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See attraction details22 November 2014 - 11 November 2018 - WORLD WAR ONE REPLICA TRENCH SYSTEM AT THE POTTERIES MUSEUM & ART GALLERY
Don't miss the outdoor World War One replica trench system if you're planning a day out with the kids in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. Located next to the Potteries Museum & Art Gallery in the city centre, it marks the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. Atmospheric and thought-provoking, the replica trench system will offer visitors of all ages the chance to learn about the conditions experienced by soldiers on the front line. Free to view, open daily 11am-3pm, weather permitting.
The Potteries Museum & Art Gallery www.stokemuseums.org.uk
Bethesda Street, Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent , Staffordshire, ST1 3DW   01782 232323
See attraction details4 March 2015 - 31 December 2016 - MAGNA CARTA AND KING JOHN EXHIBITION AT WORCESTER CATHEDRAL
Discover the history of the Magna Carta and King John, Simon de Montfort and the Battle of Evesham. Learn about the later legacy of the Magna Carta, the King's burial at Worcester and the city at the time of King John. There will be interpretive boards as well as information in digital touch screen format and on Worcester Cathedral's mobile app. Please see the website for further details and to confirm dates before visiting.
Worcester Cathedral www.worcestercathedral.co.uk
Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2LA   01905 732900
See attraction details20 March 2015 - 2 January 2017 - VIKING VOYAGERS EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL MARITIME MUSEUM CORNWALL
Ever wondered what it would be like to encounter Norse voyagers, experience Viking life and climb aboard a full scale replica Viking ship? Now is your chance to take a voyage and discover the secret of the Vikings’ success and the truth behind the myth of these bloodthirsty raiders! Free with a National Maritime Museum ticket. Suitable for all ages.
National Maritime Museum Cornwall www.nmmc.co.uk
Discovery Quay, falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3QY    01326 313388
See attraction details19 July 2015 - 9 October 2016 - RHYME AROUND THE WORLD
Make plans to visit Seven Stories with the kids and you will find yourself taking a trip down Memory Lane as you recall your favourite nursery rhymes. This new exhibition looks at Nursery Rhymes from past and present from Britain and around the world and looks at how stories, song and rhymes are shared across generations and continents. The exhibition is a delight to experience with beautiful illustrations to accompany the work.
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books www.sevenstories.org.uk
30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 2PQ   0845 271 0777
See attraction details15 September 2015 - 30 November 2016 - BOOKWORM BABIES AT SEVEN STORIES
When the bigger children are back in school make time to take your little ones to Seven Stories for the Bookworm Babies sessions. Book for the 6 week course that allows imaginative, exploratory play with books including interactive songs and sensory play to develop a love of books in young children.
Seven Stories, National Centre for Children's Books www.sevenstories.org.uk
30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 2PQ   0845 271 0777
See attraction details3 October 2015 - 10 April 2017 - PROJECT TOBONG AT THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM
Project Tobong is a collaborative project led by British artist Helen Marshall and Indonesian artist Risang Yuwono, in a series of theatrical photographic portraits of the Ketoprak Tobong Kelana Bakti Budaya, one of the last remaining theatre groups in Yogyakarta, Java. Supported by Arts Council and British Council this is to be an element in the final presentation and achieve of the three yearlong project. Challenging conventional forms of social documentary, project Tobong aims to preserve and reinvigorate the ritual storytelling and performance. The project brings together a unique view of a vanishing traditional art form and community to a new audience, a combination for photographic arts and performance which bridges the gap between contemporary and traditional art practices.
Horniman Museum and Gardens www.horniman.ac.uk
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ   0208 699 1872
See attraction details9 October 2015 - 18 December 2019 - KIDS STREET DANCE CLASS
An hour of fun at this drop in Street Dance class. Learn the latest dance moves, and meet new friends whilst listening to your favourite songs!
The Hat Factory www.thehatfactory.org
65-67 Bute Street, Luton , Bedfordshire, LU1 2NG    01582 878100
13 October 2015 - 31 December 2016 - POTTERY CAFE
Have fun decorating your very own pottery, exclusively supplied by Emma Bridgewater. School holidays can be one of the busiest times. Take a little time out of the fast paced world of sports clubs and expeditions to relax in the Pottery Cafés studio, where plenty of help is on hand to craft the perfect piece you can take home. Make meals times with the kids more fun, whilst letting your imagination run wild, with the cafés hand cut sponges and wide range of craft materials. Will you create a magical masterpiece fit for a fairy, or a roaring dinosaur spectacle?
www.dayoutwiththekids.co.uk/family-fun/Pottery_Cafe/1043
Pottery Cafe 735 Fulham Road , Fulham , London, SW6 5UL    020 7736 2157
See attraction details7 November 2015 - 24 September 2017 - SEE THE EXHIBITION 'WOMEN, WORK AND WAR' AT LEEDS INDUSTRIAL MUSEUM
Take the children for a day out at Leeds Industrial Museum and get involved with the family activities associated with the exhibition honouring the vital role women played in the First World War. British Women took on men's roles as bus drivers, train cleaners, police officers, fire fighters and important work in the munitions factories. Discover their experiences and hear the stories of women taking on dangerous work in the Armley munitions and learn about the lives lost in the 1916 factory explosion.
Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills www.leeds.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries/Pages/armleymills
Armley Mills, Canal Road, Armley, Leeds , West Yorkshire, LS12 2QF    0113 263 7861
See attraction details19 November 2015 - 31 December 2016 - BACK PACKS AT THE V&A MUSEUM
Join in the fun at this family event. Journey across the V&A with your choice of activity back packs. Under 5's can explore the V&A with an Agent Animal bag, full of quests and exciting missions!
V&A Museum
London,    
See attraction details28 November 2015 - 24 January 2017 - COLLECTED AND POSSESSED EXHIBITION AT THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM
For a brilliant kid’s day out bring them along to the Horniman Museum and Gardens and discover the content of the Museum’s unseen collection through artist Mark Fairnington’s paintings with Collected and Possessed. Funded through Art Happens come along and explore the lineage of animal and plant painting, and its relation to how humans have come to understand the natural world. Artist Mark Fairnington has spent the last fifteen years taking inspiration from visits to the unseen spaces of collections that are not on permanent display to the public, making paintings that reflect upon the different objects he has seen and discovered. Working alongside the Natural History Museum, The Wellcome Collections and the Horniman Museum and Gardens, Fairninton embarked on a curious project to shed light on forgotten treasures. Taking inspiration from the museum’s secret unexhibited natural history collection of stuffed animals. This exhibition explores the strange and unexpected, presenting paintings made by the artist together with material from the Horniman’s un-exhibited collections. See Fairnington’s paintings of large-scale insects, details of taxidermy specimens and depictions of entire storerooms on display in this unusual and intriguing exhibition.
Horniman Museum and Gardens www.horniman.ac.uk
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ   0208 699 1872
See attraction details1 December 2015 - 31 December 2016 - WALES'S NEWEST DINOSAUR AT NATIONAL MUSEUM CARDIFF
Fit in a visit to National Museum Cardiff this year and see the skeleton of the new Welsh dinosaur back on display in the main hall. Approximately 200 million years old, it is the oldest Jurassic dinosaur found in the United Kingdom. This discovery is particularly exciting as it is a new species, hitherto unknown to scientists. Take the kids for a day out at the museum and find out more.
National Museum Cardiff www.museumwales.ac.uk
Cathays Park, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3NP   029 2039 7951
See attraction details19 December 2015 - 21 February 2017 - LONDON’S URBAN JUNGLE: JAMRACH AND THE VICTORIAN EXOTIC ANIMAL TRADE EXHIBITION AT THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM
For a free day out in London, bring the kids along to London’s Urban Jungle: Jamrach and the Victorian Exotic Animal Trade. The Horniman Museum’s latest exhibition explores the life of Victorian London’s leading dealer of exotic shells, animals and other artefacts, Charles Jamrach. The naturalist and businessman famously traded from a number of east end premises including a bird shop and museum in St George’s Street East. Children can enjoy discovering newspapers and article exploring how animals from giraffes and lions to Bengal tigers became a familiar sight in Britain and the inner workings of the Victorian animal trade. For more information please see www.horniman.ac.uk for more details.
Horniman Museum and Gardens www.horniman.ac.uk
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ   0208 699 1872
23 December 2015 - 17 December 2016 - THE IRN BRU CARNIVAL
Europe's largest indoor funfair returns for the festive season with over 60 rides and attractions. Family ticket £50. Booking best online, see website for latest information and opening hours
www.irn-bru-carnival.com/
The SECC, Exhibition Way, , Glasgow, Lanarkshire, G3 8YW   0141 248 3000
See attraction details1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016 - EUROSTAR - THE FASTEST TRAINS IN THE UK AT THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM
Take the children to the National Railway Museum and explore the Power Car donated by Eurostar. In this new exhibition displays the role the train has served in connecting the UK with the rest of Europe. Having an average speed of 186 mph (300 kph), it holds the current UK rail speed record of over 208mph (334.7kph). Eurostar Class 373 trains were designed to transport passengers between London, Paris and Brussels via the Channel Tunnel, and started operating in 1994. Since then Eurostar has revolutionised travel between the UK and mainland Europe.
National Railway Museum www.nrm.org.uk
Leeman Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 4XJ   0844 815 3139
See attraction details1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016 - SPACE EXPLORERS 2D - AT-BRISTOL
Especially for children aged under 6, these half-hour interactive shows in the Planetarium are ideal for would-be astronauts! Kids can pack their space bag, prepare for launch and take off from Earth in a rocket ship to travel through the Solar system, looking at the patterns and colours of the Milky Way Galaxy as they fly deeper into space. Please see the website for times, prices and other details. Confirm availability before visiting.
At-Bristol www.at-bristol.org.uk
Anchor Road, Harbourside, Bristol, Bristol, BS1 5LL   0117 915 1000
See attraction details1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016 - THE MAGNA CARTA AT LINCOLN CASTLE
Celebrate 800 years of the Magna Carta in the new Magna Carta Vault at Lincoln Castle that is the crowning glory of the Castle's recent £22m restoration. See the 1215 and 1217 charters - the Magna Carta and the Charter of the Forest in the new magnificent surroundings of their stately vault. Don’t miss the stunning Great Charter Wall and Barons’ Shields, a feast for the eyes. Alongside the vault experience enjoy the new underground widescreen cinema with wraparound screen and 3D sound that reveals the story of King John, the Barons and the birth of the Great Charter. The two family friendly presentations 'Magna Carta: Challenging the Power of a King' and 'Magna Carta: Meaning and Myth' explain the significance of the charter down the ages.
Lincoln Castle www.lincolncastle.com
Castle Hill, Lincoln , Lincolnshire, LN1 3AA   01522 541173
See attraction details8 January 2016 - 30 December 2016 - TODDLER TIME AT KELVINGROVE
For a great family day out head to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. Where you'll find fun sessions in the galleries, in song, rhyme and story, inspired by the artworks and animals on display. Free event
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum www.glasgowmuseums.com
Argyle Street, Glasgow, City of Glasgow, G3 8AG   0141 276 9599
See attraction details9 January 2016 - 17 December 2016 - SATURDAY ART CLUB AT UCHELDRE CENTRE
Check out these weekly art workshops for children at the Ucheldre Centre on Anglesey. Led by Jacquie Myrtle, workshops run on Saturdays, 10am-12noon and 1.30-3.30pm. £2 per session. Please see the website or telephone for further details.
Canolfan Ucheldre Centre www.ucheldre.org
Millbank, Holyhead, Isle of Anglesey, LL65 1TE   01407 763361
See attraction details10 January 2016 - 11 December 2016 - OPEN COCKPIT DAYS AT THE HELICOPTER MUSEUM
Planning a day out with the kids at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-super-Mare? For extra kids entertainment, try and visit on an Open Cockpit Day offering the chance to access the cockpits of certain helicopters and learn about the controls from an experienced guide. Perfect treat for would-be pilots young and old! Dates in 2016: 10th January, 14th February, 13th March, 27th March, 3rd April, 10th April, 7th May, 22nd May, 12th June, 3rd July, 3rd August, 10th August, 14th August, 17th August, 21st August, 24th August, 28th August, 31st August, 4th September, 9th October, 23rd October, 30th October and 11th December. Please see the website to confirm details before travelling.
Helicopter Museum www.helicoptermuseum.co.uk
Locking Moor Road, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS24 8PP   01934 635227
See attraction details26 January 2016 - 30 October 2016 - TREASURES: ADVENTURES IN ARCHAEOLOGY - EXHIBITION AT NATIONAL MUSEUM CARDIFF
Plan a family day out at National Museum Cardiff. Celebrating '2016, Year of Adventure in Wales', this exciting exhibition is sure to capture the imaginations of visitors both young and old. Enter the world of famous explorers and join in the adventure to discover precious objects from around the world. See treasures such as Egyptian Mummies and Roman artefacts alongside items from popular culture such as the jacket, hat and whip of Indiana Jones! Look out for Treasures and Adventures Family Workshops during school holidays. Tickets should be booked online in advance to avoid disappointment.
National Museum Cardiff www.museumwales.ac.uk
Cathays Park, Cardiff, Cardiff, CF10 3NP   029 2039 7951
See attraction details1 February 2016 - 31 March 2017 - SCOTSMAN SEASON AT THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM
Look out for the events planned for the return of the Flying Scotsman locomotive after years of refurbishment at the National Railway Museum. Prepare for its inaugural run and 'welcome home' celebration of this iconic engine. See website for confirmed dates during February 2016 and onward exhibition dates.
National Railway Museum www.nrm.org.uk
Leeman Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 4XJ   0844 815 3139
See attraction details10 February 2016 - 14 December 2016 - SENSORY STORIES AT SEVEN STORIES
Sensory Stories is specially designed to be fun and accessible for the youngest visitors to Seven Stories in Newcastle. Story Catchers use sensory props, sounds and textures to bring stories to life through adventure, play and song and encouraging children to engage with books in new, imaginative ways. This free session is very popular so arrive no later than 15 minutes before the event begins. Suitable for under 4s, every Wednesday at 2pm and Sunday at 10.30am during term time. Booking not required, normal admission applies.
Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children's Books www.sevenstories.org.uk
30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE1 2PQ   0300 3301095
See attraction details13 February 2016 - 17 February 2017 - ANIMAL: A SAFARI THROUGH STORIES - EXHIBITION AT THE STORY MUSEUM
Opening for February half term 2016 and continuing into 2017, this major exhibition at The Story Museum is definitely not to be missed. The immersive story trail explores the role of animals in stories and encourages visitors of all ages to experience well loved tales, books and films. Search for fictional animals on an animal safari through different habitats, from jungle clearings to snowy forests. Visit immersive spaces including Wonderland and Narnia. In display 'Allegoric-Animal' older readers can learn more about two powerful political fables of the 20th century: 'Animal Farm' and 'Maus'. Please visit the website to find out more.
The Story Museum www.storymuseum.org.uk
Pembroke Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX1 1BP   01865 790050
See attraction details13 February 2016 - 30 October 2016 - DINOSAURS: MONSTER FAMILIES EXHIBITION AT THE HORNIMAN MUSEUM
Bring the family along to the Horniman Museum and discover the fascinating world of dinosaurs and their young in this interactive family exhibition. Dinosaurs: Monster Families explores how dinosaurs looked after their eggs, nests, and babies. Get the opportunities to meet ‘Baby Louie’, the nearly-complete skeleton of a dinosaur embryo; dig about in the discovery pit and see if you can uncover any fossils; touch a real dinosaur leg bone and even come face-to-face with T-Rex’s relative – a life sized Tarbosaurus skeleton cast. Don’t forget to discover the interactive exploration stations, and see how many dinosaurs you can name as they appear around the room in vivid illustrations. Visitors will also have the chance to even see a fossilised egg of the extinct elephant bird, on loan from Sir David Attenborough’s private collection, enjoy a thrilling programme of dinosaur themed activities and events to complement the exhibition. See www.horniman.ac.uk for more information and details of how to book tickets. Tickets will be available to purchase from early January 2016.
Horniman Museum and Gardens www.horniman.ac.uk
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, Forest Hill, London, SE23 3PQ   0208 699 1872
See attraction details13 February 2016 - 31 December 2016 - DISCOVER THE NEW GIBBON ENCLOSURE AT TWYCROSS ZOO
Twycross Zoo in Leicestershire has officially opened one of the largest gibbon facilities in Europe in its most ambitious development to date the Gibbon Forest. Covering about 4,000 square metres, the Gibbon Forest is ten times larger than the primates’ previous enclosure and is specially designed to replicate the natural forest environment of gibbons as well as provide an exciting new experience for visitors. The new building will raise visitors up for a closer view of the gibbons, while outside you will be able to observe gibbon families calling and swinging across the four moated islands.
Twycross Zoo www.twycrosszoo.org
Burton Road, Atherstone, Leicestershire, CV9 3PX    0844 474 1777
See attraction details23 February 2016 - 3 December 2016 - THEATRE ROYAL DRURY LANE - CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
A chocolaty treat for the kids this Easter, Sam Mendes's Roald Dahl adaptation of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Get ready for Willy Wonka to lead you through a series of fabulous set pieces in the weird rooms of the chocolate factory, where the naughty children are, one by one, disposed of. It's all a delicious treat of colour and chocolate, dancing Oompa Loompas and much more. You'll be ready to tuck into those Easter Eggs when you leave.
Theatre Royal Drury Lane www.drurylanetheatrelondon.com
Catherine Street , London, London, WC2B 5JF   0844 412 4660
See attraction details27 February 2016 - 31 March 2017 - NEED FOR SPEED FAMILY SCIENCE SHOW AT THE NATIONAL RAILWAY MUSEUM
Visit the National Railway Museum and discover how the railways have taken us from 29 miles an hour to over 300 miles an hour and beyond. Learn about our obsession with speed in the high octane, interactive show exploring how Flying Scotsman set the first 100 mile an hour record for a steam locomotive in 1934. Daily at weekends and during school holidays.
National Railway Museum www.nrm.org.uk
Leeman Road, York, North Yorkshire, YO26 4XJ   0844 815 3139
See attraction details2 March 2016 - 30 December 2016 - ROALD DAHL 100
2016 marks 100 years since Roald Dahl’s birth so bring the kids along to the Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre to celebrate. It's a year-long journey exploring the master storyteller’s life and books, with themed activity weeks and weekends throughout the year. Head to the website to see when your favourite story will be celebrated. Activities take place every weekend and in the school holidays and will include storytelling and crafts, author visits, and special events. There will be an extra special 100th birthday celebrations for Roald Dahl Day on Saturday 17 September, when we become The Museum of the Unexpected…
Roald Dahl Museum & Story Centre www.roalddahlmuseum.org
81-83 High Street, Great Missenden , Buckinghamshire, HP16 9PE   01494 892192
See attraction details11 March 2016 - 31 December 2016 - THE LEGO® MOVIE™ 4D A NEW ADVENTURE AT LEGOLAND® WINDSOR RESORT
If you're planning a family day out at LEGOLAND Windsor from 11 March 2016, make sure you allow time to enjoy the adventures of Emmet and the LEGO Movie gang in this new 4D animated film. The heroes find themselves in the midst of an evil secret plot and only the Master Builder skills of the audience will save them! Please see the website to confirm dates, times and other details before travelling.
LEGOLAND Windsor Resort www.legoland.co.uk
Winkfield Road, Windsor , Berkshire, SL4 4AY   0871 2222 001
See attraction details16 March 2016 - 31 December 2016 - HORRIBLE HISTORIES® MAZE AT WARWICK CASTLE
This brilliant new attraction will be a highlight of many a kids day out at Warwick Castle! Look forward to exploring the world's first Horrible Histories adventure maze. Take on a series of fun challenges such as invading a Viking ship and uncovering dastardly plots. Packed with exciting activities, each of the six zones focuses on a historical period, from the Stormin' Normans to the Frightful First World War. Expect special effects such as theatrical smoke, minor motion movements and obstacles on this walk-through experience. Some children may need to be accompanied by parents or a guardian to avoid becoming distressed. Please see the website for more information.
Warwick Castle www.warwick-castle.com
Castle Lane, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 4QU    0871 265 2000
17 March 2016 - 31 December 2016 - WINCHESTER QUIZTRAILS
Download the QuizTrail app and discover Winchester! All the family can enjoy these themed, fun trails and the QuizTrail concept uses interactive mobile phone technology with an element of competition. The app is only available on iOS devices and can be downloaded from the website.
www.visitwinchester.co.uk/winchester-quiztrails
Various locations, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 9AY   
See attraction details19 March 2016 - 1 January 2018 - A HISTORY OF FASHION IN 100 OBJECTS - EXHIBITION AT THE FASHION MUSEUM
Plan a family day out Bath's Fashion Museum and enjoy this important exhibition displaying one hundred iconic accessories and garments that are linked to significant moments in history or hit the headlines. It's a great opportunity for visitors to view some of the star items from the museum's collection. From a 16th-century woman's jacket to gowns by modern fashion designers and the museum's 'Dress of the Year 2015, families can take a whirlwind tour of fashion over the last five hundred years. Additional displays feature more collections of gloves, fans and jewellery and ten 'shoe moments' with footwear from Georgian silk shoes to Air Jordan trainers. Look out for the children's trail highlighting ten fashion looks. Please go to the website for more information.
Fashion Museum www.fashionmuseum.co.uk
Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street, Bath, Bath, BA1 2QH   01225 477789
See attraction details19 March 2016 - 30 October 2016 - AN AMERICAN TOY STORY - EXHIBITION AT THE AMERICAN MUSEUM IN BRITAIN
Include the American Museum in Britain in your list of family days out in 2016. This fascinating exhibition in Bath features collectables and toys that were inspired by blockbuster films. Find out more about the way movie licensing has affected play and toy production. This collection of vintage treasures and modern classics spans more than one hundred years and is on display together for the first time. From Disney Princesses to future James Bonds, all ages will find something of interest. Please see the website for further details.
American Museum in Britain www.americanmuseum.org
Claverton Manor, Bath, Bath, BA2 7BD   01225 460503
See attraction details19 March 2016 - 6 November 2016 - BUTTERFLIES AT BUTTERFLY AND FOUNTAIN WORLD
It's that time of year again when a visit to this delightful attraction allows children to see hundreds of butterflies flying freely in a natural environment. There are also opportunities to learn more about the butterflies - and it's all under-cover! Please see the website for further details.
Butterfly & Fountain World www.butterfly-world-iow.co.uk
Medina Garden Centre, Staplers Road, Wootton , Isle of Wight, PO33 4RW    01983 883430
See attraction details19 March 2016 - 30 October 2016 - ROALD DAHL'S TREMENDOUS ADVENTURES AT TATTON PARK
Go to Tatton Park to help celebrate the special centenary of Roald Dahl, the world's number one storyteller. His gloriumptious stories are brought to life with fun trails, family activities, squiffling surprises and treats for everyone to ensure a most marvelous time for all!
Tatton Park www.tattonpark.org.uk
Tatton Park, Knutsford, Knutsford , Cheshire, WA16 6QN    01625 374400
See attraction details20 March 2016 - 13 November 2016 - SUNDAY GUN FIRINGS AT FORT NELSON - THE ROYAL ARMOURIES MUSEUM
Fort Nelson is one of a few places where you can experience live black-powder firings of historic artillery pieces. On selected Sundays throughout the year (please see www.royalarmouries.org/events/overview/sunday-gun-firings for details) there are special firings, featuring authentic gun drills by uniformed detachments from Portsdown Artillery Volunteers. The crews will be available after the firings to talk about the guns and their history. Guns are fired at: 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm. These events are free and everyone is welcome.
Fort Nelson - The Royal Armouries Museum www.royalarmouries.org
Portsdown Hill Road, Fareham , Hampshire, PO17 6AN    01329 233734
See attraction details21 March 2016 - 30 October 2016 - 'ON THE WILD SIDE' BY SIMON KING - EXHIBITION AT LONGLEAT
If you're planning a family day out at Longleat, allow time to enjoy this wonderful photographic exhibition celebrating the 50th anniversary of the world-famous Safari Park. The breath-taking images of Longleat's animals will delight all the family. Along with photos taken at close quarters over the winter, there will be a series of historic images revealing life at Longleat half a century ago. The exhibition is sited just off the Main Square. Please see the website for further information.
Longleat www.longleat.co.uk/simon-king-exhibition
Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW   01985 844400
See attraction details24 March 2016 - 31 October 2016 - EVENING ILLUMINATIONS AT BABBACOMBE MODEL VILLAGE
From dusk every Thursday evening during this period, you will be able to see the gardens and attractions light up which is beautiful, but you can also see what goes on inside many of the models! The illuminations also take place on additional dates during this period - please see the website for details.
Babbacombe Model Village www.babbacombemodelvillage.co.uk
Hampton Avenue, Torquay , Devon, TQ1 3LA   01803 315315
See attraction details24 March 2016 - 6 November 2016 - GO ON A CANOE SAFARI AT WWT MARTIN MERE
Family days out in Lancashire can be full of fun when you experience the canoe safari at WWT Martin Mere. This self guided expedition by canoe is a great way to discover all the amazing wildlife in the wetlands reed bed habitat. Explore like a true conservationist spotting some of the UK’s most threatened species ranging from water voles to reed buntings. The canoes can hold up to three people and the charge to use the safari is £6.00 per boat for one hour. No age restrictions, life jackets must be worn and adults must be in charge of the boat.
WWT Martin Mere Wetland Centre www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/martin-mere
Fish Lane, Off A59, Burscough , Lancashire, L40 0TA    01704 895181
See attraction details25 March 2016 - 1 November 2016 - CANOE SAFARI AT WWT SLIMBRIDGE WETLAND CENTRE
One of the fun family things to do at Slimbridge Wetland Centre. Paddle leisurely down the kilometre-long canoe trail, spotting wildlife such as dragon flies, water voles, ducks and warblers. Safari trail is open, weather permitting, daily until Sunday 2 October; please see the website for opening times later in the season and other details. Age restrictions apply.
WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre www.wwt.org.uk/slimbridge
Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, GL2 7BT   01453 891900
See attraction details25 March 2016 - 2 October 2016 - FALCONRY DISPLAYS AT LEEDS CASTLE
When visiting Leeds Castle, leave time to enjoy the amazing free flying demonstrations that take place in the Falconry Arena, daily at 2pm, in front of the Maze. The demonstrations last about 30 to 40 minutes and feature a range of birds, including Hawks, Vulture, Falcon and Owls. Not to be missed!
Leeds Castle www.leeds-castle.com
Off Jct 8 of the M20, Maidstone, Kent, ME17 1PL   01622 765400
See attraction details25 March 2016 - 1 January 2017 - FROZEN PLANET AT SEA LIFE LONDON AQUARIUM
Opening Easter 2016 (March 25th) visitors to SEA LIFE London Aquarium can experience the magical polar ice worlds of BBC Earth's series: Frozen Planet. Come face to face with a polar bear and her cub via augmented reality, explore the ice landscapes and witness an astonishing display of the Northern Lights. Kids will love this experience which uses the latest entertainment technology and interactive walk through experiences. This is a new permanent addition to SEA LIFE London Aquarium and is included in the entrance price. Check the website for more details and booking.
Sea Life London Aquarium www.sealife.co.uk
County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, Westminster Underground Station, London, SE1 7PB   0871 663 1678
See attraction details25 March 2016 - 30 October 2016 - JURASSIC CRUISE AT CITY CRUISES POOLE
Families can enjoy a round cruise around Europe’s largest natural harbour and along the beautiful coastline as far as Swanage. The tour takes just over two hours and includes an informative commentary. Departs Poole Quay at 10.30am, 1pm and 3.45pm. £11.50 adults, £5.75 children, infants free. Family tickets are available. The cruise is also available from Swanage Pier at 11.45am and 2.30pm.
City Cruises Poole www.citycruisespoole.com/frompoole
Poole Quay, Poole , Dorset, BH15 1HJ    0207 740 0400
See attraction details25 March 2016 - 30 October 2016 - POOLE HARBOUR CRUISE AT CITY CRUISES POOLE
Go on a wonderful cruise which departs from Poole Quay and sails through Europe’s largest natural harbour. You are taken around the islands and past the beautiful beaches and bays of this magnificent harbour, cruising close to Brownsea Island and its castle; and viewing the famous houses at Sandbanks. Held daily at 11am, 12.45pm, 2.30pm and 4.15pm (school holidays only). £9.50 adults, £4.75 children, infants free. Family tickets are available.
City Cruises Poole www.citycruisespoole.com/frompoole
Poole Quay, Poole , Dorset, BH15 1HJ    0207 740 0400
See attraction details25 March 2016 - 30 October 2016 - SEA TRAIN ADVENTURE AT CITY CRUISES POOLE
All the family will enjoy a cruise along the Jurassic Coast to Swanage. There you will have five hours ashore to explore the beautiful Victorian resort and jump on the award-winning Steam Railway, for a unique journey through six miles of the Purbeck countryside, including Corfe Castle. £22.50 adult, £11.25 children, infants free. Family tickets are available.
City Cruises Poole www.citycruisespoole.com/frompoole
Poole Quay, Poole , Dorset, BH15 1HJ    0207 740 0400
See attraction details25 March 2016 - 30 October 2016 - SWANAGE DAY CRUISE AT CITY CRUISES POOLE
Have fun cruising along the start of the Jurassic Heritage Coast, sailing past Old Harry Rocks and in to Swanage Bay. The boat lands you on the Victorian Pier at Swanage, where you will have up to five fours ashore to explore this quaint town. It departs Poole Quay at 10.30am or 1pm. £14.00 adults, £7.00 children, infants free.
City Cruises Poole www.citycruisespoole.com/frompoole
Poole Quay, Poole , Dorset, BH15 1HJ    0207 740 0400
See attraction details26 March 2016 - 30 October 2016 - WEEKEND FUN AT LOWER DRAYTON FARM
Every Saturday and Sunday! Keen to get the kids out into the great outdoors? Interested in discovering more about the countryside and farming? Take the kids to Lower Drayton Farm for a great family day out. Designed for children of nursery and primary-school age, this friendly working farm attraction offers the opportunity to meet and learn about animals including goats, pigs, llamas, sheep, geese, ponies, chickens and more. As part of the experience, families will also be able to board the farm trailer ride for a fun and educational tour of the 600-acre beef and arable farm. Farmer Ray will guide you through what's going on at the time of year you are visiting and answer any questions you may have. Check out the nature trail, woodland walk and adventure playground. From July to October there's also the challenge of the Maize Maze. There are always plenty of fun seasonal craft activities available and the chance for children to have a ride on friendly ponies (weather permitting). The farm is also open weekdays during half terms and in school holidays. Open 10am-4pm (last admission). Please visit www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk for entry prices or telephone 01785 330757 for more information (between 9am and 6pm, please).
Lower Drayton Farm www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk
Lower Drayton Lane, Penkridge , Staffordshire, ST19 5RE   01785 330757
See attraction details1 April 2016 - 2 October 2016 - DURHAM RIVER CRUISE
Discover beautiful Durham from the water on the Prince Bishop River Cruiser that offers cruises with spectacular views of historic Durham City, Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and Bridges. Book online.
Prince Bishop River Cruises www.princebishoprc.co.uk
Brown’s Boat House, Elvet Bridge, Durham, Durham, DH1 3AF   0191 386 9525
See attraction details1 April 2016 - 30 October 2016 - LANHYDROCK AT WAR
Pop into the Gatehouse to see this free exhibition during this period. Learn how Lanhydrock coped with the First World War and how it affected the family that lived there.
Lanhydrock www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock
Bodmin, Cornwall, PL30 5AD    01208 265950
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