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Top 5 Family Days Out

25 February 2016 | London Calling

The Easter holidays are fast approaching and parents are already fretting about what they will do to keep the kids entertained this spring. If you are stuck for ideas, here are five great ways to spend your family days out to ensure the kids won’t be bored after five minutes.

Canterbury Tales

Canterbury is famous for its beautiful cathedral and for centuries many people have made pilgrimages to the city. However, these days you aren’t required to take a pilgrimage to visit this great city. With Canterbury Tales, you’ll be amongst lively storytellers who bring to life five of Geoffrey Chaucer’s most entertaining tales of love, trickery, chivalry and jealously. To end your historical and literary journey, visit the reconstructed shrine of St. Thomas Becket in the Canterbury Cathedral. After your visit to Canterbury Tales, you can whet your appetite by trying one of Canterbury’s many independent cafés for a bite to eat before heading home.

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Drusillas Park

Award–winning Drusillas Park in Sussex is the perfect day out for animal lovers young and old. Regarded as the best small zoo in the country, you will learn all about their endangered species, and you may even be tempted to adopt your very own exotic animal. Once you have discovered all of Drusillas’ residents, have hours of fun at one of the many play areas. You can take a journey through the interactive maze, get energetic at Go Bananas!, and have an adventure in the state-of-the-art soft play complex. Originally a derelict farm before coming a family-run park in 1922, Drusillas has been awarded Visitor Attraction of the Year – another reason to visit!

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Oxford Castle Unlocked

Oxford has a lot to offer its visitors, particularly the great culture and heritage dotted about the city. Oxford Castle Unlocked is the perfect family activity for the history enthusiasts out there. Take a guided tour around the castle led by a one of the cheerful character guides and discover the fascinating stories of this castle’s 1,000-year history. Climb the 101 steps to the top of St. George’s Tower and enjoy the impressive panoramic views over the historic city of Oxford. Once you have finished exploring the castle, make sure to take advantage of the Oxford Castle Unlocked joint ticket offer, where you can receive discounted entry into a selected Oxford tourist attraction.

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Brooklands Museum

Situated just off the M25, Brooklands Museum in Surrey prides itself on being the birthplace of British motorsport and aviation, and home of the Concorde. Brooklands was the first purpose-built motor racing circuit, built in 1907, known in its heyday as the ‘Ascot of Motorsport’. This is a perfect place for families to discover the history of motoring and aviation. See where the world land speed record holder, Malcolm Campbell, stored his record-breaking racing cars and hop on-board the world’s most iconic aircraft, Concorde. Don’t forget to enjoy a virtual ‘flight’ while you are there! This Easter, keep the kids thoroughly entertained with a trip in a vintage-style car or take a ride on one of London’s historic red double-decker buses.

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The Living Rainforest

Perfect for nature lovers, The Living Rainforest in Berkshire is a truly immersive experience with two different rainforest climates, free roaming butterflies and birds, and over 300 species of plants to discover. An all-weather family activity, The Living Rainforest is a rare opportunity to see exotic life that has now become endangered due to disappearing rainforests. Make sure to take advantage of one of the free guided tours, if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of The Living Rainforest’s resident sloth. Don’t forget to hold onto your admission ticket as this is valid for a whole year – so no excuses to stay indoors when the weather is miserable!

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