Sights and attractions for everyone to enjoy
Corfe Model Village and Fairy Garden - Wareham, Dorset
Step back in time and size! Nestled at the base of Corfe Castle, in an acre of landscaped gardens, is a delightful model village. Imaginations run wild at this great day-out with giant games for everyone in your family, an enchanted fairy garden, fossil corner, wildlife garden with a bird hide and feeding station, The Potting Shed miniature museum and much more.
Great for: Toddlers to mid-teens
Purse planning: Children three and under go free; Children under 15 for £2.75; Adults for £3.95, Senior Citizens for £3.50, Family tickets for £12
Where is it: The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset BH20 5EZ
Perfect place to pitch up: Haycraft Club Site – Less than 3 miles away
Bewilderwood - Wroxham, Norfolk
Be enchanted by this magical woodland adventure where creatures from Tom Blofeld’s fantastical books come to life. Whether you’re an avid reader of the stories, or new to the Bewilderwood world, this is an exceptional day out with lots of outdoor fun. Enjoy craft activities, seasonal events, storytelling sessions, puppet shows, zip wires and more.
Great for: Toddlers to early teens
Purse planning: Prices are predominantly determined by height! Under 92cm go free; 92-105cm for £14.50; Over 105cm for £16.50; Over 65s – £9.50
Where is it: Horning Road, Hoveton NR12 8JW
Perfect place to pitch up: Norfolk Broads Club Site - Less than 4 miles away
Port Lympne - Ashford, Kent
Explore over 600 acres of wildlife and the home for over 700 rare and endangered animals. Dive into the Dinosaur forest and feed giraffes from the safety of a jeep, as you go on safari – all accompanied by the backdrop of the beautiful Kent coastline.
Great for: All ages
Purse planning: Children under 3 go free; 3 - 15 year olds from £18.90; Adults from £22.50
Where is it: Aldington Rd, Lympne, Hythe CT21 4LR
Perfect place to pitch up: Daleacres Club Site – Less than 4 miles away
Llechwed Slate Caverns - Gwynedd, Wales
Hidden in the heart of Snowdonia National Park, discover the secret world of slate caverns, quarries and mines, which once “roofed the world”. This rock revolution began 500 million years ago – experience the fascinating history first hand and tunnel into the mountains with a choice of tours or travel into the belly of the beast on the steepest cable railway in Britain.
Great for: Pre-teens and over (active families)
Purse planning: £20 per person with a £5 discount per person when you buy three tickets or more
Where is it: A470, Blaenau Ffestiniog LL41 3NB
Perfect place to pitch up: Coed-Y-Llwyn Club Site - Less than 10 miles away
Drusillas Park - Alfriston, East Sussex
Discover this charming award-winning zoo where you’ll find everything is small in scale! Home to over 1,500 animals from meerkats to monkeys, a small farmyard, walk through aviary, Hello Kitty Secret Garden, soft play centre, climbing wall, adventure play area, train rides and much more.
Great for: Under 10s
Purse planning: Under 2s go free; Adults from £16.95; Families and group ticket discounts available
Where is it: Alfriston, East Sussex BN26 5QS
Perfect place to pitch up: Broomfield Farm Club Site - Under 10 miles away
Woodlands Park - Totnes, South Devon
As the largest family theme park in the South West, this is an action packed day out. With both indoor and outdoor zones you can enjoy a fun packed day even if the weather isn’t on your side. For active kids, tire them out withrollercoasters, bouncy castles, jungle gyms, pedal boats, go karts and much more. For those needing a quiet moment, take in the fantastic zoo-farm full of exciting animals.
Great for: 5 – 12 year olds
Purse planning: Children under 92cm go free; Children 92cm+ from £7.50; Adults from £7.50
Where is it: Woodlands Leisure Park, Blackawton, Totnes, South Devon, TQ9 7DQ
Perfect place to pitch up: Start Bay Club Site - Less than 10 miles away
Alton Towers – Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Adrenaline junkies get your fix at one of the UK’s best-loved theme parks. Alton Towers has a thrilling new ride for 2018 - Wicker Man - the world’s first rollercoaster fusing fire and wood and guaranteed to get your heart pumping.
Great for: Over 10s
Purse Planning: Great Savings Guide offer for members – pre book online for up to 49% off
Where is it: Alton, Staffordshire, ST10 4DB
Perfect place to pitch up: Uttoxeter Racecourse Caravan Site – 10 miles away
Hobbledown Farm – Epsom, Surrey
Go on a mystical adventure! Based on the magical fantasy book of the same name, Hobbledown is a fantastic day out if you know someone full of beans. Enjoy a huge indoor play barn (perfect for rainy days), aerial adventure course, farm animals and more exotic creatures including camels, wallabies and otters.
Great for: Under 12s
Purse planning: Under 2s go free; 2 - 18 year olds from £8.50; Adults from £6.50; Over 65s from £5
Where is it: Horton Lane, Epsom, Surrey KT19 8PT
Perfect place to pitch up: Alderstead Heath Club Site – just over 10 miles away
Kidzania – Shepherd’s Bush, London
Have you ever wanted your kids to really understand what it means to be a grown-up? This indoor city (run by kids!) is an incredible experience which enables your child to independently explore over 60 fun and educational real-life activities. Try a range of ‘job’ activities from doctors, police officers and singers.
Great for: 4 – 14 year olds
Purse planning: Under 1s go free; 1 – 3 year olds from £10; 4 - 14 year olds from £20; Adults from £16
Where is it: Westfield London Shopping Centre, Ariel Way, Shepherd's Bush, London W12 7GA
Perfect place to pitch up: Crystal Palace Club Site – just over 10 miles away
Thorpe Park – Chertsey, Surrey
With over 30 thrilling rides, exhilaration reigns supreme at Thorpe Park. Stand-out experiences include Derren Brown’s Ghost Train for grand-scale illusions mixed with live action sequences and 4D special effects and daredevils can experience some of the highest and fastest rides in Europe.
Great for: Over 10s
Purse planning: Great Savings Guide offer for members – pre book online for up to 44% off
Where is it: Staines Road, Chertsey, Surrey KT16 8PN
Perfect place to pitch up: Wyatts Covert Club Site – less than 20 miles away
Chessington World of Adventures – Epsom, Surrey
Scream if you want to go faster at this extensive theme park! Take in over 40 rides and attractions, plus there’s a zoo, SEA LIFE centre, Go Ape, daily shows and much more…
Great for: All ages
Purse planning: Under 3s go free; Adults from £28
Where is it: Leatherhead Rd, Chessington KT9 2NE
Perfect place to pitch up: Alderstead Heath Club Site – less than 20 miles away
Eden Project – Looe, Cornwall
Welcome to paradise, immerse yourself in lush greenery, wander a canopy walkway and discover over 1000 species of plants. Those with a head for heights will love the Skywire, the longest zip wire in England at 660m.
Great for: All ages
Purse planning: Under 4s go free, 5 - 16 year olds from £12.60, Adults from £25
Where is it: Bodelva, Cornwall PL24 2SG
Perfect place to pitch up: Looe Club Site – less than 25 miles away
St Fagans National Museum of History – Cardiff, Wales
Wander one of Europe’s leading open-air museums and immerse yourself in Celtic magic. With ‘explorers’ packs for families and a fantastic storytelling companion app you can explore over forty original buildings from different historical periods in 100 acres of parkland.
Great for: Over 3s
Purse planning: Admission Free
Where is it: St Fagans, Cardiff, Wales CF5 6XB
Perfect place to pitch up: Tredegar House Country Park Club Site – less than 15 miles away
SEA LIFE Loch Lomond Aquarium – Balloch, Scotland
Explore an amazing underwater world and discover the secrets of loch and ocean. See Scotland’s only Cow Nose Rays, a playful family of otters, Scotland’s largest collection of sharks and even the elusive albino dogfish.
Great for: All ages
Purse planning: Great Savings Guide offer for members – two for the price of one!
Where is it: Drumkinnon Tower, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch, G83 8QL
Perfect place to pitch up: Blair Drummond Caravan Park – less than 30 miles away
Things to do overseas
If you fancy a holiday further afield, why not take your family abroad this year? There are some extraordinary places to explore as a family here are just five, which are not to be missed…
Disneyland Paris – Marne-la-Vallée, France
No list of best places to take the kids would be complete without Disneyland, this is, after all, what dreams are made of. From magical parades and firework displays to exhilarating rides and live shows – there’s something for everyone.
Great for: Over 5s
Purse planning: Under 3s go free; Adults and children from £43
Where is it: 77777 Marne-la-Vallée, France
Perfect place to pitch up: Just under 34 miles and about 1 hour 40 minutes away is Camping de Paris Camping de Paris, 2 Allée du Bord de l'Eau, 75016 Paris, France
Quinta da Regaleira – Sintra, Portugal
Discover one of the most surprising of all Sintra’s monuments; this romantic property is a truly magical place and an adventure not to be missed. Be amazed by the cave of the Orient, wonder at the majestic towers, fascinating old ruins and winding paths around this incredible place.
Great for: Over 6s
Purse planning: Children €3, Adults €6
Where is it: R. Barbosa do Bocage 5, 2710-567 Sintra, Portugal
Perfect place to pitch up: Guincho – less than 10 miles away
Europa Park – Rust, Germany
Embark on a journey of pure adventure and discover more than 100 attractions and fabulous shows. With 11 rollercoasters and 13 European themed areas your wildest expectations will be exceeded at the largest seasonal theme park in the world.
Great for: All ages
Purse planning: Under 4s go free, Children aged 4 - 11 €42.50, Adults €49.50
Where is it: Europa‑Park‑Straße 2 77977 Rust GERMANY
Perfect place to pitch up: Belchenblick – 40 miles away
Bomarzo Park – Bomarzo VT, Italy
Explore the fantastical garden designed by Pirro Ligorio, this ‘Villa of Wonders’ was designed in 1552 to be the only one of its kind in the world. Discover 24 works of art and many more fascinating monsters hidden in this fantastical place.
Great for: Over 4s
Purse planning: Under 4s – Free; Children aged 4 - 13 for €8; Adults €10
Where is it: Località Giardino, 01020 Bomarzo VT, Italy
Perfect place to pitch up: I Pini - 40 miles away
Oasys – Bomarzo VT, Italy
This extraordinary place is found in the only desert in Europe. Step into the Wild West at this mini Hollywood theme park and enjoy live shows, family fun and over 800 animals including giraffes, lions, zebras and buffalo.
Great for: Over 4s
Purse planning: Under 4s go free; Children aged 4 - 12 €12.50; Adults €22.50
Where is it: Carretera Nacional 340A, Km. 464, 04200 Tabernas, Almería
Perfect place to pitch up: Los Escullos – less than 35 miles away
Efteling – Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
Unlock your inner child and delve into a world of fairytales and make-believe. Efteling is a magical place full of wonder – the perfect alternative to Disneyland. Wander winding paths through the forest, take a gondola around the lakes and enjoy panoramic views of the charming gardens (from 150 feet up in a fantastical Thai Pavilion!). Start your trip with an old steam engine ride around the 180-acre park to get your bearings. Enjoy exciting rollercoasters, traditional fair games, water rides, magical shows and more – all to the soundtrack of soothing classical music and tales from the Brothers Grimm.
Great for: Under 14s
Purse planning: Under 3s go free; Adults from €36
Where is it: Europalaan 1, 5171 KW Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands
Perfect place to pitch up: De Paal – 35 miles away