
13 – HAMPTON COURT – I last went here, ummmm 30 years ago, when the best attraction for kids was the maze. Now there is an amazing play area, the Magic Garden, that is open due
14 – GRANARY SQUARE FOUNTAINS, KING’S CROSS – I took the girls here two summers ago so we are due a trip back! There is more going on in the area now too and it’s easy to get to from here.
15 – SERPENTINE LIDO HYDE PARK – Seren and I walked past here last summer and it looked like so much fun! You pay to access the area then you can swim in the Serpentine or there’s a paddling pool and play area too.
16 – SCIENCE MUSUEM – we’ve been here a number of times but not since the opening of the new Wonderlab area which looks amazing (that indoor slide!).
17 – NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM – we enjoyed a trip over to Greenwich last year but with so much more to see and this museum to explore, I think we need to go back soon. I hear that the play section at the museum is great too.
18 – STRATFORD DISCOVERY CENTRE – an interactive story trail with play areas. It’s not too far from us and I think my girls would love it.
19 – LAPLAND UK -I’ve loved seeing photos of trips to the UK’s version of Lapland in Berkshire, from bloggers and friends alike. A friend who went on Christmas Eve this year said it was the best Christmas event they have ever done with their son. It’s pretty expensive but it looks so magical.
20 – KEW GARDENS – we’ve never been here though have family very close to there. I’ve heard that the Christmas lights are amazing!
Is there anywhere you would recommend that I should add to the list?!