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Top 5 family days out

Monday, August 11, 2014

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Summer is all about having as much fun as possible with the kids before they head back for another school year. Whether it’s educational, adventurous or simply relaxing, there are thousands of great days out around the country where the whole family can have plenty of fun - and it’s all the better for spending the time together. You can search online for attractions in your area, but here are just a few of the great days out you could all share.

1. National Coal Mining Museum, Wakefield

Here’s one day the family will never forget - a former colliery site houses above-ground exhibitions on the development of one of the most important industries in Britain’s history. But the best part lies below ground, when you actually get to go down one of the surviving mine shafts and see what life was like for miners. Not one for claustrophobes.

2. Alnwick Castle, Northumberland

The Duke of Northumberland and his family still live in this spectacular building. But it’s also an amazing stately home with huge gardens to play in and explore. For the Harry Potter fans in your family, the fact that it was also used as parts of Hogwarts in the film franchise is the icing on the cake - they've even been known to organise “flying lessons” and other great activities for kids in the holidays.

3. Chester Zoo

There are zoos all over the country, and Chester is a great example of how the whole family can have a fabulous day out and learn about hundreds of different animals. We've all seen them in books and on TV, but there’s something very special about getting up close with everything from aardvarks to zebras.

4. National Seal Sanctuary, Gweek

Europe’s busiest seal rescue centre is nestled in the heart of Cornwall and will introduce you to sea lions, otters and penguins as well as the beautiful creatures of the title. There’s also a ‘Rock pool Experience’, where you can get up close and personal with a crab or a starfish, and you can pay a visit to a seal rescue hospital.

5. Vikingar! Largs

Ayrshire is a beautiful part of the world and if you’re based around there, you could visit Largs for this exciting experience to learn all about the Vikings in Scotland. From the earliest raids to the Battle of Largs in 1263, costumed storytellers and interactive exhibits mean there are plenty of ways to find out more.

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